Monday, January 11, 2016

Eye For Beauty Blog's Most Robbed Beauty of 2015: #5

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:

5: Giada Pezzaioli, Miss Universe Italy 2015

Giada was picked to represent Italy at a casting in Milan just a couple of weeks before Miss Universe 2015 kicked off. Pageant fans immediately went wild as many remembered her from stint at Miss World in 2010 when she was only 17 years old. She was immediately mentioned as one of the front-runners. I, too, had my eye on her, but she was not one of my top favorites to win the title. In fact, I was not sure about her chances before the competition or even after she arrived in Vegas. I thought she was not in competition mode and did not really give her a shot.

Then something changed. Other favorites started to fizzle, but Giada started shining more brightly. She was just effortlessly gorgeous and glamorous. Her professional photos were all on point and when she gave two of the most solid preliminary performances of the entire group, I thought she would be a sure bet in the top 10. Sadly, she went from top 7 at Miss World to unplaced at Miss Universe. It's really a shame, because she is a stunning young woman.
Photos: Miss Universe Organization, AdMedia

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