One of the scenarios I am imagining in Miss Universe this year is having Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters and Miss Universe Thailand Maria Lynn Poonlertlarp Ehren as roommmates.
And why not? Both ladies have several things in common. Both are halfies, Rachel being British-Filipina and Maria being Swedish-Thai. Both can speak several languages, English being a common denominator. Both would probably need a king size bed with Rachel being 5’10 and Maria being 5’11”. But most of all, they both have the Thai connection as Rachel also lived in Thailand with her family sometime ago.
I would sense that these commonalities would bond them together and we might see a great friendship blossoming. These two can talk over the blessings and challenges they face being halfies living in Asian countries. But more over, they could debate on who are the more rabid, er rather passionate, pageant fans: Filipinos or Thais… And surely they can share stories of how they are coping with the pressures from their respective pageant fans plus the weight of expectation from their respective countries.
Having them as roommates would really be a treat to their fans. And how can one room contain so much beauty?
A couple of weeks ago I posted a write up about three pageant powerhouses (Venezuela, USA and the Philippines) and how they are gearing up for the upcoming international pageant scene. This led me to ask if are they also the early Miss Universe frontrunners?
Rachel Peters, 5’10”, 25 years old – the proverbial beach babe, the girl with the bangin’ body and the “easy to get along with’ attitude. But don’t let that fool you. With her work as an events organizer reveals a sense of discipline and professionalism. She even has worked with superstars like Katy Perry, Jessie J and Christina Aguilera under that capacity. Not to mention that she completed her International Baccalaureate at the British School in Phuket, Thailand and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business, Tourism and Events from La Trobe University in Australia.
Keysi Sayago, 5’10”, 23 years old – the Miss Venezuela mold breaker. Being one of the only three women of color to win the Miss Venezuela title is surely a conversation starter. Then add to it her open involvement in protests for better governance, rallies against violence and economic injustices in her homeland. Surely you get not your typical Miss Venezuela winner who are trained to be politically neutral. Keysi seemingly is the type of girl that would do good with the title and use it to speak out for her chosen advocacies.
Kara McCullough, 5’10”, 25 years old – the nuclear scientist. She is the girl with the ‘heavy resume’, the girl with the proverbial brains and beauty. Kara represents the type of woman that the Miss Universe organization is looking for. Relatable, real and with accomplishments that can propel the organization towards a more modern definition of a pageant girl.
It is no coincidence that these three ladies represent the countries with the most number of alpha pageant crowns. With pageant training as hardcore as that of an Olympic sport it would not be a hardsell to have all of them in the top 3 of Miss Universe. They may just redefine the Miss Universe title and make it modern and more relevant to this day and age…
With the recent crowning of Miss Philippines Earth Karen Ibasco, the Philippines is just one crowning short to complete #TeamPhilippines for 2017. First to be crowned this year was Binibining Pilipinas International Maria Angelica de Leon and Miss Philippines Universe Rachel Louise Peters during the coronation last April 30th.
Rumor has it that the following girls are gunning for the Miss World Philippines title: Mutya ng Pilipinas alum Janela Joy Cuaton, Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 Cynthia Thomalla, former Binibining Pilipinas runner up Laura Lehman and Miss Globe 2015 Ann Colis. Some of these names are perhaps decoys for the real possible participants so unless we see them in the competition we gotta believe their joining with a grain of salt.
During the Metro magazine Q&A video posted on their Facebook page, Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters answer several past MU final questions. And one of the more interesting answers she gave was when she was asked: Why should she be the Next Miss Universe?
Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters is the latest endorser for Pizza Hut! Clad in a leather motorbike outfit, the British-Filipina beauty is seen delivering pizza on the new Pizza Hut TV commercial and print ad. The campaign is also making rounds on social media with the hashtag, #MyPANaloGirl…
Check out her commercial below…
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.