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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Eye For Beauty Blog Most Robbed Beauty of 2014: #12

I wouldn't exactly call 2014 the "Year of Shocks" in terms of results. In most of the pageants I followed, the winner was always there amongst the favorite. In terms of national pageants, I'd say that the favorites did well. Rolene Strauss won Miss South Africa, Nia Sanchez won Miss USA, both winners in the Philippines were favorites, and other countries like France, India, Colombia and Mexico all crowned girls who were marked as front-runners. I predicted the winners of Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth. The only one of the big four pageants that produced a shock winner, or at least a few raised eyebrows, was Miss International.

The year's biggest shocks came from the inability of most of the pageant organizations to get their acts together. Miss Earth is still in the Philippines and is still trying to get rid of the corruption stigma after the Russian scandal a few years ago? Did a home victory help? Miss World was supposed to be the best festival ever in three countries, but turned into a low key event. There were very few events leading to the finale, but at least they were all classy, and it was evident that the organizers are trying to create some energy on stage at the finale. Miss International is apparently under new ownership, but the pageant is still a looong snoozefest. For the most part of 2014, we all wanted the real Miss Supranational to stand up... and eventually it did. The best effort from an organization came from Miss Grand International - it really is a pageant to watch. Their results left a bitter taste in my mouth though. And the worst effort: from Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization. In an unprecedented move they failed to put on a show in 2014, moved it to 2015, and called it by it's anniversary while claiming it is actually still the 2014 edition. But will there be another one this year? Nothing is certain anymore with Miss Universe - their credibility has pretty much gone down the drain.

As for results, a few favorites were actually left out. My annual Most Robbed Beauty list starts with

#12: Miss Earth Puerto Rico, Franceska Toro

22 year old Franceska experienced heartbreak for the second year in a row when she came close to winning the title of Miss World Puerto Rico, but finished in second place. This year, however, there was some sort of consolation prize. For the first time, the runner-up to Miss World Puerto Rico would represent the country at Miss Earth.



Franceska impressed most fans during her time in the Philippines. She was noticed by the media and even won the bronze medal in the Darlings of the Press Awards. With third places in the Resort Wear and Cocktail wear and two sponsors' titles, it was almost inconceivable that she would be left out. That's just what happened on the final night and it's still quite a shock that this beauty did not even make it to the top 16 ahead 3 or 4 quite questionable choices.

 

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