Racquel Kabigting (2nd from left) dwarfing (left to right) Joy Diaz, Angelique de Leon and Lea Forbes (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
In the vernacular, people would say “Iba na ang matangkad!” (Being tall is something else!). And the phrase couldn’t be any more appropriate when it comes to beauty pageants. In the ongoing screenings for Bb. Pilipinas 2014, Team JDV is proud to have the tallest girl in their camp. Six-footer Racquel Kabigting from Bataan always stands even without really trying. Her vertical advantage is such that nobody would want to stand beside her for fear of looking like a midget.
Height is a non-negotiable asset. So when a lady is more than blessed with the same, she becomes the easy target of talent scouts to groom and polish for competition. Just imagine if Racquel was born and raised by the same parents in Venezuela. She would have already been discovered by Osmel Sousa’s group and prepared for the nationals. It’s a good thing she is a true-blue Filipina who is very likely to become one of the excellent finds for this year’s edition of Bb. Pilipinas. ;-)
Alyz tweeted this image to her followers
The other day, Miss Earth 2013 Alyz Henrich tweeted the image above – showing the (now) lucky evening gown, country sash, Miss Earth 2013 sash and crown – to all her followers signifying her gift to Venezuela. The girl is mighty proud of her achievement and Osmel Sousa must be just as pleased of what her “daughter” has won.
My hope is that she will have a fruitful and productive year as Miss Earth.
Just like what her predecessor Tereka Fajksova did during her reign, I expect Alyz to initially travel around Venezuela and the rest of Latin America to further the environmental objectives of the title. Let’s see if she will travel to Africa and Europe as well.
As for the other Elemental Queens, I also wish that they continue with their ecological missions in Austria, Thailand and Korea. :-)
Alyz (2nd from right) in a relaxed photo with the other Elemental Queens of 2013 (l-r) Punika, Katia and Catharina.
Miss Venezuela International 2013 Elián Herrera
There is one big thorn in Bea Rose Santiago’s mission to win the country’s 5th Miss International crown. And that obstacle happens to be a 6’1″ stunner of a beauty queen-cum-sportswoman from Aragua, Venezuela.
Elián Herrera is unfazed that her country’s latest victory in Miss International was just three years ago (courtesy of Elizabeth Mosquera). I can’t even blame Osmel Sousa for feeling antsy that he missed the Mikimoto crown last year when Blanca Aljibes deserved to be in the Top 3 at the very least.
With the Miss Universe victory of Molly Isler in Moscow, what is the probability of Venezuela reigning supreme in Tokyo with Elián? Will another Latina take it all the way? Or will another Asian succeed Ikumi Yoshimatsu? Perhaps, it’s Europe’s turn for a top podium finish?
Whatever, this glamazonic bombshell will be a heavy favorite come December 17. ;-)
Gabriela Isler is the 7th Miss Universe titleholder from Venezuela.
When Gabriela Isler was announced as Miss Universe 2013 last November 9 in Moscow, she initially thought that her country name was being called as 1st Runner-Up. Her first reaction was to show genuine happiness for good friend Patricia Rodriguez of Spain whom she assumed won the whole thing. A split second later, she opened her mouth so wide upon seeing Olivia Culpo approaching her side and putting a crown on her head. It was then that the fantastic news sunk in her system. She indeed was the winner.
Gabriela's announcement as winner is an amusing anecdote in itself.
This short anecdote is a reflection of the new Miss Universe’s warmth and sincerity as an individual. Honestly, it doesn’t happen very often that we get to see a Venezuelan so genial and sisterly (I can name Miss Earth 2005 Alexandra Braun as another one). We all know by now that Molly (her nickname) is very good friends with both 1st Runner-Up Patricia and 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida. You can see in the Top 5 (where the three are standing side-by-side) that they are very happy for each other and that the hand clasps in between are firm and not tentative.
By becoming the 7th Venezuelan to win Miss Universe, Gabriela has added another feather to the already filled cap of Osmel Sousa. And the latter must be grinning from ear-to-ear as if to indicate that he has already forgiven Donald Trump for the snub of Marelisa Gibson in 2010 and the non-advancement to Top 5 of Vanessa Goncalvez in 2011.
Molly may not be the most youthful-looking Miss Universe ever, but she certainly could become the friendliest one to date. And if not for my deep-seated desire to see only our bet or Miss Spain as winner, I would have shouted for joy when she was crowned. At any rate, I have now moved on.
I can certainly see this Miss Guárico enjoying and giving her best to a one-year reign. :-)
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler may have big height difference, but both are absolutely gorgeous.
Since 2010, National Pageant Heads Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta of BPCI and Osmel Sousa of the Miss Venezuela Organization have a nice competition heating up among themselves. It started to simmer when Venus Raj outclassed Marelisa Gibson in Vegas. And then it gradually reached boiling point in Sao Paulo when Shamcey Supsup zoomed past Vanessa Goncalvez. The hot bubbles started its furious ascend once more in Vegas when Janine Tugonon outpointed Irene Esser last year. Will 2013 be the right time for the Venezuelan beauty guru to exact revenge, at the expense of our current bet?
Hot competition between the Madame and Osmel as well.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and Miss Venezuela Maria Gabriela Isler are both stunners that the Madame and Osmel would fight tooth and nail to make sure that their respective wards become this year’s winner, more especially now that the latter has somehow lost his magic touch with MWO’s Julia Morley.
