Move over girls, there is another Asian goddess joining Miss International this year. Meet Miss International Nepal 2017, Niti Shah…
Niti was crowned Miss International Nepal who was also the 2nd runner up in the Miss Nepal pageant. The 21 year old actress and model is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in journalism from St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu. Back in Nepal, she is arguably one of the most popular and sought after models. Niti is blessed with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands at height of 5 feet 7 inches tall and hails from Dang District in Western Nepal. During the pageant she was the crowd favorite to win the title (the winner of Miss Nepal will go on to compete in Miss World).
With her in the competition, we expect at least a semifinal placement for her this year. With her good looks and lovely personality, she may just be the first Alpha pageant winner from her country.
Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss World and Miss International… four of the biggest international pageants around, and they are filling up the November calendar. With rumors that Miss Intercontinental is also going to be in the same month and Miss Supranational to start its pre-pageant activities in November, we ask this question: What pageant/s are fans going to focus on?
Miss Earth – November 4th
Miss International – November 14th
Miss World – November 18th
Miss Universe – November 26th (?)
It’s almost international pageant season and let’s start it right with Sash Factor’s first Miss International 2017 SashPicks…
1. South Africa, Tayla Robinson 2. Nepal, Niti Shah 3. Mexico, Citlaly Higuera 4. Colombia, Vanessa Pulgarin 5. Indonesia, Kevin Liliana 6. Philippines, Mariel de Leon 7. Vietnam, Thuy Dung 8. Poland, Paulina Mariarz 9. Venezuela, Rosangelica Piscitelli 10. Japan, Tsutsui Natsuki
The first three girls in the list are all facially gorgeous ladies, smart and easily fit into the Miss International mold. South Africa’s Tayla Robinson is arguably everyone’s top-of-mind choice among the bevy of girls this year. Nepal’s Niti Shah is a surprise addition but fans better start paying attention to her, her fresh-faced beauty is one that the Japanese could love. Mexico’s Citlaly Higuera is riding the coattails of her recent appointment, her fans feel that this lady should have been sent to Miss Universe on a stronger performance over eventual Nuestra Belleza winner. Same sentiments can be said over Colombia’s Vanessa Pulgarin who is also said to fit the MU mold better. Completing the top 6 are Indonesia’s Kevin Liliana and Philippines’ Mariel de Leon.
One of the most heavily criticized national costumes that a Filipina beauty queen wore to a national pageant was the Pineapple Filipiniana costume worn by Carla Gay Balingit (to Miss Universe) and Precious Lara Quigaman (in Miss International). The national costume was a creation by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza. In retrospect, the costume wasn’t bad as we all thought. It poked a little bit of fun with its literal interpretation of the piña fabric from pineapple fibers that the traditional Filipino costumes are made from. It was festive, it was out of the box and perhaps too ahead of its time. After all it was only in 2015 when we were all surprised by a tuktuk national costume from Thailand.
Fresh faced, young and looking very amiable and approachable. That is this year’s selected rep for Miss International from Vietnam. Miss International Vietnam 2017 is Huynh Thi Thuy Dung…
Thuy Dung was born in 1996, is 21 years old and was the 2nd runner up in Miss Vietnam 2016. This year, the 5’8″ student of International Finance/ Foreign Trade will represent Vietnam in Tokyo for the Miss International 2017 pageant. This Vietnamese lass can sing and paint, she also can speak English and Japanese.
Vietnam’s bet to Miss International looks very promising. Seems like Asia is truly stepping up their game for 2017!
Citlaly Higuera López, first runner up to Denisse Franco, will be Mexico’s representative in the Miss International 2017 pageant. The 5’8″ stunner was named by Mexicana Universal (formerly Nuestra Belleza Mexico) director Lupita Jones as the Mexican rep via a video post on Facebook.
Below is her statement from a newspaper article:
“Believe me, I’m not going to disappoint anyone. I know it’s a very big responsibility to take the name of Mexico to Japan and the Mexicans are going to be very proud of the role I’m going to play. I will continue to prepare at the hand of all the team that has been supporting me, I thank you with all my heart because they always trusted me and maybe I sometimes wanted to throw in the towel but they never allowed it. I will do everything in my power to bring that third crown to Mexico.“*
Miss International 2016, Kylie Verzosa is a busy bee these days. Aside from her regular appearances in promoting her Mental Health Awareness advocacy, she is also busy with other travels, endorsements and shoots these days. She has recently been seen in the covers of at least two major Philippine fashion magazines: Metro Weddings and Mega Magazine where she shared the spotlight with Megan Young and Pia Wurtzbach. Two months prior, she was also seen with the two at the Philippine Independence Day parade in New York City. She traveled to Myanmar as well where she met up and gave tips for the Miss Myanmar International candidates. While there she also visited the Shewdagon Pagoda wearing the traditional dress of Myanmar.