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Manushi Chhillar of India Wins Miss World 2017!

photo from Miss World Facebook Page.

Manushi Chhillar of India was crowned the new Miss World last night at the coronation night held in Sanya, China.

This was India’s first win after Priyanka Chopra won the crown in the year 2000.

Andrea Meza of Mexico and Stephanie Hill are first and second runners-up, respectively. Aurore Kichenin of France and Magline Jeruto of Kenya completed the top 5.

Meanwhile, Philipine rep Laura Lehmann won the Beauty With A Purpose campaign along with four other delegates including Chhillar herself. Lehmann also won the head to head challenge which automatically put her into the top 40 but failed to advanced further.

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Miss Philippines’ Laura Lehmann’s Miss World 2017 Introduction Video! #MW2017

Just a bit of an update about the (also) on-going Miss World pageant in China with our very own Laura Lehmann’s introduction video!

Laura with Miss Venezuela and Miss Vietnam (photo from Miss World – Philippines Facebook page)

Also, don’t forget to engage her on social media especially on Facebook since there’s still the Multimedia fast track that could help her advance to the semis in the Miss World finals on November 18 Live from the Sanya City Arena.

Click image to go to Laura’s Facebook page,

 

 

My Thoughts on the Miss World Philippines 2017 Coronation Night

I’ve been regularly checking updates about the new Miss World Philippines franchise since Madam Cory Quirino ended the contract with the Miss World Organization and the controversy-laden pageant is now under the helm of Arnold Vegafria  as its new National Director.

I’ve only followed the rest of the proceedings through social media and I’ve only seen a couple of them in person. Interestingly enough, it was the eventual top 2 – Laura Lehman whom I had a close encounter with during the press conference of the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas Winners and Teresita Ssen Marquez whom I’ve seen live during the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 proceedings.

I’ve watched the finals thru a live streaming on Facebook and the very delayed telecast on GMA 7. The show was hosted by Carla Abellana, Iya Villania-Arellano, KC Montero and Miss World 2013 Megan Young.

I really loved Carla doing this kind of gig. She’s so eloquent and calm. Some may find her boring but I actually find it refreshing since this is the kind of beauty pageant that’s more on the subdued side.

Iya Villania, KC Montero and Carla Abellana

Iya Villania on the other hand was her opposite. She’s a seasoned emcee as well as KC Montero so it’s not surprising that they’d do well.  Somehow they balanced out Carla’s calm demeanor in hosting.

Megan during the Top 10 Q& A with the eventual winner of the top plum!

Miss World 2013 Megan Young facilitated the final question and answer portion of the event and she was her usual charming self! She should host all of our national beauty pageants to be honest! She’s so good!

Awardees:
Fastrack Events who automatically advanced into the Top 15.
Sports – Glyssa Perez
Beach Beauty – Teresita Ssen Marquez
Talent – Teresita Ssen Marquez
Multimedia – Laura Victoria Lehman
Top Model – Cynthia Thomalla

Special Awards
Miss Photogenic 32 Cynthia Thomalla
Best in Long Gown 32 Cynthia Thomalla

Sponsors Awards
Miss Blue Water Day Spa 32 Cynthia Thomalla
Miss Best Skin 26 Janela Joy Cuaton
Miss Cosmo Skin 15 Laura Victoria Lehmann
Miss Savoy Hotel Boracay 9 Teresita Ssen Marquez
Zalora People’s Choice 13 Kathryn Jade Cudiamat
Miss BYS Philippines 15 Laura Victoria Lehmann
Miss Fila 3 Glyssa Perez
Miss Bench Body 9 Teresita Ssen Marquez

The Top 15.
The favored quartet at this point: Laura, Teresita, Cynthia and Janela all made it through.

#15 – Laura Victoria Lehmann
#9 – Teresita Ssen Marquez
#32 – Cynthia Thomalla
#3 – Glyssa Perez
#35 – Sophia Señoron
#24 – Zara Carbonell
#28 – Sheila Marie Reyes
#6 – Jona Ili Sweett
#14 – Cristina Marie Coloma
#26 – Janela Joy Cuaton
#27 – Ella Eiveren Lubag
#11 – Gabriela Madarieta Ortega
#12 – Henna Kaizelle Cajandig
#22 – Chelsea Anne Manalo
#33 – Noelle Uy-Tuazon

The Top Ten:

#15 – Laura Victoria Lehmann – Laura’s gift of gab sealed the deal for her after battling Cynthia and Teresita all throughout the night, it all came down to this very crucial question and answer portion. Her answer reminds me so much of Lara Dutta’s answer during the Miss Universe 2000 in a roundabout way.

#9 – Teresita Ssen Marquez – She’s my favorite from the get go but I guess Laura got majority of the judges favor since Wynwyn’s sweet and somehow very “rehearsed-sounding” answer fell short. It was still one of the best answers of the night though and she looked absolutely ravishing!

