For tonight’s Preliminaries, I selected 16 ladies who I feel will do well.
This list of sixteen (16) ladies will most likely have a change or two (or three) after tonight’s Miss Universe 2013 Preliminaries at Crocus City Hall. So before the crucial event unfolds, I decided to post the ones in my list of expected stand-outs in the swimsuit and evening gown rounds. There is a possibility that most of them will consistently shine. And there is also a good chance that a few will be outshadowed by surprise (or sleeper) performers.
The usual suspects for high-scoring presentations are favorites like Poland’s Paulina Krupinska, Puerto Rico’s Monic Perez, Spain’s Patricia Rodriguez, the Philippines’ Ariella Arida, Israel’s Yityish Titi Aynaw and Venezuela’s Maria Gabriela Isler. Two ladies who will no longer surprise, but stamp their formal entry into the list of potential placers, are Great Britain’s Amy Willerton and Turkey’s Berrin Keklikler. Out to prove their real worth, in my opinion, are USA’s Erin Brady, Italy’s Luna Voce and Hinarani de Longeaux of France. Indonesia’s Whulandary Herman could be the next best Asian bet for tonight, with Olivia Wells of Australia, Carolina Brid of Panama and Gabriela Kratochvilova pulling in some nice scores as well. And as host delegate, Elmira Abdrazakova of Russia will bring in the hometown favoritism which shouldn’t come as a surprise anymore.
Just to complete my Top 20, I would include Ukraine, Peru, Japan and Dominican Republic.
Let’s see who will really stand head and shoulders above the rest. It’s going to be a wild, bumpy but exhilarating ride for sure. 😉
A Miss Universe delegate does not compete in the pageant just for her personal gain. A more important objective is to do so for the love of flag and country. Nothing is more rewarding and fulfilling than claiming victory with the full support of your countrymen.
The Asian delegates (including Guam) may have varying degrees of cheers and fanaticism from their respective supporters, but the common goal is always to push and motivate their representatives to be the best they can be in achieving the top prize.
I can’t remember the last time a Miss Universe pictorial had the ladies and their flags as theme. It sure is giving everyone more reasons to vote and back-up. 😉
I decided to start with the Asian region first for the Fadil Berisha glamshots. Given the dozen ladies above, who do you think stood out?
Personally, my Preferred Three in this group are:
The three Asian glamshots I like best.
MU2012 Olivia Culpo for Yamamay
Ariella is one 23 ladies selected by Yamamay.
And so, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida was selected once more to display her catwalk skills. This time around, it’s for Yamamay where swimsuits and lingeries are the norm of clothing.
Together with 22 others, she will walk the ramp October 26 during the Italian brand’s fashion show. The list includes host delegate Elmira Abdrazakova and fellow Asians Whulandary Herman of Indonesia, Kim Yu-mi of Korea, Carey Ng of Malaysia and Moe Set Wine of Myanmar.
Our bet is starting to heat up nicely.
Go for it, Ariella! 🙂
Upper left photo: Poland, Namibia and Romania
Some of the ladies who have already been welcomed in Moscow.
Upper right photo: Switzerland, Spain and South Africa
Lower left photo: Hungary, Australia, Indonesia, Finland, USA and Lithuania
Lower right photo: Japan, Ukraine, Israel, Thailand and Myanmar
Hair stylings/fittings with USA, Lebanon, Australia, Korea, Gabon and Singapore.
Ariella’s flight details from HK to Moscow
Ariella before boarding her Aeroflot flight to Moscow.
While a good number of the Miss Universe 2013 candidates are already accounted for, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida has yet to land in Moscow. And this adds up to the pressure even more. All eyes will be literally on her as she disembarks from the plane and heads to Crowne Plaza Moscow to check-in. Some of the ladies are already anticipating her arrival, like USA’s Erin Brady who is intrigued with all the non-stop Twitter shout-outs about our bet and Indonesia’s Whulandary Herman who has already been exchanging tweets with Ara the past few months.
And I can’t wait to see her arrival photos as well. What attire will she wear? How will her hair look? Will she have a different kind of make-up on? These questions should be answered before the day ends. So stay tuned. 😉
Let’s do head-to-heads between Ara Arida and twelve of the other Asian candidates in Miss Universe 2013. Who do you think is more superior in each pairing?
In alphabetical order now.
Ara VS Ye Jin
Ara VS Manasi
Ara VS Whulandary
Ara VS Yukimi
Ara VS Zhazira
Ara VS Kim Yu-Mi
Ara VS Carey
Ara VS Moe Set
Ara VS Shi
Ara VS Amanda
Ara VS Chalita
Ara VS Thi May
Here’s my personal pre-arrival take:
Ara Arida is definitely stronger than a dozen of the region’s best contenders for the Diamond Nexus Lab crown. However, there are three (3) ladies I consider with the possibility of giving her a really tough fight for the one or two semifinal spots that could be reserved for the region. They are: Whulandary Herman of Indonesia, Truong Thi May of Vietnam and Manasi Moghe of India.
I’d say that our rep should prepare for this trio first before executing her game plan versus the Central Europeans.
Your say, dear readers?
Top 3 vote-getters
After a total of 37,906 votes collected from our 1st Top Picks Poll for Miss Universe 2013, an Asian domination was unraveled. The Philippines’ Ariella Arida, Thailand’s Chalita Yaemwannang and Indonesia’s Whulandary Herman are now seeded to the Final Picks Poll for Miss Universe 2013 come October. So please don’t be surprised if their names and photos are no longer included in the 2nd Top Picks Poll which officially starts today, August 1.
Here’s how the ten highest placers stacked up.
Whulandary Herman (L) after she was crowned Puteri Indonesia 2013 by Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo.
Whulandary is strikingly beautiful and tall at 5’9.5″.
Our ASEAN neighbor Indonesia is not about to throw caution to the wind as far as their beauty queens go. They want to place prominently in Miss Universe 2013 so the newly-crowned Puteri Indonesia is a gorgeous 23 year-old Jakarta-based Supermodel named Whulandary Herman.
The 5’9.5″ Whulan has established an impeccable track record prior to winning the national title. Wikipedia lists her achievements as follows:
“Whulan step (sic) in modeling soar (sic) after compete (sic) Wajah Femina 2008. In February 2010, she won the Asian Top Model of the Year 2010 at the Fashion Asia Awards that held in Hangzhou, China. She beat three other nominees who are top models of Vietnam, China, and Mongolia. Previously, Whulan also has won 3rd Runner-up & The Best Catwalk at the International Model of the Year 2009 in Korea. After that, Whulan become (sic) one of Indonesia’s most famous model.”
If and when rumors of Indonesia hosting this year’s Miss Universe are proven to be true, then the country should be pretty confident of a good placement in the finals, if not a first Grand Slam crown.
With Miss Indonesia being primed as the top Asian Miss Universe rep so far, BPCI should go all out as well in picking the best Miss Universe-Philippines to succeed Janine Tugonon. We wouldn’t want to pale in comparison, right? 😉