Recognizing the Beauty of Almost Everything…


Two of my closest friends – Pong and Tdex – were here at my place last night. Tdex will be away for a week, leaving us on his birthday :( Since there is really nothing much to do here, I asked them to help me in creating my list of favorites for the official photos of the Miss Universe 2013 candidates. I posted my favorite glam shots yesterday. I also went on to complete my list of favorite swimsuit photos. Tdex helped me with the evening gown photos and I assigned Pong to choose her favorite Portrait Photos.

I specifically requested for her to cover the portrait photos because she has valuable inputs on make-up and beauty. I listen to her opinions and I believe that she will be a very good make-up/beauty products blogger and reviewer if only she will write more often! Please do me a favor and visit Pong’s Blog! I am sure that you will learn more about beauty products :) Every time we talk about beauty queens, Pong is consistent in saying that I should go for those who look young because they always win and always avoid those matronly and looks more mature than her age. I am pretty sure that in this list, she chose those who are uber beautiful and fresh-faced candidates. This is, at the end of the day, serves as their beauty shots as well.

Pongee

Introducing… Pong!

So here are our favorite portrait shots. Actually, all of the choices were hers and I just had one or two inputs (Hahahaha!) But I ended up loving her choices as well… The one-liner for each candidate is also from Pong – no filters, all original :D

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Click THIS to VIEW all Portrait Photos of the candidates :)

 Photo Credits: Miss Universe

10th Place: Bahamas (Lexi Wilson)

“You had me with your lipstick!” – Pong

9th Place: Nigeria (Stephanie Okwu)

“Emotions… Story… Drama…” – Pong

8th Place: Dominican Republic (Yaritza Reyes)

“Fresh-faced beauty” – Pong

7th Place: Switzerland (Dominique Rinderknecht)

“Edgy but sweet” – Pong

6th Place: Great Britain (Amy Willerton)

“That is a Beauty Pageant Face” – Pong

5th Place: Kazakhstan (Aygerim Kozhakanova)

“So Carla Bruni… Love her…” – Pong

4th Place: Argentina (Brenda Gonzalez)

“The Classic South American look, hair included” – Pong

3rd Place: India (Manasi Moghe)

“And the Best Angle goes to….” – Pong

2nd Place: Poland (Paulina Krupinska)

“Really pretty” – Pong

1st Place: Israel (Titi Yitayish Ayenew)

“A model from her bun to fingertips… nape included!” – Pong

See?!? I really knew that Pong will ace this…

What do you think?

Feel free to comment for your choices!

–Kattera–


Miss Universe 2013 will be crowned in a week. Before I started counting the last remaining days, I remembered Miss Universe 2012 and wondered on which country will achieve a back-to-back placement by placing as a semifinalist this year. Here are the 16 countries that placed in last year’s edition:

AustraliaBrazil, Croatia, France,
Hungary, India, Kosovo, Mexico
Peru, 
Philippines, Poland, Russia
South Africa, Turkey, USA & 
Venezuela

As what I shared with you before, Kosovo is not competing this year which leaves us with 15 countries with a quest for a back-to-back placement. Of the 15, the pressure is greatest with Australia which placed year after year for the past 5 Miss Universe editions. Earlier, I thought of putting the photos of the 2012 and 2013 candidates of these countries side by side and identify the possibility of a back-to-back placement.

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Notes:

* Pictures on the left are the 2012 candidates and to your right are the 2013 candidates….

* I am talking about the possibility of placing as a semifinalist. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the 2013 candidate will reach the same placement as the 2012 candidate…

* Credits to Miss Universe for the photos used in the collage.

RP01

 

USA (Olivia Culpo & Erin Brady)

Olivia is slightly ahead than Erin. What I don’t like on Erin is that she looks a bit mature on her candids. Olivia might have been matronly during last year’s finale but her face was unquestionably, one of the best last year. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: 50/50

Philippines (Janine Tugonon & Ara Arida)

I am not really the biggest fan of both Filipinas but I will choose Ara over Janine in any day! Janine is just pretty plain to me while Ara can be saved by styling. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: More YES!

Venezuela (Irene Esser & Gabriela Isler)

I favor the softer features of Irene than Gabriela’s. However, I can’t deny the preparedness of Gabriela and her wearing the strongest sash in the world. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: YES!

