(L-R) Miss Vietnam Vu Thi Hoang My, Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup, Miss Korea Jung So-ra, and Miss Thailand Chanyasorn Sakornchan.
Miss Malaysia Deborah Henry (2nd from left), Miss Indonesia Nadine Ames (3rd from left) and Miss Japan Maria Kamiyama (2nd from right) bond with Miss Trinidad & Tobago Gabrielle Walcott (extreme right) and Chelsae Durocher of Canada (extreme left).
Miss China Luo Zilin getting prepped up for her photoshoot.
Miss Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs flashing a modest grin while getting her hair done for the photoshoot.
Miss India Vasuki Sunkavalli giving her best pose for the carnival-themed photoshoot (Photo credit: Fotoarena.com.br)
Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup (L) and Miss USA Alyssa Campanella
Miss Universe 2011 Delegates from Asia-Oceania are not about to get sidelined by the flashy Latinas and doll-like Europeans. In fact, they are getting more than their fair share of attention and are slowly inching towards the shortlist of several locals. True that sensuality is always half-missing in their aura, but there is nothing that can’t be learned in just a few days of mixing with the more smoldering beauties.
Right now, I heard it from the grapevine that Miss China Luo Zilin is getting favored left and right in Sao Paulo. Some rumors are even talking about MUO (Miss Universe Organization) grooming her for a possible win. Of course, take these talks with a grain of salt. The competition has just started and just about every candidate wants to get hold of the Miss Universe crown.
Photo credit: Fotoarena.com.br
And as for the country sashes above, is it just me or does the previous style – where the letters are stitched into the cloth sash – still look more attractive? Oh well… 😉
I Am She Miss Universe India 2011 Vasuki Sunkavalli
The past weekend, I have read a lot of mostly negative online comments about Vasuki Sunkavalli’s victory as I Am She Miss Universe India 2011. Many of these – coming from both Indians and Non-Indians alike – speak of their displeasure in having a weak representative to Miss Universe 2011 who is not even at par with Ushoshi Sengupta – India’s 2010 bet who had a relatively forgettable stint in Las Vegas. Some of the feedbacks were so harsh that I wouldn’t even think of quoting them in this blog, with a majority asking Sushmita Sen to return India’s Miss Universe franchise to its previous owners.
Well, all I can say is this. Let’s give the 26 year-old fashion model from Hyderabad the benefit of our doubts. She may not be our idea of a Miss India based on their outstanding national winners from the mid-90s up to the early parts of the new millennium. But she remains to be one determined and supremely confident lady who wants to get a clear aim for the Diamond Nexus Lab crown in Sao Paulo. And I reckon that she will do what it takes to up the ante and do better than what her predecessor failed to deliver last year.
1st Runner-Up Parul Duggal
Personally, I find her 1st Runner-Up and I Am She Miss Globe International India 2011 Parul Duggal more attractive, but that’s just me. At least, Vasuki is miles better than 2nd Runner-Up and I Am She Miss Asia Pacific World India 2011 Tanvi Singla. Then again, that’s just me thinking out loud.
All things being equal, the Asian region has, in my opinion, three leading contenders this year from China, Malaysia and the Philippines. If Vasuki transforms big time and suddenly wows everyone in Brazil, then I will have renewed faith in Sushmita Sen’s ability to bounce back from what she has started with mediocrity in 2010.
Good luck, Vasuki! 😉