Chanelle, Bruna, Diana & Patricija: Crossover Beauties in Miss International 2017

Looks like the Miss International 2017  will be bringing in a number of pageant crossovers from other Alpha pageants. As of writing Patricija Belousova, Chanelle de Lau, Bruna Zanardo and Diana Croce are the expected crossover beauties in this years edition.

Bruna Zanardo – Brazil, was Miss Earth Fire before being dethroned of her title. Having not completed her year before competing again in a pageant, she is actually following the footsteps of Punika Kulsoonrut  who was stripped of her ME-Water title in 2013. Despite failing to get a state title to be able to compete in Miss Brazil this year, Bruna is a welcome addition to the MI pageant. I do have some reservations for her winning MI this year, hopefully the Japanese judges & organizers would find her beauty suitable for their pageant.
Chanelle de Lau – Curacao, competed in Miss Universe 2016 in Manila. She was a personal favorite who wowed the crowd during the final dress rehearsals. With her wit and public speaking skills, I see her advancing into the semis and could possibly nail a spot in the top 5 this year. Chanelle would be a great rep for the MI organization should she win and could usher more spotlight to the Caribbean girls in the Tokyo-based contest.

Patricija Belousova – Lithuania, participated in Miss Universe 2014. The blue-eyed ash blonde beauty was one of the facially strong candidates in MU that year. She stunned in her white national costume but wore a forgettable gray evening gown. Hopefully she won’t make the same fashion mistakes in Miss International as she is a shoo-in for the semis and even the Miss Photogenic award. 
Diana Croce – Venezuela, was her country’s rep to Miss World in 2016. She was styled to look like past MW winners from her country: Astrid Carolina Herrera, Ninibeth Leal & Jacqueline Aguilera. That is probably why she failed to make the cut despite being of the facially strongest girls in that batch. Her participating in MI this year could be her redemption as I could see her romp away with the title. Hopefully she is styled more naturally this time.

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Miss International 2017 Sashes&Scripts 1st Leaderboard

The Miss International pageant this year gathers several gorgeous ladies who could be great successor to the reigning queen, Kylie Verzosa of the Philippines. And before we get to see the ladies be at the thick of the competition, let’s list down Sashes&Script’s First Miss International 2017 Leaderboard…

12. Maeva Balan, France
11. Niti Shah, Nepal

10. Vanessa Pulgarin, Colombia
9. Thuy Dung, Vietnam
8. Citlaly Higuera, Mexico
7. Chanelle de Lau, Curacao
6. Tayla Robinson, South Africa
5. United Kingdom, Ashley Powell
4. Lithuania, Patricija Belousova
3. Mariel de Leon, Philippines
2. Kevin Liliana, Indonesia
1. Diana Croce, Venezuela
This year, MI attracted some of the best faces for the competition in Japan. Hence the girls in my top 12 list comprises of some of the most facially strong candidates. So it would probably boil down on the attitudes and intelligence factors on how to determine the winner. But for now let’s enjoy the early frontrunners in the competition.
Check back again soon as we continue to monitor the pageant and the girls. Maybe a new set of favorites may emerge in the next leaderboard!

#ThrowbackThursdays: Which Country Ruled the 90’s, Venezuela or India?

Over the years, pageant fans have asked what country dominated pageantry in the 1990’s. Some are quick to say that it is India who holds this distinction but I am here to fact check to see whether or not India or Venezuela who dominated that decade…

India

Miss Universe 1994, Sushmita Sen
Miss World 1994, Aishwarya Rai
Miss World 1997, Diana Hayden
Miss World 1999, Yukta Mookhey
Venezuela
Miss World 1991, Ninibeth Leal
Miss World 1995, Jacqueline Aguilera
Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado
Miss International 1997, Consuelo Adler

In terms of number of crowns won, both countries equaled each other. So we look into the runner up placement to break the tie and we see that Venezuela leads with 10 runner up placements to India’s 4.
Venezuela
Sharon Luengo, 2nd runner up MW1990
Francis Gago, 2nd runner up MW1992
Milka Chulina, 2nd runner up MU1993
Irene Ferreira, 2nd runner up MW1994
Minorka Mercado, 2nd runner up MU1994
Ana Maria Amorer, 1st runner up MI1995
Marena Bencomo, 1st runner up MU1997
Verushka Ramirez, 1st runner up MU1998
Daniela Kosan, 1st runner up MI1998
Martina Thorogood, 1st runner up MW1999

India
Madhu Sapre, 2nd runner up MU1992
Manpreet Brar, 1st runner up MU1995
Diya Abraham, 1st runner up MI1997
Shvetha Jaishankar,  2nd runner up MI1998

Despite this, it is safe to say that the 1990’s belonged to both India and Venezuela. Pageantry in that decade was always a hot contest between the two powerhouses… and when people thought of pageantry in the 90’s, they only remember those two.
PS: This list covers only the Alpha pageants MU, MI and MW as ME was only conceived in 2000.

