Friday, November 23, 2012

Miss Earth 2012 Review: Mexico - Pakistan

80 young ladies from all around our planet are currently in Manila competing for one of the most prestigious beauty titles in the world, Miss Earth. The 12th Miss Earth will be crowned on Saturday, November 24 at the Versailles Palace close to Manila. The winner will succeed Ecuador's Olga Alava who won the 2011 Miss Earth title in Manila last year.

The Philippines, once again, proved to be an amazing host country and warm hospitality of the gracious hosts ensured that an amazing time was had by all the delegates. This year, the organizers (Carousel Productions) added a new element to the run-up to the finals. The delegates would get points as they took part in several activities. Medals and sub-titles were also awarded. All the scores were displayed on the official group scoresheets on! Although this seemed like a clear imitation of the Miss World leaderboard system, it was fun and I'm sure the delegates loved being awarded. The organizers should try and decrease the number of sub-titles and mini-competitions as they became just too hard to keep track off. It was a great idea and could be improved in the future - 25 sub-titles are just way too many.

The overall quality of this year's contestants is quite high. This is one of the better years for Miss Earth. There are actually about 30 ladies who could do really well. I just hope that the judges choose wisely. The trend that has been happening in the major pageant this year so far, home victories, will destroy all the crediblity that Miss Earth has got left. So, here's hoping for fair results and may the best (and most gorgeous and truly deserving) Earth Warrior win.



Mexico: Paola Aguilar Concha *
Mexico is always one to watch in pageants. However, this year I am really disappointed in this country’s representative. Last year they should have won. This year they should not place.

Moldova: Aliona Chitoroaga ***
Miss Moldova is definitely beautiful enough to place. The biggest problem I have with her is that she doesn’t have that special quality that makes her stand out in a crowd. She has also not been consistent at all times. A top 16 placement could be her best bet.

Mongolia: Battsetseg Turbat ***
Battsetseg is absolutely gorgeous. I find her beauty mesmerizing and I think she should be at least a top 16 finalist. The Asian girls are competing strongly though so I fear that if her personality does not shine through, she will be left clapping. That would be a real shame.

Nepal: Nagma Shrestha **
Nagma gave it her all and I can’t find her on the way she competed. Many fans around the world have taken notice of her and she has a loyal fan base rooting for her. I think the competition is a bit too strong this year and there are others that I like more.

Netherlands: Shauny Bult *****
Shauny has an angelic and serene beauty that captivates you. Her gorgeous face and gentle but alluring eyes make her stand out in a crowd. She reminds me of last year’s delegate from the Czech Republic who was the hottest favorite for the title but missed the cut. I think Shauny could do very well. A top 8 placement or even more is not unlikely.

New Zealand: Gloria Ofa Blake **
Gloria was my favorite for the Miss World NZ title but at this pageant she did not look her best. I think her styling made her look more mature so I was a bit disappointed. She has a great body though and did quite well in the challenges. This is a very competitive year so I doubt that she’ll place.

Nicaragua: Braxis Alvarez ***
Of all the Central American delegates, I think Braxis is the most beautiful and the most pageant ready. I am not sure if everyone and, especially the judges, will agree. If any of the Central Americans place, I’d like it to be her.

Northern Ireland: Ciara Walker **

Ciara actually performed better than I expected. She looked well-groomed and I think she should place around the middle of the pack. I think one or perhaps two of the other UK girls might do better than her.

Norway: Nina Fjalestad ***
Nina is extremely sexy and that made her stand out. But that is also my biggest problem with her. Her apparent sex appeal might be too much for the Miss Earth judges. She also has a large tattoo just above her waist and that usually does not work in a beauty pageant. I think that could really hurt her. If the judges are open-minded then she might get lucky and be one of the top 16.

Pakistan: Zanib Naveed *
Pakistan rarely gets much attention and sadly this year is no exception. I think the competition is just way too strong.


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