Let’s cut to the chase. The biggest heart of Miss World is Beauty With A Purpose. And with that in mind, I am confidently presenting my Final Top 10 for the 2017 edition. One of the ladies with their respective BWAP projects below will be the successor of Stephanie del Valle:
South Africa – Ade Van Heerden
Philippines – Laura Lehmann
Russia, Polina Popova
England, Stephanie Hill
Brazil, Gabrielle Vilela
India, Manushi Chhillar
Indonesia, Achintya Nilsen
France, Aurore Kichenin
Thailand, Phatlada Kullaphakthanaphat
Australia, Esma Voloder
In my mind, I will not be surprised to see the Top 5 with three Asian ladies – Philippines, Indonesia and India – along with South Africa and Russia. One of the three – Laura, Achintya and Manushi – could be this year’s winner. Are you excited for such possibility happening?
At the end of the day, my #1 choice is and will be Laura Lehmann of the Philippines for the blue crown.
Finally, Group 17 of Miss World 2017 had their Head-to-Head Challenge yesterday. This is where Miss Philippines Laura Lehmann is a part of, along with Thailand, Myanmar, Turkey, Lesotho and Serbia.
I don’t know with you, dear readers, but without the voting in this segment and all, Laura stood out head and shoulders above the other five.
Miss Philippines Laura Lehmann made it to the Top 20 Semifinalists for the Beauty With A Purpose Competition of Miss World 2017 in Sanya, China. And I already expected her project to really get much attention as early as her sendoff last month when it was shown to members of the media.
Please watch the video below and tell me if the meaningful effort will be the much-awaited turning point in Laura’s journey to the Miss World crown.
Laura’s last photo upload in Shenzhen Province before heading to Sanya
Laura’s first solo pic upon arrival in Sanya
Laura with Miss Trinidad
While the Miss World 2017 Head-to-Head Challenge that includes Miss Philippines Laura Lehmann and the members of Group 17 won’t be held until all sixteen teams ahead of them are completed, here are photos of her arrival in Sanya, China for the final leg of the competition which will lead to the much-awaited finals on November 18.
Don’t mind the excessive flowers that surround the heads and around the necks of the ladies as this is Sanya’s way of welcoming everyone.
With only Miss International and Miss World to focus on before the start of Miss Universe frenzy, I hope to get more updates from both Mariel and Laura from hereon now.
Laura with Miss Venezuela and Miss Vietnam
The full draw of for the Miss World 2017 Head-to-Head Challenges took place with Frankie Cena presiding over. And Miss Philippines Laura Lehmann was drawn for Group 17 along with the representatives of Myanmar (Myat Thiri Lwin), Serbia (Andjelija Rogic), Lesotho (Mpoi Mahao), Thailand (Phatlada Kullaphanphat) and Turkey (Asli Sumen).
How will this work?
The Head to Head Challenge events will all take place between October 21st and November 15th at different locations visited by the contestants during the Miss World 2017 Festival. 20 Groups of 6 Countries to go head to head for a place in the Top 40 Round (the number of countries in each group may be adjusted according to the final number of contestants). The winner of each Challenge Group will automatically qualify for the Miss World Top 40 Round.
Online Live Streaming for the Challenge –
1. The 6 Nations in each group with make their opening remarks followed by a presentation of themselves. This can be a combination of live presentation and pre-recorded VT. The maximum total time for each presentation (including VT) is 2 minutes.
2. After the presentations, the contestants will answer questions from the presenter and online community. This process will be part of a Group discussion and will last for approximately 8 minutes.
3. Finally, every contestant will answer the question of the day (30 to 45 seconds for each nation to answer)
Mechanics for Judging –
The public will be asked to choose the winner of each Group via a free vote. The presenter will open the vote to the public after the opening presentations. Voting will remain open until the start of the next Challenge event when the winner of the previous Head to Head Challenge will be announced.
Watch out for updates about Laura’s Group 17 Head-To-Head Challenge soon!
Day 9: Touring more of the historic towns of China. 🇨🇳❤️ This one is 1000 years old 🙂 Love how Miss World is giving us chances to be travellers & students. Being a beauty Queen here is definitely not all about glitz & glamour 🙂 @missworldltd #MissWorld #MissWorld2017 #MW2017
Day 10: Feeling like an Olympian in the jackets they gave us 🙈😃 My flag is peeling off already but everyday I am so proud to wear it that I refuse to take it off! 🙂 ❤️ How does it look? 😛 @missworld @missworldltd #MissWorld2017 #MissWorld #MW2017
It definitely ain’t easy competing in Miss World given the large number of candidates to deal with and the demanding challenges – physically, emotionally and intellectually – that need to be met with utmost regularity. The Social Media component alone is something that one needs to be way into and any kind of forced effort to do so will show in the long run.
Miss Philippines Laura Lehmann is giving just the right amount of time and attention to chronicle the journey on her social media accounts even if some quarters feel that she needs to do more in order for her fans and followers to hype her activities even and not rely on the posts of other delegates which include her in the picture frame and the like.
What say you, dear readers? Are you following her day-to-day activities as dutifully as the rest or are you kept wanting for more?
Personally, I have so much in my hands right now that I am simply blogging about updates as they come, regardless of the competition where our representative is competing in.
Laura during the China Tour
The ladies are still in Shenzhen, but the activities of Miss World 2017 are non-stop. I can only imagine how much more busy they will get once everyone transfers to Sanya.
Our Miss Philippines, Laura Lehmann, is spreading her wings in the competition as she has gone beyond staying in the company of fellow Asian delegates. Her roommate is Do My Linh of Vietnam, but she now has sisterly bonds with ladies in just about every continent represented.
Here now is Laura’s formal introduction video for Miss World.
courtesy of Miss World
Here are the early photos of Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann and Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2017 Teresita Marquez after their arrival in Sanya, China and Sta. Cruz, Bolivia, respectively.
Laura with roommate Do My Linh of Vietnam
Win-Wyn upon arrival in Sta. Cruz, Bolivia
Early mingling with some of the Miss World 2017 candidates
Win-Wyn with Miss Nicaragua Ariadna Orillana
Auditions for Dance of the World with Ana Ugarte of Venezuela and Do My Linh of Vietnam
Before Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann leaves for Sanya, China this coming Friday, she took the opportunity to speak her heart out during the send-off yesterday afternoon at Annabel’s Restaurant. She started off plain and heartfelt in her message then slowly segued to the heart of her piece which is about the constant bashing and criticisms being continuously thrown against the Miss World Organization and the competition itself. She started to rally members of the media to stop all the negativity and look forward to more productive comment and feedbacks that she can bring with her in the journey.
Watch the entire video clip now.
The send-off for Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann and Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2017 Teresita “Win-Wyn” Marquez took place at the Patricia Hall of Annabel’s Restaurant where members of the media were given details on their respective preparations for Sanya, China and Sta. Cruz, Bolivia respectively.
Also present were the other MWPO winners Miss Eco Philippines Cynthia Thomalla, Miss Multinational Philippines Sophia Senoron, 1st Princess Glyssa Perez and 2nd Princess Zara Carbonell.
Designers-wise, Laura will be wearing gowns by Mark Bumgarner plus National Costume by Bessie Besana. Win-Wyn, on the other hand, will be dressed by Ezra Santos, Francis Libiran and Mak Tumang, with National Costume by Edwin Uy.
More blogs about the send-off including videos from the Queens.