Is it such a coincidence that the girls I placed as my 3rd fave in Miss Earth and Miss International became the eventual winners this year? Well that is what happened with Karen Ibasco of the Philippines and Kevin Liliana of Indonesia.
Kevin Liliana was crowned by outgoing Miss International Kylie Verzosa at the Tokyo Dome during the 57th annual competition. First runner up honors went to Curacao’s Chanelle de Lau (who was my top fave for the title), 2nd runner up Diana Croce of Venezuela. Amber Dew of Australia was named 3rd runner up and Japan’s Tsutsui Natsuki was named fifth place. This year two of the top 5 placers (Japan and Indonesia) also trained in the Philippines including United Kingdom.
Continental queens as follows:
Miss International Asia: Nam Seung Woo (Korea)
Miss International Europe: Ashley Powell (United Kingdom)
Miss International America: Carla Patricia Maldonado Simoni (Bolivia)
Miss International Africa: Daniella Akorfa Awuma (Ghana)
Miss International Oceania: Michelle Isemonger (New Zealand)
The rest of the top 8 were Phounsap Phonnyotha of Laos, Ashley Powell of UK and Jocelyn Mieles of Ecuador. Candidates from Slovakia, Ghana, Honduras, Finland, Panama, Thailand, and South Africa made it to the Top 15. The Philippines’ Mariel de Leon failed to make the semis proving that the Mikimoto curse is still strong and alive.
This has to be the most facially strong Miss International batch in recent history. So it is quite difficult to say who would be the next winner to succeed reigning Miss International Kylie Verzosa. We see at least 10 strong ladies that could eventually emerge victorious come November 14th.
The Alternates – these ladies could still make first cut in the competition. 20. Moldova, Daniela Bejan 19. Japan, Tsutsui Natsuki 18. Brazil, Bruna Zanardo 17. United Kingdom, Ashley Powell 16. Australia, Amber Dew The Semi-finalists – this is a motley crew of ladies that I believe to still be a threat for the crown. They comprise some of the most gorgeous girls in the pageant and would perhaps be possible darkhorses for the title. 15. Panama, Darelys Santos 14. Vietnam, Thuy Dung 13. Russia, Elena Kviatkevich 12. Nepal, Niti Shah 11. Canada, Marta Magdalena Stepien 10. Colombia, Vanessa Pulgarin 9. Tunisia, Khaoula Gueye 8. Lithuania, Patricija Belousova 7. Thailand, Ratiyaporn Chookaew
The Possible Winners – these ladies seem to be the ones who are to battle for the crown. For the first time I have selected a woman of color for the Miss International title. The pageant has had its fair share of criticism over seldom selecting women of color as its titleholder. Chanelle is the perfect balance of wit, beauty and personality that could bring the title to the Caribbean. 6. Philippines, Mariel de Leon 5. Mexico, Citlaly Higuera 4. Venezuela, Diana Croce 3. Indonesia, Kevin Liliana 2. South Africa, Tayla Robinson 1. Curacao, Chanelle de Lau
The Miss International pageant is almost nearing a close and here is the second Sashes&Scripts Leaderboard… A lot of new names in this list as we expanded it from 12 to 16. Try to counter check it with the first leaderboard on this link. The Deltas 16. Panama, Darelys Santos * new 15. Canada, Marta Magdalena Stepien * new 14. Moldova, Daniela Bejan * new 13. Colombia, Vanessa Pulgarin 12. Russia, Elena Kviatkevich * new 11. Nepal, Niti Shah ⇓
The BETAS 10. Venezuela, Diana Croce ⇓ 9. United Kingdom, Ashley Powell ⇓ 8. South Africa, Tayla Robinson ⇓ 7. Philippines, Mariel de Leon ⇓ 6. Lithuania, Patricija Belousova ⇓ The ALPHAS 5. Tunisia, Khaoula Gueye*new 4.Indonesia, Kevin Liliana ⇓ 3. Curacao, Chanelle de Lau ⇑ 2. Mexico, Citlaly Higuera ⇑ 1. Thailand, Ratiyaporn Chookaew *new After quite an absence from several activities of Miss International, Miss Thailand Ratiyaporn is back to good health. She is now into the full swing of the activities after getting early signs of chickenpox. Mexico’s Citlaly Higuera is also highly visible these days. Most noticeable is how Chanelle and Khaoula have climbed up in the list, watch out for these two as they might be the women of color who could finally win Miss International. Check back again soon for our final list of our Miss International 2017 favorites.
I’d have to say the Miss International pageant has attracted the most beautiful/ pretty/ gorgeous faces in any of the Alpha pageants this year. The Tokyo-based Miss International pageant seems to prefer the classically beautiful faces for its winners. This year is no exception as at least 10 absolute perfect faces are currently competing in the pageant. While my list may be subjective, I have nonetheless listed those that perfectly fits the mold of what the pageant may be looking for… * Colombia, Vanessa Pulgarin – looks like the Virreina to Senorita Colombia is doing well on her own in Tokyo. Vanessa has ‘beauty queen’ written all over her face with her high cheekbones, chiseled jawline and aquiline nose. * Nepal, Niti Shah – she is the strongest Miss Nepal in any competition this year. She has an innocent, pure and yet lovable quality in her. Plus her face is one that you cannot easily dismiss. I hope to see her do well in the competition.
* Indonesia, Kevin Liliana – for the second straight year, Puteri Indonesia is sending their prettiest girl to MI. Boneka that is how I would describe her as she has the face that the Japanese organizers would love. * Ukraine, Kseniya Chifa – are we even surprised to see Ukraine in this list? Ukraine would always be represented by fiercely gorgeous girls in any competition and Kseniya has a face any pageant girl would die for. * Canada, Marta Magdalena Stepien – I absolutely didn’t have her in my early list of girls that I watched out for. But the girl is registering strong face and gorgeous mug shots every time her face is plastered on IG and FB posts. It also helps that Marta looks like a brunette Taylor Swift! * South Africa, Tayla Robinson – perhaps the strongest blonde in the batch. I would love to see her make top 5 this year. And knowing how the Japan-based pageant have a penchant for blonde beauties, I feel Tayla will fare well in the pageant.
* Philippines, Mariel de Leon – she has arguably the friendliest and most angelic face of the bunch. Doll face if I should describe her. From the time she joined BBP earlier this year, I knew she would be perfect for MI and she is delivering well in Tokyo.
* Mexico, Citlaly Higuera – another stunner from Mexico. Her country never sends facially weak girls and this year is no exception. In fact Citlaly in my book is one of the best faces in MI this year. Her face is visual orgasm come to life. * Lithuania, Patricija Belousova – when she puts on red lipstick, this pretty-faced dancesport athlete transforms into a pageant diva. She has the facial features that previous MI winners like Andrea Neu and Anne Lena Hansen possess. * Venezuela, Diana Croce – she is arguably the most photogenic in this year’s batch. She looks just as goon in professional shoots as in her candids. This Elite Model Look winner has been modeling since age 14 and has walked the runways of New York Fashion Week.
Some of the girls that also almost made it into the list are the ladies from Curacao, Tunisia, Vietnam and Laos. But if there was ever a 1-2-3-4 punch combo in this year’s competition, those would have to be Venezuela, Lithuania, Mexico and the Philippines… with Nepal and Canada just close behind. It would be interesting to see if any of these girls would land the top 5 in this year’s competition!
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!