Miss Supranational 2014 Asha Bhat has already arrived in Warsaw, Poland. In two weeks’ time, she will be handing over her crown to a new successor once Miss Supranational 2015 takes place in a much-awaited finals in Krynica Zdrój.
The organizers couldn’t be happier in having Asha as the reigning titleholder. She has lived up to the expectations, while managing to set a good standard for the pageant brand. Her foreign travels have been both rewarding and eye-opening. And she will complete her reign knowing that people will remember her efforts to bring more awareness of Miss Supranational in different parts of the world. 🙂
The many faces of Asha Bhat
Asha, the constant traveler
Regardless of what pageant followers might say about the results of Miss Supranational 2014, it’s looking like the organizers have chosen the perfect titleholder to spread the word about the competition and putting in a spin of positivity around it. Asha Bhat has been actively traveling the past few months, not only to make personal appearances and crown national winners, but also to speak about Miss Supranational itself. So far, she has been to the USA, Hungary, Myanmar, Thailand and all over India. In just a few, she will be headed to the People’s Republic of China next.
From my vantage point, Asha has been doing a lot of good publicity for the Europe-based contest. And it’s encouraging to note that the 7th edition will start in Poland with a trail of plus points to make up for the string of doubts that marred last year’s finals. Maybe it’s time to restore a bit of the lost faith in the same. After all, Miss Supranational continues to be proud of our very own Mutya Datul who won in 2013. 🙂
Asha will crown her successor on December 4 in Poland
Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (rightmost) placed 2nd Princess in Miss World 2014 (Photo credit: Jet Mourinho)
Miss USA Andrea Neu (rightmost) was named Miss Air (or 1st Runner-Up) during Miss Earth 2014
Miss USA Allyn Rose (rightmost) placed 3rd Runner-Up in Miss Supranational 2014 two weeks back
Miss USA Tabitha Lipkin (center) defied the odds and scooped the Miss Scuba International 2014 title in Kota Kinabalu
2014 has been a relatively good year for American beauty queens to date. It may not be a truly winning year, but they have managed to score key placements worth noting for an on-and-off pageant powerhouse.
While the crown won by Tabitha Lipkin as Miss Scuba International 2014 is not in the same level of the bigger competitions, it is interesting to note that she is one of only a handful of ladies who nailed both the top victory and the Miss Congeniality award in the process.
And to add up to that feat, Andrea Neu got Miss Air in Miss Earth 2014, Elizabeth Safrit took the 2nd Princess nod in Miss World 2014 and Allyn Rose managed to get 3rd Runner-Up during Miss Supranational 2014. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Next stop is technically Miss Tourism International 2014, but I’m pretty sure fans and followers are more eager beavers for the 63rd Miss Universe in Doral Miami next month. How strong will Miss USA Nia Sanchez register in a batch considered to be one of the toughest in years? Another runner-up placement in the offing, perhaps? Olivia Culpo’s win last 2012 in Las Vegas is still too fresh in our minds.
Will Miss USA Nia Sanchez continue the runner-up streak or do a lot better than being part of the court?
What do you think, dear readers? 😉
Kris in Berlin, Yvethe in Warsaw
Early afternoon tomorrow, the separate European sojourns of Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago will come to a close as they arrive together aboard a Philippine Airlines flight from London.
While the duo did not win their respective competitions, Kris will be bringing back the 2nd Runner-Up trophy she bagged in Magdeburg, while Yvethe made it to the Top 20 Semifinalists in Krynica-Zdròj.
Time to rest your weary bodies for the next few days after arrival. The fresh memories of your visits to Europe should keep you company long before the scheduled send-off of your sister Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa later next week. 😉
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago enjoying Warsaw
Yvethe during her last shot on the Miss Supranational 2014 stage
If you can’t win ’em, tour ’em,
And that is what Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago. Instead of sulking about not placing high in Miss Supranational 2014, she decided not to waste the time and decided to visit parts of Poland that were not part of the pre-pageant itinerary.
Because Warsaw was deemed out of the way for the traveling coach tour during the competition, she opted to focus on the Polish capital and had a wonderful time touring the awe-inspiring city. Places like the Grand Palace, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and dropping by statue of Mały Powstaniec (the “Little Insurgent”) did not escape her post-pageant visits.
And before Yvethe boards the flight back home, she can at least say to herself that she toured the most of Poland. 😉
Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul (right) do the heart sign with Miss Supranational 2014 Asha Bhat
Mutya right before crowning her successor
It is interesting how the Europe-based Miss Supranational has shown much interest in Asian winners for its pageant. And what’s particularly amusing is the fact that the new winner is from India where the supposed other version of the same competition would have been staged, if not for the legalities going against the actual live participation of foreign delegates in Udaipur (and which was finalized instead through an online balloting among a select group of ‘judges’
It’s like hitting two birds with one stone, so to speak. The girl found most deserving to win by the judges – Asha Bhat – will be returning to her native India wearing the sash that represents the opponent of Carsten Mohr’s breakaway group. I don’t see it as an act to spite another, but simply a way of telling how pageant reality can sometimes be stranger than the fictionalized workings of the pageant-following mind.
Mutya and Asha during the latter's coronation as Miss Supranational 2014
At any rate, the crown stays in the region until next year’s edition when the next titleholder will most likely be coming from anywhere but Asia. 😉
Miss Intercontinental 2014 Patraporn Wang
Vice-Miss Supranational (1st Runner-up) 2014 Parapadsorn Disdamrong
Miss International 2014 2nd Runner-up Punika Kulsuntornroot
Miss Earth 2014 Top 16 Semifinalist Sasi Sintawee
Is Thailand having its best year ever in international pageantry? Are they going to duplicate what the Philippines achieved last year? Has the time finally come to reap the harvest coming from previous overseas participations that went unnoticed? Will the Land of Smiles continue to shine bright in the true big league of competitions, that is Miss World and Miss Universe? Or is this a string of coincidences that could be dismissed as just good luck in action?
A 2nd Runner-up in Miss International 2014 for Punika Kulsuntornroot, a Top 10 spot in Miss Grand International 2014, a Top 16 placement in Miss Earth 2014, a 1st Runner-up honor in Miss Supranational 2014 and finally, the Miss Intercontinental 2014 crown. Will the streak continue in London and Doral Miami? Will the country finally achieve the Country of the Year status in pageantry? And save for Punika, what could be the role of Mr. Nawatt Itsaragrisil in this series of ‘fortunate’ events happening in succession?
So many questions that could only yield a plethora of answers and interpretations both good and otherwise. What’s your stand, dear readers? 😉