If there is one country that is currently on the top of the Miss Universe list, that would be Colombia. In the past three years, they have won Miss Universe, 1st runner up and 2nd runner up. Will Laura González Ospina continue that winning streak?
The multilingual brunette is just a bit shy of 5’10”. She is currently one of the top favorites for the title of Miss Universe among pageant fans and observers. This 22 year old actress-model was born in Cali, Colombia but grew up in Cartagena. She comes after the footsteps of Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega, 2015 MU 1st runner up Ariadna Gutierrez and 2016 MU 2nd runner up Andrea Tovar. The pressure is on her to keep Colombia to be in the top 3 of the pageant.
DO you think she can keep Colombia’s top three streak in Miss Universe this year?
This list is gonna cause some uproar among pageant fans as it names several less popular girls. But hey, Sashes&Scripts has been into hot water before for previous lists so this won’t be something new. One thing I can guarantee is that this list is gonna be a diverse set of countries and names… after all, isn’t #diversity something that WME|IMG’s Miss Universe has been trying so hard to show up on our faces in the past couple of years…
Now on to the list…
1. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, South Africa
2. Laura Gonzalez, Colombia
3. Rachel Louise Peters, Philippines
4. Kara McCullough, USA
5. Alicia Aylies, France
6. Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren, Thailand
7. Ruth Quashie, Ghana
8. Olivia Molly Rogers, Australia
9. Monalysa Alcantara, Brazil
10. Denisse Franco, Mexico
11. Davina Bennett, Jamaica
12. Kseniya Alexandrova, Russia
13. Frida Maria Fornander, Sweden
14. Keysi Sayago, Venezuela
15. Samantha Katie James, Malaysia
This list features a diverse set of women of color (blondes, brunettes, ebony-skinned beauties, mixed race Asians, latinas), from different parts of the world (3 Europeans, 3 Asians, 2 Africans, 3 from North America & the Caribbean, 3 from South America and one from the Land Down Under), of different backgrounds and occupations. And the surprising part of it is that I didn’t set out to create such a diverse list, it just came out organically that way. This must be the work of the mind conditioning that the MU has been showcasing for years now.
While the international pageant season is yet to arrive (starts during the ‘Ber months), we list down the ladies who are currently the most visible frontrunners and/or darkhorses in the competition. We have included in this list national winners from countries that have yet to name if their main girl is competing for Miss Universe or Miss World.
Australia, Olivia Molly Rogers – 25 years old, 5’8″ tall, a speech pathologist by profession. She is one of the girls with a beefy resume.
Colombia, Laura González Ospina – 22 years old, 5’9 3/4″ tall, one of the most facially arresting girls this year. She speak English, French and Spanish.
France, Alicia Aylies – 19 years old, 5’11” tall, a woman of color to win her country’s nationals. This curly haired beauty from French Guiana is confirmed to represent her count at MU this year.
Mexico, Denisse Franco – 19 years old, 5’10” tall, she is perhaps one of the top contenders this year.
Philippines, Rachel Louise Peters – 25 years old, 5’10” tall, one of the more well-rounded girls sent by the Philippines in recent years. This events organizer and self confessed beach bum surely is a darkhorse.
Puerto Rico, Danyeshka Hernández – 19 years old, 5’9″ tall, she is a student currently pursuing Public Relations and Marketing studies. Interesting to note that she is also a pageant veteran.
Russia, Polina Popova – 22 years old, 5’11” tall, the first blonde Miss Russia winner in years. She can surely make the cut if the basis is pure beauty alone.
South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – 22 years old, 5’7″ tall, she is supposed to represent her country on both MU and MW pageants. Despite being the shortest in this list, she has one of the facially gorgeous girls in this list.
USA, Kara McCullough – 25 years old, 5’11” tall, the girl with the heaviest of resumes. Kara could potentially be the benchmark that all other girls would have to measure up to in MU this year.
Venezuela, Keysi Sayago – 23 years old, 5’11” tall, the one of the MV mold breakers and could be rewarded in MU for that. Her being the 3rd woman of color to win MV could help to her advantage.
We are yet to find out the reps for other heavy hitters like Brazil, Great Britain, Jamaica and Thailand, among others. We are still awaiting for the transformation to be seen on other countries’ reps that were already crowned like those from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Sweden.
The Señorita Colombia pageant was supposed to be held during the last quarter of last year however due to a recent memo from IMG|WME, the parent org of Miss Universe, the pageant has to be moved to 2017. According to the new directing from the MUOrg, no concurrent queens should reign simultaneously, hence this year Señorita Colombia is crowning their bet for the Miss Universe and Miss International bets.
Here are my favorites for the title to be vacated by Andrea Tovar, who was 3rd overall in the 65th Miss Universe pageant held in Manila.
1. Antioquia, Vanessa Pulgarin Monsalve
2. Cesar, Anabella Castro Sierra
3. Atlantico, Martha Martínez Insignares
4. Cartagena DTYC, Laura González Ospina
5. Santander, Yenniffer Hernández Jaimes
6. Magdalena, María Fernanda Betancur Moreno
7. Cauca, Mayra Vitoviz Medina
8. Nariño, Camila Aguirre Jaramillo
9. Bogotá D.C., Vanessa Dominguez Field
10. Meta, Geraldine Naranjo Beltrán