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Monday, December 16, 2013

Miss International 2013 Review: The Climbers

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 The pageant is quite outdated and their productions are quite slow and sleepy.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 fourth group is:

THE MOMENTUM GAINERS (THE CLIMBERS)

In every pageant, there are girls who do not get much notice until they show up at the pageant, or after the first few days when they start to settle in and then they start to gain momentum. Suddenly fans sit up and take notice of them and they start being mentioned as ones to watch. Here are some girls that I first noticed and identified as contenders after they arrived in Japan.

BOLIVIA: ADRIANA DELGADILLO GALVAN

GUATEMALA: SARA GUERRERO

INDONESIA: MARISA SARTIKA MALADEWI

KYRGYZSTAN: MEERIM ERKINBAEVA

PERU: MARIA GRACIA FIGUEROA

RUSSIA: OLGA GAIDABURA

SPAIN: ARACELI CARRILERO MARTINEZ

THAILAND: CHONTHICHA TIENGTHAM
I am definitely expecting some of these ladies to be included in the top 15. The ones who caught my attention the most are the tall and sexy Miss Bolivia who could definitely get some major attention from the judges. Miss Indonesia could make it based on facial beauty alone. Miss Kyrgyzstan is another exotic beauty who is starting to grab people's attention. She reminds me of the girl from Mongolia who did really well a couple of years ago. Also, watch out for the tall and elegant Miss Russia. There's definitely something about her. She could pull a major surprise.

Photos: Miss International / ICA

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