RP02

 

Australia (Renae Ayris & Olivia Wells)

Same as Venezuela and USA, I prefer the 2012 candidate over this year’s. She has a very average beauty and top this, I am missing the spark and queenly glow that I saw in Renae. The sash though is very strong so I will not discount her as early as now. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: 50/50

Brazil (Gabriela Markus & Jakelyne Oliveira)

I stood out with Gabriela until the end of the 2012 pageant. Unfortunately, I will not be able to do the same this year. Jakelyne just lacks that special spark that I am looking for a delegate. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: More NO!

France (Marie Payet & Hinarani de Longeaux)

Marie was my ultimate bet last year. Hinarani was part of my first few favorites pre-arrival but all of that was lost the moment she stepped in Russia. She is boring me. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: More NO!

RP03

 

Hungary (Agnes Konkoly & Rebeka Karpati)

Agnes was a pleasant surprise for me during last year’s finale. This year, no one can deny the fact that Rebeka is one of the strongest candidate of the European delegation. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: More YES!

Mexico (Karina Gonzalez & Cynthia Duque)

I didn’t get the Top 10 finish of Karina despite her disastrous swimsuit catwalk. I am no fan of Cynthia either as I don’t like her beauty. A lot of Latinas are way ahead of her in the beauty department. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: NO!

Russia (Elizabeth Golovanova & Elmira Abdrazakova)

I prefer Elizabeth and Elmira but the fact is that Elmira is the host candidate and that changes everything! Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: YES!

RP04

South Africa (Melinda Bam & Marilyn Ramos)

Melinda was highly expected to place in the top 5 of last year’s Miss Universe but failed to do so after her unimpressive evening gown performance. Marilyn is not enjoying the same popularity especially after she was ignored in Miss World. I can see the effort with her impressive photos but I doubt if it is enough. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: More NO!

Croatia (Elizabeta Burg & Melita Fabecic)

These two are very reliable with official photos. Elizabeta proved to be such a snoozefest while moving on stage. I hope that I will not be saying the same thing with Melita. I will be looking closely at her on the finale. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: More YES!

India (Shilpa Singh & Manasi Moghe)

It is definitely an upgrade for India this year but still, Manasi is lost somewhere. I can’t see the spark that I usually see on Indian queens. Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: More NO!

RP05

 

Peru (Nicole Faveron & Cindy Mejia)

Nicole’s height was her only weapon and it was not enough for her to be considered as a finalist. Cindy is pretty ok which in Miss Universe dictionary means common. Nothing is really special here! Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: NO!

Poland (Marcelina Zawadzka & Paulina Krupinska)

It is a major upgrade for Poland this year. Marcelina was sexy and was oozing with sex appeal. Paulina is simply beautiful! Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: YES!

Turkey (Cagil Ozge Ozkul & Berrin Keklikler)

I am not impressed with the Turkish delegate this year as I can’t feel her presence in Russia. Cagil was one of my alternatives last year and it was a pleasure seeing her as a semifinalist. I am not feeling the same for this year though… Prospect of a Back-to-Back Placement: NO!

I am not impressed with the over-all quality of delegates this year but the playing field remains very competitive and as of today, it is still any one’s ball game. 

–Kattera–


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sharing with you the official glam shots of Miss Universe 2013 candidates. Clad in their official swimwear, the candidates posed in front of the meticulous eyes of Fadil Berisha and channeled their very own version of Sexy Snow Queens

Of all 86 glam shots, I was able to narrow them down into my top 10 favorite photos. Arriving into 10 photos was not an easy task. I started with 24, then trimmed them into 18 and got stuck with 12. I had to review and go through all twelve for about four times before I made the difficult decision to cut two… In choosing for my favorites, I was looking for glamour, emotions and sex appeal! These photos won me over because of the perfect blend of these three. Here are my favorite photos:

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Photo Credits: Miss Universe

10th Place: Ethiopia (Maheder Tigabe)

Maheder is undoubtedly beautiful and the cascading hair teases the fans of her innate sexiness. However, it is her powerful stare that shines here. The glaring blend of a cool and relaxed pose with the strong facial expression won me over.

9th Place: Indonesia (Whulandary Herman)

Whulandary delivered… I had high hopes for her glam shot and she did not disappoint. Her eyes are doing all the talking and the angle of her body is perfectly framing her face to help elicit more emotion :)

8th Place: Great Britain (Amy Willerton)

This could pass as a photo ripped off from a Sports Illustrated magazine. If this is the quality of her swimsuit photo, I am pretty sure that she will be on  top of my swimsuit photo choices.

