My ten favorite National Costumes for Miss Grand International 2020 are a mix of the traditional modernized and theatrical culture. It was not difficult to select the ones that occupy the upper half of my selection.
Guatemala, Thailand, Indonesia, Bolivia and Vietnam deserve to be up there. They are either creative/inventive or polished/well-executed. It does help that the pageant organizers released high resolution individual photos of the candidates from where the details can be clearly seen.
My first three, in particular, are prime examples of how the modern National Costume should be conceptualized and presented. While Indonesia’s satay-inspired garb is sort of a mimic of Miss Universe Vietnam 2018’s Bahn Mi outfit in Bangkok, you can still see the craftsmanship that went into creating the visual feast of an ensemble. Guatemala’s, on the other hand, is lovingly put up by its creator – nothing complex but culturally spot-on. Thailand and her boat-on-the-floating-market NC is worthy of a host delegate’s entry. It is an almost real-life show of a tourist tradition that the Thais are known for around the world.
My remaining choices include Sri Lanka, Panama, Malaysia, the Philippines and Nicaragua in that order. This lower half may still be open to opposition from some, but they are included in my list because of specific elements that made them stand out ahead of the rest.
Patrick Isorena’s creation for Samantha Bernardo deserves some kudos for the robust feel of a Philippine Eagle-inspired costume.
Pleased to share my Top 5 during the Swimsuit Competition of Miss Grand International.
Samantha Bernardo definitely stamped her class in this event, with Denisa Spergerova as the closest who can qualify as second-best. Aurra Kharishma cannot be denied of being cited as well. As for my 4th and 5th, Mariana Varela and Lala Guedes are not far behind, but the way I ranked them here may still be subject to gentle opposition from those who are more convinced with USA’s Abena Appiah (who is ranked 6th in my tally) and host delegate Chantaradapit Namfon (my 7th).
Completing my personal Top 10 are Angela Yuriar of Mexico, Maricielo Gamara of Peru and Fabiola Valentin of Puerto Rico.
In this order, my Top 5 are:
Miss Grand Philippines Samantha Bernardo
Miss Grand Czech Republic Denisa Spergerova
Miss Grand Indonesia Aurra Kharishma
Miss Grand Argentina Mariana Varela
Miss Grand Brazil Lala Guedes
The 59 Official Candidates of MGI. Samantha Bernardo is standing 3rd from left
Following the Welcome Ceremony for Miss Grand International earlier today in Bangkok, allow me to share my 20 Favorites so far. This is a strong batch of candidates and I will need to watch the Preliminary Competition next week to firm up my choices even more.
Miss Grand #Canada Sara Winter
Miss Grand #CostaRica Gabriela Jara
Miss Grand #CzechRepublic Denisa Spergerová
Miss Grand #DominicanRepublic Lady Laura Leon
Miss Grand #Ecuador Sonia Augusta Luna
Miss Grand #Finland Liina Malinen
Miss Grand #Guatemala Ivana Batchelor
Miss Grand #Indonesia Aurra Kharishma
Miss Grand #Mexico Angela Yuriar
Miss Grand #Nigeria Chikaodili Nna-Udosen
Miss Grand #Philippines Samantha Bernardo
Miss Grand #Poland Karina Nowak
Miss Grand #PuertoRico Fabiola Valentin
Miss Grand #Russia Guzel Musina
Miss Grand #SouthAfrica Anrónet Ann Roelofsz
Miss Grand #Spain Iris Miguelez
Miss Grand #Thailand Chantaradapit Namfon
Miss Grand #USA Abena Appiah
Miss Grand #Venezuela Eliana Roa
Miss Grand #Vietnam Nguyễn Lê Ngọc Thảo
My Top 5 for now are below (in alphabetical order):
Sara Winter of Canada
Sonia Augusta Luna of Ecuador
Aurra Kharishma of Indonesia
Samantha Bernardo of the Philippines
Chantaradapit Namfon of Thailand
Now this can be quite the tricky online challenge for the Miss Grand International delegates – eating Thai Food in two minutes. And – might I add – not losing your poise in the process. The amusing part is that beauty queens are not normally photographed or recorded while eating their meals during coverages. And that is a rule of thumb. Here, you get to see their different ways of maintaining their beauty and some sense of style in doing the challenge.
Here is Miss Grand Philippines Samantha Bernardo.
Now check out the video of the host delegate Miss Grand Thailand Chantaradapit Namfon
Or even that of Miss Grand United States of America Abena Appiah
Now tell me, dear readers. What is the best way to hurdle this challenge? I don’t think it is a must to devour the contents of the two packs of food in two minutes. But there certainly is a way to make it look very yummy and not speak when your mouth is full in the process.
Samantha clearly understands the brief, imo.
Reigning titleholder Valentina Figuera
Host delegate Chantarapadit Namfon
The daily schedule of activities for Miss Grand International 2020 in Thailand has already been released. With the arrival of candidates on March 1, everyone will undergo a two-week quarantine procedure before they start with the tours and other public events. Mid-March is when the thick of the action starts up until the Grand Finals on March 27.
Reigning titleholder Valentina Figuera and host delegate Chantarapadit Namfon will welcome all confirmed delegates soon.