Below is the episode of #AshtieNights with the Koronas and special guest Werner Wessels who is the South African beauty queen-maker behind the successes of Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters & Zozibini Tunzi in Miss Universe and Rolene Strauss in Miss World.
We have always followed the Final Q&A of Miss Universe and how the eventual winner of each year delivered her answer on the way to the crown. For today, let us review Miss World and how the titleholders from 2008 to 2019 (Ksenia Sukhinova to Toni-Ann Singh) handled their final speeches or questions that sealed the victory for each one of them.
I would appreciate if you can give your thoughts after, dear readers.
Now here is the winning answer of the reigning titleholder Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica.
22 year-old Dijana Cvijetíć comes from Gossau Sg and is an interesting mix of Swiss and Serbian origins that explain the looks that do not immediately give anyone a clear idea what country she is representing. But make no mistake, this 5’9″ model will be wearing the sash of Switzerland with much pride. After all, she already did last 2014 when she went to London to take part in Miss World 2014 won by Rolene Strauss.
Serbia is also proud of Dijana’s pageant achievements as it would look at her as a Miss of their country even if she is a Switzerland-crowned beauty. This started last 2014. And this month, I’m pretty sure that there will be double the celebration once more if she performs better in the 65th Miss Universe which is being looked at as a fiercer fight.
Dijana is an animal rights awareness advocate who would like to use this as one of her major platforms should she win the title she will be vying for in Manila, on top of being able to give help to countries who suffered from natural calamities.
But first things first. Will Miss Switzerland be a force to reckon with in the 65th edition?
Do say what’s in your mind, dear readers.
courtesy of DEE ANNA
When Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray finally leaves for Washington, DC, USA second half of next month for Miss World 2016, she will bring along an arsenal of plus points that will go way beyond parading in two-piece swimwear – a traditional beauty pageant that the Miss World Organization has already removed from its roster of requirements from the candidates who will be competing for the blue crown.
Catriona is fit, and she can glide in any two piece-swimsuit with ease. But without that part, our bet can now focus on the other strengths she can lean on in the quest for our country’s 2nd victory in the same.
Catriona can sing very well. That is her talent. She can walk the runway like a gentle gazelle with the haunting look of a damsel who will make heads turn in her every glide and gallop. That is her ace in the modeling segment. She can articulate herself well. And in well-constructed statements. That is the key in the Q&A. And she can also lay down her Bright Beginnings Project to all and sundry to look into. That is her BWAP (Beauty With A Purpose) entry. So what else can she offer?
Perhaps, Catriona will still need to level up in her social media outings. But that is something she can pour herself into with much fervor and enthusiasm. And the adjustment will not require herculean strength to put on her shoulders.
So offer-wise, Catriona has a lot to give. I am not even mentioning how she can breeze into a Rolene Strauss peg if she wants to. Sweetness in abundance. 😉
It ain’t easy being Rolene Strauss these days. The former Miss World (back in 2014) has returned to her back-breaking and mentally-draining Medical studies. And the adjustments could not have been more demanding. Prior to getting married to D’Niel Strauss last February, she led a globe-trotting life with the Miss World Organization for one full reign. And now that she is back to her books and trying to maintain a good academic standing as a 4th Year Med Student, the daily routine requires a lot. As she stated in her IG caption above, there are long days and there ARE long days filled with little sunshine or no sunshine at all. But ever the determined future Doctor, she is committed to following her father’s footsteps (whom she considers a master in the Medical Field).
So let’s wait for the day when she can be rightfully called Dr. Rolene Strauss. 🙂
Last Sunday, Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss tied the knot with her fiance’ D’Niel Strauss and became Mrs. Rolene Strauss-Strauss. She wore an elegant off-shoulder wedding gown created by her designer-friend Casper Bowman. The setting was at the lovely Lourensford Wine Estate where all guests were treated to a magical day of love, dancing and everything beautiful and heart-warming.
“I might have found my Prince, but my Dad will always be my King.” – Rolene Strauss
“Everyone should feel like a princess on her wedding day” – Rolene Strauss
By the way, Miss World 2013 Megan Young and actor Mikael Daez were two of the special guests.
We all know that Miss World 2013 Megan Young is now in Sanya, China to help host Miss World 2015 this coming Saturday, December 19. Being the professional that she is, our Queen made sure that she wrapped up all her taping schedules for the upcoming finale of her teleserye “MariMar” on GMA-7 before finally departing for the pageant. Actually, she was supposed to finish only around this time, but with some adjustments, an earlier finish allowed her to take a few extra days to add up to her stay in the Chinese resort city.
And in Sanya, Megan was reunited with the reigning Rolene Strauss and her immediate predecessor Wenxia Yu. She also got the bonus of bonding with other past winners like Agbani Darego, Azra Akin and Ksenia Sukhinova.
Megan is having a fun time in Sanya. And we all know that she’ll do her job as one of the finals host perfectly well. 😉
I never hid my fondness and admiration for Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss. You can easily tell that the South African has a heart of gold, especially for the children. And being a Medical Student, her trip to the Julia Morley-financed orphanage in Sanya, China was an activity she wholeheartedly embraced along with twenty-four (24) of the Miss World 2015 candidates who were selected because of their medical and child welfare backgrounds.
Rolene must have been such a glowing angel when she appeared in front of the underprivileged kids. She took them to her open arms and made sure that happiness was equally distributed among everyone. Even the ladies who accompanied her were so touched by the whole visit that they treated the young ones with such warmth and sincerity. There were songs, dances and gift giving all around. And this is truly one of the most rewarding moments of being part of Miss World.
I just wished our own Hillarie Parungao was also handpicked for the same. Her project against child mortality could have counted in being part of the group. 🙂
The Miss World Organization (MWO) couldn’t have picked a more qualified winner last year in Rolene Strauss. This South African lass has been continuously performing her duties as the reigning titleholder to a T. And now that she is leading the delegates of Miss World 2015 in almost all the pre-pageant events in China, there is the ingrained responsibility of becoming big sister to everyone. She is both warm and gracious. Her presence is commanding but still accessible.
I wonder who among this year’s batch is starting to get the halo effect from Julia Morley. We all know that the delegates are being keenly observed every single day. And whoever proves to have all the best qualities to fill in the shoes of Rolene will most likely shine all the way to December 19 when Miss World 2015 will be crowned. 🙂
Since the contestant introduction videos for Miss World 2015 are now up in the pageant’s YouTube channel, I took specific interest first on Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie who will go for a back-to-back win in the competition where her compatriot Rolene Strauss is the reigning titleholder. It sure won’t be easy considering what we all felt last year when Valerie Weigmann was the one gunning for the same with Megan Young as the outgoing Queen. There has to be a positive halo effect right from the start for us to feel if a particular delegate could be the right one for the job or not.
And with the changes that Julia Morley will start instituting in Sanya, who really knows what she is looking for in the next potential blue crown wearer.
Let’s watch Liesl’s video now. Switch to HD for better viewing pleasure. 🙂
courtesy of OfficialMissWorld