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Sunday, January 25, 2015

63rd Miss Universe Review: Thailand - Venezuela

The 63rd Miss Universe will be crowned on January 25 in Miami, Florida. 88 young women from all over the world are competing to become the next Miss Universe. The new winner will be crowned by outgoing title holder, Maria Gabriela Isler from Venezuela, with a brand new crown sponsored by DIC. The Miss Universe Organization seems to have hit hard times as they were unable to stage a pageant in 2014. Initially, it was announced that this edition will be Miss Universe 2014 but no one is really sure if there will be another pageant later in the year. The organizers have been tightlipped about this and so far all that is known is that this is the 63rd Miss Universe with no year being mentioned.

There were some protests when it was announced that the Doral government had to spend more than US$2 million to host the pageant. Later they released a statement saying that the funds will not come from the tax payers' pockets but from corporate sponsors instead. The contestants stayed in Miss Universe owner Donald Trump's Doral Gholf Estate and Hotel for the majority of the their time in Doral. The city, which has a large Venezuelan community and is also nicknamed Doralzuela, did not even have a venue large enough to accommodate the finals, so the nearby Florida International University Arena was chosen to host the final. The arena is a far cry from the luxurious venues of the past. Of course, the pageant has not been without controversy. Miss Israel's selfie with Miss Lebanon hit headlines around the world with the Lebanese beauty claiming that the Israeli delegate "photobombed" her. Technically the two countries are still at war.

After a long wait, we will have a new Miss Universe on Sunday. Despite complaints by fans that the quality of the events this year were an all time low, they are just relieved that the pageant will finally take place. Now on to the stars of this year's show, the 88 delegates. After following the pageant for the last couple of weeks, here are our thoughts:

****** Could be the next Miss Universe
***** Potential top 5 finalist, but will probably not win
**** Could go as far as the top 10
*** Could survive the first cut to make the top 15
** Likely to miss the cut
* Highly likely to miss the cut

Thailand: Pimbongkod Chankaew ***

Pimbongkod is tall and striking. She didn't stand out that much during the competition, but she gave two very solid performances during the preliminaries. Will that be enough to secure a spot in the top 15?

Trinidad and Tobago: Jevon King ***

Trinidad and Tobago usually sends girls of a high caliber and Jevon is no exception. She is tall, beautiful, and in great shape. She was very solid during the preliminaries, so I will not be surprised to see her up there.

Turkey: Dilan Cicek *

Dilan is on the same level as the girl who made it two years ago. But this time around, I don't see another surprise placement for Turkey.

Turks and Caicos: Shanice Williams ***

Shanice is the best delegate from her islands in decades and has a good shot at making the top 15. Will there be a spot for a weaker sash in a pageant where sash factor really matters? It would be refreshing to see her make the cut.

Ukraine: Diana Harkusha *****

Diana had to step in when the stunning girl who won last year resigned. At first I just categorized her as one of the pretty but bland blondes. However, I took that back when I saw her during the preliminaries and now I think she might go all the way to the top 5. She's gorgeous!

Uruguay: Johana Riva **

Some of her professional shots, like her glamshot, were amazing. She did a commendable job during the preliminaries, but there are stronger contenders from her region.

USA: Nia Sanchez ******

Nia has looked absolutely stunning from the day she arrived in Miami. She proved to us why she won Miss USA in the first place. She is a seasoned competitor and it showed during the preliminaries. She was on fire during both rounds of competition. The USA is in line to win their 9th Miss Universe crown.

Venezuela: Migbelis Castellanos *****

Migbelis has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons throughout her reign. There were constant reports about her weight gain and, yes, compared to other Misses Venezuela, she has a fuller figure? But come one, look at that face. She is gorgeous and she seems to have an amazing personality. I think she could still be one of the top 5 finalists.

Photos: www.missuniverse.com

1 comment:

  1. People say Venezuela is fat?? Cone on I just see a healthy body, no a bulimic one. She's got an incredibly beautiful face, I see her as a Top 5!!!

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