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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Miss Universe 2013 Review: Malaysia - Netherlands

Miss Universe is being hosted in Russia for the very first time this year. It's nice to see Miss Universe being hosted somewhere else even though the pageant has lost a lot of it's glamor. The activities seem to be done on a shoestring budget, but they do have one of the best stages in recent years. I do hope that the Miss Universe Organization will start to rethink they way they do business. There are almost no more prizes that are really worthwhile and I think they really need to make the prize package a bit more lucrative again. I think they the organization needs to move away from the cheap thrills sleazy publicity angel and start building the image of the brand again.

As for the girls, 86 girls are competing for the 62nd Miss Universe title. I was a little disappointed by a lot of the favorites. The girls I thought would do really well didn't perform as well or made poor styling choices. Overall, I think it's a good group of girls and I think there are a group of about 30 girls who could be in contention to do really well. Now, let's take a look at the beauties vying for this year's Miss Universe title:

POSSIBLE WINNER - ******
POSSIBLE TOP 5 FINALIST - *****
POSSIBLE TOP 10 SEMI-FINALIST - ****
POSSIBLE TOP 15 QUARTER FINALIST - ***
UNLIKELY TO PLACE - **
HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO PLACE - *



MALAYSIA: CAREY NG **

If the last two Malaysian delegates didn’t make it, then I would think it would be impossible for Carey to make it. I honestly don’t even know anymore what Malaysia can do to place. Sure, I think she’s pretty and well-packaged but she didn’t wow me that much. I would put her in the upper half of the middle of the pack.

MAURITIUS: DIYAH BEELTAH *
Diyah was actually a positive surprise. She had moments where she just shone. It is not nearly enough to secure a placement but I would definitely say that it was a nice surprise for this non pageant powerhouse country.

MEXICO: CYNTHIA DUQUE **
It’s really rare to get a year when Mexico isn’t super competitive but I am not feeling their delegate this much. I liked her when she was crowned but I feel that she could have worked harder to make sure she was in top form for the Miss Universe Pageant. She did a commendable job in the preliminaries but I don’t think it was enough to secure a placement. I expect more from Mexico.

MYANMAR: MOE SET WINE ***
It’s great to see Myanmar competing for the first time in 52 years (they competed as Burma back in 1961). I had high hopes for Moe and even though I think she did her best in the preliminaries, I do feel that there are better girls from the group of Asians. I think her best hope of making the top 16 would come from being the winner of the fan vote or being a MUO pick.

NAMIBIA: PAULINA MALULU **
I am glad that Paulina got to compete. It’s always nice to see Namibia being represented at Miss Universe. I think she had her moment of glory at Miss International. She should be happy that she got the chance to also compete at Miss World and Miss Universe. I do think she gave it at all and I actually think she’s great on stage. Her runway skills are quite impressive.

NETHERLANDS: STEPHANY TENCY ***
This Dutch stunner reminds me so much of Kim Kotter (former Miss Netherlands and Dutch ND) herself. She is absolutely beautiful and I think she is one of the strongest blondes. My main problem with her is that she has pretty weak runway skills. I think she looked amazing in evening gown. She is in contention to be a top 16 finalist but I don’t think she will go further than that.
Photos: Miss Universe Organization

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