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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Miss Earth 2013 Review: Ukraine - Zimbabwe

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

UKRAINE: ANASTASIA SUKH ******
I did not really notice Anastasia at first but when my eyes finally opened, I was in just in love with her beauty. She is gorgeous, glamorous, and just so naturally beautiful and it all seems so effortless. She is by far the best blonde in the competition! But can a blonde win two years in a row? I think she will do very well and there’s a chance that she could even take it all.
USA: NICOLE VELEZ *
 
The United States has sent some other stronger competitors in the past who failed to place. Last year, they were one of my top favorites but this year I don’t really see much happening for them. The field is just too strong.
US VIRGIN ISLANDS: VANESSA DONASTORG *
 
I think Vanessa’s proudest achievement in this pageant will be that she was one of the top 15 finalists in the talent final. I hope she had a very memorable time representing her country at this pageant.
VENEZUELA: ALYZ HEINRICH ******
 
Alyz is probably the safest bet to win the competition. She is tall, beautiful, charming, and will be amazing on stage. Venezuela has only one Miss Earth title, way back in 2005, so the chances are very good this time they might make it again. Will her victory be well-deserved? Definitely! Will she be one of the most memorable title holders so far? Probably not. I can think of other ladies I’d rather want to win but I’d be happy if she wins tonight.
WALES: ANGHARAD JAMES *
 
Representing your country at an international pageant is a wonderful achievement and I hope Angharad cherished this opportunity and experience. She will go down in the record books as Miss Wales at Miss Earth 2013.
ZAMBIA: WINNIE-FREDAH KABWE ***
 
I actually think Winnie-Fredah is a really beautiful lady and it would be great to see her represent her country at other pageants, like Miss World. She is one of the best in the African group for me and I thought she looked absolutely radiant and lovely during the evening gown competition. She has a slight chance of being a surprise top 16 finalist.
ZIMBABWE: SAMANTHA DIKA *
 
I think Samantha was outshined by several other African ladies but kudos to her for representing her country well. I hope she had a wonderful time at this pageant.
Photos: Miss Earth Organization

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