Friday, August 17, 2012

Miss World 2012 Review: Serbia - Sri Lanka

The 62nd Miss World will be crowned this Saturday, August 18th, at the Dongsheng Fitness Stadium Center in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. 116 amazing young ladies are competing to become the next Miss World. Ordos welcomed the girls with open arms and it seems like they are going all out to show the world what they can done. The stage is looking amazing and the opening ceremony looked fantastic with all the traditional dancers and the huge LED screens. I hope we will be treated with a grand and exciting final night. The contest was very long again... four weeks! I am sure the girls must be exhausted by now but I also know it has been a fantastic experience for them. It was hard to follow the contest at times as the girls rarely wear their sashes. To know who's who, you have to be able to either recognize them or be able to decipher what's written on those small name tags. The groups is so strong this year, though, that it is almost impossible to say who will be the next Miss World. There are so many gorgeous and deserving young ladies and I wish them all good luck and the very best in life!!!

***** In the running for a spot in the top 7
**** Potential top 15 semi-finalist
*** Could be in the top 30
** Will possibly miss the cut
* Very likely to miss the cut

Here's what I think:

SERBIA: Bojana Lecic ***
Miss Serbia is a stunning young lady who should have received WAY more attention from the Miss World challenge events judges than she did. I don’t know and understand how they could have overlooked her. She is a natural stunner, tall, and super elegant. I am hoping that she aced her interview and that she’ll be one of the top 30. Otherwise, I will be super disappointed that she did not get to go to Miss Universe.

SEYCHELLES: Sherlyn Furneau ***
I had high hopes for Sherlyn when I saw her photos in China. I believed that she could be the Queen of Africa but she has somewhat fizzled over the last week or so. She has been mostly overlooked in the Challenge Events except for Top Model so it might be a sign that she will not be one of the girls who get called tomorrow night. She does have a striking resemblance to Miss World 2010 runner-up, Emma Wareus from Botswana, and that could have counted against her.

SIERRA LEONE: Vanessa Williams *
Miss Sierra Leone arrived late… very late. She only joined the other ladies upon their return from Shanghai. I commend her for really trying her best to find sponsorship so she could compete and it was awesome that she made it to the Talent final. I hope she enjoyed the little bit of the competition that she got to experience.

SINGAPORE: Karisa Sukamto *
She came from nowhere to win her national title so her win was a huge surprise to many… and a lot of people questioned the results. In general, I would say that she has not been as bad as I expected but she’s not one of the front-runners from her region and she is super short.

SLOVAKIA: Kristina Krajcirova **
I have been on the fence with this girl since she won her national title. Sometimes I think she looks much more like a high fashion model than a beauty queen and at other times I saw something so striking and appealing in her that I thought she could be contender. My initial reaction seemed to have been right. She will probably miss the cut.

SLOVENIA: Nives Oresnik **
When I saw her press conference crowning photos, I was most disappointed by Slovenia’s choice… but she showed up in China looking absolutely lovely. When I saw her profile video, I realized that she’s quite underrated. But I guess she’ll stay underrated because other than Sports, she’s not really received much attention at all.

SOUTH AFRICA: Remona Moodley ***
Remona is an intelligent and articulate young lady. She is not the best that I’ve seen from South Africa but I’ve learned never to count out South Africa, especially when members of the Mandela family are involved. I think Remona’s major points will come from interview and Beauty With A Purpose and could very well push her into the top 30.

SOUTH SUDAN: Atong Demach ******
If Atong wins, I’ll be estatic. She has the height and looks to be a world class top model but she also has the charm and sweet serenity of a Miss World. She is my number one bet from Africa and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for her. She has wanted to be part of the Miss World experience for such a long time, she asked for advice from my very dear friend (a Miss World expert from one of the top 3 pageant websites), got the advice, followed the advice, and did everything in her power to be an amazing representative for her country. If the Miss World crown does not go on her head, I do hope she has a great career as a runway model. She deserves it!

SPAIN: Aranzazu Estevez Godoy ****
I loved her, then I was on the fence, but now I like her very much again. She is tall, beautiful, regal, and has the most amazing eyes. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with. For the second year in a row, Spain could be in the top 15 and this time they can even bag the Queen of Europe award.

SRI LANKA: Sumudu Prasadini **
After the huge mix-up with the crowning of Miss Sri Lanka, it was nice to see her get the opportunity to represent her country in China. Actually she has been a nice surprise. At times she even outshined Miss India. She did a great job and should be very proud of herself.


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