Sunday, December 15, 2013

Miss International 2013 Review: The Underrated Beauties

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 The pageant is quite outdated and their productions are quite slow and sleepy.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 third group is:


These are the girls that are not getting quite as much attention as the front-runners but they should not be counted at all just yet. Miss International is known for it's often surprising results and any of these natural beauties could sneak into the top 15 and dazzle the judges with her speech.

Australia: Joanna Parker

Canada: Sarah Ainsley Harrison

Chinese Taipei: Xiao-wen Chen

Costa Rica: Andrea Maria Rojas Pacheco

Dominican Republic: Carmen Munoz Guzman

Ecuador: Nathaly Arroba Hurtado

Gibraltar: Jamielee Randall
Lebanon: Layla Yarak

Luxembourg: Corinne Semedo Furtado

Macau: Adela Ka-Wai Sou

Myanmar: Ghone Yee Aye Kyaw

New Zealand: Casey Radley

Nicaragua: Celeste Castillo

Paraguay: Maria Marta Raviolo Vera

Suriname: Janet van Klaveren

I think at least 2 or 3 girls from this group will be surprises in the top 15. Could it be the lovely Miss Australia, who is almost like a poor man's Jennifer Hawkins. She's beautiful but she's got to step up the glamor and charm. Or will it be Miss Macau whose doll-like features are impressing me more and more every day? She's really such a delicate beauty! Or will Miss New Zealand, Casey Radley, be called into the top 15. This tall, elegant, lady has the natural beauty that the Japanese judges seem to favor... and she's blonde!

1 comment:

  1. my favorites are Taipei, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Myanmar, and Canada!!! So far, much better delegates than Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Earth!!!