The Judges in the Preliminaries with Paula Shugart (foreground) and Jeannie Mai (2nd from right)
Hours from now, the Preliminary Competition of the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Miami will commence with the eighty-eight (88) official delegates vying for the Top Fifteen (15) spots that will make the first cut on Sunday night’s (Monday morning in Manila
) finals at the FIU Arena.
I decided to share with you the candidates who I feel will deliver the goods to the judges in the swimsuit and evening gown rounds. It is possible that all or most of them will meet everyone’s expectations, and surprise performers will suddenly zoom up just as a few might also underwhelm.
Above are the fifteen (15) ladies I expect to excel in the Preliminaries for the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant. I included five (5) additional ladies as alternates just to make it a Top 20.
Left to right: Spain, Philippines and Colombia, the most anticipated ladies to deliver in the Prelims
Don’t forget to catch the Live Streaming on missuniverse.com. It will start today at around 8:00AM, Manila time. 😉
Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa by Fadil Berisha
The background (different parts of Trump National Doral
) may not be the most ideal, but these are the much-awaited glamshots of renowned photographer Fadil Berisha so the excitement for the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant has gone one notch higher. And do consider that these photos were taken during the first three days of registrations and fittings so the ladies were still somewhere in between feeling their way through and comfortably settling in.
I did not endeavor to come up with my ten best for this segment anymore, just the ones which caught my eye as soon as I got hold of all images in one sitting. 😉
Clockwise from top left: Australia, Brazil, Spain, Russia, Germany and Venezuela
Clockwise from top left: Colombia, Panama, South Africa, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and USA
Clockwise from top left: India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia
Clockwise from top left: Elvira, Sabrina, Sharr, MJ, Rathi and Pimbongkod
I know that the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Miami is a tough beauty competition first and foremost. And it is not a search for the friendliest young woman in the planet. But let me say that I am quite proud of all six (6) ASEAN ladies among the contenders. Gone are the days when representatives from our region are solely identified as gentle, demure and non-aggressive. The evolution is very progressive.
And Elvira of Indonesia, Sabrina of Malaysia, Sharr of Myanmar, MJ of the Philippines, Rathi of Singapore and Pimbongkod of Thailand are proofs positive that our beauties this side of the globe have come a long way. Just watch their individual web interviews below and you will see how they define the modern version of the ASEAN female. More than mere eye candies, they exude a nice blend of smarts and all-around attractiveness. 🙂
Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira
Miss Malaysia Sabrina Beneett
Miss Myanmar Sharr Htut Eaindra
Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa
Miss Singapore Rathi Menon
Miss Thailand Pimbongkod Chankaew
Five of the six already crowned Asean beauties for Miss Universe 2014
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa for Sense&Style Magazine
With only Vietnam still unaccounted for in the group of ASEAN representatives for Miss Universe 2014, the regional cast is almost complete with the election of Rathi Menon as Miss Universe Singapore 2014 over the weekend.
And with the Philippines riding on a wave of top 5 placements since 2010, I have already set aside a sweet spot for MJ Lastimosa to be an early favorite to perform well in the December-scheduled beauty pageant.
So from among the remaining five (5) so far, who do you think will really hold a candle against the hyped and already popular candidates who will compete for the DIC crown? Will it be Thailand’s Pimbongkod ‘Ellie’ Chankaew, Indonesia’s Elvira Devinamira, Malaysia’s Sabrina Beneett, Myanmar’s Sharr Htutt Eaindra or Singapore’s Rathi Menon?
Now’s the time to share your views. 😉