Friday, January 15, 2016

Eye For Beauty Blog's Most Robbed Beauty of 2015: #2

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.  

And now here is our annual list of the MOST ROBBED BEAUTIES OF 2015:

2: Maria Alejandra Lopez, Miss World Colombia 2015

I will say this in no uncertain terms: Miss World Colombia was of the most beautiful girls at last year's Miss World Pageant and it is an absolute shame that she did not place. When Maria Alejandra Lopes was crowned, I was pretty certain that it would be a fantastic year for Colombia. She came into this with a fantastic track record. She placed third in Miss Colombia 2013 (the one that Paulina Vega won) and then went on to win Reina Hispanoamericana and Miss Cariaibe Hibiscus. It was no surprise then when she also, as the top favorite in Miss World Colombia, went on take the crown in her national pageant and was on her way to China.

In Sanya, she immediately stood out. 2015 was not a great year for Miss World, but Maria Alejandra's beauty was noticed by fans around the world. She was a firm fixture on my leaderboard and after seeing her shine in Sanya, I even had her as my top favorite to win it all. As the challenge event results started to come in, however, I started realizing that she was not exactly a hit with the Miss World Organization and I actually moved her down to 7th - still a commendable showing I thought at the time, but I knew she deserved more. Little did I know that she would be completely shut out. I think it's a great shame that they did not appreciate her beauty. She SHOULD have been up there.

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