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Monday, November 10, 2014

Miss International 2014 Review: Sri Lanka - Zambia

The 54th Miss International will be crowned on Tuesday, November 11 in Tokyo, Japan. 73 delegates are vying to become Miss International 2014. The winner will succeed Bea Santiago from the Philippines. For the last 2 weeks, the delegates took part in several activities organized by the Miss International Organization. This year there are several standouts but predicting who will win this pageant is almost impossible. Interestingly enough, the organizers decided that this year there will only be a top 10, not a top 15 like in previous years. The top 10 will be cut to 5 and one of them will be the new Miss International.

After keeping an eye on the girls for the past few weeks, here are my thoughts:

****** POSSIBLE WINNER
***** TOP 5 MATERIAL BUT WILL PROBABLY NOT WIN
**** VERY LIKELY TO PLACE IN THE TOP 10
*** POSSIBLE SURPRISE INCLUSION IN THE TOP 10
** UNLIKELY TO PLACE
* HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO PLACE
Sri Lanka: Tamara Makalanda **

Sri Lanka did amazingly well two years ago and I guess it's going to be a while before they get such a great placement again. In a less competitive year, Tamara might have had a better shot at making the top 10 in a less competitive year.

Sweden: Mao Sandberg **

I have seen a lot of positive comments about the way Mao embraced this experience and made the most of it. She has won herself many new fans. A lot of people think she's got a real good shot at doing well. I am still on the fence.

Thailand: Punika Kulsoontornrut ******

What a doll! Gorgeous! Glamorous! Groomed! Graceful! She's got it all. The Miss International crown would look great on her head but can Asian girls win three years in a row? And if they can, will the fact that she relinquished her Miss Earth elemental title to compete in this pageant be a concern to the judges and organizers? I hope not because she deserves to do amazingly well.

Turkey: Hilal Yabuz **

This girl literally stands head and shoulders above the rest at a towering 1.9m. She replaced the original Miss Turkey International, who I thought was absolutely gorgeous. She did well for stepping in at the last minute but I don't see her in the top 10.

United Kingdom: Victoria Tooby *****

There is something very likeable about Victoria. She just looks like such a sweetheart. And it doesn't hurt that she's absolutely gorgeous AND she's got the kind of look that makes the Miss International judges' hearts beat faster. She could definitely be up there tomorrow night. I would be happy to see her in the top 5. (PS - I don't have to mention the fact that she's Ariana Grande 2.0!)

Ukraine: Iana Ravlikovska **


I see the beauty. I see the potential. But I also see the inconsistency. Gorgeous at times and then looking miserable and grumpy at other times.

USA: Samantha Brooks ***

If there are other girls who've made more of an impact, it must be said that Samantha would be a good solid choice for a top 10 spot. Even though I get hints of pageant patty at times, I think she would fit in perfectly well in any top 10.

Venezuela: Michelle Bertollini **

I'm not feeling her. If you take the Venezuela sash away, she could be a Miss Romania or Miss Portugal. I think Venezuela has sent much better delegates in the past and I'd be quite surprised to see her in the top 10.

Vietnam: Dang Thu Thao *

The Asians are strong and she just got lost between them. I don't think Vietnam will make it this year.

Zambia: Mercy Mukwiza **

Zambia said a striking delegate but if we are lucky, there will be one spot for the Africans and I don't think she would get it.
 

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