#32 – Cynthia Thomalla – If she had delivered her answer with confidence, she could have gotten the top plum because, damn girl is so effervescent on stage! I need to see her on a Binibining Pilipinas stage in the future!

#35 – Sophia Señoron – She gave a very good answer but I think what the judges saw in her is her sincerity more than anything else. It’s obvious that she’s real smart and still looks very young but there’s something about her that is very charming thus usurping early favorites for the four crowns at stake.

#3 – Glyssa Perez– She gave a really good albeit a forgettable answer.

#24 – Zara Carbonell – She’s very eloquent and I loved her styling! She probably just fell short of votes from the judges to win one of the crowns.

#28 – Sheila Marie Reyes – There’s really nothing wrong with religious-themed answers but it tends to not go well with the audience especially in beauty pageants. It’s just so pageant patty.

#6 – Jona Ili Sweett – She had one of the most difficult questions in my opinion. Cmon’ she’s not Mother Teresa.

#14 – Cristina Marie Coloma – She’s pretty enough and her answer was okay but just not strong enough.

#26 – Janela Joy Cuaton – I loved her but her answer for me was the weakest.

Winners

Laura with reigning Miss World Stephanie Del Valle and Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray

Miss World Philippines 2017 #15 – Laura Victoria Lehmann

After the incident last year in the US when our dear Catriona was robbed of a crown (yes, please you haters we all know she was fucking robbed so shut your trap), a lot of Filipino pageant fans were outraged and right at this moment (including moi) are still mad as hell so what do I think of Laura’s chances in Sanya, China this year? I think she’d do well this time. For one, Julia Morley is eager to please the Filipino pageant fans and pundits again. Philippines after all is her “favorite country” *rolls-eyes*.

One more thing going for Laura’s favor is the sudden political upturn of China and the Philippines’ relationship. Even if you think our on and off rift with China wasn’t a factor in the past – think again. I still think that it plays a part for our delegates – can you believe that? A beauty pageant! Haha!

Lastly, Laura may not be as well-rounded as Catriona but she’s a very worthy delegate. She got the beauty and the brains. Let’s just hope that Lola Julia will favor her come Miss World this year.

Teresita Ssen Marquez with Miss World 2016 2nd Runner-up Natasha Manuella

Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2017 #9Teresita Ssen Marquez

She will be the first Filipina to participate in the Latina-dominated pageant and it’s not an easy task for her but knowing WynWyn, I know that she’d do her best to learn Spanish and impress everyone the way she did in the national pageants back in 2015 and this year.

Cynthia with Miss World 1993 Second Princess Ruffa Guttierez and Miss World 2016 Continental Queens – Dominican Republic’s Yaritza Reyes (Carribean) and Kenya’s Evelyn Enjami (Africa)

Miss ECO Philippines 2017 #32 – Cynthia Thomalla. No comment. She should just resign and join the Binibining Pilipinas 2018. Kidding! I’ve no idea about her pageant but she’d be sent out to Egypt! Pretty swell if you ask me! A free trip and if she end up winning it! Double whammy!

Sophia with Miss World 2016 Continental Queen from Australia (Oceania) and GMA News Anchor, Vicky Morales

Miss Multinational Philippines 2017 #35 – Sophia Señoron. Congratulations! Not very sure as well about her pageant assignment but she’s be shipped to India for Miss Multinational. I hope she’d do well!

1st Princess #3 – Glyssa Perez and 2nd Princess #24 – Zara Carbonell

Lastly, thank you my dear Catriona – you made us proud in your journey with or without a crown – you are still our Miss World ❤

What are your thoughts on the winners this year?

pictures courtesy of Miss World Philippine Official Facebook Page

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss is Miss World 2014!!!

South Africa Crowning Moments

Rolene Strauss crowned by outgoing Miss World 2013 Megan Young

 

A favorite by pageant fans and pundits since winning her national pageant, Rolene Strauss was a perennial top contender for the blue crown all throughout the competition. Rolene is a 4th year medical student at the University of the Free State and has a passion for health, women and South Africa. Interestingly,  Rolene is actually a test tube baby and grew up in a small town called Volksrust, in Mpumalanga.

South Africa

Rolene is the first woman from South Africa to win the Miss World crown since Penelope Anne Coelen [1958] and Anneline Kriel [1974] held the title. Edina Kulcsar of Hungary and Elizabeth Safrit were adjudged first and second runners-up resepectively with Courtney Thorpe of Australia and Carina Tyrell of England completing the Top five.

Rolene as a young girl via missuniverse.org

Rolene as a young girl
via missuniverse.org

Rolene was also set to compete on January for the Miss Universe pageant in Doral, Miami, Florida has she not won the crown or any runners-up post.