Kylie Verzosa: Redefined What A Miss International Winner Is

I can’t believe that it is almost time for another Miss International winner to be crowned. It only seems like just a month ago we saw Kylie Verzosa get crowned as winner. And yet in that amount of time, Kylie has redefined a new kind of Miss International.

Prior to her time, most MI winners only get to travel Japan and visit places unique to the Land of the Samurais and Geishas. Not with Kylie. She has traveled to around 10 countries as Miss International, the most number of countries visited by any recent winner of the title. She has been to Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Brazil,  Paraguay, Belgium and France among her travels. She has been to more countries than 5 of her past predecessors as the reigning winner. She not only promoted the the pageant’s visibility to the rest of the world but also did more in terms of her advocacy.

We all know that her biggest achievement as a winner is her Mental Health advocacy. From the time she won Binibining Pilipinas International, she tried her best to shed light to depression and mental health awareness. She created the Mental Health Matters by Kylie Verzosa Facebook page and a Facebook group where people suffering can share their stories and be in the company of those that understand their plight. She has made countless public appearances for her advocacy as well. Below is a recent guesting on CNN Philippines’ The Source…

I have previously mentioned that Filipina beauty queens are far from the usual mold of pageant girls. They make something of the crown that is placed on their heads. They create lasting value and Kylie is no different. Her reign might come to a close come November, but her lasting impression will linger on.

Multiple Alpha Pageant wins in a Single Year

Did you know that every decade since the 1950’s there is at least one country that has won two of the Alpha pageants in the same year? And did you know that only 7 countries has managed to achieve that remarkable feat? If you are curious as to which countries has managed to achieve that feat, then look no further as we list them out for you…

France, 1953 – Miss Universe Christiane Martel & Miss World Denise Perrier, the country to first achieve this enviable feat. 
Brazil, 1968 – Miss Universe Martha Vasconcellos & Miss International Maria da Glória Carvalho

Australia, 1972 – Miss Universe Kerry Anne Wells & Miss World Belinda Green
Venezuela, 1981 – Miss Universe Irene Saez & Miss World Pilin Leon

India, 1994 – Miss Universe Sushmita Sen & Miss World Aiswarya Rai
India, 2000 – Miss Universe Lara Dutta & Miss World Priyanka Chopra

Ecuador, 2011 – Miss Earth Olga Alava & Miss International Fernanda Cornejo
Venezuela, 2013 – Miss Universe Gabriela Isler & Miss Earth Alyz Henrich

Philippines, 2013 – Miss International Bea Rose Santiago & Miss World Megan Young 
Philippines, 2015 – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach & Miss Earth Angelia Ong
Among these countries that has achieved this feat, only three countries are able to do it twice: Venezuela, India and the Philippines. It is no wonder that these countries are among the pageant powerhouses there is. 

Mariel de Leon: A Photogenic Face in Miss International


In Miss International winning the Miss Photogenic title is almost a guarantee of doing well in the pageant. After all at least 7 Miss International winners are also named Miss Photogenic (they are Alejandra Andreu, Consuelo Adler, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, Paulina Gálvez, Goizeder Azua, Christie Ellen Claridge, Linda Hooks, Tania Verstak and Stanny van Baer). Countless others who have won the special award has also bagged a runner-up spot or at least a place at the semi-finalist. Would you believe that at least 4 MI 1st runner up winners were also recipient of the that special award? If Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon manages to win the Miss Photogenic award, she might find herself cruising towards the crown.

These latest released photos of Mariel by photographer Raymond Saldana show just how photogenic our MI bet is. The 5’8″ pop-opera singer gets her good looks from her parents who are showbiz royalty. She is going to compete against an expected 61 other candidates from all over the world. Mariel’s task in MI is going to be a tough one as no country has yet made a back to back win in the Tokyo-based pageant. 

The Miss International pageant will be held at the Tokyo Dome on November 14th. Tickets are now available at the MI website for the finals. 

Nostalgia: Jacqueline Aguilera, Alicia Machado & Consuelo Adler

I have earlier written about countries that have managed to win major crowns in consecutive years. One particular country that have achieved that was Venezuela. One particular set of wins that stood out were those of Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano, Alicia Machado and Consuelo Adler who won Miss World 199, Miss Universe 1996 and Miss International 1997 respectively.

Jacqueline, Alicia and Consuelo were the second set of ladies coming from a single country to have won all of the 3 Alpha pageants back then? Of course, the Miss Earth wasn’t included as it started only in 2001. But these three ladies did something that only Astrid Carolina Herrera, Nina Sicilia and Barbara Palacios Teyde was able to achieve. And guess what, they also came from Venezuela!

But These three girls also have one thing in common… they all are recipients of the Miss Photogenic award. Jacqueline won the photogenic award during the Miss World pageant. Alicia was Miss Photogenic during the Miss Venezuela 1995 pageant. But it is Consuelo who is the most photogenic of them all as she won the award both in Miss Venezuela 1996 pageant as well as in Miss International 1997. In terms of height though, Alicia is the shortest of them at 5’8″. Both Consuelo and Jacqueline towers at 5’11” tall.