After the dust has settled, four new Alpha winners comprise the class of 2017!
Miss Earth – Karen Ibasco, Philippines
Miss International – Kevin Liliana, Indonesia
Miss Universe – Demi-leigh Nel-Peters, South Africa
Miss World – Manushi Chillar, India
Interesting to note that three out of the four winners are from Asia. It is even more noteworthy that the winners of Miss Earth and Miss International were trained in the same pageant camp in the Philippines! Not to mention that for 5 years in a row the Philippines has won one or two of the Alpha pageants consecutively. This goes to show that the Philippines is indeed a pageant powerhouse country.
After a disastrous 2016, I am quite glad that a very lovely and deserving Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World this year. I thought it was a disservice that I wasn’t able to follow her journey due to conflicts with other pageants last November. Hence, for today’s post, I will be featuring the gorgeous winner from India.
Manushi is the 6th Indian to win the Miss World title and the first to win after a 16 year wait since Priyanka Chopra’s win in 2000. The 5’9″ bedimpled beauty is 20 years old and hails from a family of doctors. Born in May 14, 1997 in Rohtak, Haryana, India, Manushi is trained classical Indian dancer and a model. Manushi is also a medical student who postponed her studies to compete in Femina Miss India this year. She credits the first Indian Miss World, Reita Faria, as her idol for becoming a medical doctor after her reign.
The brown-eyed beauty is one of the 5 girls who tied for the Beauty with a Purpose challenge victory. She also won the head to head challenge in her group as well as placing in the Top Model, People’s Choice, and Multimedia competitions (which was a far cry form her predecessor).
While Manushi was crowned with the MW title, Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was named the first princess and England’s Stephanie Hill settled on the third place.
After the dust has settled and all the major pageants has finished, we can now say that the Philippines continues its winning streak in the 4 most relevant pageants in the world. Since 2013, the Philippines has been winning one crown after another in Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth (arranged according to date of establishment).
Every year since 2013, we have been winning one title after another.
2013 – Miss International Bea Rose Santiago & Miss World Megan Young
2014 – Miss Earth Jamie Herrell
2015 – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach & Miss Earth Angelia Gabrena Ong
2016 – Miss International Kylie Verzosa
2017 – Miss Earth Karen Ibasco
The latest addition to the list is Miss Earth Karen Ibasco who allowed the Philippines its 7th Alpha pageant win in 5 consecutive years. The medical physicist wowed the judges with her gift of gab and earning the 4th Miss Earth title for the country. She brought in a sandwich victory after Angelia Ong’s back-to-back win with Jamie Herrell.
With 7 wins in 5 years, will we be seeing another Filipina winner come 2018?
When we speak of luxury heritage brands in fashion, we speak of the history, craftsmanship and tradition of long withstanding brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermés, Chanel, Dior or TAG Heuer. Some of these brands have been in existence since the 1850’s to the 1950’s and carries with them a sense of timelessness and longevity. For international pageants, only three has come close to be called such: Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss International. Among the most popular international pageants, these three has withstood the test of time being in existence for at least 50 years. We can actually nickname Miss World is the Hermes of pageantry, Miss International is Chanel and Miss Universe is Dior.
Technically, the Miss Universe pageant is the oldest international pageant title in existence. Did you know that in 1926, there used to be Miss Universe pageant organized by the International Pageant of Pulchritude? This existed until 1935 and was based in Galveston, Texas. The first Miss Universe Pageant that we now know of was held in Long Beach, California in 1952 by Pacific Knitting Mills, manufacturer of Catalina Swimwear. The pageant was first televised in 1955. In 1998, Miss Universe, Inc. changed its name to Miss Universe Organization after Donald Trump acquired the pageant. It moved its headquarters from California to New York City in the same year.
Did you know that the Miss World got it name not from the organizers of the pageant but from the press that covered the competition? The first pageant was organized by founder Eric Morley and called it Festival Bikini Contest as it was held at the Festival of Britain celebration held in 1951. The name Miss World stuck to the pageant and was used since then. The first pageant gathered 26 contestants with 10 coming from Great Britain. In 1959, the British Broadcasting Corporation started televising the pageant. And it 1980, the Beauty with a Purpose re-branded the pageant, although the pageant stopped being broadcast in Britain in the year 1988.
Since 1972, the Miss International pageant has been primarily held in Japan, although it traces its roots in Long Beach, California. The pageant was first held in 1960 which saw Stella Marquez besting 51 others for the title. The pageant ownership have changed since moving to Japan and was called Japan Beauty Congress Association. It was in 1975 when the organization was finally renamed International Cultural Association which has remained to this day.
High voltage prestige, being timeless and a long history is one of the key elements to be called a luxury heritage brand. something that the three oldest pageants in the earth could easily boast of. But its not just those that makes these three pageants heritage brands, it is their commitment to their causes that continuously makes them some of the most relevant competitions around.
Miss Earth isn’t included in the list as ME is comparatively too young. The Miss Universe, Miss World & Miss International pageants has been in existence for at least 50 years.
If it were just a battle of beauty for the Miss World title, then we can almost guarantee that the crown is between Clarissa Bowers (Miss World America) and Polina Popova (Miss Russia).
Polina Alexeyevna Popova is the first blonde Miss Russia winner in quite sometime (around a decade?). The 5’11” beauty is perfect for Miss World this year being held in China as she speaks fluent Russian, English and Mandarin. She is arguably the most popular among the MW candidates this year because of her fiercely gorgeous face and warm friendly smile. For most pageant fans, the MW crown should hers by default.
6’0″ Clarissa Bowers is two years younger than Polina at 20 years old. Equally gorgeous, she is currently obtaining a degree in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. What Polina has in popularity, Clarissa goes head to head with her meatier resume. Clarissa comes from a military family and is an ambassador for Healing the Children, Clarissa participates in the surgeries, medical consultations, and fundraising for the charity.
I’d like to say that these two could possibly the candidates that will go head-to-head come coronation night. They might be in a deadlock as of now but as we go closer to the finals, we might see who will pull farther with the lead. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see them in the final two with a much intense tie-breaker round?
Check out the rumored finals format for the Miss World 2017 coronation night.
The Top 40 girls will be comprising of the winners of the fasttracks, head-to-head challenges and a top 15 as selected by judges. They they will be narrowed down to 15, then to 10. The top 10 will go thru the question and answer portion from which the winners will be selected. There is no word if there will be a top 5 this year. It is also said that the pageant will feature pre-taped segments of the Fast-tracks & head to head challenges alongside snippets of the Dances of the World and pre-pageant activities leading to the finals.