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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Miss World 2014 Review: South Africa - Zimbabwe

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
SOUTH AFRICA: ROLENE STRAUSS ******

Regardless of the outcome this Sunday, Rolene is MY Miss World 2014. She has not put a foot wrong since she arrived in London. Her beauty, elegance, intelligence, class are all apparent qualities but it is also impossible to miss her compassion, kindness, and selflessness. We need someone who can match the high standard set by Megan Young and Rolene is the only one who can do that in my opinion. She will be a dream to work with for the Miss World Organization and if she doesn't get crowned, they will be the ones who miss out on an amazing title holder. I believe she SHOULD be the next Miss World.

SOUTH SUDAN: AWIEN KUANYIN-AGOTH ***

South Sudan seems to be a firm favorite of the Miss World Organization. Awien is statuesque and pretty but I prefer Namibia and South Africa, even Kenya. But she could pull and upset and be one of the top bets from Africa.

SPAIN: LOURDES RODRIGUEZ ***

There's no denying that Spain fielded another gorgeous delegates. She is not as hotly favored as last year's girl though. I think she has the beauty but she's lacking something, probably the charisma and charm of her predecessor.

SRI LANKA: CHULAKSHI RANATHUNGA **

Sri Lanka has sent one or two impressive delegates in recent years and this year's candidate is also above average. I don't think she has a shot at making top 20 but she's a competent delegate.

SWEDEN: OLIVIA APSLUND *

Miss Sweden has a typical Scandinavian girl-next-door type of look. She's very young and raw. The glory days of Sweden are long gone and I'm not sure if Olivia could change that.

SWITZERLAND: DIJANA CVIJETIC **

I have to say that Dijana is a better bet than the girl who won Miss World Switzerland and then resigned for unknown reasons. I doubt that will be enough to advance to the next round but I think she did well.

TANZANIA: HAPPINESS WATIMANYWA **

I think Happiness is quite cute and she did a great job representing her country. I have liked her since she was chosen as Miss Tanzania a year ago. Still, I think there a handful of ladies from Africa who are stronger than her.

THAILAND: MAEYA THONGLENG ****

Miss Thailand was one of the hot favorites before the start of the pageant but she has not quite lived up to the expectations fans had for her. Yes, she is beautiful enough but she is not the crown contender we all anticipated her to be. She should do well in Thailand, Beauty With A Purpose and People's Choice though.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: SARAH JANE WADDELL ****

I think Sarah Jane is stunning and she represented her country so well. She is in a tough region with candidates like Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico but she has held her own. I won't be surprised if she makes it to the top 10.

TUNISIA: WAHIBA ARRES *

Wahiba's country can be proud of having an elegant and sophisticated lady representing them. She is good representative for her country.

TURKEY: AMINE GULSE ****

Miss Turkey, Amine, is a sultry beauty with exotic good looks. She was one of my top 3 before the start of the pageant but I am not so sure if she will crack the top 5 anymore. She almost seem too reserved and demure. She is gorgeous though.

UGANDA: LEAH KALANGUKA **

After missing a few days, Leah made it to London during the second week of the competition. I am glad she did and to her credit, she looks polished and lovely. She is one of my favorite representatives from her country in recent years.

UKRAINE: ANDRIANA KHASANSHIN **

Compared to previous delegates from her country, she's not as absolutely stunning but she is beautiful. She also seems like a nice down to earth girl.

UNITED STATES: ELIZABETH SAFRIT ****

She's intelligent, well-spoken and well-prepared for this. She also did well in the Talent Challenge. Elizabeth was crowned Miss United States in July and it was announced then that her director was awarded the Miss World franchise. Next year they will start staging a Miss World United States Pageant. Will they get a little welcome gift from the organization. I think a top 10 slot could be waiting for Elizabeth.

URUGUAY: ROMINA FERNANDEZ *

There have been much more competitive delegates from Uruguay. I think Romina doesn't quite compare to them.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS: ANISKA TONGE **

The US Virgin Islands aren't exactly known for their pageant success. Last time around in London, they did very well. This time they probably won't achieve the same feat but Aniska is a competent representative of her country.

VENEZUELA: DEBORA MENICUCCI **

Yes, Debora is tall and elegant. She is pretty too. The big problem is she looks too mature. I think the Miss Venezuela Organization need to start looking for girls who will suit the Miss World look better. They should know what the MWO is looking for by now.

VIETNAM: LOAN NGUYEN THI *

I expected a bit more from Miss Vietnam. She is not as good as I thought she'd be.

WALES: ALICE FORD *

Alice seems to be the least favored British delegates. I guess it will be a while before they find someone like the first runner-up from Wales at Miss World two years ago.

ZIMBABWE: TENDAI HUNDA **

Miss Zimbabwe was crowned. Then she resigned. Then another Miss Zimbabwe was crowned after an impromptu pageant. Then she got dethroned. Which resulted in Tendai, a runner-up from the original pageant, being the official representative this year. DRAMA! Even though Tendai initially turned down the chance to be Miss Zimbabwe, it was written in the stars for her in the end. I am sure she is happy that she decided to accept the title after placing in the top 20 of Top Model.

Photos courtesy of Miss World Organization!

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