2015 sure was an interesting year for pageants. Apart from all the shocks that went on behind the scenes, on pageant stages and in the media, it was also another year of victories and defeats for the girls dreaming to become beauty queens. In this feature, we usually look at the most shocking exclusions of the year - girls we feel were "robbed" of a placement as we say in the pageant world. Before we delve into our list, we also have to say that there was redemption for some girls.
Take Olivia Jordan as an example. She competed at Miss World 2013 where she only made it to the top 20, but two years later she returned... with a vengeance. Not only did she become Miss USA 2015, she also placed third at Miss Universe. Anea Garcia, Miss Rhode Island, came so close to winning the crown, placing third, but she went on to win Miss Grand International 2015 a few months later. The delegate from Hawaii (Emma Wo) failed to make it to the top 15 of Miss Teen USA 2008 while Louisiana (Candice Bennett) could survive the first cut when she competed at Miss America, but this time around they were luckier.
Both Netherlands (Margot Hanekamp) and Brazil (Catharina Choi) were not originally slated to compete but for very different reasons they were sent to Sanya to compete at Miss World and both placed. Brazil even became the official holder of the Miss World Brazil title.
It took 3 attempts for the current Miss Universe to win her national title and she almost gave up on her dream, but we are sure that she is thanking her lucky stars now that she didn't, as she won the big made her countrymen's dreams come true by giving them their third Miss Universe crown after a 42 year long wait. And that almost didn't happen for her either... you know the story. Miss Australia competed a few times before she made she won her title and look where she landed. The same goes for Miss France, who 12 months before experienced heartbreak when she lead the first leaderboard of Miss World, but then completely dropped out of the top 25. This time she was bag and it was redemption time with a top 5 placement at Miss Universe. Miss South Africa, Refilwe Mthimunye, also got a lucky break as she was only first runner-up in her national pageant, but as the winner had to compete at Miss World, she was sent to Miss Universe and ended up in the top 15.
It just goes to show, pageant girls. You just never know when your luck will change. So, never give up on your dreams.
And now here is our annual list of the MOST ROBBED BEAUTIES OF 2015:
#10: Janet Kerdikoshvili, Miss Universe Georgia 2015
I have always liked Janet and found her absolutely gorgeous and I still do. In fact, when she competed at Miss World 2011 shortly after being crowned Miss Georgia 2011, I had her in my top 5. I was outraged when she did not place that year and she became Eye For Beauty Blog's Most Robbed Beauty of 2011, our first ever edition of this annual special. (So she officially becomes the first woman to appear on this list twice.)
Two years later, she almost got a shot at redemption when she was selected to compete at Miss Universe 2013. A few days before the pageant, she withdrew and I wondered if she would ever get to compete internationally again. I still felt that she could give Georgia their big break. Much to my delight, it was announced late last year that she would represent her country at Miss Universe 2015. This time she went, competed, failed to place and ended up on this list again.
So what went wrong for Janet? She is such a gorgeous young woman and I had her in my top 10 at one point. I just think that she is more of a model than a beauty queen. There's no denying that she has one of the most interesting looks out there and it sure made her stand out at Miss Universe. Just based on pure beauty alone, I replaced Miss Indonesia with her on my final leaderboard, because I had such a soft spot for her. Indonesia placed, but she didn't. I think a lack of proper pageant training was also evident. At Miss World she was still young and relatively inexperienced. This time around, she had no real excuse. It's always sad to see beauty queens with so much potential not reach the placement that they could and should have been able to reach. Her styling was inconsistent this time around, she pouted too much and should have smiled a bit more (BEAUTY QUEENS LOOK HAPPY!) and her evening gown look at Miss Universe was more Miss World and much less Miss Universe. I really wanted her to do well and I am putting her on this list because she is an absolutely lovely and gorgeous woman.
Photos courtesy of Miss Universe Organization!