Sunday, February 15, 2015

Eye For Beauty Blog Most Robbed Beauty of 2014: #8

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. And our list continues with:

#8: Miss Universe Czech Republic, Gabriela Frankova

Beautiful Gabriela was crowned Czech Miss Universe in March and, to be honest, I was not really a fan of the top 3 back then. However, I must say that both girls who went to Universe and World surprised me, especially Gabriela. As I glanced through the photos of the girls arriving in Miami, this gorgeous blonde kept catching my eye. Once they started wearing their sashes, I was surprised to see that it was Gabriela. She had me from that moment on. She looked amazing at all the events and I also loved her introduction video.


During the preliminaries, I knew it would be make or break for her. She came out in this long sleeved gold gown with sequins all over it. It was not an easy gown to pull off, but she made it come alive on stage. In fact, it didn't look nearly as good in photos as it did when she walked in it. Her swimsuit performance was also fun, energetic, and on point. I couldn't fault her performance and was pretty confident that she would be one of the top 15. But, alas, like many other contestants, she'll just go down in the record books as one of those girls who should have made it.

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