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MANILA, Philippines—It was her first overseas trip and Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational Mutya Johanna Datul almost missed her connecting flight to Moscow en route to Belarus where the international pageant was held.
But make it she did. The 21-year-old Isabela native bested 82 other international delegates and became the first Asian to bag the Miss Supranational international title at coronation ceremonies held in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sept. 6. The crown comes with a $25,000 cash prize.
Returning home, Datul told media men at a press conference on Monday she had to ask strangers for instructions on how to find the gate for her connecting flight. It was her first overseas flight and she flew alone, she explained to welcomers gathered at the Gloria Maris Banquet Hall at the Gateway Mall in Quezon City.
“People from Binibining Pilipinas advised me not be afraid to ask questions. So that’s what I did, I asked a lot of questions to a lot of people,” the five-foot-eight Datul shared in a mix of Filipino and English.
But she candidly confessed that on her way home, she missed her connecting flight in Hong Kong back to the Philippines on Monday afternoon—the reason why her press conference was moved several hours later.
Datul brought home the country’s first international beauty title for the year.
Other beauty queens at the welcome event said they were not surprised Datul was victorious. “She’s very genuine on stage, you can see it. Her innate charm just radiates, and you can tell she’s being true to herself,” said 2013 Binibining Pilipinas first runnerup Pia Wurtzbach.
“We all knew from the very beginning that you would make us proud. And we are proud of the woman you have become. You are the nicest person I know, very humble. I hope you will not change,” said 2013 Miss Universe Philippines Ariella Arida, who is set to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia on Nov. 9.
Bea Rose Santiago, 2013 Bb. Pilipinas-International, said she and the other 2013 titleholders monitored updates from the pageant’s website and social media accounts to follow their “baby sister’s” fight for the title.
“You really stood out from the rest of the other candidates. You’re very genuine, and very charming,” added the international fashion model who is set to compete in the 2013 Miss International pageant in Tokyo in December.
For 2013 Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism Cindy Miranda, Datul’s victory serves as an “inspiration and motivator” for her and the other Filipino queens to excel in their respective international competitions.
Miranda is next in line. She is set to leave for the 2013 Miss Tourism Queen International pageant in China later this month.
Datul shared that as soon as she landed in Minsk, she had a premonition she would win.
“As soon as I set foot in Minsk, I felt as if there was a heavy crown on my head. I didn’t know why I felt that way, but that early, I imagined myself going back to the Philippines with the crown on my head,” Datul said.
Datul also related that during the closed-door panel interview with four other delegates, she was straight to the point, unlike her competitors who “talked too much.”
“I first introduced myself in Russian, and then I said ‘I will go straight (to the point). I want to become Miss Supranational because this is my ultimate dream. I want to become an ambassador, a good example and an inspiration to many,’” she recounted.
Datul was also proclaimed Miss Personality in ceremonies leading to the coronation night. She was also in the Top 10 of the talent competition.
The baby pageant among the Grand Slam beauty contests has done an amazing job in 2013, showing the planet that it has come to stay. With a phenomenal production and stage, stunning candidates and innovative elements, it has impressed millions around the globe. We should also mention overall fair results (GB predicted 18 of 20 semi-finalists, and the other two also deserved to be up there), and a great winner, the first from Asia: Mutya Datul of the Philippines.
As a matter of fact, it was history in the making for several countries. Here are some facts and tidbits about this year’s pageant and its results:
* Miss Philippines made history when crowning Asia’s first Miss Supranational winner. Now Philippines has winners in 4 of the 5 Grand Slam pageants (2 Misses Universe, 4 Misses International, 1 Miss Tourism Queen Int’l, 1 Miss Supranational), and if it wins Miss World on September 28, something many pageant observers believe can happen, it will be the only nation on the planet to have conquered all Grand Slam titles!
* Lupital Jones, how did you miss on Jacqueline Morales?? She did not advance to compate at Nuestra Belleza Mexico (Miss Mexico Universe and World), and now she places 2nd in Miss Supranational. This woman is a stunner, possibly Mexico’s best Grand Slam candidate of 2013. Well done, Mexico!
