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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Miss World 2013 Review: Ukraine to Zambia


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

UKRAINE: ANNA ZAYACHKIVSKA ******
Not only is Anna insanely beautiful (like most of her predecessors),  but she also has the spark, presence, and personality that most of them lacked. The Miss World judges seem to be in love with her so I think she will definitely do very well on the final night. If they are too torn between Philippines, Brazil, and France, they could even just decide to crown this lovely lady.

United States: Olivia Jordan ****
Olivia’s chances significantly improved after winning second place in Top Model. I’m now pretty sure she will be in the top 10. Her previous experience at Miss California USA definitely worked to her advantage. She is a pageant pro. She is tall, stunning, and she will do her country proud on the Miss World stage tonight.

** I wonder who the new franchise holders of her country are. It’s time for a REAL Miss World United States Pageant. Even Miss Earth and Miss International have pageants in the USA. It’s shameful that Miss World does not.

US Virgin Islands: Petra Cabrera-Badia **
A credible showing in the Beach Fashion Challenge Event (top 33) is enough for the people of the US Virgin Islands to be proud of their delegate this year. Petra kind of reminds me of Tatum Keshwar who represented South Africa in 2009. I don’t believe she could emulate their 2011 placement but she did well.

UZBEKISTAN: RAKHIMA GANIEVA **
The girl at the center of the strange “imposter gate” “scandal” which got lots of media attention! (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/17/mystery-surrounds-miss-uzbekistan-at-world-beauty-pageant-after-officials/_) I must give her credit for being a really pretty girl. She will definitely not place but she did not look out of place at all – now, I can’t resist: will the real Miss Uzbekistan please stand up!

VENEZUELA: KAREN SOTO ***
Karen was rumored to be Osmel Sousa’s favorite for the Miss World Venezuela Pageant. In fact, she was rumored to win right from the beginning and she did. This year Osmel followed Julia Morley’s orders and staged a Miss World Venezuela Pageant. Will she reward him for that? That remains a mystery as Karen was only recognized in Beach Fashion so far!

VIETNAM: LAI HUONG THAO **
Miss Vietnam is really pretty but she did not really have anything that set her apart from the rest of the girls. It’s sad that the Asian group was so strong otherwise she would have had a much better shot. I am not sensing a placement for Vietnam this year.

WALES: GABRIELLE SHAW **
One of the hardest tasks at this year’s pageant would probably be for the title holder in Wales. Emulation last year’s delegate’s amazing first runner-up finish. Sophie Moulds set the bar insanely high and it was basically impossible for the next title holder. I must commend Gabrielle for working hard to improve her look since her crowning and being in the top 12 of Talent!

ZAMBIA: CHRISTINE MWAABA *
After many challenges and stumble blocks, Christine FINALLY made it to the Miss World stage. Even this time around it was such a challenge for her that she arrived more than a week late! I have to admired and salute her courage and determination and I hope she had a great time at Miss World.  
Photos: Miss World Organisation

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