Tuesday, October 10, 2017

If I were a judge: Miss Diva 2017 (Miss Universe India)

Fifteen young women are in the running for the Miss Diva 2017 title on October 11th. The winner will represent India at the 2017 Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas. The reigning Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere from France, and Paula Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization are attending the event as special guests. Who will be Miss Universe India 2017? If I were a judge:

Miss Diva 2017: Menka Rai 

1st runner-up: Shraddha Shashidar

2nd runner-up: Shelly Kataria

3rd runner-up: Apeksha Porwal

4th runner-up: Swetha Gadad

If I were a judge: Miss Universe Singapore 2017

Nineteen young women will compete for the 2017 Miss Universe Singapore title on October 11th. The winner will represent Singapore at the next Miss Universe competition. Who will be Miss Universe Singapore 2017? If I were a judge:

Miss Universe Singapore 2017: Emilbiany Nenggal Intong 

1st runner-up: Shonalie Raha

2nd runner-up: Nadiah Sapuan

3rd runner-up: Manuela Blanka

4th runner-up: Camira Asrori

Monday, October 9, 2017

Miss Grand International 2017: Stairway to the Crown #1 (10/09)

Top 10:
6. Sri Lanka
7. Brazil
8. Belgium
9. Mexico
10. Indonesia

Top 20:
11. Australia
12. Netherlands
13. South Sudan
14. Ukraine
15. Vietnam
16. Peru
17. England
18. Philippines
19. Russia
20. Czech Republic

Apologies for the sloppy leaderboard, friends. I am trying to teach myself how to use Canva and this is my very first attempt. I will get better! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

If I were a judge: Miss Nederland 2017

Miss Nederland 2017 will be crowned on October 9. Eleven young women will compete for the title. The winner will represent the Netherlands at Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas. Who will be Miss Nederland? If I were a judge:

Miss Nederland 2017: Chantal van Dalen 

1st runner-up: Deborah van Hemert 

2nd runner-up: Denise Veerman

3rd runner-up: Farrieda Smit

4th runner-up: Romy Meijer

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Are swimsuits back at Miss World?

The Miss World 2017 official promo video has been released and there was one surprise: it seems that swimsuits will be back at Miss World.

In 2014, the Miss World Organisation announced that they will no longer have a swimsuit round. At the time, Julia Morley told Elle Magazine the following: " I don't care if someone has a bottom two inches bigger than someone else's. We are really not looking at her bottom. We are really listening to her speak. We don't want to just make them feel like they are walking bodies, you know?" 

Bringing a modified swimsuit round back in the form of a beach fashion fast track is nothing new for Miss World. The organisation started slowing modifying their approach to the swimsuit round by changing from swimsuits to so beach fashion as long as  20 to 22 years ago during their editions in South Africa (95), India (96), and the Seychelles (97) before axing the final night swimsuit round completely. One thing that can be expected is that, there won't be any swimsuits on stage during the finals this year as the organisation has not done for more than a decade. 

Elle Magazine's powerful closing statement regarding Mrs. Morley's decision in 2014 read as follows: Mrs. Morley is making a pioneering move for the industry and one that may encourage others in the industry—and the public at large—to consider what modern pageantry could mean when the bikini, and the body, are removed from the equation of how women are judged. Regardless of how they do their beach fashion challenge this year, Miss World's harshest critics will definitely use this as a stick to beat a competition that has been exploring ways to revamp its image. 

While some people might think their decision to include a beach fashion round is hypocritical, it must be mentioned that beach fashion does not necessarily mean swimsuits. To different countries and cultures, beach fashion might mean different things. Whether it is bikinis in South America where sexiness is celebrated, burkinis chosen by women who want to send a different message to the world, or a beach resort wear look that does not even include a swimsuit at all, we can't deny that going to the beach is still a part of life. And like Mrs. Morley herself said in the past, swimwear belongs on a beach and given the fact that the contest is being held on the tropical island of Hainan, doesn't it make sense to celebrate that part of island culture? Could it be that Miss World will only have a beach fashion round when they are being hosted by tropical beach locations? 

How do you feel about this? 

Friday, October 6, 2017

If I were a judge: Miss Ghana 2017


Miss Ghana 2017 will be crowned on October 7. While the 2015 runner-up will represent Ghana at Miss World 2017, this year's winner will have a whole year to prepare for Miss World 2018. Which of the 20 finalists should take home the title? If I were a judge:

Miss Ghana 2017: Margaret Gamli (FINISHED AS 1st RUNNER-UP) 

1st runner-up: Margaret Wintur  (WON MISS GHANA 2017) 

2nd runner-up: Dzudzor Millicent Dzifa

3rd runner-up: Eunice Saida Abotsie

4th runner-up: Magdalene Benua Ayaribire