Friday, August 17, 2012

Miss World 2012 Review: Ukraine - Zimbabwe

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:

UKRAINE: Karyna Zhyronkina *****
About a month ago, I was quite sure that Karyna would definitely be in the top 3. I still think she is an absolute stunner. The only problem I had was that even though she looked gorgeous on each and every photo, it looked she was there but not really there. She always looked like her mind was somewhere else. She could still easily get the Queen of Europe award though. She is THAT beautiful.

UNITED STATES: Claudine Book **
As usual, the delegate of the United States was a surprise and no one had even heard of her before or has any idea of how she was chosen. She does seem like a lovely and very likeable girl though. She has the same girl-next-door appeal that her fellow American, Miss World 2012, Alexandria Mills did. So she might do very well.

URUGUAY: Valentina Henderson *

I don’t think Valentina is unattractive. In fact, I think she is quite striking. The problem is just that she did absolutely nothing to stand out. She usually just blended into the crowd.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS: Taiesha Lashley *
Last year, their delegate surprised everyone by placing. I do not think a repeat placement is on the cards.

VENEZUELA: Gabriella Ferrari ***
The country who won the year before has not placed in the top 15 since 2002 (Miss Nigeria). So the odds are against Gabriella. One thing I’ve learned is to never underestimate or count Venezuela out. Gabriella looks amazing at times but I sometimes wonder if she was informed that it’s a battle half lost as I suspect that she could have done more.

VIETNAM: Hoangmy Vu ***
I could not even remember her from Miss Universe but she actually really impressed me during her stint at Miss World. And in a field of 116, that’s quite impressive. She has a gorgeous face and she always looked her best. Vietnam could be back in the top 30 again.

WALES: Sophie Moulds ******
I was so very sure that Sophie would be the next Miss World until the last week, then it seemed like she got tired and started to fizzle… but now she’s in the top 10 of Beach Beauty… so now I believe again that she could be the next Miss World. She is her country’s best hope in a very very long time.

ZIMBABWE: Bongani Dlakama *
Last year’s delegate did exceptionally well and many thought she should have been the Queen of Africa instead of Miss South Africa. This year, the contestant from Zimbabwe is a bit of a disappointment. She looked totally unprepared for the Miss World Pageant.


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