The 24 ladies who will vie for Miss Venezuela 2014 via La Magia de ser Miss
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Osmel Sousa is doing something different this year. Miss Venezuela 2014 will be elected via a reality program
on Venevision titled “La Magia de ser Miss
” (The Magic of Being Miss
) where 24 outstanding beauties will compete for the crowns that will eventually award three of them the right to represent the South American nation in the 2015 editions of Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.
In a batch where the tallest (1.83m) and the youngest (18 years old) contenders are all in one contender (Rafaela Gregori Castañeda), it is interesting to see a skinhead (Jennifer Saa) participating for the first time. We all know how important long and flowing tresses are for this pageant, so it bears watching how far she will last in the competition which is like a beauty-survival-of-the-fittest. Watch the premiere episode below:
courtesy of CanalMissVenezuela
“La Magia de ser Miss” started airing on Venevision’s Super Sabado Sensacional timeslot last August 9 and will be showing a new episode every Saturday night thereafter.
Team Venezuela for the Big 4 Pageants is now complete!
The cast for Osmel Sousa’s glamazonic beauty warriors for the Big 4 Pageants of 2014 is now filled up. With the recent election of Debora Menicucci as Miss Venezuela Mundo, the deck of Queens is now made up of Migbelis Castellanos for Universe, Michelle Bertolini for International and Stephanie de Zorzi for Earth. It’s amusing to note that all four ladies are products of the original search last year, with the last joiner passing through a different needle of the eye before becoming a full-pledged titleholder. Anyways, watch their individual videos below just to get a renewed impression of the quartet. ;-)
Migbelis Castellanos for Miss Universe 2014
Debora Menicucci for Miss World 2014
Michelle Bertolini for Miss International 2014
Stephanie de Zorzi for Miss Earth 2014
All videos courtesy of CanalMissVenezuela
(L-R) Segunda Finalists Erika Pinto, Miss Venezuela Mundo 2014 Deborah Menicucci and Primera Finalista Adriana Marval
And Venezuela’s representative to Miss World 2014 has finally been crowned. 22 year-old Amazonas native Deborah Menicucci (one of my final picks for the win
) topped the Miss Venezuela Mundo 2014 competition and will now be traveling to England for the scheduled December 14 big night at ExCel London.
Joining her in the Top 3 are Primera Finalista Adriana Marval and Segunda Finalista Erika Pinto.
Mentor Osmel Sousa will now keep Deborah busy with further training and improvements in the months ahead leading to the latter’s pageant mission abroad.
Felicitaciones, Deborah! :-D
One of the twelve ladies above will be London-bound for Miss World 2014
A week from now, Miss Venezuela Mundo 2014 will be known in a finals night to be presided over by Osmel Sousa. And if they make the right selection on the young lady who will be sent to London for Miss World 2014, chances are that they will regain their top stature in Julia Morley’s competition once more. Ivian Sarcos was the last big performer after nailing the 201 crown. And two years of non-impact producing years do not augur well for the group. I’m really interested to see who will get their nod.
Meanwhile, my top picks for the title are below. ;-)
I’m putting my bets on the quartet above. Hopefully, one of them will win Miss Venezuela Mundo 2014 come August 2.
12 for Miss Venezuela World 2014 (Get a closer look at their faces and names below)
(Left-Right): Gleymar Loyo, Sheleska Lorens, Eneydis Torres, Déborah Menicucci, Clarissa Daboín and María Luisa Lera
(Left-Right): Adriana Marval, María Gabriela Antillano, Andrea Lira, Erika Pinto, Naty Paredes and Oneimart Valdéz
This coming August 2, Miss Venezuela World 2014 will be crowned from among the twelve Official Candidates short-listed for the crown. Osmel Sousa is quite excited with this dozen since at least half of them could very well succeed Karen Soto any minute now and become an excellent Venezuelan representative to Miss World 2014. For now, I am posting the three ladies who, in my opinion, are the possible front-runners for the honor. And they are Andrea Lira (Miss Distrito Capital during Miss Venezuela 2013), Deborah Menicucci (Miss Amazonas during Miss Venezuela 2013) and Oneimart Valdez (a lawyer and Reina de la XLVII Feria Internacional de la Chinita).
My three favorites to win Miss World Venezuela 2014.
Whoever wins among them will definitely be given more notice in Miss World 2014 as compared to last year’s rep who was unable to make a splash in Bali. :-)
Miss Venezuela Universo 2013 Migbelis Castellanos
In the long history of Miss Universe, only the country of Venezuela has been able to accomplish a ‘rare-as-a-good-hair-day-for-Donald-Trump
‘ back-to-back victory when Stefania Fernandez was crowned the successor of Dayana Mendoza during the 2009 finals in the Bahamas. And that was a feat that even the Guinness World Records recognized as truly record-worthy.
So looking now at Migbelis ‘Ly’ Castellanos and being that fellow Venezuelan Maria Gabriela ‘Molly’ Isler is the reigning Miss Universe titleholder, just what are the chances of that feat being duplicated for the 2nd time?
Recent pic of MU2009 Stefania Fernandez
Just like Stefania who was aged 19 when she won, Ly is going as a 19 year-old to Miss Universe 2014.
But while the former was not as widely-heralded as a sure winner (or a guaranteed Top 5 finisher) back then, the latter could be going the opposite end of the pole and be considered a lock for a solid finish even before the host city this year could be named.
And with Molly doing a mighty fine job in her still-active reign, the likelihood of having another one of Osmel Sousa’s ‘masterpieces’ taking over could be growing by the day.
Unless someone else proves otherwise. ;-)
One of the most highly-anticipated national beauty pageants is currently holding its regionals at almost simultaneous pace. And it is no wonder why Miss Venezuela is considered the toughest competition for country representatives to Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth. The quality of ladies for pre-qualification alone is so high that by the time the Official Candidates have been named, you can be sure that they have gone through stringent judging, physical improvements and training. In short, only the best of the best will get the privilege of taking part in the ultra-competitive nationals usually held October of every year.
In addition, the victories of Maria Gabriela Isler (top photo above) and Alyz Henrich as Miss Universe and Miss Earth, respectively, have spurred Osmel Sousa and his team to exceed their previous efforts. Outside the Philippines with three big wins in 2013, Venezuela is the only other country going for more than one back-to-back in 2014.
The photos below are just samples of some of the enthusiastic delegates for Misses Carabobo and Lara, two of the regional sashes.
Watch out for my future blog posts on the ladies who will officially fight for the crowns of the 62nd edition of Miss Venezuela! :-D
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. ;-)