7th Place: Australia (Olivia Wells)

My heart skipped a beat after seeing the glam shot of Olivia. With full confidence, Olivia bares it all with a straight-to-the-camera shot telling us that there is no need to consider angles for better photo. She is beautiful up-front!

6th Place: Netherlands (Stephanie Tency)

The level of sexiness of this glam shot is over the charts. Stephanie was successful in bringing out her sex appeal without baring much skin. Instead, she relied on her gorgeous face… That pout is definitely working….

5th Place: South Africa (Marilyn Ramos)

Oh la la… Marilyn could pass up as one of the Bond Girls with her crazy out-of-this-world body clad in a provocative bikini and matched with a sweet arresting face. The facial expression is just perfect!

4th Place: Philippines (Ara Arida)

I am very happy with what Ara produced. I even think that this is better compare to the glam shot of last year’s candidate. This stirred some emotions in me. The pout, the messy hair and the constricted posture are working!

3rd Place: Ukraine (Olga Storozhenko)

Oh, Dear! Olga delivered big time with this show-stopping photo. Her hard-to-miss face is shown in its full glory and sharing the spotlight is her divine body. The expression on her face matched with that lips that I envy, Olga is telling us why she is one of the strongest competitor this year. Good job!

2nd Place: Croatia (Melita Fabecic)

Geez, I can’t do this. I am now giving up with my dream to be in an editorial campaign (Hahahaha!) Melita hits a home run with this one. What I really like about the photo is that it is a very strong photo but the strength is not from her divine body nor her gorgeous face but emanates from her eyes and the deepest part of her soul. Good job!

1st Place: Poland (Paulina Krupinska)

I am in love… Paulina realized that she only needed to flash that winning smile perfectly framed by her gorgeous gorgeous face for her to win me over. The sexiness is subtle and the emotion is real. She is beautiful, sexy, smart and funny – all that in just one photo!

There you go… What do you think of my choices?!?

You can share your own top 10 favorites my leaving a comment below :)

–Kattera–


I will be providing an update on our poll to start our day. As we start counting the last week of Miss Universe 2013, here is a quick look on our voting results. Myanmar’s bet – Moe Set Wine – still leads the list and thanks to the support of her countrymen, she even increased her hold comparing it to our last update. Another gainer is Shi Lim from Singapore who still holds the third spot. Despite the decrease of the percentage of their votes, Ara Arida of the Philippines and Jakelyne Oliveira of Brazil are still in the 2nd and 4th spot of the list. Taking the 5th position is Marilyn Ramos  of South Africa who just narrowly edged out her closest competitor for the spot.

Here are the results as of today! Please be reminded that you can continue voting for your favorite Miss Universe 2013 candidate until the deadline which is on November 7 at 11PM (Philippine Time). Voting is FREE and is UNLIMITED!

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Myanmar (Moe Set Wine) – 75.55%

Photo Credits: Miss Universe

Philippines (Ara Arida) – 15.33%

Singapore (Shi Lim) – 3.47%

Brazil (Jakelyne Oliveira) – 1.08%

South Africa (Marilyn Ramos) – 0.55%

What are you waiting for?!?

Hit the voting button NOW!

–Kattera–


The much awaited Glam Shots of Miss Universe 2013 candidates are HERE! Of the four official photos (Swimsuit, Portrait, Evening Gown and Glam Shots) released every Miss Universe edition, I am always excited to see the glam shots. These photos differentiates the “talkers” and the “doers”. The former are those talked-about candidates with “fierce” pre-arrival photos but end up lousy and boring while the latter are the silent type of candidate with no hypes and all but end up claiming the spotlight the moment that the Miss Universe camera starts clicking.

Of course, much of the success of the Miss Universe glam shot should be credited the amazing quality of work and input by the official photographer of these glam shots – Fadil Berisha. One should also acknowledge the input of the creative team of Miss Universe Organization for making sure that the guiding theme of the shoot is relevant and of high standard. We saw the candidates of Miss Universe 2011 posing in the Samba-themed glam shots and a Dreamy Lingerie theme for the candidates of Miss Universe 2012.

