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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Miss International 2013 Review: Class of 2013

The 53rd Miss International will be crowned on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Pageant fans around the world feared that this pageant would not take place at all. It seems like Miss International's Japanese organizers are finding it quite hard to find a host for the pageant. This could be attributed to the way they run the pageant. The pageant is quite outdated and their productions are quite slow and sleepy. The organization must be commended, though, for keeping it a classy and elegant affair. The delegates are treated like real queens. Even though the event is just 10 days long this year, the organizers made sure the girls live in luxury, receive gifts (each one got an iPhone5S!!!) and that there were a wide variety of activities for them to attend.

It's also necessary to mention that the reigning titleholder, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, Japan's very first Miss International who was crowned in Okinawa in October 2012, is notably absent from all events. It has come to light that Miss Yoshimatsu is hiding away and being kept under 24 hour surveillance after her life has been threatened by a prominent Japanese businessman who started stalking her soon after she won her title. In a sad twist of events, the International Culture Association, wanted to avoid scandal and did not want Miss Yoshimatsu to press charges against the businessman. Kudos to Miss Yoshimatsu for standing up for herself and being a strong and independent woman. Her duties have been taken over by Miss International 2008, Alejandra Andreu from Spain.

This year, 67 delegates are competing for the title. South Sudan is competing for the first time while Aruba, China, Iceland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands, Romania, South Africa, Tunisia, and Vietnam returned to the competition. Argentina, Belize, Cameroon, Denmark, France, Israel, Latvia, Mauritius, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the US Virgin Islands withdrew. It's not the strongest group of contenders we've ever seen at this pageant but the overall quality is still quite good. As it's very hard to form an opinion in just 10 days of competition about each delegate, I've divided them into groups. The first group is:

THE CLASS OF 2013

These are the girls who are likely not going to make the cut. The reasons vary but they can be summed up in just the fact that they don't have the look the Miss International judges usually go for. Some also did not have adequate time to prepare for the pageant and are considered to be quite "raw" in beauty pageant terms. Still, it remains a great honor and achievement to represent your country on an international level. Competing in itself is an achievement and unfortunately 54 ladies will go home without the bragging rights of placing at this pageant.

Aruba: Erialda Josiane

China: Jin Ying

El Salvador: Yaritza Rivera

Germany: Oksana Koroleva

Guadeloupe: Meghane Monrose

Guam: Lirone Veksler

Haiti: Clara Luce Lafond

Hungary: Brigitta Otvos

Malaysia: Charissa Chong

Panama: Betsy Madrid

Portugal: Ana Claudia Bomfim

Romania: Diana Maria Tiron

Singapore: Chew Jia Min

Ukraine: Margaryta Gorbyk

Vietnam: Lo Thi Huong Tram
Photos: Miss International /ICA

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