A Miss Universe delegate does not compete in the pageant just for her personal gain. A more important objective is to do so for the love of flag and country. Nothing is more rewarding and fulfilling than claiming victory with the full support of your countrymen.
The Asian delegates (including Guam) may have varying degrees of cheers and fanaticism from their respective supporters, but the common goal is always to push and motivate their representatives to be the best they can be in achieving the top prize.
I can’t remember the last time a Miss Universe pictorial had the ladies and their flags as theme. It sure is giving everyone more reasons to vote and back-up.
I decided to start with the Asian region first for the Fadil Berisha glamshots. Given the dozen ladies above, who do you think stood out?
Personally, my Preferred Three in this group are:
The three Asian glamshots I like best.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida (r) and Miss Thailand Chalita Yaemwannang are becoming close friends.
It’s no secret that the Philippine and Thai pageant fans are always at odds with one another. And both camps even try to outshine (outbash if you will) when it comes to putting down the reps. The funny thing is that, while their respective fans are throwing potshots left and right, Ariella Arida and Chalita Yaemwannang are starting to develop a nice friendly chemistry. And this should be the case. We are Asean neighbors who should try to look out for the welfare of the other if need be, especially in a cold foreign city like Moscow.
Anyways, let your fans have their happy battle, Ara and Lita. As long as we know that the two of you are getting along fine, then everything’s good.
Ariella with (L-R) Vietnam, Thailand, China and Myanmar.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida is at her most relaxed state when bonding with fellow Asian beauties Chalita Yaemwannang of Thailand, Truong Thi May of Vietnam, Moe Set Wine of Myanmar and Jin Ye of China PR. Although each of them are eyeing the Miss Universe 2013 crown, nothing beats developing friendships with your neighbors in the region, at least in the earlier stages of competition.
Right now, we still can’t tell who Ariella will be closest to during the homestretch. But in the meantime, they have each other’s company to combat the icy-cold weather in Moscow.
Thailand, Myanmar and Finland arrived earlier than most in Moscow.
Early birds for Miss Universe 2013 have started arriving in Moscow to gain a headstart in the competition. Last weekend saw Misses Thailand, Myanmar and Finland taking their flights to the Russian capital for the pageant.
According to my sources, Chalita Yaemwannang and Moe Set Wine are sure to be roommates for the entirety of MU2013. On the other hand, Lotta Hintsa did not need a long-haul travel at all. Helsinki is just a little under two hours away unlike the duo who had to endure a longer time up in the air.
So if you are the participant, dear readers, would you rather be one of the first to arrive, middle of the pack or the last one to make a grand entrance?
P.S. Someone should have advised Miss Myanmar not to wear light blue denims – faded at that – during her arrival. I’ll let it slide just because they landed without much funfare.
Let’s do head-to-heads between Ara Arida and twelve of the other Asian candidates in Miss Universe 2013. Who do you think is more superior in each pairing?
In alphabetical order now.
Ara VS Ye Jin
Ara VS Manasi
Ara VS Whulandary
Ara VS Yukimi
Ara VS Zhazira
Ara VS Kim Yu-Mi
Ara VS Carey
Ara VS Moe Set
Ara VS Shi
Ara VS Amanda
Ara VS Chalita
Ara VS Thi May
Here’s my personal pre-arrival take:
Ara Arida is definitely stronger than a dozen of the region’s best contenders for the Diamond Nexus Lab crown. However, there are three (3) ladies I consider with the possibility of giving her a really tough fight for the one or two semifinal spots that could be reserved for the region. They are: Whulandary Herman of Indonesia, Truong Thi May of Vietnam and Manasi Moghe of India.
I’d say that our rep should prepare for this trio first before executing her game plan versus the Central Europeans.
Your say, dear readers?
Chalita is all set for Miss Universe 2013
Chalita's Evening Gown (L) and National Costume for MU2013
In a recent strictly-by-invitation affair to the Press in Bangkok, Miss Universe Thailand 2013 Chalita Yaemwannang was formally presented wearing her Official Evening Gown/s and National Costume for Miss Universe 2013.
