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. ;-)
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. ;-)