Thursday, December 17, 2015

Miss World 2015 Review: Philippines - Tanzania

The 65th edition of Miss World is taking place in Sanya, China for the 6th time. 114 young women from all around the world will battle it out for the title currently held by South Africa's Rolene Strauss. It's a slight dip in numbers for Miss World as several candidates (most notably so Miss Canada) could not get a visa for China. The group is also not as strong this year leaving the race wide open. One thing is certain: Strauss and her predecessor, Megan Young, have set the bar so high that it has set a difficult task for whoever follows in their footsteps. Let's just hope the winner is deserving. This year it was really hard to write the reviews as I will travel to Sanya, so I want to stay tactful, because the last thing I'd want to do is hurt the girls' or their families' feelings. (Girls, do not take this personally.) The last four years I have been right almost every time (I got Ivian, Megan and Rolene. Had Wenxia until the last leaderboard when I put her in second place in favor of Wales who actually came second.). This year I have no idea what's really going to happen, so I am expecting my final leaderboard to have only 50% of the actual results.

****** Might be the next Miss World 
*****   Could be in the top 5 or win a continental title
****     Might make the top 10 of Miss World 2015 
***       Could reach the quarterfinals (top 20) of Miss World 2015 
**         Might not survive the first cut 
*           Likely to not survive the first cut 

Philippines: Hillarie Parungao *****

Hillarie is absolutely stunning. She actually reminds me of Megan Young (although that’s really pushing it – Megan is amazing!), but she is also tiny. Facially, she is one of the best. It might be too soon for another victory for the Philippines and their strained relations with China might prevent her from entering the top 5.

Poland: Marta Palucka ******

Marta is lovely. She has the Miss World kind of beauty for sure, but she seemed really passive and, at times, withdrawn throughout the competition. I have the same issue with her as with Miss Lebanon – consistency. But there’s no denying that she has one of the faces of the competition and could easily b the next Miss World.

Portugal: Rafaela Pardete **

I am a little bit disappointed. When Rafaela was crowned, I was super excited about her chances and thought she was Portugal’s best chance in ages to do well. Well, I still find her really pretty and I like her a lot. But somehow, even though this is not the strongest group, she has not made the impact I thought she would have.

Puerto Rico: Keysi Vargas *****

Keysi is actually one of my best surprises of this pageant. She is stunning and very consistent. Puerto Rico has not done well since 2011 and I think this year things might chances. She is definitely one of the stronger ones in the group and there’s a big possibility that she could be in the top 5.

Romania: Natalia Onet **

Natalia is actually one of the loveliest delegates Romania has sent since their second place in 2006. Will that be enough for a placement? Probably not. But still, it was nice to see a credible delegate from Romania.

Russia: Sofia Nikitchuk ***

Sofia was originally slated to enter Miss Universe and her runner-up was supposed to compete here, but the Miss World Organisation did not accept this and her runner-up was sent to Miss Universe instead. Sofia is not the strongest Miss Russia I have ever seen, but she’s perfectly solid enough to reach the top 20. She seems to have beauty and brains, so she could do well.

Samoa: Latavale Auva’a ****

Samoa’s delegate hit the headlines when the Prime Minister of Samoa criticized her for skipping the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in favor of Miss World. He pretty much said that she will get nowhere at Miss World. Well, I guess she’s making him eat his words. She is doing exceptionally well in this competition. She placed 5th in the Talent and Sports Challenge Events and will also showcase her country’s culture as one of the 7 individual Dances of the World performances. I guess someone’s Prime Minister owes her an apology. She’s one of the safest bets for the Miss World top 20… or even top 10.

Scotland: Mhairi Fergusson **

Scotland usually fields pretty girls who do well at Miss World. This year is no exception, but their past delegates have just been a tad stronger and gotten more attention that Mhairi. I am not foreseeing a placement for her at this moment.

Serbia: Marija: Cetkovic **

Everything is there in terms of looks, but I am missing the spark. I think proper training could have helped her make more waves in this competition. A top 24 placement in Sports and Fitness is her most notable achievement.

Seychelles: Linne Freminont *

Linne did her country exceptionally proud by coming second in the Sports and Fitness competition.

Singapore: Charity Lulu Seng *

Charity got a flack when she won her national title, but she held her head up high and represented her country proudly at Miss World.

Slovakia: Lujza Strakova **

Slovakia will get one of the best ways to show the beautiful culture of her country. She was chosen as one of 7 delegates who will get an individual performance in Dances of the World.

Slovenia: Mateja Kociper **

Mateja is stronger than the average delegate from her country, but I don’t think that will be enough to help her reach the top 20.

South Africa: Liesl Laurie *****

Liesl has had an impossible task – representing the country of the reigning Miss World. I did not really know how she would be fare, but I am most impressed. She is well-prepared and has been very consistent throughout the competition. She has done well in most of the fast-tracks. Can she keep South Africa in the top 5 at Miss World? I think she might stop at the top 10, but there are many others who disagree with me and think she might be in the 5 or even top 3.

South Sudan: Ajah Deng *****

Ajah is one of the strongest ladies from Africa. She is super tall and elegant. Even though I don’t think she is nearly as strong as gorgeous Atong Demache, I will admit that she will probably be a force to be reckoned with. Can she secure another top 5 placement for the youngest nation in the world?

Spain: Mireia Lalaguna ****

Contrary to the opinion I had when I saw her crowning photos, I think Mireia has been looking young and fresh at the pageant. She has done everything right and I think a top 10 placement could happen for her. She is one of the best blondes in this group.

Sri Lanka: Thilini Amarasooriya *

I have been quite a fan of some previous delegates from Sri Lanka, but Thilini is just OK for me. She is pretty, but I have other favorites this year. I think she has done a good job at representing her country though.

St. Kitts and Nevis: Jackiema Flemming *

Representing your country at Miss World is an honor. I hope Jackiema have enjoyed the experience that was Miss World 2015.

Sweden: Natalia Fogelund ***

I was quite perplexed when I saw Natalia’s name pop up among the favorites several times while glancing through some message boards. After watching her videos, I finally got it though. There’s something very interesting about her and I can now see her doing well in this competition.

Tanzania: Lillian Kamazima *

Tanzania has sent some stronger delegates in the past, so I think Lilian might have to be content with just representing her country proudly.

Photos courtesy of Miss World Organisation! 

1 comment:

  1. Tall and elegant??? Its that the new judgment for Miss World. South Sudan doesn't seem to be a girl to be in the Top 5!!!???? Are you kidding me?????