A much younger Kim with her Filipina mom Jeanette Dela Peña
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 14
This is a pure and unadulterated “fanciful” entry into this series of potential Miss Universe Philippines 2021 for obvious reasons. But I am posting it to engage everyone in a discussion.
Kim Layne of Idaho is, of course, the Miss USA 2020 1st Runner-Up to Asya Danielle Branch. She is also half-Filipina, and proud of it.
Now there are talks that – should there be no staging of Miss USA 2021 due to lack of time – Kim might be pulled up to do the job of participating in the next Miss Universe this coming December. Otherwise, pageant fans have expressed some approval that she could be taken in by Miss Universe Philippines to vie for the national crown.
This is not a wild possibility. But I am pretty sure that resistance from different groups will be in strong play. After all, there are several Filipinas who are just as qualified to represent the country. Why import a delegate?
Our Thai neighbors have already made similar moves to that effect, but more felt in countries in Europe (or Canada) where halfies have been beautifully born and raised. We don’t want to go that route now. Or are we?
What are your thoughts, dear readers?
Asya Branch of Mississippi wins Miss USA 2020. She will take part in the next edition of Miss Universe next year.
First Runner-Up is Kim Layne of Idaho.
The three other runners-up are Oklahoma, Indiana and Alabama in that order.
It must have been close going into the Final statement. And this is where Asya edged out Kim for the title.
With the US Presidential Elections now over (and with Joe Biden as President-Elect), the focus will shift temporarily to the finals of Miss USA 2020 on Monday, November 9 (Tuesday morning around 10am here in Manila) live from Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
Here is my Top 10 Selection for the crown:
#NewYork Andreia Gibau
#Idaho Kim Layne
#NewHampshire Alyssa Fernandes
#California Allyshia Gupta
#Georgia Alyssa Beasley
#NorthCarolina Jane Axhoj
#NorthDakota Macy Christianson
#NewJersey Gina Mellish
#Indiana Alexis Lete
#Tennessee Justice Enlow
Let’s see if Idaho (who holds a dual citizenship with the Philippines) can turn the heat up even more and become the successor of Cheslie Kryst.
Meanwhile, in what could be one of the most teen-worthy winning reactions ever, Ki’ilani Arruda of Hawaii was crowned Miss Teen USA 2020. She was literally jumping for joy after hearing her name called as the successor of Kaleigh Garris.
Her court includes Oregon, Georgia, Nebraska and Louisiana, in that order.