Miss World 2013 will be crowned on September 28 at the Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali. This is the first time that a Miss World Pageant will be crowned in South East Asia and Indonesia was always seen as a brave, if not risky choice by the Miss World Organisation. The final was supposed to take place close to Jakarta but demonstrations and threats by hardline extremists forced the government of Indonesia to make the decision that the pageant will stay in Bali. The organizers basically had two weeks to relocate the final rounds to Bali. It’s rather disappointing to say the least and we feel extremely sorry for the friends, family, and fans who already booked flights and hotels to Jakarta. This should never have happened – they should have stuck with Bali in the first place or never even considered Indonesia as a host.
Even though the pageant is now scheduled to take place in Bali which is far more liberal, the threats from the extremists continue. It’s disappointing that these extremists don’t really take a look to see that the Miss World Organisation does a lot of good in this world. There is far greater evil in this world. Now, we really hope that the local organizers are extremely prepared to ensure that nothing terrible happens.
On a positive side, stunning Bali provided a gorgeous backdrop for the 127 lovely ladies competing to be this year’s Miss World. It’s so hard to choose the top contenders this year because there are so many stunning ladies competing. We just hope that the results are fair and that the most deserving beauties make it to the final 20. Politics, propaganda, and business decision take a lot of credibility away from pageant – so may the BEST girl win. Now for my comments – I always try to keep it as nice as possible and would definitely not like to offend any girl or their family. This is a competition though, so I have to also keep my comments fair.
****** Miss World 2013 crown contender
***** Top 5 contender/Continental Title Contender
**** Potential top 10 semi-finalist
*** Likely to be a top 20 semi-finalist
** Could miss the cut or be a surprise in the top 20
* Very likely to miss the cut
CHILE: CAMILA ANDRADE *
I loved the runners-up of this year’s Miss Chile Pageant, and I was quite surprised that Camila beat them. I know she has loads of fans though and I definitely attribute that to her vibrance and likeability. She can feel very proud of her wonderful achievement of being top 33 in Beach Fashion.
CHINA PR: WEI WEI YU ****
Last year Miss China won and this year they are competing very strongly then. Wei Wei has amazing doll-like features. I must say that she does wear too much makeup at times and her makeup is too white at times. However, when she gets it right, she is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! She is one of the top 11 finalists in Beach Beauty and she will get major points there. I don’t think China will win again but a top 10 placement is possible.
CHINESE TAIPEI (TAIWAN!!!) : CINZIA CHANG ***
I am delighted to see Taiwan returning to the Miss World stage as I am now living here… and not just with a clapper but with a strong delegate. Cinzia is tall, elegant, and well-spoken. She is definitely not just there to have a holiday. She made a very positive impact and definitely held her own. With a bit of luck, she could even secure a spot in the top 20.
COLOMBIA: DANIELA OCORO *
Last year, Colombia sent a super competitive delegate who landed in the top 20. This year their delegate is not as strong. She seems vibrant and energetic, as most Latinas do, and she has amazing hair and gorgeous eyes but I’m just not feeling a placement for them this year.
COSTA RICA: YARLEY MARIN **
Yarley is actually quite pretty and in a less competitive year, she could have made more of an impact. It’s tough though because she is quite short and got lost in the crowd at times. I think she is a worthy delegate but I don’t think they will get a top 20 placement this year.
COTE D’IVOIRE: AISSATA EZZEDINE ***
Aissata was my top pick for the Miss Cote d’Ivoire title and I’m happy she won. The Ivory Coast has been sending strong delegates for a few years now and I’m wondering if they can finally make a breakthrough this year. She is gorgeous and elegant but at times her features appear a bit harsh though. I’m glad she got recognized in Beach Fashion. I’m gonna make a call and say either her or Cameroon will make it to the top 20. Updated: I think it will be Cameroon!
CROATIA: LANA GRZETIC *
I actually think Lana has a lot of potential but she is still very young and raw. I also don’t think she had enough time to sufficiently prepare for the pageant. I hope it was at least an enjoyable experience for her.
CURACAO: XAFIRA URSELITA ***
Xafira is just absolutely adorable. I think she is the best Curacao shot has had in a long time. She is stunning, lively, and has an amazing personality… and she’s only 17 years old. I absolutely adore her and I’m excited that she got recognized in Beach Fashion. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this lovely young lady will get a spot in the top 20.
CYPRUS: KRISTI-MARI AGAPIOU ***
Kristi-Mari is a stunning beauty and I was also surprised to hear she speaks with British accent. She is currently studying in England. I think she is by far the best girl Cyprus has sent to this pageant in a very long time. Sadly her country has never made it at Miss World… and if they don’t make the cut with this lovely lady, I don’t think they ever will.
CZECH REPUBLIC: LUCIE KOVANDOVA **
Lucie is pretty but she does not really stand out amongst the crowd of beauties. She seems sweet and it looks like she is well-liked by her fellow competitors. Having made it to the top 33 of Beach Beauty is also a wonderful achievement. I have seen so many stronger competitors from her country miss the cut, so I won’t be surprised at all if she also misses the cut.Photos: Miss World Organisation