Pages

Friday, December 6, 2013

Miss Earth 2013 Review: Korea - Mexico

89 delegates arrived in Manila in early November to compete for the Miss Earth 2013 title. On Saturday (December 7) 88 (Miss New Zealand had to withdraw after she got sick in the Philippines)of them will step on stage hoping to become the 13th Miss Earth.

Even though there is a really strong group of delegate, I must say that it is very hard to follow the pageant after last year's scandal. I actually didn't really follow it that closely this year because that scandal left a bitter taste in my mouth which will probably remain there for quite some time. One the one hand I did decide though to give them a fair shot hoping they will redeem themselves. And on the other hand, I also cover this pageant because my blog is fairly young and I need the hits. I hope this organization will pull themselves together and strive towards fairness and transparency. Integrity and respect can be much more valuable (in the long term) than money gained from selling a title.

Back to the delegates, who don't really need to be involved in all of this. I must say that the quality has improved a lot the last five years and this is probably one of their best bunches yet. Here's my review:


******: POTENTIAL WINNER
*****: POTENTIAL RUNNER-UP
****: POTENTIAL TOP 8 FINALIST
***: POTENTIAL TOP 16 FINALIST
**: UNLIKELY TO PLACE
*: HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO PLACE


KOREA: CATHARINA CHOI ***

I expected Catharina to do really well at this competition. In fact, I thought she might even take it all. I think she is an absolutely gorgeous girl but so far it seems like she has not been noticed. Even though I still think she might be in the top 16, she will probably be outperformed by India, the Philippines, and Thailand.

KOSOVO: DONIKA EMINI ***
This stunning blonde is also flying under the radar so far. She is gorgeous and tall, and in all fairness, she deserves a spot in the top 16. Will Miss Earth’s usual list of surprise placements leave her out in the cold? I hope not.

LEBANON: RITA HOUKAYMEN **
Even though she is a pretty girl, in this group Rita is only somewhere in the middle of the pack. I will be surprised if she gets a spot in the top 16.

LITHUANIA: MONIKA SERECKYTE **
Lithuania has some really gorgeous girls but they never seemed to have the ability to stand out in a crowd. Stronger girls from her country failed to place at several international pageants in recent years, and Monika will probably have a similar fate.

MACAU: ASHLEY QIAN **
A silver medal in the Miss Photogenic competition and a sponsor’s award meant that Ashley is probably the best performing beauty queen from her country in quite a while. Does that mean she will place in the top 16, probably not! But she does can hold her head up very high when she goes back to her country.

MADAGASCAR: ERWINAH MATON *  
Madagascar does not really compete internationally, so it’s always great to see them being represented. I hope Erwinah will go back with lots of wonderful experiences and that her island nation’s people will be very proud of her.

MALAYSIA: JOSEPHINE TAN **
There are some photos of her after she was crowned where she appeared to “westernize” her looks to the extent that it looked a little bit strange. I am glad she showed up looking Asian and she does look much better that way.

MARTINIQUE: RANI CHARLES ***
There seems to be quite a positive buzz around Rani and many people have her pegged as a sure bet in the top 16. After being in the top 15 in both the talent and resort wear competitions and bagging a sponsor’s award, it is definitely possible. I can easily see that happening too as her region is not really that competitive. She would be a great addition to the top 16.

MAURITIUS: VIRGINIE DORZA **
Being part of the top 15 of the swimsuit finals is a major achievement for Mauritius who does not really get much notice at international pageant. I think that Virginie should feel very proud of that and she can go back to her country feeling proud and happy about her stint at Miss Earth.

MEXICO: KRISTAL SILVA ****
I was not sure about Kristal’s chances at first but I must say that she has continued to grow on me. I am liking her more and more and I now feel that a spot in the top 8 could happen for her. Her height, stunning face, and the Latina charm will work in her favor. After being in the resort wear and swimsuit finals and two sponsor’s awards, it is a fact that she is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Photos: Miss Earth Organization

No comments:

Post a Comment