In my eyes, this Latina with a British-Honduran mix is comparable to Miss Universe 1987 Cecilia Bolocco, pageant wise. They both arrived in their respective beauty contest venues claiming the status of top favorite from beginning to end. They both exuded the same poised and elegant stance that made them effortlessly stand out among all the candidates.And lastly, they conquered their respective finals night with a presence so regal that the strong presence never escaped the eyes of the board of judges.
Dania, having joined both Miss Universe (1998) and Miss Earth, gave a very clear comparison of both competitions according to a newspaper interview she gave to Manila Standard back in 2004.
“Beauty, body, and brains of the candidates are given a lot of emphasis in Miss Universe and it is more commercialized. On the other hand, Miss Earth is cause-oriented. If you can still recall, a lot of beautiful and popular candidates from countries that usually win in international pageants surprisingly didn’t make it in the semifinal round of Miss Earth last year. The judges, most likely, were looking for the ‘sincerity factor’ rather than the ‘X-factor’ in a candidate, which perhaps they saw in me.”
So with this in mind, will the new Miss Earth be more aligned with the profile of reigning winner Alyz Henrich or someone like Dania? It all remains to be seen, but I want to be surprised come Saturday night. I want Miss Earth 2014 to be a more refreshing representation of its causes and objectives. 😉