Miss Universe 2011 (Leila Lopes) in her Glam Shot
Photo Credits: Miss Universe

Miss Universe 2012 (Olivia Culpo) in her Glam Shot
Photo Credits: Miss Universe

For this year, it seems that the theme is Sexy Snow Queens as the candidates are captured in their sizzling sexy swimsuit putting the icy cold Moscow on fire :D

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Photo Credits: Miss Universe Organization

Angola (Vaumara Rebelo)

Argentina (Brenda Gonzalez)

Aruba (Stefanie Guillen)

Australia (Olivia Wells)

Austria (Doris Hofmann)

Azerbaijan (Aysel Manafova)

Bahamas (Lexi Wilson)

Belgium (Noemie Happart)

Bolivia (Alexia Viruez)

Botswana (Tsaone Macheng)

Brazil (Jakelyne Oliveira)

British Virgin Islands (Sharie De Castro)

Bulgaria (Veneta Krasteva)

Canada (Riza Santos)

Chile (Maria Jesus Matthei)

China (Ye Jin)

Colombia (Lucia Aldana)

Costa Rica (Fabiana Granados)

Croatia (Melita Fabecic)

Curacao (Eline de Pool)

Czech Republic (Gabriela Kratochvilova)

Denmark (Cecilia Iftikhar)

Dominican Republic (Yaritza Reyes)

Ecuador (Constanza Baez)

El Salvador (Alba Delgado)

Estonia (Kristina Karjalainen)

Ethiopia (Maheder Tigabe)

Finland (Lotta Hintsa)

France (Hinarani de Longeaux)

Gabon (Jennifer Ondo)

Germany (Anne Julia Hagen)

Ghana (Hanniel Jamin)

Great Britain (Amy Willerton)

Greece (Anastasia Sidiropoulou)

Guam (Alixes Scott)

Guatemala (Paulette Samayoa)

Guyana (Katherina Roshana Khan)

Haiti (Mondiana Pierre)

Honduras (Diana Schoutsen)

Hungary (Rebeka Karpati)

India (Manasi Moghe)

Indonesia (Whulandary Herman)

Israel (Titi Yitayish Ayenew)

Italy (Luna Voce)

Jamaica (Kerrie Baylis)

Japan (Yukimi Matsuo)

Kazakhstan (Aygerim Kozhakanova)

Korea (Yumi Kim)

Lebanon (Karen Ghrawi)

Lithuania (Simona Burbaite)

Malaysia (Carey Ng)

Mauritius (Diya Beeltah)

Mexico (Cynthia Duque)

Myanmar (Moe Set Wine)

Namibia (Paulina Malulu)

Netherlands (Stephanie Tency)

New Zealand (Holly Cassidy)

Nicaragua (Nastassja Bolivar)

Nigeria (Stephanie Okwu)

Norway (Mari Ekelof)

Panama (Carolina Brid)

Paraguay (Guadalupe Talavera)

Peru (Cindy Mejia Santa Maria)

Philippines (Ariella Arida)

Poland (Paulina Krupinska)

Puerto Rico (Monic Perez)

Romania (Roxana Andrei)

Russia (Elmira Abdrazakova)

Serbia (Ana Vrcelj)

Singapore (Shi Lim)

Slovak Republic (Jeanette Borhyova)

Slovenia (Nina Durdevic)

South Africa (Marilyn Ramos)

Spain (Patricia Rodriguez)

Sri Lanka (Amanda Ratnayake)

Sweden (Alexandra Friberg)

Switzerland (Dominique Rinderknecht)

Tanzania (Betty Boniface Omara)

Thailand (Chalita Yaemwannang)

Trinidad & Tobago (Catherine Miller)

Turkey (Berrin Keklikler)

Turks & Caicos (Snwazna Adams)

Ukraine (Olga Storozhenko)

USA (Erin Brady)

Venezuela (Maria Gabriela Isler)

Vietnam (Truong Thi May)

Who made your world warmer with her glam shot?!?

I’ll reveal my favorites soon…

–Kattera–


In my last two posts about Miss Universe 2013, I shared with you the official portrait photos and swimsuit photos of the candidates. Today, we will witness the candidates as they epitomize elegance and sophistication in their Evening Gown photos.