Reigning Still: Megan Young For Rogue Magazine [December 2014]

Megan Young Rogue Magazine

Here’s  (still) reigning Miss World Megan Young gracing the cover of Rogue Magazine’s December 2014 Entertainment Issue.  Now, that’s Megan showing all kinds of sexy. Really, she’s the best Miss World ever! *wink*

Speaking of Miss World, current Miss World Philippines and now competing in London Valerie Weigmann also made the cover back in April 2011 as the magazine’s cover girl for their first sport’s issue.

Valerie For Rogueimages via rogue ph

Miss World 2014 Journey: Valerie Weigmann on Beauty With A Purpose

Valerie During The Miss World Charity Gala NightGreat news to all Pinoy pageant fans because Valerie made the top 10 at the Beauty With A Purpose segment of the Miss World 2014 where each contestant presents their BWAP project and the organization chooses the 10 most impressive projects amongst the delegates. BWAP is one of the highest determining factors of making the cut. The winner will be announce during the finals on December 14.

Here’s Valerie’s impromptu speech when the Top 10 were announced

Along with Miss Philippine Valerie Weigmann, delegates from the following country also made the cut: Kenya, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Bolivia, South Africa, Netherlands and England.

Here’s Valerie’s Beauty With A Purpose project for Miss World 2014

Since the Beauty with a Purpose ethos was incorporated into Miss World, millions of pounds have been raised and countless hours of hard work have been carried out across the globe. As well as the official Beauty With A Purpose Charity, many other outlets of these selfless activities have been utilized through the years. [source]

for more information about the Beauty With A Purpose Foundation, please visit www.beautywithapurpose.com

Valerie Weigmann For Miss World 2014 Top Model Event

Val during the Top Model Event

Val during the Top Model Event

via The Emerald

Here’s what Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann wore during the Top Model fast track event of the on-going Miss World 2014 in London.

via missworld.com

Val for the World Designer Award representing a creation from Michael Cinco via missworld.com

This yellow ball gown was designed by Michael Cinco. Reigning Miss World Megan Young won this fast track event last year in Bali.

Trivia: Back in 2012, Michael Cinco’s creation for Queenerich Rehman won the World Designer Award.

Update: Unfortunately, Val was not part of the Top 20 finalists for the Top Model Event. Based on recent Miss World trends, making an impression in this fast track event is a good indication of making it very far in the competition but I think it’s too early to tell that this would prevent Val from getting ahead since there are still fast track events in store for the girls plus the all-important judges one-on-one interview. Let’s just keep supporting Valerie and pray that she’d do all throughout the competition 🙂

Miss World 2014 Journey: Philippines’ bet Valerie Weigmann in London…So Far

Miss World 2014 ProfileMiss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann left for London last November 20 to compete for this year’s edition of Miss World where fellow Filipina Megan Young is the current title holder. Valerie knows that there’s pressure for her to continue the winning streak of the country in the said pageant and it looks like she’s up for the challenge to make it a back-to-back win for the Philippines.

So here’s what she is up to so far in London – the host city this year and also the home base of the Miss World Organization.

Valerie during the MW arrival dinner with fellow delegates

Valerie during the MW arrival dinner with fellow delegates

Upon arrival… she’s looking mighty pretty here.

With Miss GermanyShe’s roommate with Miss Germany Egzonita Ala – with Valerie being half-German, I’m sure they would really hit it off big time.

Here’s one of her #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) post

Valerie's OOTDSilk Floral Dress by Eric Delos Santos and Shoes by Jojo Bragais

Valerie's DOTW Costume

Valerie’s DOTW Costume

And here’s Valerie’s costume for Dances Of The World segment of the pageant. I’m hoping she’d be chosen to perform during the said segment.

And here’s one of the gowns she’ll be wearing for the Formal Evening Gown competition (this maybe for Top Model segment or the World Fashion Designer segment they used to have)

Valerie's Gown from Michael Cinco

Valerie’s Gown from Michael Cinco

Ooh, she just had her 25th birthday yesterday so Happy Birthday Val!!! Here’s to hoping that you’d win the crown again!!!

photos via Miss World Philippines FB Page / Michael Cinco / missworld.com

Yulia Alipova Is The Winner Of Miss Russia 2014!

Yulia Alipova representing the city of Balakovo became the successor of Elmira Abrazakova as she was crowned the new Miss Russia. Alipova will be representing Russia in both Miss World and Miss Universe this year.

Both reigning Miss World Megan Young and Miss Universe Gabriela Isler were part of the judging panel and assisted in the crowning of the new Miss Russia.

via Raffa Indo·

Happy Birthday Megan Young!

As the first woman from the Philippines to ever win the Miss World title, Megan Young’s name will forever be remembered by every Filipino – “the best pageant fans in the world”

photo used via Megan Young's twitter

photo used via Megan Young’s twitter

Today, the reigning Miss World is celebrating her 24th birthday and what better way to celebrate it than re-living her winning moment as the 2013 Miss World! We love you Megan!!!

via Huy Minh