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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Miss International 2013 Review: The Crown Contenders

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 The pageant is quite outdated and their productions are quite slow and sleepy.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

THE CROWN CONTENDERS

Here are the ladies we think will be fighting it out for the crown. Each one of them fits the Miss International mold and even though there is not a clear front-runner, we believe that one of these ladies will probably become the next Miss International:

LITHUANIA: ELMA SEGZDAVICIUTE

MEXICO: LUCERO MONTEMAYOR

NETHERLANDS: NATHALIE DEN DEKKER

PHILIPPINES: BEA ROSE SANTIAGO

POLAND: KATARZYNA ORACKA

PUERTO RICO: ASHLEY BETH PEREZ CALDERON

VENEZUELA: ELIAN HERRERA
Lithuania is fresh, gorgeous and she won the Miss Photogenic title. Winners of this title have gone on to do very well in the past. The chances are great that she could be her country's first Miss International. Mexico did not really grab my attention at first but after a few days, she turned up the heat. Mexican girls do quite well in this pageant and Lucero has an amazing body and gorgeous face. She could give her country their third title in just 6 years. Nathalie den Dekker from the Netherlands comes with most experience of them all. She won Miss Tourism International, competed at Miss Supranational, was a top 15 finalist at Miss World 2012, and won Miss CHI after her stint at Miss Universe. This lady has been doing pageants for years and she'll know how to impress. Don't be surprised if she walks away with the crown. The delegate from the Philippines is the personification of elegance. She has a very unique beauty and her country has a great track record at this pageant. She also comes with lot of support and admiration from her countrymen. Poland is another stunner to watch out for. If the judges are undecided (like me), they might just pick her. I think she'd make a great Miss International. Puerto Rico is gorgeous, elegant, and very experienced. Her country hasn't won since 1987. This could be their year. And last we have Venezuela. I don't even have to say anything. Just the name of her country says it all. She's super tall, gorgeous (or plastic fantastic) and probably the most consistent of them all. Her chances are looking amazing!!!

Miss International / ICA

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