And a new Miss International has been crowned!
Another Latina was adjudged Miss International 2011 in final pageant ceremonies held at the Sichuan Opera Theatre in Chengdu, China. Ecuador’s Maria Fernanda Cornejo won the title and became her country’s very first Miss International. Coming in as 1st Runner-Up is heavy favorite Jessica Barboza of Venezuela, while Tugsuu Idersaikhan of Mongolia placed 2nd Runner-Up. 3rd Runner-Up is Katy Mendieta of Panama, with Desiree del Rio of Puerto Rico completing the Top 5 as 4th Runner-Up.
The remaining semifinalists in the Top 15 are from Brazil, Netherlands, Latvia, Russia, Thailand, Philippines, Lebanon, Sweden, Vietnam and Trinidad & Tobago.
Miss Friendship was shared by Misses Hawaii and Mexico, while the People’s Choice Award (or Most Popular Girl on the Internet) was handed to Miss Philippines Dianne Necio who topped the online voting. Jessica Barboza of Venezuela was named Miss Photogenic, with host delegate Yu Ting Bai Xue getting the nod for Miss Talent. The remaining Special Awards went to the reps of Zimbabwe (Miss Expressive), Puerto Rico (Miss Active), Ecuador (Miss Stature), Russia (Miss Elegant) and Aruba (Ambassador of Beauty). And as expected from the National Costume competition, Thailand won.
Contrary to my prediction that an Asian invasion was in the offing, the pageant stayed true to traditional form and gave the Latinas overwhelming victories this year.
67 candidates from all over the world competed for the crown.
Congratulations to the winners! 🙂