Aniporn Chalermburanawong was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2015 last night in Bangkok (Photo credit: Thai Catwalk)
Aniporn up close
And the top favorite won Miss Universe Thailand 2015, just as I predicted
21 year-old Aniporn Chalermburanawong (#37) is the next representative of Thailand to Miss Universe after she was crowned by outgoing winner Pimbongkod Chankaew during the finals held at the Royal Paragon Hall of Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand last night.
Pageant fans in the Land of Smiles expected a tough battle between her and 1st Runner-Up Chavika Vatrsang (#2 and another heavy favorite) as both tall ladies marched all the way to the top and became the last two women standing. In the end, it was the more vivacious Aniporn who got the nod of all the judges.
2nd Runner-Up is Chatchadaporn Kimakorn (#39), with Anchalika Na Pathalung (#25) getting 3rd Runner-Up. Ravinippa Hamid (#32) closed the Top 5 as 4th Runner-Up.
Aniporn and her court
Congratulations to all the winners! :-)
The six ladies above are my favorites to win Miss Universe Thailand 2015 tonight in Bangkok
The candidates in their evening gowns
Tonight at the Royal Paragon Hall of Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand, the 16th Miss Universe Thailand will be crowned to succeed last year’s Pimbongkod Chankaew and become the representative of the Land of Smiles in Miss Universe 2015.
There are forty (40) Official Candidates for the title. But I handpicked only six (6) personal favorites, most of whom are also popular choices among the Thai pageant followers. And they are (in this order of preference):
#37 Aniporn Chalermburanawong
#2 Chavika Vatrsang
#34 Ananya Nillsson
#27 Sasiwimon Silasuwanawwit
#39 Chatchadaporn Kimakorn
and the strongest spoiler
#7 Alisa Santitham (a deadringer for MU1988 Porntip Nakhirunkanok)
Channel 3HD will telecast the finals starting at around 5pm (Bangkok time), but you can check the Miss Universe Thailand Facebook Fanpage for live updates.
Miss Universe Thailand 2014 Pimbongkod Chankaew mimicking the Miss Universe logo
Good luck, ladies! :-)
Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan
Oklahoma's Olivia Jordan is Miss USA 2015
The Top 5 of Miss USA 2015 with Oklahoma (rightmost) winning the crown
Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma is the new Miss USA and she will now be the US representative to the next edition of Miss Universe.
Ylianna Guerra of Texas is 1st Runner-Up and Anea Garcia of Rhode Island taking 2nd Runner-Up. Brittany McGowan of Nevada placed 3rd Runner-Up, with Mame Adjei of Maryland closing the Top 5 as 4th Runner-Up.
Fil-Am Maureen Montagne of Arizona was able to reach Top 15 at best.
As for Special Awards, Indiana captured Miss Photogenic, with Miss Congeniality being shared by Alaska and Delaware.
Congratulations, Olivia! :-)
The new Miss USA crown by DIC
Predicting this year’s winner of Miss USA could be a tricky proposition considering the events these past few weeks. There are those who would say outright that a Latina state rep has the weakest chance of winning as Donald Trump would not want to glorify one of them given all the public backlash he has been getting as a result of attacking Mexican immigrants. And another camp would push for the idea that an Asian-American’s time has come to finally take it all the way. Yet, a third party would also counter with a theory that this is the year where an All-American beauty will reclaim her rightful ownership of the title. Attached to that, the African-Americans will be just as intense that a woman of color is the most deserving victor among the candidates.
Below are three (3) photo grids showing my Top 15, Top 10 and Top 5 in succession.
My Top 15 (in alphabetical order from left-to-right per row) for Miss USA 2015 after the Preliminary Competition
From the Top 15, I came up with my Top 10
My Top 5 for Miss USA 2015
The Top 5 was actually arrived at based on my personal judging. I did not assemble the quintet to come up with a token Latina, Asian-American, African-American or All-American and satisfy the cravings of different groups clamoring for their respective bets to win. I simply thought that these five ladies have what it takes to enter the magic circle.
