Saturday, January 24, 2015

Miss Universe 2014 Review: Ghana - India

The 63rd Miss Universe will be crowned on January 25 in Miami, Florida. 88 young women from all over the world are competing to become the next Miss Universe. The new winner will be crowned by outgoing title holder, Maria Gabriela Isler from Venezuela, with a brand new crown sponsored by DIC. The Miss Universe Organization seems to have hit hard times as they were unable to stage a pageant in 2014. Initially, it was announced that this edition will be Miss Universe 2014 but no one is really sure if there will be another pageant later in the year. The organizers have been tightlipped about this and so far all that is known is that this is the 63rd Miss Universe with no year being mentioned.

There were some protests when it was announced that the Doral government had to spend more than US$2 million to host the pageant. Later they released a statement saying that the funds will not come from the tax payers' pockets but from corporate sponsors instead. The contestants stayed in Miss Universe owner Donald Trump's Doral Gholf Estate and Hotel for the majority of the their time in Doral. The city, which has a large Venezuelan community and is also nicknamed Doralzuela, did not even have a venue large enough to accommodate the finals, so the nearby Florida International University Arena was chosen to host the final. The arena is a far cry from the luxurious venues of the past. Of course, the pageant has not been without controversy. Miss Israel's selfie with Miss Lebanon hit headlines around the world with the Lebanese beauty claiming that the Israeli delegate "photobombed" her. Technically the two countries are still at war.

After a long wait, we will have a new Miss Universe on Sunday. Despite complaints by fans that the quality of the events this year were an all time low, they are just relieved that the pageant will finally take place. Now on to the stars of this year's show, the 88 delegates. After following the pageant for the last couple of weeks, here are our thoughts:

****** Could be the next Miss Universe
***** Potential top 5 finalist, but will probably not win
**** Could go as far as the top 10
*** Could survive the first cut to make the top 15
** Likely to miss the cut
* Highly likely to miss the cut

Ghana: Abena Appiah **

I wasn't jumping for joy when Abena won her national pageant, but I must say that she's improved quite a bit. She's actually rather cute now and I think she stood out due to her unique beauty. Is that enough to place? Probably not!

Great Britain: Grace Levy **

Grace is a gorgeous blonde. She is tall and in terms of facial beauty, she has what it takes. She was a bit curvier than some of the other ladies, but I like that. I think she did her country proud but I don't think they will get the same placement as last year.

Greece: Ismini Dafopoulou ****

Ismini is absolutely stunning. Her preliminary performances were also absolutely on point. She has a stunning figure, worked the runway, and she looked great in gown. I am surprised she's not getting more buzz. I am hoping that the judges would have seen what I did and that she'll get called on Sunday.

Guam: Brittany Bell **

Brittany represent Arizona at Miss USA and failed to reach the top 16. She moved to Guam and won the local preliminary there. This year Guam at least got noticed but I don't think a top 16 placement is on the cards for her.

Guatemala: Ana Montufar **

Ana was outshined by a lot of delegates during the preliminaries. I felt her swimsuit performance was stronger than her gown. I doubt that she will be one of the top 15.

Guyana: Niketa Barker ***

Niketa has one of the most gorgeous faces of the pageant. She has truly done her country proud and it is very possible that she could be included in the 16. I didn't love her gown but I think she looked great nonetheless. She was sizzling in swimsuit though.

Haiti: Christie Desir **

Christie is probably one of the delegates that improved the most since she was chosen. I think she looked well put together and did her very best.

Honduras: Gabriela Ordonez **

A lot of people believe that Gabriela's sex appeal would help her advance to the top 15. Yes, she is a pretty blonde but she looked so nervous during the preliminaries and her walk was quite weak.

Hungary: Henrietta Kalemen ***

Henrietta is pretty enough but she didn't really make much of an impact for me. She just didn't have that fire that I like to see. If she makes it, it will because of DIC and Hungary's interest in hosting Miss Universe 2016.

India: Noyonita Lodh *****

Noyonita is absolutely gorgeous. She is the best Indian delegate in ages (and I really loved last year's girl too)! It's also very obvious that she has worked very hard for this. She is super well prepared and I think she could do really well in the competition if the judges can look past the fact that she is quite short.

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