Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Eye For Beauty Blog Most Robbed Beauty of 2014: #3

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. What a shocker:

#3: Miss International Netherlands: Shauny Bult

Despite getting mostly positive reviews, beautiful Shauny Bult was left clapping for the second time in a row at an international pageant. Shauny represented the Netherlands at Miss Earth 2012 and was one of the favorites due to her facial beauty. It seemed like she was due to make her country very proud by being included in the top 16, but that never happened. I was happy when I saw that she would get a second chance at Miss International.

She arrived in Tokyo looking super well-prepared and even more gorgeous than her stint in Manila. 2014 was not the best year for Miss International in terms of the quality of the delegates, but Shauny was probably the most consistent of all of the delegates. She looked amazing and shone throughout the competition. I thought she was one of the top favorites to win it along with Mexico, Thailand, the UK, and Colombia. Sadly, she was left clapping again? What happened? Some pageant insiders whispered that it could be that she's not the most congenial delegate? Based on just beauty, she should at least have made the top 10!


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