Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Eye For Beauty Blog Most Robbed Beauty of 2014: #5

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 was tough luck for:

#5: Miss World Puerto Rico, Genesis Davila

Puerto Rico carries a very strong sash at Miss World. Their delegates make it more often than not and they are long overdue for a second Miss World crown. Last year, stunning Genesis Davila was crowned Miss World Puerto Rico. She had previously competed at Miss Universe Puerto Rico and finished in second place. The tall ebony beauty seemed to be her country's strongest bet in a while and there was a lot of hype around her. Though there were concerns that she might be a little bit too fierce for Miss World, she was still a contender to keep an eye on.

She arrived in London looking elegant and well prepared. It was clear that she was there to fight for the crown. Genesis was one of the 20 finalists selected to be in the running for Miss World's Top Model title and on the final night she was in the top 14 on the first leaderboard after the scores of the Interview Competition were released. Sadly, she was one of the favorites who did not make the cut. Where did it all go wrong for them? Beauty With A Purpose? Surely the Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico Organization must know the formula by now. It was sad to see one of the stronger Puerto Rican beauties fail to make the cut.


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