Riza Santos was almost there. She was so close to the crown that she can smell it. But in the end, she had to settle for First Runner-Up to eventual winner Dennise Garrido as Miss Universe Canada 2013. Bummer, right?
Had she won, two full-blooded Filipinas (together with Ara Arida) would’ve been in the roster of candidates of Miss Universe 2013, just like in 1996 (with Aileen Damiles and Renette Cruz). But the title just wasn’t in her fate to happen.
Life moves on for Riza. Not unless…oh I don’t even want to imagine of so many other possible scenarios. Sahar Biniaz will raise an eyebrow if ever.
Anyways, congratulations as well for placing 2nd in Canada’s national competition for MU. 😉
With Miss Universe Canada 2012 Sahar Biniaz no longer able to compete in Miss Universe 2012 due to “unforeseen circumstances”*, her first runner-up Adwoa Yamoah has taken the responsibility of going to Las Vegas for the pageant.
Will this development result in a positive turn for Canada’s performance in the pageant? Hard to tell at this point. I’ve always thought Sahar could be a strong delegate capable of nailing at least a semifinal appearance. Hopefully, Adwoa would be a worthy – if not worthier – representative.
*- read that it had something to with pitbulls and Sahar’s petition to prohibit the presence of this canine breed in British Columbia after one attacked and bit a young girl. As a result, people clamored for her not to represent Canada in Miss U. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Newly-crowned Miss Universe Canada 2012 Sahar Biniaz
Sahar Biniaz after being crowned Miss Universe Canada 2012
Just when everyone in the pageant world (even outside) thought that Canada would produce the first-ever transgender Miss Universe candidate, here comes a real woman stealing the spotlight away from controversial Jenna Talackova. Sahar Biniaz, 26, was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2012 and will now represent the North American country in Miss Universe 2012 come December. She was followed by 1st Runner-Up Admoa Yamoah and 2nd Runner-Up Madj Soudi. Katie Starke and Kesiah Papasin rounded up the Top 5.
Now that Jenna did not even figure in the Top 3 (let alone the Top 5) of the national competition, where will the loss leave her biting the dust so to speak? I would have wanted her getting a decent placement (better than Top 12 and a Best in Swimsuit award) as consolation at the very least. But it seems that the Canadians are not yet ready to set a trend like this. Will Thailand be the one to finally lay claim to the record next year? Let’s wait and see. 😉