Miss Vermont Jackie Croft is the girl I feel who would follow the trail of last year’s Miss North Dakota Audra Mari who became 1st Runner-Up to Nia Sanchez. So with that placement settled, I would pick one among Miss Alabama Madison Guthrie, Miss Arizona Maureen Montagne and Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia as potential successor. My hunch is that Miss Maryland Mame Adjei would be either 3rd or 4th Runner-Up. So if I would rank them in order, Alabama-Vermont-Arizona-Rhode Island-Maryland could be the winning combination.
Of course, having that very definitive order of placement is way too risky. But I don’t mind putting my name on the line. After all, that’s where the excitement of predictions comes from. Nobody among us can ever predict what answers will come out of their thinking minds to secure better or lower finishes, so I choose to anticipate that they will do me proud in the end.
Good luck, ladies! :-)
Miss Universe Peru 2015 Laura Spoya
Miss Peru Universo 2015 Laura Spoya
At the rate Latin American countries are boycotting Miss Universe 2015, the number of their contingent should be down to a single digit by the time the contest actually starts (tentatively by January, 2016
). Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador have reportedly banded together against Donald Trump’s pageant.
But not Peru, I would reckon.
Their Miss Universe entry, Laura Spoya, is truly an outstanding beauty that prompting her to back out of the competiton would be such a waste. Just look at her photographs in this post. The girl is smoking hot!
What are your thoughts on her, dear readers? :-)
Laura Spoya, Miss Peru Universo 2015
MUO President Paula Shugart gave Entertainment Weekly updates on the status of the pageants and Donald Trump as well
Click above to read the complete article by Nina Terrero
In an interview
conducted by Entertainment Weekly (courtesy of Nina Terrero
) with the Miss Universe Organization, President Paula Shugart shared updates and clarifications about the never-ending issues surrounding her group. I will post excerpts from the said one-on-one. I’m sure you want to read the full article, so click HERE
Is there a chance that Trump might sell or relinquish his Miss Universe and Miss USA ownership?
You know, that certainly hasn’t been an indication. [Laughs] I think you’d have to ask him directly. I know he will always be forthcoming in his opinion.
What are your hopes going ahead regarding the pageants, in terms of your Hispanic viewership?
As you know, Hispanics traditionally have been big supporters of the pageant industry and are well represented among the current Miss USA and Miss Universe contestants.
All we can do is give the show that our fans have always liked. We’ve always had great fans in the Hispanic community. If somebody doesn’t want to watch us, that’s going to be their prerogative. All I can do in our current frame is operate, get the show on, and put it on for anybody that wants to see it. I certainly hope they’ll tune in. it will be a great show and it will be great for the contestants.
Regarding Miss Universe, has there been any conversation with Latin countries regarding next steps? Mexico recently announced that it won’t send a contestant to the 2016 Miss Universe pageant.
No, we haven’t at this point. We’re going to have to think in the long term and we’ll let all of that play out because we have to prioritize at this particular moment.
Televisa makes it official for Mexico’s non-participation in Miss Universe
No Miss Universe trip for Wendy Esparza
It’s now official. Based on the official statement above, Televisa has effectively pulled out of Miss Universe.
And that leaves Miss Mexico-Universe 2014 (or Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2014) Wendy Esparza without a contest to compete in during her reign (unless the national organizers find another contest for her).
Meanwhile, Donald Trump could be shaking his head furiously. Is this worth all the free publicity he constantly yearns for? Or will he make a grand-standing apology to the whole world at the right time and retract all the discriminating statements he unleashed prior? He is piling up “enemies” left and right.
Will an apology be even acceptable to everyone concerned? :-/
Is Donald Trump’s world starting to crumble? Or is everything just a big effing publicity stunt?