Catch them, if you can: Israel, China, Australia.
An international panel of judges has been invited to join GB to analyze this year’s Miss World batch. They are:
Pedro Chadid (Colombia), Nur Soegijatno (Indonesia), Luis Trujillo (Dominican Republic), Katia Maes (Netherlands), Humberto Acevedo (Venezuela), Donald West (Canada), Andre Sleigh (South Africa), Donald Nguyen (Vietnam), Edwin Toledo (Puerto Rico), Tony Amaral (Brazil), Greg Borowski (USA), Nick C (Turkey), Jean-marie Vandecasteele (Belgium), and Maryna Gudzevata (Ukraine)
Considering the 119 confirmed delegates so far, our judges have carefully gone over photos, interviews and videos available on all of they, before they arrived in Ordos, and one thing was common sense: it’s one of the most competitive groups in recent Miss World and pageant history.
Here’s GB’s first list of favorites (Pre-Arrival):
Top 7: Colombia, Paraguay, Russia, Ukraine
Top 15: Albania, Belarus, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, France, Mexico, Venezuela
Top 30: Chile, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, India, Jamaica, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Slovakia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Turkey, USA, Wales
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It’s no surprise to see Miss Israel right on the top of GB’s first list of Miss World favorites. Ever since 1.82 m-tall model Shani Hazan was crowned Miss Israel 2012, she’s been considered a strong possibility for the Miss World crown. With Wnxia Yu, China can easily go far in the competition on its own merits. Jessica Michelle Kahawaty from Australia, the other MW front-runner, has lots of experience: she represented Lebanon in Miss International 2008 and was a semi-finalists. Looking better than ever now, she expects to make a big splash for Australia in Ordos.
Among the favorites this year, there are many women who have participated and even won international beauty titles, like Paraguay, Brazil, Netherlands and Peru. The pressure are on their shoulders.
There are also some stunning fresh new faces, like Nepal‘s Shristi Shrestha. For the first time in pageant history, Nepal appears among the favorites in a Grand Slam pageant, with real chances to place, and why not, even winning the title.
Tough as the competition may be this year, let’s always keep an eye on Miss Wales, Sophie Elizabeth Moulds, who got a lot of media exposure for resembling Kate Middleton. The last time a British woman won the Miss World title was back in 1983!
Even among those whose names do not appear in this first list, there are a lot of stunners who could soon start shinning, such as Hong Kong, Ethiopia, England, Philippines, Argentina, Slovenia, Gabon, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Poland, Korea, Japan, Costa Rica, just to mention a few.
It’s just beginning! Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride! Happy Miss World, everyone!!