(L-R) Miss Vietnam Vu Thi Hoang My, Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup, Miss Korea Jung So-ra, and Miss Thailand Chanyasorn Sakornchan.
Miss Malaysia Deborah Henry (2nd from left), Miss Indonesia Nadine Ames (3rd from left) and Miss Japan Maria Kamiyama (2nd from right) bond with Miss Trinidad & Tobago Gabrielle Walcott (extreme right) and Chelsae Durocher of Canada (extreme left).
Miss China Luo Zilin getting prepped up for her photoshoot.
Miss Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs flashing a modest grin while getting her hair done for the photoshoot.
Miss India Vasuki Sunkavalli giving her best pose for the carnival-themed photoshoot (Photo credit: Fotoarena.com.br)
Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup (L) and Miss USA Alyssa Campanella
Miss Universe 2011 Delegates from Asia-Oceania are not about to get sidelined by the flashy Latinas and doll-like Europeans. In fact, they are getting more than their fair share of attention and are slowly inching towards the shortlist of several locals. True that sensuality is always half-missing in their aura, but there is nothing that can’t be learned in just a few days of mixing with the more smoldering beauties.
Right now, I heard it from the grapevine that Miss China Luo Zilin is getting favored left and right in Sao Paulo. Some rumors are even talking about MUO (Miss Universe Organization) grooming her for a possible win. Of course, take these talks with a grain of salt. The competition has just started and just about every candidate wants to get hold of the Miss Universe crown.
Photo credit: Fotoarena.com.br
And as for the country sashes above, is it just me or does the previous style – where the letters are stitched into the cloth sash – still look more attractive? Oh well… 😉
The word of the day is ‘out.’ With Miss Universe 2011 in full swing, the name of the game is to survive the onslaught of gorgeous national beauty queens from all over. And by that, I mean…OUTSHINE! OUTSMILE! OUTPOSE!
The images below are courtesy of Foto Arena and OPMB Worldwide.
Miss Brazil Priscila Machado may not be the most welcoming host delegate, but it cannot be denied that she is in it to win it!
Miss Finland Pia Pakarinen is coming out from the cold Finnish weather to add more heat to Miss Universe 2011.
Miss Mexico Karin Ontiveros does not look bothered that the reigning Miss Universe titleholder is her compatriot Ximena. She is zeroing in on a back-to-back victory.
Miss Nicaragua Adriana Dom is not about to take the competition sitting down. She wants to stand out and become her country's first Miss Universe.
Roommates or not, Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup (L) and Miss Korea Jung So-ra won't have difficulty communicating with each other since the latter speaks fluent American English.
Miss Costa Rica Johanna Solano may look shorter than her reported height of 5'9" in person, but she remains to have one of the sweetest faces in the pageant.
Miss Ireland Aoife (pronounce 'ee-fah') Hannon is bringing the luck of the Irish that her predecessor Rozzana Purcell had last year.
Miss Dominican Republic Dalia Fernandez plans to use those soulful eyes to wow Sao Paulo from Day 1.
Just wait for Miss Panama Sheldry Saez to unpack her luggages before turning the heat on. She is one of the forces to reckon with in the pageant.
Miss Trinidad & Tobago Gabrielle Walcott is one of the oldest delegates at 27. But don't let the number fool you into thinking that she will serve as big sister to everyone.
Getting into the carnival spirit, Miss Paraguay Alba Riquelme (L) and Miss USA Alyssa Campanella are. Who's fiercer?
Miss China Luo Zilin is fast becoming a favorite in Sao Paulo. Don't ask me why just yet. She's very tall and a master of the runway, though.
At the age of 26 (going 27), Gabrielle Walcott of Trinidad & Tobago is one of the oldest Miss Universe reps this year.
Gabrielle “Gabby” Walcott has just been named Miss Trinidad & Tobago-Universe 2011. At 26 (turning 27 on June 26), she is on her last year to qualify for any international beauty pageant, with Miss Universe having the highest ceiling age for a participant. And she’s no newbie in the arena. She joined Miss World 2008 where she placed 2nd Runner-Up to Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia.
Gabrielle Walcott (R) placed 2nd Runner-Up during Miss World 2008 won by Russia's Ksenia Sukhinova (center). They are joined by India's Parvathy Omanakuttan (1st Runner-Up).
How will Gabby perform in Sao Paolo? Pretty well, I reckon. She may not eke out a 2nd Miss Universe crown for her country, but I’m confident that she can easily make it to the Top 15 or Top 10. She might even do a Yendi Phillips at best and surpass her Miss World placement. But then again, I’m speculating way ahead of the competition so 15 other ladies could spoil everything for her.
Let’s wait and see. 😉