Miss World 2013 will be crowned on September 28 at the Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali. This is the first time that a Miss World Pageant will be crowned in South East Asia and Indonesia was always seen as a brave, if not risky choice by the Miss World Organisation. The final was supposed to take place close to Jakarta but demonstrations and threats by hardline extremists forced the government of Indonesia to make the decision that the pageant will stay in Bali. The organizers basically had two weeks to relocate the final rounds to Bali. It’s rather disappointing to say the least and we feel extremely sorry for the friends, family, and fans who already booked flights and hotels to Jakarta. This should never have happened – they should have stuck with Bali in the first place or never even considered Indonesia as a host.
Even though the pageant is now scheduled to take place in Bali which is far more liberal, the threats from the extremists continue. It’s disappointing that these extremists don’t really take a look to see that the Miss World Organisation does a lot of good in this world. There is far greater evil in this world. Now, we really hope that the local organizers are extremely prepared to ensure that nothing terrible happens.
On a positive side, stunning Bali provided a gorgeous backdrop for the 127 lovely ladies competing to be this year’s Miss World. It’s so hard to choose the top contenders this year because there are so many stunning ladies competing. We just hope that the results are fair and that the most deserving beauties make it to the final 20. Politics, propaganda, and business decision take a lot of credibility away from pageant – so may the BEST girl win. Now for my comments – I always try to keep it as nice as possible and would definitely not like to offend any girl or their family. This is a competition though, so I have to also keep my comments fair.
****** Miss World 2013 crown contender
***** Top 5 contender/Continental Title Contender
**** Potential top 10 semi-finalist
*** Likely to be a top 20 semi-finalist
** Could miss the cut or be a surprise in the top 20
* Very likely to miss the cut
FRANCE: MARINE LORPHELIN ******
Marine is just absolutely stunning. She has been shining since day one. I think Miss World fits her like a glove – this is the competition for her for sure. She seems to be a genuinely sweet and sincere girl and that always goes down well at this pageant. Partnered with her alluring beauty that really captivates you, I feel that is has the complete package that the Miss World judges are looking for. It’s definitely between France and Spain for the Miss World Europe title… and I’ll even go as far as saying that she could steal the crown away from more heavily favored girls.
GABON: BRUNILLA MOUSSADINGO **
I keep saying this but the African girls are really strong this year. Their second ever contestant is very pretty but she was just outshined by several other delegates. Brunilla was a good representative and her country can feel very proud of her but I think the group is just too competitive. I’m expecting a breakthrough for Gabon real soon though.
GEORGIA: TAMAR SHEDANIA *
Honestly speaking, I feel Tamar was much better suited for Miss Universe than for Miss World. She captured a lot of attention at Miss Universe because she is really fierce. Unfortunately most of that just gets lost at this pageant. She was amazing on the runway and should have been selected as a top model finalist though. Georgia’s decade long drought is likely to continue.
GERMANY: AMINA SABBAH *
Germany used to do so well in almost every single pageant there was but their glory days have been over for decades now. I’m still waiting for a stunning German to come a long and stun us all this pageant. Amina was crowned only days before the Miss World Pageant started. She did her best to get ready in such a short period of time.
GHANA: CARRANZER SHOOTER ******
My African Queen!!!!!!!! There is no doubt in my mind that Carranzer will be Miss World Africa and I wish we could have more than one Miss World this year. It’s time for Africa again – it has been for a while. Carranzer is tall, stunningly beautiful, and she definitely has the aura of a Miss World. Her Beauty with A Purpose project is absolutely amazing and I was deeply touched by it. I hope she wins the Beauty With A Purpose Award. Carranzer is Africa’s top bet this year and an absolutely crown contender. She should definitely be in the top 3.
Updated: I feel Ghana deserved far better than only 7th place in BWAP!
GIBRALTAR: MAROUA KHARBOUCH ***
Maroua is the best delegate Gibraltar has sent since Kaiane in 2009. In fact, I honestly think she is even more beautiful than Kaiane. Something I was worried about before the start of the pageant was her photo shoots which were a bit on the sexy side but she’s toned her sexiness down for Miss World. She seems to have loads of support from her countrymen and I believe that she’s in contention for a top 20 spot.
GREECE: ATHINA PIKRAKI *
Athina should have left her hair blonde. It was far more complimentary and highlighted her beauty much better. The black hair didn’t work and it made her look harsh and vampish. With some questionable styling choices, she almost became cartoonish. It could have been a whole different story if she kept her hair blonder.
GUADELOUPE: SHERYNA VAN DER KOELEN *
GUAM: CAMARIN MENDIOLA *
Guam’s delegate last year did so well to be in the top 30 but this year I think their delegate is just too young and inexperienced to even try to make a real impact. Better luck for next year for them though.
GUATEMALA: LORAINE QUINTO **
Loraine is another delegate that surprised me. She is radiant and styled really well. She did actually impress me much more than I thought she did. I don’t think she’s in serious contention for a top 20 spot but if her interview went well and she gets a few more valuable points in the challenge events, I don’t think a placement is totally impossible.Photos: Miss World Organisation