* Leyla Kose of Turkey, another impressive and very intelligent beauty, has many good reasons to celebrate, after all, she achieved Turkey’s best result in a Grand Slam pageant since its Miss World victory in 2002: 3rd place for Turkey in Minsk!
* This is only the second time in history that Indonesia has a Grand Slam finalist (the first was in 1977, when Indonesia placed 3rd in Miss International). Cokorda’s 4th place should be celebrated by her countrymen!
* The U.S. Virgin Islands has its first ever finalist in a Grand Slam pageant, Esonica Veira, 5th place, a vibrant and phenomenal young women. There will be party on this beautiful Caribbean archipelago!
* Although the “Top 5″ was “fair and square”, some other beauties could also have easily been there after their performances on stage. Australia, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and India are good examples.
* Luxembourg has made history with the very beautiful Heloise Paulmier, her country’s only 2nd woman to place in a Grand Slam pageant in all history. Very well-deserved, we shall add!
* Myanmar has lots of fans, and we are sure they are now celebrating: Khin Wint Wah will be marked in history for being the first ever woman from Myanmar to reach semi-finalist status in a major beauty contest. She’s lovely and was very happy and proud with her accomplishment. So are we!
* Gabon has also had its first Grand Slam placement and Queen of Afica. Hillary Ondo completely deserved her placement and title, as predicted by GB one day before. Wonderful beauty! Africa had some other excellent representatives this year, like Togo (she looked impressive at the final event!), Zimbabwe, Rwanda, bright Miss Reunion, and the list goes on…
* Miss Supranational Venezuela had lots of supporters at Minsk Sports’ Arena, and she did an excellent job, shinning all night long and proving that other organizations (besides Miss Venezuela) and candidates can do a good job in her country as well.
* If there was an award for “Best Body”, without a doubt Miss Argentina would have taken it. Beautiful contestant!
* The only European delegate to have placed in the Top 5 was also Asian: Turkey. Some stunning candidates, such as Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Latvia, did not move forward from the “Top 20″.
* Speaking of Europe, Belarus’ victory as Miss Supranational Europe came as the most surprising result of the night. Placing in the Top 20 was expected though. In any case, congratulations to this young girl (17) who once again made her country proud. Belarus has an impressive running in Miss Supranational, and should remain on the Top of Miss Supranational’s ranking (we are waiting for the official placements, from number 6 to number 20 to update it).
* A few candidates tied for the 19th and 20th spots, after the preliminary voting. The ones who barely missed the semi-finals, tied in 21st placed, were Misses Iceland, Panama, Slovakia and Sweden. Miss Azerbaijan finished in 25th place, one vote behind them (special thanks to Miss Supranational organization for sharing it with GB).
* Miss Curaçao, the girl who found out she was pregnant days before the conclusion of Miss Supranational, watched the show at the Sports Arena, sitting on the first row and looking gorgeous! She is very happy with her baby, and we are sure will be welcomed with open arms by her family and boyfriend when going back home. We wish her only the best!
* Over 5000 people crowded the Sports Arena in Minsk, and one of the greatest moments in the pageants was when last year’s winner, from Belarus, entered the stage. Belarusians went wild in appreciation for their queen! Katya looked stunning, as always.
* Again we must congratulate Belarus for a beautiful country and a very professional team. Everything ran well and overall comments from the candidates and national directors were very positive. Also congratulations to Miss Supranational organizers and crew for an amazing, upbeat, and innovating show. You all rocked!!
Long live, Miss Supranational!!
Stunning Miss Philippines, Mutya Johanna Datul, 21 years old, 1.72 m-tall, was crowned Miss Supranational 2013 at Minsk’s Sports Palace at a dazzling event which took place on September 6th. She had already won the “Miss Personality” award and was always one of the big favorites for the title. The first runner-up was Miss Mexico, Jacqueline Morales (23), 2nd runner-up was Miss Turkey, Leyla Kose, 4th runner-up was Miss Indonesia, Cokorda Istri Krisnanda Widani (21), and 4th runner-up was Miss U.S. Virgin Islands, Esonica Veira (24).
