Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Eye For Beauty Blog Most Robbed Beauty of 2014: #6

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. We were waiting for your name to be called:

#6: Miss Universe Serbia, Andjelka Tomasevic

21 year old Andjelka stood out for all the right reasons at Miss Universe. She probably had one of the most angelic faces of the batch and her red hair helped her to stand out from the crowd. Having been part of the top 8 of Miss Earth 2013, it was expected that she would do well at Miss Universe. After seeing her professional photos, I was super impressed. She just nailed every shot.

I must say that I was worried when I saw her performance during the presentation show. Her gown choice could have been better and her walk was not as strong as it should have been. Still, I forgave her for that and thought that based on facial beauty alone, she'd sneak in and steal a spot. That never happened and Serbia will have to wait a while longer for their first placement as just Serbia. (They placed in 2003 when they were still Serbia and Montenegro.)

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