Renae Ayris is Miss Universe Australia 2012
Just as I predicted, my top seed to win Miss Universe Australia 2012 was crowned the fairest in the land down under. 21 year-old Renae Ayris – representing Perth – narrowly defeated 1st Runner-Up Mary Vitinaros of Melbourne (also in my Top 5) to become her country’s representative to Miss Universe this coming December. The 5’9″ dancer and photography enthusiast will now have her hands full preparing for the big one after succeeding last year’s winner Scherri-Lee Biggs (also from WA) who finished among the Top 10 in Sao Paulo. Other girls in the Top 5 are 2nd Runner-Up Amy Fromm, 3rd Runner-Up Lucy Tottiett and 4th Runner-Up Julia Perrott Clarke. Below is a video of the finals courtesy of Peter Sereno / Dear Pageant Girl.
All I can say for now is “Congratulations, Renae!” 😀
Who will win the crown currently being held by Jesinta Campbell (in photo above, right) who placed 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Universe 2010?
The 2011 Contenders:
If you ask me, I’m having a hard time selecting my favorites because each candidate exudes the kind of beauty (with nice names as well) that will do well in the Miss Universe Pageant. In fact, I can take 10 and field them in Brazil (wearing different sashes) and more than half will definitely shine and get a good shot in entering the Top 16.
At any rate, I’m clicking the ‘like’ button on Amy Sutton (very Jesinta Campbell-like vibe), Alycia Altieri, Scherri-Lee Biggs, Melody Le, Natasha Raleigh and Samara Tugwell. From the remaining ladies, there are still a lot of standouts such as Ashlea Ingham, Rebecca Ronald, Ivana Vrbenski, Samantha Downie and Sally Arnott. Whew! It’s hard to single out a winner so I can only wish each one of them the best of luck this coming Thursday, July 7. I’m certain the eventual titleholder will be another Donald Trump-pleaser in Sao Paolo, Brazil for Miss Universe 2011. 😉