Indonesia wins its First Miss International Crown!

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.

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Sashes&Scripts Favorites for Miss International 2017

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

Miss International 2017 Post-Arrival SashPicks

I was asked to do the second Miss International Sash Picks banner as the pageant is now well underway its activities. (I didn’t join the deliberation though, just did the artwork).

20. United Kingdom, Ashley Powell
19. Sweden, Lina Ljungberg
18. India, Ankita Kumari
17. Ethiopia, Bamlak Dereje
16. Indonesia, Kevin Liliana
15. Curacao, Chanelle De Lau
14. Canada, Marta Magdalena Stepien
13. Colombia, Vanessa Pulgarín Monsalve
12. Brazil, Bruna Zanardo
11. Finland, Pihla Koivuniemi
10. Thailand, Ratiyaporn Chookaew
9. Panama, Darelys Santos
8. Mexico, Citlaly Higuera
7. Nepal, Niti Shah
6. Philippines, Mariel de Leon
5. Australia, Amber Dew
4. Japan, Tsutsui Natsuki
3. South Africa, Tayla Robinson
2. Venezuela, Diana Croce
1. Lithuania, Patricija Belousova

Miss International 2017, First SashPicks

It’s almost international pageant season and let’s start it right with Sash Factor’s first Miss International 2017 SashPicks… 

1. South Africa, Tayla Robinson
2. Nepal, Niti Shah 
3. Mexico, Citlaly Higuera
4. Colombia, Vanessa Pulgarin
5. Indonesia, Kevin Liliana
6. Philippines, Mariel de Leon
7. Vietnam, Thuy Dung
8. Poland, Paulina Mariarz
9. Venezuela, Rosangelica Piscitelli
10. Japan, Tsutsui Natsuki
The first three girls in the list are all facially gorgeous ladies, smart and easily fit into the Miss International mold. South Africa’s Tayla Robinson is arguably everyone’s top-of-mind choice among the bevy of girls this year. Nepal’s Niti Shah is a surprise addition but fans better start paying attention to her, her fresh-faced beauty is one that the Japanese could love. Mexico’s Citlaly Higuera is riding the coattails of her recent appointment, her fans feel that this lady should have been sent to Miss Universe on a stronger performance over eventual Nuestra Belleza winner. Same sentiments can be said over Colombia’s Vanessa Pulgarin who is also said to fit the MU mold better. Completing the top 6 are Indonesia’s Kevin Liliana and Philippines’ Mariel de Leon.