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
SPAIN: ELENA IBARBIA *****
The first Miss World Spain Pageant produced a gem! Elena is just absolutely stunning. We all knew she would be in the running for the crown and she did start off with a bang. It seems like she did run out of steam a bit towards the end but there’s no denying that this gorgeous stunner will be there tonight and she will more than likely look her best when the time is right. Love her.
SRI LANKA: IRESHA DA SILVA ***
This is another bittersweet one for me. Iresha is just so absolutely gorgeous that it really pains me that she was also pretty much ignored by the judges. I feel that she is much better than India but that is such a powerful sash to fight. Her beauty was wasted on this pageant and I really hope she’ll get the opportunity to represent her country at another pageant. She should have been in the top 10 at least but now I’m just hoping for a surprise top 20 placement.
SWEDEN: AGNETA MYHRMAN **
Agneta improved a lot since her crowning and looked really nice during her time in Indonesia. She is a sweet and sincere girl who just genuinely wanted to make her country proud. I think she did a good job.
SWITZERLAND: CINDY WILLINER *
Switzerland is back at Miss World and we are delighted about that. Cindy has done a lot of charity work and that is really commendable. We hope she enjoyed her Miss World experience and we wish this organization the best. We hope they find a gem that can bring Switzerland some glory at the Miss World Pageant very soon.
TANZANIA: BRIGITTE LYMINO ***
Tanzania’s Brigitte got some really wonderful recognition in the form of a wonderful BWAP result: third place. That will give her major leaderboard points. She is actually lovely and I’m glad she has done good work in her country. She could actually be a surprise on the final night.
THAILAND: KANYAPHAK PHOKESOMBOON ***
Thailand queen looked radiant and lovely when she showed up at Miss World. I didn’t really pay much attention to her before the start of the pageant but she commanded attention during the first couple of week of the pageant. Even though I felt that she fizzled a bit towards the end, a second place in the Multimedia Challenge has kept her hopes of a spot in the top 20 alive.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: SHERRECE VILLAFANA **
Now here’s a delegate who proved to me that first impressions are not always right. I was underwhelmed when I first saw Sherrece’s crowning shots but then after she glammed up, I was absolutely stunned. She is lovely and should have gotten much more recognition that top 12 in talent.
TUNISIA: HIBA TELMOUDI **
It’s great to see Tunisia back at Miss World. The last time they competed was way back in 1978! This year they sent the stunning Hiba. She arrived a bit late due to visa problems and did not feature much in the challenge events but she is a really beautiful girl with the most gorgeous eyes. I think she is made a great comeback for her country at this pageant.
TURKEY: RUVEYDA OKSUZ **
Turkey should have been in the top 30 at least last year! This year, their delegate is not as strong as last year’s but she’s not weak either. She made a positive impression but did not really stand out enough. They will probably miss the cut again.
UGANDA: STELLAH NANTUMBHWE **
Stellah wasn’t my favorite to win her national title but I actually grew to like her during her time at the Miss World Pageant. I adore the shape of her eyes. It makes her look unique and different. She is also very regal and elegant. I don’t think it will be enough to bring her country glory but she was a good choice to represent her African nation at this pageant.Photos: Miss World Organisation