Miss Earth Water 2014 Maira Alexandra Rodriguez was originally scheduled to participate as Miss Venezuela in Miss Earth 2015.
There are rumors circling the pageant world that Venezuela won’t be sending a representative to Miss Earth 2015 due to financial constraints. Aside from that, this year’s Miss Venezuela finals will allegedly be crowning only two (2) winners – one for Miss Universe and one for Miss International.
What’s more, the decision of the Miss International organizers decided to charge franchise rights (it used to be free) starting this year has affected the budget of the organization. And the casualty? The 3rd title intended for Miss Earth 2015.
From an economic vantage point, this kind of development is understandable since the South American country has been undergoing a major crisis. From a pageant training & development end, though, will that also mean holding-off any costly enhancement procedures for ladies being groomed for future national finals and the like?
Life won’t stop for Osmel Sousa and his team, I reckon. And if they keep on spending on the candidates for the nationals come October, then would it be too much to set aside a fraction of the “improvement” expenses for the sending of a Miss Venezuela Tierra 2015 to Manila?
Just asking. :-/
Miss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos pose with her stylist for the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant
Getting glammed up for her shoot
She did come in later than everyone. But I reckon that is part of the game plan. Osmel must have really advised to time her arrival on the penultimate day of registration and fittings to make sure that there is increased excitement in her appearance. Thing is, there are also other ladies who were advised by their trainers to show up late (like Miss Singapore Rathi Menon who is under the wings of Ines Ligron
At any rate, the cast is practically complete and all the ladies will start with their public pre-pageant activities very soon! :-D
Miss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos (right) with Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Castillo
Miss Venezuela for the 63rd Miss Universe, Migbelis Castellanos
The minute Migbelis Castellanos presents herself as Miss Venezuela in the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Miami, she will have one and only one thing in mind – to score a back-to-back win in the competition and duplicate the Guinness record-setting efforts of Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez last 2008 and 2009. Tall order, as some would instantly quip. But not if the challenger is a drop dead gorgeous young lady like her.
Migbelis practically has Miss Universe written all over her face. And by all counts, she could make up for the misses of Osmel Sousa’s for 2014, save for Maira Alexandra Rodriguez who salvaged a Miss Water placement during Miss Earth.
In my books, though, a contest is still a contest until the winner is crowned at the end of it all. And with so many other national reps (including our very own MJ Lastimosa) claiming victory even before arriving in the host city, the battle is going to be uber intense as only Donald Trump can deliver. ;-)
No need to cry over the back-to-back failures. Who owned the crowns in 2013 anyways?
Miss Earth and Jamie Herrell provided our brightest spot this year
Pending the results of Miss Tourism International 2014 on December 31, the Philippines failed in all the other back-to-back bids for the year. But there really is no need to sulk and continue fighting with other nationalities in the region on who is more superior or extra blessed in the world of international beauty competitions. After all, we have already proven ourselves capable of becoming a pageant powerhouse – not just a country that places but a nation that has solid victories to back up the claim.
Save a couple of nations outside Asia, who else can show real combined successes in Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth? And we’re not even factoring in Miss Supranational and Miss Tourism International yet. Even in the now-in-limbo-but-previously-regarded-as-Grand-Slam Miss Tourism Queen International, we have already scored a win. Sure, Miss Intercontinental continues to be elusive. But is that enough to invalidate our achievements? I don’t think so.
Even if Bianca, Yvethe and Valerie were not successful in their back-to-back missions, we can always move on and dream more, right?
It ain't over till it's over for Angeli and Glennifer
Your blogger is not the kind of individual who would resort to small talks and lame punchlines just to prove a point. I’m not even the type to take on a ‘mean girl’ attitude just to throw my weight around. But what’s the sense in all of this? Simple. We have already earned the respect of other countries in this regard. Let us not be goaded into stooping down to levels of desperation. Let Osmel Sousa’s graceful public demeanor in defeat guide us in the path towards online pride.
You don’t achieve a string of successes in something and then suddenly slide back to wannabe-mode just because of stumbling blocks along the way. We can continue to dream more and remain positive at the same time. And please stress on the word “more“.
At the end of the day, we have the top crowns in our enviable collection, while others are still searching for their first. ;-)
A sketch of what Migbelis will wear as traditional attire in Doral Miami
Next month, the 63rd Miss Universe will commence in Doral Miami. And with that comes the early previews of what National Costumes will be worn by some of the delegates.
I am safely assuming that Migbelis Castellanos will be wearing the Venezuelan sash, as well as the sketched modern traditional attire in this post. The whole ensemble looks uber sexy on paper, very Vegas showgirl in impact even.
If the final product looks anywhere near the drawings, then trust Osmel Sousa’s ward to stand out without really trying. ;-)
Here's another sketch of the same
Molly and Osmel Sousa
I know that this is a belated post because the homecoming of Miss Universe 2013 in Venezuela took place last October.
But with the recently-uploaded video in the YouTube channel of Miss Universe, they have come up with a more interesting three and a half minute clip covering all her activities in Caracas.
In it, Molly spoke at length about the homecoming and a few more fresh insights about her victory. It just goes to show how she has become one of the more effective spokespersons of the title.
courtesy of Miss Universe
Rumors are abuzz that Stephanie de Zorzi won’t be going to Miss Earth 2014 after all, and that her successor Maira Alexandra Rodriguez Herrera will be fielded instead. (Photo credit: Bellezavenezolana.net)
Stephanie (left) crowning Maira
After last night’s post about the possible eruption of a controversy involving two Miss Earth Australia sash-wearers arriving in Manila for the competition, here comes another one that involves the Venezuelan reps. According to rumors, Osmel Sousa has allegedly decided not to send (and effectively dethroned
) Miss Venezuela Earth 2013 Stephanie de Zorzi to Manila because of the latter’s decision to concentrate on her blossoming career in modeling. And in her place, it was allegedly added that Miss Venezuela Earth 2014 Maira Alexandra Rodriguez Herrera is now being rushed to represent Venezuela.
I really wouldn’t mind. For as long as one of Osmel’s ladies will arrive in Manila, it’s all good. After all, Maira has been a favorite of mine ever since the pre-pageant of Miss Venezuela 2014.
Really, all of this free indirect publicity news for Miss Earth 2014 is pouring like a bottle of honey with a bottom leak.