Semi-finalists came from Gabon, Hillary Ondo (Miss Supranational Africa), Brazil, Raquel Benetti (Miss Supranational Americas), Australia, Esma Voloder (Miss Supranational Asia & Oceania), Belarus, Veronika Chachyna (Miss Supranational Europe), Myanmar, Khin Wint Wah (Miss Internet), Puerto Rico, Desireé Del Río de Jesus (Miss Photogenic), Venezuela, Annie Fuenmayor, India, Ukraine, Kateryna Sandulova, Luxembourg, Heloise Paulmier, Latvia, Diana Kubasova, Russia, Yana Dubnik, Canada, Suzette Hernandez, Poland, Angelika Ogryzek and Thailand, Thanyaporn Srisen.
Miss Nicaragua, Alejandra Gross, won the Best National Costume award. Miss Sweden, Sally Lindgren, was Miss Elegance.
The Top 20 was absolutely fair and within the expected.
All the details and backstage information coming up soon. For now, congratulations, Philippines, the new Miss Supranational!!
For the first time in history, a Grand Slam pageant will showcase candidates hitting the runway wearing panties and bras. That’s correct: the 20 semi-finalists of Miss Supranational 2013 will compete in underwear fashion. Other surprises are reserved for tomorrow’s big final event and election of Miss Supranational 2013, live from Minsk, Belarus. It will be shown on tv in over 90 countries, with a potential audience of 1.2 billion viewers. For those where the pageant will not be shown on tv, there will be live webcast at www.misssupranational.com, starting at 6:30 PM, Minsk time.
84 candidates (Miss Curaçao found out she was pregnant during the competition and Miss Scotland withdrew) will enter the Palace of Sports mesmerizing stage hoping to bag the crown, sash, and USD 25.000 cash-prize. Global Beauties had access to the dress rehearsal, and here are some useful informational for those who will watch the show tomorrow night:
* Initially, the candidates were divided in 5 groups: Americas, Africa, Asia & Oceania, Europe 1 and Europe 2. They will be introduced to the public wearing their national costumes;
* All candidates will appear in swimsuits and evening gowns before the “Top 20″ is announced;
* Nineteen semi-finalists were selected by a preliminary panel of judges, while a remaining one is the winner of “Miss Internet”;
* The 20 semi-finalists will compete in underwear, swimsuit and fashion gowns rounds, all with great music and very original and upbeat choreography;
* The winner of the Best National Costume award will be announced during tomorrow’s telecast;
* As it has happened in Miss Supranational since its first edition, the continental queens will be the highest ranked girls in America, Africa, Europe and Asia/Oceania, among those who did not place in the top 5. To make it clear: if your favorite won a continental queen title, good for her, but she will not be the overall winner or a runner-up;
* The show is 2:30 hours long.
And who are the favorites for the crown? GB reporters have spent time with all candidate during the three weeks of competition, so here is our take:
Fighting for the crown: Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Island
Strong possibilities: Argentina, Colombia, Guadeloupe, Panama, Suriname, Venezuela
Could pull a surprise: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique
Strong possibilities: Gabon
Could pull a surprise: Cameroon, Rwanda, Togo, Zimbabwe
ASIA & OCEANIA
Fighting for the crown: Australia, Philippines
Strong possibilities: India, Indonesia
Could pull a surprise: Myanmar, Thailand
Fighting for the crown: Latvia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine
Strong possibilities: Czech Republic, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland
Could pull a surprise: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Denmark, France, Italy, Moldova, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Wales
There are other contestants who have attractive faces and who are very intelligent, however, are considerably overweight for what Miss Supranational expects from a winner: a woman with supermodel profile, combined with the charisma a beauty queen should have.
After much debating, after all, we are talking about a very competitive group, GB came up with its own Top 20 list:
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Very close: Argentina, Belarus (could enter the Top 20 for being the hometown girl), Cameroon, Czech Republic, Guadeloupe, Myanmar, Suriname, Thailand
One thing is for sure: placing in the Top 20 will be a victory, since this is a very competitive group!!
Expect a great and entertaining show, with original and exciting elements and fantastic musical performances. We congratulate Miss Supranational organizers, as well as the Belarusian organizers, for a job well done. These have been 3 very nice weeks. A great show certainly have a great crew and organizers behind.