In looking at evening gown photos like what you will be seeing below, one should consider the littlest of every details such as the finger and back curve with poses, the pursing of the lips and the squinting of the eyes with the facial expression and the hairstyle and make-up suited for the dress. Of course, the design of the dress should be included in the equation along with the fit and color. Over-all, one should look for the class and persona that the evening gown brings out in each candidate. Here are the photos for our enjoyment:

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Photo Credits: Miss Universe Organization

Angola (Vaumara Rebelo)

Argentina (Brenda Gonzalez)

Aruba (Stefanie Guillen)

Australia (Olivia Wells)

Austria (Doris Hofmann)

Azerbaijan (Aysel Manafova)

Bahamas (Lexi Wilson)

Belgium (Noemie Happart)

Bolivia (Alexia Viruez)

Botswana (Tsaone Macheng)

Brazil (Jakelyne Oliveira)

British Virgin Islands (Sharie De Castro)

Bulgaria (Veneta Krasteva)

Canada (Riza Santos)

Chile (Maria Jesus Matthei)

China (Ye Jin)

Colombia (Lucia Aldana)

Costa Rica (Fabiana Granados)

Croatia (Melita Fabecic)

Curacao (Eline de Pool)

Czech Republic (Gabriela Kratochvilova)

Denmark (Cecilia Iftikhar)

Dominican Republic (Yaritza Reyes)

Ecuador (Constanza Baez)

El Salvador (Alba Delgado)

Estonia (Kristina Karjalainen)

Ethiopia (Maheder Tigabe)

Finland (Lotta Hintsa)

France (Hinarani de Longeaux)

Gabon (Jennifer Ondo)

Germany (Anne Julia Hagen)

Ghana (Hanniel Jamin)

Great Britain (Amy Willerton)

Greece (Anastasia Sidiropoulou)

Guam (Alixes Scott)

Guatemala (Paulette Samayoa)

Guyana (Katherina Roshana Khan)

Haiti (Mondiana Pierre)

Honduras (Diana Schoutsen)

Hungary (Rebeka Karpati)

India (Manasi Moghe)

Indonesia (Whulandary Herman)

Israel (Titi Yitayish Ayenew)

Italy (Luna Voce)

Jamaica (Kerrie Baylis)

Japan (Yukimi Matsuo)

Kazakhstan (Aygerim Kozhakanova)

Korea (Yumi Kim)

Lebanon (Karen Ghrawi)

Lithuania (Simona Burbaite)

Malaysia (Carey Ng)

Mauritius (Diya Beeltah)

Mexico (Cynthia Duque)

Myanmar (Moe Set Wine)

Namibia (Paulina Malulu)

Netherlands (Stephanie Tency)

New Zealand (Holly Cassidy)

Nicaragua (Nastassja Bolivar)

Nigeria (Stephanie Okwu)

Norway (Mari Ekelof)

Panama (Carolina Brid)

Paraguay (Guadalupe Talavera)

Peru (Cindy Mejia Santa Maria)

Philippines (Ariella Arida)

Poland (Paulina Krupinska)

Puerto Rico (Monic Perez)

Romania (Roxana Andrei)

Russia (Elmira Abdrazakova)

Serbia (Ana Vrcelj)

Singapore (Shi Lim)

Slovak Republic (Jeanette Borhyova)

Slovenia (Nina Durdevic)

South Africa (Marilyn Ramos)

Spain (Patricia Rodriguez)

Sri Lanka (Amanda Ratnayake)

Sweden (Alexandra Friberg)

Switzerland (Dominique Rinderknecht)

Tanzania (Betty Boniface Omara)

Thailand (Chalita Yaemwannang)

Trinidad & Tobago (Catherine Miller)

Turkey (Berrin Keklikler)

Turks & Caicos (Snwazna Adams)

Ukraine (Olga Storozhenko)

USA (Erin Brady)

Venezuela (Maria Gabriela Isler)

Vietnam (Truong Thi May)

There you go…

Who won you over with her elegance and grace?

Find out later on who are my favorites among these 86 candidates…

-Kattera–


Hello there, Mister November! We all have our reasons why we are excited for this month – others are probably partying with all the Halloween celebrations in town while others are counting the days until Thanksgiving! I am so excited though to welcome this month because we are about to witness the coronation of Miss Universe 2013 on the 9th and the official start of Miss Earth 2013 on the 17th.

It seems to me that November will still be a golden and beautiful month for all of beauty pageant fans! So just regularly visit this site for more deets about these pageants!

–Kattera–

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