The 24 Official Candidates of Miss Venezuela 2013
The names and ages of the ladies in alphabetical order (just like the photos above). Courtesy of bellezavenezolana.net
Above are my early picks – six ladies to watch
Here we go again with Miss Venezuela.
The 24 Official Candidates for 2013 have already been presented to the Press, and the batch is another promising harvest of topnotch Latinas for the international pageants of 2014. Osmel Sousa must be smiling ear-to-ear with the quality of ladies he produces year after year.
So far, I am liking Lesly Beatriz Carrasco of Merida, Maria Laura Verde Hernandez of Lara, Andrea Victoria Soledad of Distrito Capital, Mariella Agriesti Lomer of Carabobo, Victoria Coifman Avendano of Portuguesa and Marie Claire Arcilla Harp of Falcon.
Who are you fancying in the group? ;-)
Gabriela Isler’s transformation is, quite simply, magical!
It would be an understatement to say that Miss Venezuela Universo 2012-13 Maria Gabriela Isler is battle-ready for Miss Universe 2013 as early as now. Having spent the past eight months preparing for the big one, she has dutifully conformed to the game plan Osmel Sousa has structured for her. And what a fantastic make-over the beauty guru has done for his queen.
Without experimenting on Gabriela a la Vanessa Goncalvez and sticking close to the contours of her already ideal facial features, the results show a more youthful and alluring lady who blazes with an altogether fresh vibe.
Lovelier and more refreshing, Gabriela is.
With the major part of her tasteful transformation over and done with, Osmel’s team will now focus on assembling a wardrobe that is sure to stand out in Moscow. In the meantime, Gabriela will keep herself busy in the gym for continuous physical training, while perfecting her make-up and pasarela.
courtesy of CanalMissVenezuela
Miss Venezuela knows too well that the Europeans will have a definite edge in the competition. And she is not taking things sitting down for sure. ;-)
And these ladies are just vying to become Tachira’s rep to Miss Venezuela 2013.
One of the Centrooccidental hopefuls
If you think the Miss Venezuela organization comes up with gorgeous candidates year after year by just scheduling screenings a couple of months before the traditional October finals, then you must be seriously underrating their efforts. The casting alone for the final representatives who will complete the cast of Official Candidates is such a long and arduous task that filters the best among the best among their own definition of grassroots level. From Amazonas to Anzoategui, from Carabobo to Distrito Federal, from Lara to Miranda, from Tachira to Zulia. It is a well-oiled beauty-producing machine that can turn their counterparts in other countries to shame. And this is why Venezuelan beauty queens are never doubted in their claim to the international crowns, year in and year out.
2013 won’t be any different. The Venezuelans continue to move heaven and earth to assemble another pool of finalists who have what it takes to do the country proud abroad.
This blog will keep a watchful eye on developments of this year’s edition, as always. ;-)
Will Oriana Lucchese Báez be Indonesia-bound for Miss World 2013? (Photo credit: bellezavenezolana.net)
Loud talks in pageant circles are buzzing about Osmel Sousa sending Oriana Lucchese Báez (Miss Miranda 2012) – instead of Irene Esser – to Miss World 2013. Fine with me if ever. Venezuela has a surplus of beautiful ladies and it would be a waste not to send them overseas for international beauty missions.
Oriana was one of the top favorites going into the finals of Miss Venezuela 2012, so it is but fitting that she be given the opportunity to win honors for her country in what could be Osmel’s curtain call in Julia Morley’s pageant. ;-)
First off, here’s the article from Panorama movil:
“Irene Esser podría ir al Miss Mundo 2013″
Aunque aún no hay nada confirmado corren fuertes rumores sobre una posible participación de Irene Esser en el Miss Mundo 2013.
Se dice que la nueva representante Venezolana en el certamen Miss World sería Irene Esser. Esto se vendría gestionando hace meses pues Irene contrajo un contrato de manejo y representación con el magnate Donald Trump que no le permite competir en ningún concurso de belleza.
Hace escasamente dos semanas la agencia le concedió un permiso a Esser con la condición que continué cumpliendo sus compromisos con la agencia. En caso de que ella ganase el Miss World quedará totalmente relevada de cualquier compromiso con Trump Model Management.
And here’s the verbatim English translation made by Google:
Irene Esser could go to Miss World 2013
Although nothing is confirmed yet run strong rumors about a possible role for Irene Esser in Miss World 2013.
He says the new Venezuelan representative in the Miss World would Irene Esser. This would come as Irene months managing contracted a management contract and representation with Donald Trump that can not compete in any beauty contest.
Barely two weeks ago, the agency granted a permit with the condition Esser continues to meet its commitments to the agency. When she won the Miss World will be completely relieved of any commitment to Trump Model Management.
With Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos taking over the franchise of Miss World Venezuela starting 2014, Osmel Sousa will have up to this year to send his candidate for Julia Morley’s beauty fest. And recent developments are suggesting that Miss Universe Venezuela 2011-2012 Irene Esser is being considered to take part in Miss World 2013 in Indonesia this coming September.
If and when her participation gets the green light and becomes official, only two things could possibly happen – one, she will handily win the crown as a fitting finale for the long-standing relationship between Julia and Osmel. Or two, she will easily be ignored and get “punished” for Osmel not cooperating with Miss World Organization and forcing the latter to secure a new country partner.
So which possibility are you on? ;-)