Saturday, February 14, 2015

Eye For Beauty Blog Most Robbed Beauty of 2014: #10

I wouldn't exactly call 2014 the "Year of Shocks" in terms of results. In most of the pageants I followed, the winner was always there amongst the favorite. In terms of national pageants, I'd say that the favorites did well. Rolene Strauss won Miss South Africa, Nia Sanchez won Miss USA, both winners in the Philippines were favorites, and other countries like France, India, Colombia and Mexico all crowned girls who were marked as front-runners. I predicted the winners of Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth. The only one of the big four pageants that produced a shock winner, or at least a few raised eyebrows, was Miss International.

The year's biggest shocks came from the inability of most of the pageant organizations to get their acts together. Miss Earth is still in the Philippines and is still trying to get rid of the corruption stigma after the Russian scandal a few years ago? Did a home victory help? Miss World was supposed to be the best festival ever in three countries, but turned into a low key event. There were very few events leading to the finale, but at least they were all classy, and it was evident that the organizers are trying to create some energy on stage at the finale. Miss International is apparently under new ownership, but the pageant is still a looong snoozefest. For the most part of 2014, we all wanted the real Miss Supranational to stand up... and eventually it did. The best effort from an organization came from Miss Grand International - it really is a pageant to watch. Their results left a bitter taste in my mouth though. And the worst effort: from Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization. In an unprecedented move they failed to put on a show in 2014, moved it to 2015, and called it by it's anniversary while claiming it is actually still the 2014 edition. But will there be another one this year? Nothing is certain anymore with Miss Universe - their credibility has pretty much gone down the drain.

As for results, a few favorites were actually left out. It's time for you: 

#10: Miss International India, Jhataleka Malhotra

Some sensational Indian beauties have been ignored at Miss International and Jhataleka can be added to that list. She impressed from the day she set foot in Japan. Her elegance and presence were just impossible to miss. Especially given the fact that the group was not really that strong, it was impossible to even imagine that India would not be called. But, yes, once again they got totally ignored by the Miss International judges.

In the end, despite being a huge favorite and looking sensational throughout her time in Tokyo, Jhataleka had to settle for a minor consolation prize, the Miss Internet Beauty title. We feel that she was robbed and it would be shame not to see her at another pageant, like Miss Supranational or Miss Grand International. And we were left wondering: will the beauty of Indian women ever be appreciated at this pageant?

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