If an Asian will win the Miss World crown for a second consecutive year, who is the most likely victor among three potential claimants? Let’s briefly enumerate the pros and cons.
Vania (L) with Megan and their designer (middle)
Except for Indonesia scoring its first big Grand Slam crown, I don’t see any major advantage that would be acceptable for everyone.
On the other hand, winning in one’s own backyard might lead to a backlash so razor-sharp that it could elicit any one or all of the following theories:
1) Manipulation of final results. I have nothing personal against Vania, but how else can the host delegate win when there are at least 14 other candidates (don’t ask me who they are because you can come up with double that number) more deserving than her? I’m not even talking about physical features alone, but the whole shebang of a Miss World winner’s profile.
2) With China winning in China last year, Indonesia winning in Indonesia come Saturday night will really turn off a majority of MW franchise holders. And with Julia mandating national pageants dedicated to Miss World all over, how can she insure its blanket implementation when the insinuation of host-country-winning-all-the-time will continuously linger?
3) An Indonesian win could spark more hollers of protest from the Muslim extremists. Sure, there will be celebration in some sectors, but the exact opposite in the rest. Isn’t the reason why World Muslimah 2013 was held in Jakarta is to divert the attention of the predominantly Muslim population from patronizing the ongoings in Bali? An Indonesian Miss World winner is like bruising an already bruised knee.
Megan with Wei Wei Yu (r)
Wei Wei Yu:
It doesn’t take a lot to understand that a back-to-back win for China is unthinkable at this point. First off, Wei Wei Yu is a far cry from Wenxia Yu who – despite winning the blue crown in front of her fellowmen – was actually an outstanding delegate who could have earned the victory in any other host city.
The only Pro I see is for Julia Morley who will benefit once more if talks prosper that hosting duties for Miss World 2014 will likely return to Mainland China.
The cons are way too many to list.
Megan (R) with an Indonesian fan.
I may sound subjective on this, but my thoughts are backed up by the resounding acknowledgment around the globe that our bet is the one to beat, if not one of two or three who are in serious striking distance of the title.
– it will be the first Miss World crown for a pageant-loving country that will celebrate the win beyond ticker tape parades and left-&-right presscons. Julia Morley will be the most loved foreigner by a lot of Filipinos ever since Freddie Roach coached Manny Pacquiao to boxing heights worldwide.
– it will complete the international crown collection of the Philippines which, in turn, will make it the most important victory ever for a country whose citizens (and netizens if you will) are scattered all over the world. The positive returns can be mind-boggling, to say the least.
– I won’t give much weight to the rumored Philippine hosting of Mr. World in 2014 and Miss World in 2015 anymore because the implications tend to stir doubts somewhere, but if it does happen, then well and good.
– a Megan Young win will elicit thumbs up of approval in most every corner of the globe, not only to Filipinos. I know that other pageant-following nationalities are also amenable with Miss Philippines taking it all the way this year.
– None. Do you even have anything to put in here, dear readers?
At the end of the day, if an Asian will win Miss World 2013, Miss Philippines should be on top of the priority list to finally nail its first. 😉