While I find the traditional attire relatively underwhelming (read: a step down) compared to Thailand’s entries the past number of years – it doesn’t grab me instantly, makes Lita look more healthy and lacks a distinct wow factor to the overall design – her evening gowns are more divine, especially the aqua-colored number (see left photo above). With the right catwalk attitude and movement onstage, it can make the wearer stand out easily. But practice makes perfect in this bold serpentina cut because one wrong turn on platform heels can be off-balancing. I trust that Chalita’s handlers are training her well, though.
Chalita's alternate evening gown
As for the Gold-colored gown, it reminds me somewhat of the one Princess Ayu Mirah created for Miss World 2013 Megan Young during the Top Model segment of the pageant, but with more flashy details this time around. I also like it, but none the better compared to the above.
Between now and next week, Thailand’s rep will wrap up all her wardrobe contents and pysche herself up for Moscow. This year’s Asian contenders are really upping their respective claims to the crown.
Top 3 vote-getters
After a total of 37,906 votes collected from our 1st Top Picks Poll for Miss Universe 2013, an Asian domination was unraveled. The Philippines’ Ariella Arida, Thailand’s Chalita Yaemwannang and Indonesia’s Whulandary Herman are now seeded to the Final Picks Poll for Miss Universe 2013 come October. So please don’t be surprised if their names and photos are no longer included in the 2nd Top Picks Poll which officially starts today, August 1.
Here’s how the ten highest placers stacked up.
FYI, here are some details (revised with helpful suggestions from reader Themba) relevant to the poll I started last July 11:
1) 1st Top Picks Poll will run until July 31, 2013. 2nd Top Picks Poll will start on August 1-31, with the 3rd Top Picks Poll from September 1-30. 4th and Final Picks Poll will kick off on October 1 and last till the 31st.
2) After I collect the votes from each cut-off dates, the delegates who get the #1 to #3 spots will be automatically seeded to our 4th and Final Picks Poll happening as this year’s Miss Universe starts with the arrival of the ladies in Moscow.
3) The #1 to #3 placers in the 1st Top Picks Poll will no longer be among the choices in the 2nd Top Picks Poll (for August) and 3rd Top Picks Poll (for September). In the same light, whoever ends up #1 to #3 in the 2nd and 3rd Polls will also be seeded for the 4th (October).
4) By the time we reach the 4th and Final Picks Poll, the nine (9) seeded candidates from the three previous polls plus only sixteen (16) other buzzed about ladies will be included.
5) I have decided to seed the Top 3 placers in the 1st to 3rd Picks Poll in order to give other ladies the chance to shine and not be altogether influenced by blast voting. I think this is fair enough.
6) Come first week of November (or right around the date of the Official Preliminaries), I will post the fifteen (15) Miss Universe 2013 candidates most popularly voted and/or preferred by readers and visitors of this blog.
P.S. At the moment, Misses Philippines Ara Arida and Thailand Chalita Yaemwannang are neck-to-neck for the pole position. Regardless, both of them will no longer be included (plus whoever gets #3) in the 2nd and 3rd Top Picks Poll and will just “re-appear” come 4th and Final Picks Poll.
Ara and grid samples of her competition in Moscow (Photo credit: Chrome)
Ara VS Chalita
Today is July 1. Another new month and another time notch closer to the much-anticipated collission of the most beautiful ladies of the year. This post is inspired by the photo grid above made by one of our regulars – Chrome (take a bow, bud!) – for Ara Arida and her raging competition in Moscow, Russia for Miss Universe 2013.
The national candidates in the way of a 3rd Miss Universe crown for the Philippines are definitely no pushovers. And our Ara is aware of the fact that she should keep a watchful eye on not one or two but at least a dozen or more. It’s not like the Latinas are her only causes for concern. With the Russian capital hosting, the Central and Eastern Europeans are just as explosive a contingent. And I’m not keeping tab of her fellow Asians just yet. Every delegate in our region (especially Indonesia and Thailand) is out to perform better than before so as not to make it easy for the Philippines to constantly secure bragging rights as the best MU performer in this part of the world.
Matters of the Height
How about you, dear readers? Name me 3-5 delegates who could seriously lay claim to the crown that everybody wants to win?