The 2013 edition of the Miss International Beauty pageant kicked off in Tokyo, Japan, with the participation of 72 beauties from around the world who have been arriving in the country during the past days.
A group of contestants, as usual, has lots of experience concerning international beauty competitions:
Estonia (Madli Visar) competed in Miss Universe 2011, while Netherlands’ Nathalie Den Dekker took part in Miss Supranational 2010, Miss World 2012, Miss Universe 2012, Miss Tourism International 2010 (winner), and Miss Bikini International 2010; Iceland (Sigrun Armannsdottir) also participated in Miss World, as well as Miss Supranational 2012. Miss Honduras (Natalya Coto) also participated in Miss Supranational 2012 in Poland. Philippines’ Bea Rose Santiago was a semi-finalist in Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International.
Miss International maintains the main criteria of any beauty pageants. Judging is based on overall beauty, although during the past years their speech about World peace and culture exchange seems to have more influence in the title.
Having said that, this year’s group started with some early favorites, who are expected to make the finals of the competition December 17th: Philippines, Venezuela, Netherlands, Finland, Mexico, Poland, Iceland, are amongst those fighting for the crown, while we cannot forget the beauties from Colombia, Japan, Korea, USA, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Sweden, Indonesia, among others who will be shining as the moment gets closer.
Based on the results gotten during 2013, the Miss International crown could be between either Philippines or Venezuela, with Netherlands fighting too for the title.
In the meantime, who are your favorites? Take a look at this year’s contestants during their first week in Japan.