Friday, January 15, 2016

Eye For Beauty Blog's Most Robbed Beauty of 2015

2015 sure was an interesting year for pageants. Apart from all the shocks that went on behind the scenes, on pageant stages and in the media, it was also another year of victories and defeats for the girls dreaming to become beauty queens. In this feature, we usually look at the most shocking exclusions of the year - girls we feel were "robbed" of a placement as we say in the pageant world. Before we delve into our list, we also have to say that there was redemption for some girls.

Take Olivia Jordan as an example. She competed at Miss World 2013 where she only made it to the top 20, but two years later she returned... with a vengeance. Not only did she become Miss USA 2015, she also placed third at Miss Universe. Anea Garcia, Miss Rhode Island, came so close to winning the crown, placing third, but she went on to win Miss Grand International 2015 a few months later. The delegate from Hawaii (Emma Wo) failed to make it to the top 15 of Miss Teen USA 2008 while Louisiana (Candice Bennett) could survive the first cut when she competed at Miss America, but this time around they were luckier.

Both Netherlands (Margot Hanekamp) and Brazil (Catharina Choi) were not originally slated to compete but for very different reasons they were sent to Sanya to compete at Miss World and both placed. Brazil even became the official holder of the Miss World Brazil title.

It took 3 attempts for the current Miss Universe to win her national title and she almost gave up on her dream, but we are sure that she is thanking her lucky stars now that she didn't, as she won the big made her countrymen's dreams come true by giving them their third Miss Universe crown after a 42 year long wait. And that almost didn't happen for her either... you know the story. Miss Australia competed a few times before she made she won her title and look where she landed. The same goes for Miss France, who 12 months before experienced heartbreak when she lead the first leaderboard of Miss World, but then completely dropped out of the top 25. This time she was bag and it was redemption time with a top 5 placement at Miss Universe. Miss South Africa, Refilwe Mthimunye, also got a lucky break as she was only first runner-up in her national pageant, but as the winner had to compete at Miss World, she was sent to Miss Universe and ended up in the top 15.

It just goes to show, pageant girls. You just never know when your luck will change. So, never give up on your dreams.  

Let's take a look back at some of our previous "winners" or shall I rather say Most Robbed Beauties:

2011: Janet Kerdikoshvili, GEORGIA, Miss World

2012: Bodine Koehler, PUERTO RICO, Miss Universe

2013: Yityish Aynaw, ISRAEL, Miss Universe

2014: Josselyn Garciglia, MEXICO, Miss Universe



Huong Pham, Miss Universe Vietnam 2015 

When gorgeous Huong Pham was crowned Miss Universe Vietnam, fans started raving about her. Not only was she exceptionally beautiful, but it also seemed like she was well prepared and that she had the desire to win. She was named as a front-runner from the day she was crowned and that never changed... well, until the moment that she, to the shock and dismay of most fans, failed to make it to the top 15. 

I stand by the following opinion: Huong Pham was near perfect in every aspect of her participation at Miss Universe and I definitely thought that she had Miss Universe written all over her. Her photos were absolutely perfect, she seemed to do glamour, sexy and sultry effortlessly and she looked perfect at all times. After the preliminaries, I was certain that she would be up there... high up there. If I had to fault her on one thing, it would be her evening gown. I was not a the biggest fan of that swan creation, but I thought it was brave and interesting. How I would have loved to see her in the top 15 at least and I, along with several others, feel and always will that Huong Pham was blatantly robbed of her spot in the top 15. 

Some people might argue that Miss Colombia was the most robbed beauty of 2015 after having worn the crown for just a few minutes before it was taken away, but Ariadna is getting so many opportunities because of this and she will continue to get them. So I can't and don't want to exactly call her robbed. Humiliated, yes definitely! To me, Huong Pham, Miss Universe Vietnam 2015 IS the MOST ROBBED BEAUTY OF 2015. 


  1. I believe Huong Pham Miss Vietnam 2015 is the most robbed beauty so far this decade.. I loved her evening gown which was much better than Thailand, Curacao, Japan, Australia, USA, Venezuela, and Colombia!! Only Philippines, France, and Dominican Republic wore gowns that was equal to better than her "swan" gown which I thought was beautiful. And her walk in my opinion was so much better than half of the Top 15. Maybe it was the dominance of the Orientals is what cost her a Top 15 spot!! And also as in Miss Colombia...she was not robbed......

  2. So why MUO did not save her from being a clapper? Was she fit to work for MUO?