Miss World 2007 Zhang Zilin on the cover of Elle
Miss World 2007 Zhang Zilin – China’s first winner of the blue crown – remains as beautiful, if not more beautiful than the day she won in Sanya. And on the cover of Elle Magazine, her captivatingly quiet beauty is made more prominent by the refreshingly subtle poses that doesn’t seem to show any signs of seven-year aging (of course, I am suspending disbelief owing to the wonders of Photoshop).
But still, I find her far more appealing than compatriot Wenxia Yu who was named Miss World five years after her victory.
How about you, dear readers? 🙂
Seldom do I celebrate my birthday on a sunny day. But rarely do I observe the same on a day surrounded by so much rain, floods and natural calamity all over. There’s this constant push-and-pull within to celebrate with some funfare or skip the bountiful meals altogether. I decided to observe with just a simple get-together among immediate family members since I have already planned things many weeks ago.
So just as we are (wishfully) granted with a birthday wish right after blowing the candle, mine is two-fold but very simple and selfless. One is for the rains to give the Philippines a break. I started counting the days that became a week that rolled into another one. Resiliency is the most overused consolation given to us by outsiders looking at news on TV and online. We’ve proven that time and again. But there is and will always be a breaking point. My primary wish is for better days ahead, which should give everyone here the chance (and long breathing space) to rise from it all. And this includes the heartbreaking condition of all the pets and animals who were either neglected or nearly flushed away by the raging waters.
My other wish may raise eyebrows from some quarters who expect bloggers like myself to focus more on all the misery. But I’d be a hypocrite if I don’t share what my heart wants as well. And it is also something that – if granted – would provide a bright ray of sunshine in an otherwise bleak month of August. May our Miss World Philippines Queenie Rehman achieve what she targetted for in Ordos, and that is the Miss World crown.
I will be having a simple lunch with family members then hear mass at 6:30 tonight. My birthday will easily pass. But my two-fold wish(es) should be more lasting. 😉
Miss World China 2012 Wen Xia Yu
Does she have what it takes to win Miss World?
China is not about to field an ordinary candidate to Miss World 2012 just because Ordos is hosting the finals on August 18. After all, having a 2nd Miss World after Zhang Zilin in 2007 is enough motivation to pull out all stops and insure that the host delegate figures out well on coronation night.
Miss World China 2012 comes in the person of Wen Xia Yu, a talented beauty who is a part-time model and a student from Harbin. She stands 177 cm. (around 5’10”) and is more than ready to stamp her class among the expected delegates in this year’s edition of the pageant.
What do you think of her, dear readers? Is she your type of Asian beauty? And could she be a shoo-in for one of the top spots despite being the representative of China? Methinks our own Queenie Rehman is still better, all things being equal that is. 😉
Nadine Alexandra Dewi Ames of Indonesia
Deborah Priya Henry of Malaysia
Chanyasorn Sakornchan of Thailand
Shamcey Gurrea Supsup of the Philippines
The delegates of Singapore and Vietnam have not yet been announced, but so far, these four ladies from the Southeast Asian region are already testaments to its strong representation in Miss Universe 2011 in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Who will shine the brightest among them in South America?
Malaysia is dead-set on entering the semifinals at least so they placed a safe bet on sending the statuesque Deborah, 25, who already participated in and made it to the semis of Miss World 2007. On the other hand, Indonesia is fielding half-English Nadine, 19, who is a local actress fluent in both English and French. She was a runner-up in the Miss Indonesia French Girl contest where she wore the sash of Djakarta. The land of smiles, i.e., Thailand, has the vibrant Chanyasorn (or Fah), 20, as its entry. The lovely girl from Chonburi with a good command of English is an Architecture student who should bond well with our very own Shamcey, 24, a licensed Architect who aims to match, if not surpass, Venus Raj’s performance in 2010.
Too early to tell on who will really stand out, but let’s hope all four of them make their respective marks in the pageant. 😉
Miss Universe-Jamaica 2010 Yendi Phillips
Yendi Phillips was Jamaica’s representative in the 2007 Miss World competition where she placed prominently all throughout the fast-track events and went on to grab a Top 16 slot during the finals held in Sanya, China. The 24-year old dance major, who is of black and partial Indo-Jamaican descent, is back with the Miss Universe-Jamaica 2010 crown tucked in her belt.
Yendi flashes a beautiful smile. She is more than ready to make her mark in Las Vegas during Miss Universe 2010.
Trust Yendi to pull out all stops as she vies for the Miss Universe 2010 crown. I do.
Yendi has exotica spelled all over her shapely body. To say that she has smoldering presence would be an understatement.
Good luck, Yendi! 😉