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Friday, December 6, 2013

Miss Earth 2013 Review: Portugal - Slovenia

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
PORTUGAL: SOLANGE DUARTE *
There are so many other girls getting more attention that Portugal, so it seems like there is not much hope for them this year. But I do hope that Solange had a great time at Miss Earth.

REUNION: CHRISTELLE ABRANTES *
Christelle does come across as quite striking but also quite raw at the same time. In this group, it’s hard to imagine that she will place.

ROMANIA: IOANA MIHALACHE ***
She is tall, striking, and elegant. Iona definitely stands out in photos. She might be more of a model than a beauty queen ut one thing is sure: Romania sent a lovely lady to represent them this year.

RUSSIA: OLESYA BOSLOVYAK ***
I feel that Olesya is pretty enough to place and do well but I have other delegates that I think are stronger. If she does too well, fans will probably start believing last year’s rumors. A victory might be the end of Miss Earth. She is a beautiful girl though.

SCOTLAND: KIERA KINGSMAN **
Scotland placed for the first time last year. This year I think another UK girl has a better shot at placing, but Scotland still sent a worthy contender. Kiera can feel proud of her time in the Philippines.

SERBIA: ANDJELKA TOMASEVIC *****
Serbia’s Andjelka got a lot of attention and positive reviews from fans. She has managed to keep the buzz alive and she is seen as a major favorite. I don’t think she will win but I could even see her going all the way to the top 4. She is sexy and stunning.

SIERRA LEONE: MARIATU DUKURAY *
Mariatu does not seem to have made much of an impression so far. I hope she had a great time in Manila but I think there are much stronger bets from Africa.

SINGAPORE: VANESSA HEE *
Vanessa’s features are very interesting and I can actually see her doing well in the modeling industry as a high fashion model. It does not necessarily work for the pageant industry but she does have a very interesting look.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC: LUCIA SLANINKOVA ****
I think Lucia is absolutely gorgeous and I hope she does really well. It would be a shame if such a beauty is overlooked. The signs are looking good so far. She got noticed in both resort wear and swimwear, so I’m hoping to see a good result.

SLOVENIA: NINA KOS **
The European group is quite strong. Nina is pretty but she has not really made too much of an impression so far. Just being the best possible representative for your country is already a great achievement.
Photos: Miss Earth Pageant

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