Who will be Miss Supranational 2013?? You tell us!
ENJOY THE SHOW!!
Voting is now open in the official Miss Supranational website! The contestant who gets the most votes will receive the official “Miss Supranational Internet” award as well as advancing into the Top 20 semi-finalists, getting the chance to become the new Miss Supranational.
You may vote as many times as you like using the Miss Supranational voting engine. Voting ends on Friday, 6 September 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (CET).
The 84 candidates for the title Miss Supranational 2013 were interviewed by the preliminary panel of judges on Tuesday night. The scores received on these interviews will determine 19 of the 20 semi-finalists. The 20th spot will go to “Miss Internet”.
Most candidates did a very good job and it will certainly be a difficult task for the judges. Best of luck to all delegates!
Often compared to Victoria Secret’s supermodel Miranda Kerr, Miss Supranational Turkey Leilah Kose proved to go much beyond her amazing looks. At the age of 21, she’s studying to be an interpreter and translator. Born in beautiful Cappadocia from a Turkish father and a Scotish mom, Leilah truly represents the essence of her country, having one foot in Europe, the other in Asia.
On her free time, Miss Turkey enjoys rollerblading or biking at Istanbul’s seaside, spending time with friends, or taking photographs. That’s correct: photography is a hobby this Turkish beauty takes very seriously, just as much as reading: “I read three books at a time, ranging from love stories to science books”, she reveals. “I can read anything that is interesting or will teach me something. If not horror tales, I am open to anything else, as long as it’s instructional”, she concluded with a smile on her face.
Leilah is very proud of her Turkish heritage and would like people to know more about her homecountry: “Many people abroad believe all Turkish women are covered with burkas, and it’s not the case at all. Some are, for religious motives or simple for tradition, and it’s ok, but Turkey has also a very modern and upbeat side. I’d say it perfectly fits in Europe, just as much as it fits in the Middle East and Asia. There’s so much diversity, culture and colors in Turkey, and our people are very hospitable and welcoming”.
She’s proud to comment on how much women’s rights have evolved in Turkey in the latest decades: “We can go as far as we dream of. Women in Turkey have full access to quality education, and most importantly, to having choices. That’s how I feel”.
In the Miss Turkey pageant, Leilah says that only 30% of the final score is based on beauty. The remaing 70% are a combination of intelligence, ability to communicate, talent and professional skills and goals.
“I entered Miss Turkey because it really pushes us forward. The contestants go to a camp where they learn so much about responsibility, being ready on time, having respect for others”. She also told us that it’s a window for those who want to work at the modeling or entertainment businesses. “We were featured on VOGUE magazine twice as Miss Turkey candidates. We’ve also appeared on ELLE”.
The Turkish “Miranda Kerr” also told us that Miss Turkey delegates are oriented by her country’s best choreographers, and other great professionals who teach them how to do their hair, make up, and all else they need to compete at international level. The winner goes to Miss World, her runner-ups, which was Kose’s case, participate in other important pageants, like Miss Supranational.
Serene as this woman is, she also has a strong personality and very clear values and ideals. When public protests took place in Turkey in recent times, there she was, out in the streets, asking for changes:
“The Turkish government must understand that in a democratic system an elected president is a president for all, and not only for those who voted for him”, she expresses her opinion with conviction. “I am Miss Supranational Turkey, and I know some people may not have approved my election. However, when here, I bring all of them, even those who do not like me, because here I am TURKEY. So when I protest, I do it because I want to see a better and always fair Turkey, a country for all, and not just for some”.
The Turkish representative ended our interview by saying that she feels sorry the Miss Supranational contest is about to end. “In a few days we will be going home, and no matter the outcome, the experience we are having is so rich, the friends I’ve made are so real, that I feel like crying already. Miss Supranational shows that by all means beauty comes in all shapes and kinds, and it’s important for people to realize that all candidates here are beautiful, with no single exception, and they’ve all done their very best to make their countries proud. And so they should be!”.
Turkey has all reasons to be proud of Leilah, one of the best Turkish representatives in a Grand Slam pageant in recent years!