ABQ’s FINAL Top 15 Choices in Miss Universe 2012!
Okay. This IS the FINAL list. I am exhausted after all the deciding but very happy with my choices. BTW, this list will be featured in Rappler, I’m so thrilled!
Now… there were SIX girls that consistently scored high with me in their photos (professional and candid shots), web interview, gown competition and swimsuit competition. I tried hard but couldn’t pare them down to five. I am a terrible judge!
Here goes: (in alphabetical order)
Cayman Islands doesn’t really have a track record in Miss Universe but Lindsay Japal will most likely break that silence. She has that American appeal combined with Island flavor. And the best thing about her is that she doesn’t seem to know just how sexy she is!
Diana Avdiu is already a winner in the Miss Universe 2012 with the Miss Photogenic award in her clutches. And may I just say that she deserves it? Her photos take my breath away. She also happens to remind me of Catherine Zeta Jones and would make a fine Miss Universe.
Well, lets hope we don’t get knocked out again by Mexico! Karina Gonzales is obviously going for the crown like a prize fighter. Her smile, which is brighter than the lights of Las Vegas, is her winning asset. Unfortunately, she’s not smiling in this photo, but if you click here, you’ll see what I mean!
It is not impossible for Janine Tugonon to come home this Christmas with the crown as a gift for the Philippines. Just like our two previous queens Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj who placed in the Top 5 of Miss Universe, Janine is vivacious, stunning in photos, regal on stage and has a fantastic body!
Bodine Koehler is a complete package – angelic face, divine body, height of 6 feet… all of that spells G-O-D-D-E-S-S! The extra plus is that she sings, plays the piano and dances. I believe that selecting a Miss U winner who can perform for the public CAN translate into extra revenue which matters to Donald Trump.
You put on a sash that says Venezuela and your beauty levels-up in a wondrous manner. IMHO, this is a good thing. But for me, its not only about sash factor. With or without it, Irene Esser has a beautiful winner’s face that exudes innocence, fun and elegance all at the same time.
The girl that is the biggest threat to the 6 I mentioned above is…
I wasn’t satisfied with her swimsuit shots. However, I have to say that she is one of the prettiest faces in this batch of queens. Elizabeta Burg projects like Snow White. Beautiful enough to overcome any shortcomings (or short-legged-ness) and enter the Top 5!
My next set of favorites: (In alphabetical order)
Adrola Dushi has been compared to Italian actress Sophia Loren and I agree, Albania’s contestant to Miss Universe 2012 has a classic type of beauty that appeals to all ages and lasts thru time. The only trouble is that she’s a little too laid back for a pageant as competitive as Miss Universe.
When I choose my favorites I always look at photos first. And I was not attracted to Liza Helder’s shots, specially her early Miss Aruba photos. But when I saw her web interview, I quickly changed my assessment. She is attractive, gorgeous and smart!
Beauty should be beyond politics so I’m going to act like the territorial issue between us and them isn’t happening. Anyway, I like Diana Xu (Ji Dan Xu) because there is a certain charm about her. I love her height (5’11”) and her warm smile which I believe are her best assets.
Initially, I was not impressed with Carolina Andrea Aguirre Perez’ photos although I thought she was cute. I started singing a different song when I saw her in action in the web interview and the evening gown competition. Ecuador is a charmer!
Out of all the Ebony Queens in this year’s batch, Jamaica is THE standout. Although I find her styling to be a little strong (too much contouring) you can’t put a beautiful woman like Chantal Jaky down.
Kimberly Legget is the only beauty queen in Miss Universe 2012 that smoulders on stage. That’s what convinced me to put her in my list!
Nutpimon Farida Waller captured my heart with her Cupid bow lips. Just a little bit more angst or edge and she can make the semi-finals, at least!
Her critics have assailed her for her over-powering long hair and uneven teeth. And they do have a point. I like Elizabeta Golovanova anyway because of the stunning fashion shots they took of her in Miss Universe. Just look at the photo above. Kitang-kita ang kanyang kagandahan!
My Dark Horse Collection: (In no particular order)
If the judges like women with child-like beauty then Sara Nicole Andersen could bust into the Top 16!
Laura Beyne has one of the sweetest smiles and for me has the most doll-like face among the Ebony Queens.
Marcelina Vahekeni with her simple walk in the Evening Gown Competition was tops! Lovely and queenly. But succeeding Leila Lopes (the current Miss Universe who represented Angola last year) is going to be tough!
Oh what a feisty Latina! Egni Eckert caught my attention when I saw her glowing like an iced ember in the Evening Gown Competition.
I have trouble with Olivia Culpo, this year’s Miss USA, I am so wanting to include her in my list – she’s beautiful, smart, sexy etc. but I just don’t feel the X-factor. However, USA does have the sash-factor so there’s a mighty chance that she’ll enter the semi-finals in spite of what I feel.