Sunday, December 15, 2013

Miss International 2013 Review: The Fighters

The 53rd Miss International will be crowned on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Pageant fans around the world feared that this pageant would not take place at all. It seems like Miss International's Japanese organizers are finding it quite hard to find a host for the pageant. This could be attributed to the way they run the pageant. The pageant is quite outdated and their productions are quite slow and sleepy. The organization must be commended, though, for keeping it a classy and elegant affair. The delegates are treated like real queens. Even though the event is just 10 days long this year, the organizers made sure the girls live in luxury, receive gifts (each one got an iPhone5S!!!) and that there were a wide variety of activities for them to attend.

It's also necessary to mention that the reigning titleholder, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, Japan's very first Miss International who was crowned in Okinawa in October 2012, is notably absent from all events. It has come to light that Miss Yoshimatsu is hiding away and being kept under 24 hour surveillance after her life has been threatened by a prominent Japanese businessman who started stalking her soon after she won her title. In a sad twist of events, the International Culture Association, wanted to avoid scandal and did not want Miss Yoshimatsu to press charges against the businessman. Kudos to Miss Yoshimatsu for standing up for herself and being a strong and independent woman. Her duties have been taken over by Miss International 2008, Alejandra Andreu from Spain.

This year, 67 delegates are competing for the title. South Sudan is competing for the first time while Aruba, China, Iceland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands, Romania, South Africa, Tunisia, and Vietnam returned to the competition. Argentina, Belize, Cameroon, Denmark, France, Israel, Latvia, Mauritius, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the US Virgin Islands withdrew. It's not the strongest group of contenders we've ever seen at this pageant but the overall quality is still quite good. As it's very hard to form an opinion in just 10 days of competition about each delegate, I've divided them into groups. The second group is:

The Fighters

This group is also not favored to win or even place but they deserve some special recognition as it is very obvious that they are giving it their very best to be noticed. Being a beauty queen is hard work. Looking pretty, friendly, and energetic all day long is not as easy as it seems. These girls are fighting to make their presence known at this pageant.

Belgium: Ekaterina Sarafonova

Hong Kong: Lau Pui Yet

Italy: Sara Cavagnari

Mongolia: Anu Namshir

Nepal: Shritima Shah

Slovak Republic: Nikoleta Duchonova

South Sudan: Ayak Abiel

Tunisia: Sondes Zamouri

United Kingdom: Elizabeth Greenham

USA: Andrea Neu

Of this group, I expect at least two of them to make it to the top 15. My bets would be on either Hong Kong, United Kingdom, or United States.

Photos: Miss International / International Culture Association

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