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Miss Earth 2015 – Angelia Ong
Miss International 2016 – Kylie Verzosa
Miss Universe 2015 – Pia Wurtzbach
Miss World 2015 – Mireia Lalaguna

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Miss Earth England, Luissa Burton

ENGLAND, Luissa Burton
Age: 26
Height: 176 cm
Measurements: 89 cm – 60 cm – 89 cm
Hometown: Worcestershire
Profession: Model

My Hair Recommendation: I strongly recommend her to go back to being blonde. But since the brown hair is already there, the best she can do is to pull her hair up to give more focus on her face. A hairdo ala Julia Roberts (when she won an Academy award in vintage Valentino) would be the bomb come finals night for her. But for swimsuits, I recommend a high ponytail with straight hair.
My Makeup Recommendation: light makeup seems to work best on her. But I would like if she tries to bring out her cheekbones a bit thru contouring. 
My Assessment: I am a bit on the fence with her chances for the main title but a sure top 4 or 8 is highly possible. I have heard that she really wants the title and I just hope that her over-eagerness would not work against her. At the end of the day, I know she will do quite well in the competition.

Kylie Verzosa and the “Aurora Pijuan Phenomenon”

We can now officially call it the #AuroraPijuanPhenomenon.

When fan-favorite for the Miss Universe Philippines, Kylie Verzosa found herself winning the Binibining Pilipinas International title, a lot of her fans were surprised. Little did we know back then that the powers at be at Bb Pilipinas Org were being strategic in her placement. Back in 1970, this same thing happened with a strong candidate was placed in the same title by the name of Aurora Pijuan. She was poised to be reigning Miss Universe Gloria Diaz’ successor for the Binibining Pilipinas Universe crown but was relegated instead to the Tokyo-based pageant. Urban legend has it that she was placed specifically to that position as no Miss Universe back to back winner has been crowned then (which only happened in 2008 & 2009). This was what happened to Kylie earlier this year. Lo and behold, she has become the Philippines’ 6th Miss International winner. 

On a personal note, I was quite happy to see Kylie win as she has been my sentimental favorite for the title. It was noteworthy to see that Indonesia’s Felice Hwang and Nicaragua’s Brianny Chammoro who were also on my “list of 5 faves” ending up as 2nd and 3rd runners up respectively.
Will the Aurora Pijuan phenomenon happen again in the future? We can’t tell unless we win another Miss Universe title and see if the Philippine bet a year later is up to the task.

Miss Grand International 2016, Ariska Putri Pertiwi

I was probably one of the few people (maybe the only) who placed Ariska Putri Pertiwi as possible top contender for the Miss Grand International crown… and I guess I was right as she ended up as the main winner.

This 21 year old Red Cross Ambassadress is a student of medicine who wants to be a doctor in the future. Ika, as she is nicknamed, placed 4th in the Puteri Indonesia pageant earlier in the year but was tagged by most pageant fans as one of the strongest winners in her batch alongside Puteri Lingkungan, Felice Hwang. Her win is the first time that Indonesia won an crown in a huge international pageant. She also won best in national costume with her elaborate Royal Singokh costume.

Joining her court were 1st Runner up Nicole Cordoves of the Philippines, 2nd Runner up Supaporn Malisorn of Thailand, 3rd Runner up Madison Anderson Berrios of Puerto Rico and USA’s Micelle Leon completes the list. Interestingly enough, both Puerto Rico and Thailand were in my list of possible winners… 

Be Part of the Mossimo Model Supremacy

Are you ready to be part of the Mossimo Bikini Summit: “Model Supremacy”?

Well get your butt off the couch and get yourself to the following screenings…
Screening dates:
• November 19-20, 2016 – Luzon screening (Dagupan City)
• November 26-27, 2016 – Visayas screening (Cebu)
• November 3-4, 2016 – Mindanao screening (Davao)
• January 14-15, 2017 – NCR screening
• January 21-22, 2017 – NCR screening
Qualifications for joining (Male & Female)
• Aged 18-25 years old
• Open to all nationalities with Filipino blood or ancestry
• Single
• Pleasing personality
• High school graduate
• Proportional physique
• 5’6” and above for females
• 5’10” and above for males
• Excellent communication skills

Bring your setcards, model book/ portfolio, and swimwear (preferably Mossimo, of course!) to the screening (exact venues to be posted soon). For inquiries you can contact the Model Supremacy secretariat at the ff:
Landline: 403-1303
Mobile numbers: 0915-520-8714 (Bernard) or 0908- 810-8714 (Emir) or 0977-156-1749 (Gio)

My Favorites for Miss International 2016

It’s going to be a tough job to predict who the Miss International winner might be with the quality of the girls in the competition. So instead I have five names that I believe could be the perfect girl for the Miss International crown…
Indonesia, Felice Hwang – a Singapore-educated lass with a very sweet disposition. Can she be her country’s first Miss International winner? That could be possible.
United Kingdom, Romy Simpkins – there is an unassuming quality in her that I find to be something that the Japanese judges might like.
Philippines, Kylie Verzosa – my sentimental favorite for the crown. I have seen her compete since 2015 and she could do a great job should she become Miss International.
Poland, Magdalena Bienkowska – she is the quitessential doll-like beauty that the Japanese judges seem to favor. Next to Kylie, this girl is my next best bet & this lady has strong chances of taking the title.

Nicaragua, Brianny Chamorro – she is one of the girls that impressed me during the Women’s Forum and I won’t be surprised if she makes a killing come finals night.

While I have my top 5 solidly locked, I have three Major Spoilers for the title:
Mexico, Geraldine Ponce – one the best faces in the batch and it would be a shock not to see her make the cut. She is a darkhorse in the competition that everyone should watch out for.
Vietnam, Pham Ngoc Phuong Linh – yes, you heard me right. This pixie looking lass could easily make it into the top five just like last year.
Venezuela, Jessica Duarte – if she is Osmel’s swan song to this pageant, then she could well be the girl who could make the MI back-to-back win possible. Don’t count her out just yet.

I personally see that the title might all boil down between Indonesia, Poland and the Philippines. It would just be a matter of who the judges might prefer for the Mikimoto crown.