Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Eye For Beauty Blog Most Robbed Beauty of 2014: #2

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 would have never guessed it:

#2: Miss World France, Flora Coquerel

Pretty much from the moment that she was crowned, everyone said France's Flora Coquerel screamed Miss World. From the moment she was crowned, she became a crown favorite for the Miss World title and it stayed that way until the end... well, almost the end. When Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss South Africa, people started seeing that the crown was not already on Flora's head, but Strauss' participation at Miss World was never a certainty until the date and venue of Miss World was announced first.

Even though Strauss became the biggest favorite, Miss France still had her loyal supporters. There were many that believed that France would be it and on the final night, just for a moment, it looked like France would indeed do very well. After the interview results were released, France was in number 1 position, but as the rest of the challenge events were added, France eventually dropped out of the top 25 and was surprisingly/shockingly left clapping. So what happened? Who would have thought that France would be ignored? Was it the fact that Flora went to the Dominican Republic with the Miss France contestants and arrived days late for the Miss World Pageant. That is more than likely what happened! The question is: will the Miss France Organisation learn from it?!


1 comment:

  1. Flora got zero points in sports and talent and to make things worse her bwp project had a blotched video.
    The fact that she top the personality interview shows that she was adored by the judges.