The Grand Slam season of 2016 will resume on Monday, February 13th, 2017, with the election of Mister International 2016. 35 countries´ representatives have been in Thailand for the last week participating in a series of events and preliminary competitions. The young men did not have much time to sleep, but apparently there are no complaints: they have been having a great time in a mostly well organized event.

Created by former beauty contestant Alan Sim of Singapore (he was the first runner-up in Mister Young International in the late 1990´s, in Puerto Rico), Mister International clearly draws inspiration from Miss Universe, immitating its format and judging system. With ups and downs in 10 years in the market, it has not yet been able to get consistent international media attention, to be fair, just like most men´s beauty contests, but deserves credit for taking place year after year, no matter what, something that contests with more tradition and road time, such as Mr World and Manhunt International, have failed to do so.

When it comes to results, Mister International also alternates good and bad outcomes, having had superb winners, like the current titleholder Pedro Mendes of Switzerland, and a couple of ordinary looking ones, which took the followers´ fans by shock and surprise in the past.

Watch the opening video and meet the delegates:

Here are some remarks about this year´s pageant and its candidates:

  • It is the second time Thailand hosts the event. The first took place in 2011, when Brazil´s Cesar Curti emerged as the winner.
  • Two countries debut in 2016: Nepal and Paraguay.
  • In its first 10 years around, 8 countries won the Mister International title: Lebanon (2006 and  2012), Brazil (2007 and 2011), Vietnam (2008), Bolivia (2009), Great Britain (2010), Venezuela (2013), Philippines (2014) and Switzerland (2015).
  • Lebanon and Brazil have two titles each, and a piece of curiosity is that Lebanon “crowned” Brazil in 2007, while Brazil “crowned” Lebanon in 2012.
  • Brazil, Indonesia and Venezuela have one thing in common: whenever they were represented in Mister International, all three countries at least placed among the quarter-finalists.
  • Switzerland, the native country of the current winner, is not represented in this year´s edition. Meanwhile, Latvia has returned to the contest after 5 years, and Vietnam, who has had a winner back in 2008, is back in the game after 4 years. Traditional Mister International powerhouses Greece and Slovenia are not represented in its 11th edition.
  • Also noticed in Mister International 2016 is the complete absence of black competitors. No candidate from Africa (black or white) and the non-Spanish speaking Caribbean is to be found in Thailand this year. It might have to do with the fact that black men have never faired well in this competition, unfortunately something that has become “common place” in beauty contests held in Asia. Organizers should pay attention to it and promote more diversity.
  • You can vote for your favorite candidate and help him to reach the quarter-finals by “liking” his photo HERE.

Who will be Mister International 2016?

Who will replace Pedro, the Great?? Pedro was an excellent Mister International. He will be missed.

Mister International 2016´s hot favorites: We start by saying that it is a fair and linear group with no clear standout. Lebanon, the tallest of the bunch, is one of the favorites and could become his country´s third winner in 11 years. Italy is competing quite strongly as well, and so is Hong Kong, perhaps Asia´s number 1 bet. Czech Republic has been getting close to the top, and 2016 could finally be the moment for this European country, again with one of the strongest candidates in MI. Latvia has returned with a very handsome bet, who could also walk away with the Mister International sash. We bet Guam could be a huge (and positive surprise). India is pretty strong, and as usual, so is Spain. One of these 8 men should be the next Mister International.

The possible surprises: USA resembles a young Leonardo di Caprio. Australia has the most beautiful face in the competition, but is the shortest delegate around. Netherlands is quite handsome and has a great personality, but will the conservative Asians approve his big tattoes? Sri Lanka has a pretty face and great personality. Korea has a very pleasant personality and Brazil has “the upper body” of the competition. Singapore always gets a bit of an edge, after all, Mister International Organization also produces Mister Singapore. Indonesia and Venezuela have never failed to advance, as previously said, so expect both countries to do well. Vietnam is a strong Asian contender. Puerto Rico is well prepared and Poland has one of the best bodies in the competition. Thailand is playing at home, so at least a Top 15 spot should be reserved for it.

Best of luck to all!!

Photo Gallery (Courtesy of Clickbox Photography) – Meet the 35 delegates:

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The Grand Slam season of 2016 will resume on Monday, February 13th, 2017, with the election of Mister International 2016. 35 countries´ representatives have been in Thailand for the last week participating in a series of events and preliminary competitions. The young men did not have much time to sleep,...

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