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Monday, December 8, 2014

Miss World 2014 Review: Albania - Colombia

The 64th Miss World will be crowned on December 14 in London, England. 121 beauties from all over the world are competing for the title. The winner will be crowned by outgoing Miss World, Megan Young from the Philippines. After keeping an eye on the pageant for the last 3 weeks, here are our thoughts:

****** : Miss World crown contender
***** : Possible top 5 finalist
****: Top 10 contender
***: Top 20 contender
**: Likely to miss the cut or an outside shot
*: Will probably miss the cut


ALBANIA: XENSHILA PERE *

Xenshila was a last minute replacement and she did not have much time to prepare for the pageant. I guess she’ll have to be content with just representing her country at the pageant. She has not really made much of an impact.

ARGENTINA: YOANA DON MAROZZI ***

I had high hopes for Argentina’s Yoana but I’m not exactly sure if she’s not better suited for the Miss Universe Pageant. I think she might be a tad too sexy for Miss World. She still has a chance of being included in the top 20 but I still think her chances got slimmer as the pageant went on.

ARUBA: JOITZA HENRIQUES **

I think Joitza is stunning and in a less competitive year it could have been very different for this lady but right now I think she only has an outside shot of making it to the top 20. Maybe she is also a bit better suited for the Miss Universe Pageant.

AUSTRALIA: COURTNEY THORPE *****

Australia is competing very strongly for the third year in a row with the lovely Courtney. She has an uncanny resemblance to South Africa’s Rolene Strauss and the two ladies seem to be getting along very well. The only thing that stands in Miss Australia’s way is the fact that she’s only 1.7m tall. However, at Miss World this would probably not be too much of a big deal. She is definitely a shoo-in for the top 10 and perhaps even top 5.

AUSTRIA: JULIA FURDEA **
 

I think Julia is an underrated gem. She reminds me of Nicole Flint (Miss World South Africa 2010) and I’m surprised that she hasn’t received much attention. She will go to Miss Universe in January and maybe she’ll have a better shot at that pageant.

BAHAMAS: ROSETTA CARTWRIGHT *
 

Rosetta represented her country to the best of her ability but the competition is strong this year. I think she should just be happy with the experience of representing her country at Miss World 2014.
 
BARBADOS: ZOE TROTMAN *
 

I was quite disappointed when the girl who was the first runner-up at Miss Barbados World did not win the crown. Zoe can be happy with the fact that she was in the first top 10 for the People’s Choice Award. (After I saw the campaigns of pageant fans to vote strategically, I’m not sure if it’s really something to be happy about.) Still, I hope she had a great time at Miss World.

BELARUS: VIKTORYIA MIHANOVICH **

What a gorgeous face this girl has. The pity is just that like many of her predecessors, Victoryia has really just not been able to make an impact. She basically just faded into the background.

 BELGIUM: ANISSA BLONDIN ***

 I think Anissa has done exceptionally well given the fact that she has only had a short time to prepare for Miss World. I think she is very likeable and I hope she will use this experience to her advantage when she competes at Miss Universe. I think she should be a surprise in the top 20.

 BELIZE: RAQUEL ALEJANDRA BADILLO *
 

Raquel was also a last minute designation for Miss World. I hope she enjoyed her time at this pageant. I don’t think she has a shot at placing in the top 20.

BERMUDA: LILLIAN LIGHTBOURN *

 Lillian was the hot favorite to win the Miss Bermuda title. Many fans reckoned she might be a front-runner for the continental title of her region. Those hopes are not really there anymore as she has failed to make a real impact. Her look might just be too modelesque for Miss World.

 BOLIVIA: ANDREA FORFORI ***

 Andrea’s major achievement at Miss World 2014 is that her Beauty With A Purpose project was chosen as one of the top 10 projects. This will give her some valuable points and we might even see her as one of the top 20 semi-finalists.

 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: ISIDORA BOROVCANIN ****

 Isidora is absolutely stunning and she has one of the faces of the competition. She just exudes sex appeal and star quality. But is this too much for a more conservative pageant like Miss World? I was happy that she was actually shortlisted for the Top Model prize and I think she could even end up in the top 5 of that challenge event. I can see her finishing in the top 10.

 BRAZIL: JULIA GAMA *****

 Brazil usually sends stunning girls who are well-prepared to know how to make an impact at Miss World. Julia is definitely no exception. She has a great Beauty With A Purpose project that was selected as one of the top 10. She is not as popular as Sancler Frantz was last year but don’t count her out. As there is no clear favorite in her region, she might just bring another continental title home to Brazil.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS: ROSANNA CHICHESTER *

Rosanna gave it her all and she represented her country with pride and dignity. Unfortunately it’s just not going to be good enough this year. The field is just too strong.

CAMEROON: LARISSA NGANGOUM ***

Even though I think Larissa is quite raw like an unpolished gem, I wouldn’t mind seeing her in the top 20. There’s something really likeable about her and I would be happy to see her (and her country) do well. Sadly, her chances are getting slimmer though.

CANADA: ANNORA BOURGEAULT *

I must give it to her. She is doing better than I expected but I have seen stronger delegates from her country being left out. Canada shockingly made it to the top 20 last year. Most of us know now never to rule a country out. But can they do it again? I’ll be shocked (again) if that happens.

CHAD: SAKADI DJIVIRA *

Chad is competing for the first time this year. Sakadi will go down in the history books as her country’s first Miss World delegates. Even though I don’t think she’ll make serious waves, it’s nice to see them there. She was included in the top 10 of the People’s Choice poll (halfway through the competition), but I still think that’s because of tactical voting by over zealous fans.

CHINA PR: DU YANG ***

Du is pretty but nowhere near the best China has sent (the Zhilins and Wenxias). She still has what it takes to be in the top 20 though. I won’t be surprised to see her there but I would also not be surprised to see her left out.

COLOMBIA: LEANDRA GARCIA ***

Facially she’s very strong but she’s also quite short. I thought she would have been getting a bit more attention, but she hasn’t really been standing out that much. The Miss World top 20 is quite unpredictable though so she could still be a surprise inclusion in that group.

Photos courtesy of Miss World Organization!

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