And so after a long day of featuring all Miss Universe 2013 delegates in all their ‘Ice Princess’ glory, I shortlisted the Eighteen (18) glamshots that really hooked me up after several reviews up to the last minute before midnight (Manila time) posting.
At the end of the day, it’s all a matter of taste and preference based solely on how Fadil Berisha interpreted the ladies with his lens.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida remains up there with a shot that is both sensuous and glammed up. The facial symmetry in her tilted head is arresting. And Miss Puerto Rico Monic Perez mesmerizes me in a photographed personality all her own. On the other hand, those white fur hats tend to distract me more than anything else, but I love that it worked for Misses Poland Paulina Krupinska, Japan Yukimi Mastsuo and Azerbaijan Aysel Manafova. The clean-and-clear facial shots of Misses Spain Patricia Rodriguez, USA Erin Brady and Australia Olivia Wells also caught my eye. Meanwhile, the fiery poses of Misses Bolivia Alexia Viruez, France Hinarani de Longeux and Croatia Melita Fabecic are too hard to ignore, just as the cropped hair beauty of Miss Czech Rep. Gabriela Kratochvilova, the sweet smile of Paraguay’s Guadalupe Gonzalez and the mighty fine skin of Israel’s Yityish Aynaw. And for the rest, they got included simply because I find their respective photographs worth a second and third look.
I did not necessarily save the best for last. I simply wanted the biggest continental contingent coming in at the tail-end. Thirty (30) strong candidates over-all (although I still haven’t included Albania whose candid photos have already been seen during the Chi Mall event but may not have been shot by Fadil yet).
Since this is a big group, I came up with five (5) Preferred Picks, and they are:
A strong European quintet for me.
Here’s a quintet from Oceania and the Middle East. While they are sort of isolated in terms of group size, I still opted to have them posted as a small independent entry because there are two strong contenders which make the percentage of shiners quite high.
The best among the five are obviously the Aussie and Israeli bets. And so far, the two have been getting strong feedbacks – albeit polarized their personalities may seem – from everyone in Moscow.
The best from Oceania and the better one from the Middle East.
The Carribbean takes a post all of its own because they have ten (10) stunners vying for Miss Universe 2013. And I’m still trying to figure out the ones I am resting my eyes on.
But here are the Preferred Three (3) who have really caught my fancy from the islands so far:
Ten (10) jewels of Africa (including Mauritius left) are now coming your way. Fadil Berisha shot these charming ladies and I would say that one of them could spring forward to popularity in Miss Universe 2013.
The two (2) Preferred delegates for me are as follows:
Let’s move on to the Americas (North, Central and South) and their Ice Princesses. The nineteen (19) ladies from these regions are a force to reckon with. So who are the ones on your shortlist here.
My Preferred Three are as follows:
The ladies from the Americas I like best.
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.
Vote for Ariella Arida at missuniverse.com
The many faces of Ariella Arida!
Need I go into so many specifics?
Just visit the Miss Universe website and click on the contestants where you can find Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and cast your vote.
Otherwise, you can use this LINK.
Remember, the highest vote-getter will automatically be seeded into the Top 16 come finals night on November 9.
courtesy of Rappler.com
Artem Klyushin and Ariella Arida
This is going to be a quick post.
That photo of Miss Philippines Ariella Arida with a Russian guy is enough to send tongues wagging and making hasty conclusions. So who is he?
Well, I can’t say much about Artem Klyushin. Not because I don’t want to. There is very little info about him online, and whatever can be scratched is all written in Russian.
All I know is that he is some married Russian personality who wanted a photo op with our bet during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. No more, no less. ;-)
Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Reyes after the fall.
You must have seen the video so many times that you can mimic the bad fall in a breeze. And you know that something like this can score precious points in the competition. However, I doubt it very much that Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Reyes will benefit a lot from the same, unlike the stage slip that happened to Miriam Quiambao last 1999. This is not even the Preliminaries, but a typical Sunday sideshow inside a shopping mall.
And this brings me back to that weird stage. Why does it even have a triangular hole in the middle? A cat trap so devilishly designed to make anyone come out to the spotlight and be more conscious of avoiding the center than projecting? On the other hand, I know that the ladies are aware of that crazy pitfall contraption prior to the fashion show. Did Yaritza conveniently forget about it that instead of turning left or right, she went straight to the same?
Ok, I can’t say that I pity her. At least, she had the quick presence to bring herself back up. And fast. ;-)