ABQ’s Top Ten Favorites for the Miss World 2013 Crown!

Megan Young of the Philippines (middle) is ABQ's Top CHOICE! Clockwise from top left - Spain, France, Ukraine, India, Moldova, Netherlands, USA, Thailand, Ghana

Megan Young of the Philippines (middle) is ABQ’s Top CHOICE! Clockwise from top left – Spain, France, Ukraine, India, Moldova, Netherlands, USA, Thailand, Ghana

To my ever-dearest readers:

Forgive me for my long absence from blogging. I had been very busy with my hubby Ron’s golden bday and dealing with life as an empty–nester (my daughter moved to LA several weeks back). I find much comfort in my dogs and work not to mention working out and living healthy in general. I’ve also started writing for Rappler and somehow ABQ took a backseat to all these things. But, thanks to great blogs like Norman’s blog on pageants, you won’t lack for juicy information on your favorite beauty queens.

Anyway, it took me quite a while to go through all the profile videos, photos, etc of the girls at Miss World 2013. There are so many gorgeous and accomplished contestants this year but our girl Megan Young undoubtedly stands out. Although there are a few who are just as beautiful as she is, they cannot seem to outshine her generous heart!

Yes, the Philippines finally has a clear path to the Miss World 2013 crown with Megan Young. Let’s pray she walk the path to the end on coronation night, Saturday, Sept 28, 2013.

Aside from Megan, I have listed 9 girls that stood out, at least for me. Do you like my list or is yours completely different?

Much love,


Megan Young of the Philippines

Megan Young of the Philippines

ABQ’s Choice for Miss World 2013 Winner: Philippines

Alright. Okay. So, I’m biased. But I’m not the only one who thinks this Olongapo native can win the crown. Megan Young, who is a famous actress in the Philippines, has been cited by Yahoo Singapore, Global Beauties and The International Business Times UK as possibly bringing home the first ever Miss World crown for the nation. Megan also entered the Top 11 of the Beach Fashion Challenge Event which means she’s on the Miss World radar of possible winners.

My next 6 favorites are:

Marine Lorphelin - France

Marine Lorphelin – France

Marine Lorphelin of France

France – Marine Lorphelin, a native of Burgundy, reminds me of actress Ashley Greene (Twilight) but has a more delicate look. Not only is Marine a sight to behold, she always speaks with a smile and has a dusky voice that only adds to her sexiness. She also happens to be a medical student with dreams of becoming a pediatrician one day. A consistent favorite among followers of Miss World.

Spain's Elena Ibarbia

Spain’s Elena Ibarbia

Elena Ibarbia of Spain

Spain – Could Elena Ibarbia be the first senorita to win the Miss World title for her country? They’ve never won it yet but this Communications student might just communicate her way to the crown. Aside from being favored by pageant experts, Elena is on fire in Bali – she’s in the Top 11 of the Beach Fashion Challenge Event of Miss World and also entered the Top 20 of the Sports and Fitness track.

Ukraine's Anna Zaiachkivska

Ukraine’s Anna Zaiachkivska

Anna Zayachkivska of Ukraine

Ukraine – “Someone better call heaven fast because they’re missing an angel!” Okay, that’s obviously a cheesy pick-up line but I can’t help it; Anna Zaiachkivska’s profile video at Miss World 2013 makes me think of halos and feathery wings. Plus points to her for flying into the Top 11 of the pageant’s Beach Fashion Challenge Event and for placing 2nd runner-up in the talent competition for having… well… um… the voice of an angel. Also note that this ethereal beauty is studying Icon Painting.

The Netherlands' Jaqueline Steenbeek

The Netherlands’ Jaqueline Steenbeek

Jaqueline Steenbeek of the Netherlands

Netherlands – Jacqueline Steenbeek is not really a favorite among pageant fans but I just can’t get over the stunning smile and bouncy blonde curls of this darling from Drunen. She’s obviously a lot of fun if you view her official profile video on the Miss World channel on Youtube. I like it too that she’s a practicing Midwife.

The USA's Olivia Jordan

The USA’s Olivia Jordan

Olivia Jordan of the United States

USA – Can anyone say, “Rah-rah-rah”? Olivia Jordan’s scintillating smile paired with a sweet lilting voice will make you think of pom-poms and miniskirts. But the sweetheart veneer of this Oklahoma lass belies her toughness – Olivia has done a half-marathon on the Iron Man trail. She’s also a Health Science graduate.

India's Navneet Dhillon

India’s Navneet Dhillon

Navneet Dhillon of India

India – I can totally see the regal and classy Navneet Dhillon in a Bollywood film! She is so gorgeous, I wouldn’t mind having her win the crown. Although she seems to be the most reserved ‘smiler’ among my Top 7 favorites, this only adds to her mysterious allure. Navneet is a TV and Film Production student.

 Rounding up my Top 10 are these 3 lovelies:

Thailand's Kanyapak Poksomboon

Thailand’s Kanyapak Poksomboon

Kanyaphak Phokesomboon of Thailand

Thailand – The highest this nation has ever placed is the semi-finals and only 5 times in the past 63 years of Miss World history. But with Kanyaphak Phokesomboon carrying the Thai sash, they might just break into the runners-up circle or maybe even win the crown. A wee maybe. What I like about Kanyaphak is she has that regal ‘Lord of the Rings’ elf-like beauty.

Moldova's Valeriya Tsurkan

Moldova’s Valeriya Tsurkan

Valeirya Tsurkan of Moldova

Moldova – Valeriya Tsurkan’s unearthly beauty will leave you open-mouthed just like the patients she works on as a dentistry student. I’m loving this girl for her peaches-n-cream skin and the number of views her Miss World profile video has: nearly 60,000 as I write this. She’s got the 3rd most number of views behind the Philippines (90,000 plus) and Vietnam (nearly 79,000). Trailing right behind Valeriya is France (58,000 plus). Those numbers could change so check out the Miss World Youtube channel. Go Moldova!

Ghana's Carranzar Shooter

Ghana’s Carranzar Shooter

Carranzar Shooter of Ghana

Ghana – Out of all the black beauties, Carranzar Shooter stands out. And you can take that literally since the Accra-born queen is 6’1.5”. You’d think a girl that tall would be awkward but not Carranzar; she’s like an African gazelle leaping across the tundra. I was impressed by her self-intro video where she had 6 or 7 costume changes and spoke warmly about her nation, her charity work and medical studies.

Coming up in my next post… my Top 11 to 20 Miss World 2013 contestants…