Recognizing the Beauty of Almost Everything…


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–


Miss Universe 2002, Justine Pasek

Photo Credits: Miss Universe

It was May 29, 2002 when the very first representative of Russia won their very first Miss Universe title. Oxana Fedorova walked away with the title at the end of that historic night and ended up as one of the most beautiful Miss Universe ever. She is, for a fact, my most beautiful Miss Universe queen of all time.

We all know her “dethronement/resignation” four months after her reign. Now, as the most prestigious beauty pageant is in Russia for the first time, I am very excited to see if Oxana will show-up during the finale and if her name will be mentioned by Miss Universe Organization. What do you think?!?

–Kattera–


After I presented the portrait photos of Miss Universe 2013 candidates, I immediately move on to the sizzling swimsuit photos of these delegates. The venue for this year’s swimsuit shoot was the hotel lobby of the Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre as the temperature of Russia is really not friendly for an outdoor shoot.

The results of the photo shoot was consistent with Moscow’s cold environment as I was underwhelmed with the pictures. The girls were not just exciting enough! I was trying to find someone who will make me “gaga” as I was going through all photos but sadly I was disappointed. I can vividly remember the swimsuit shoot of Miss Universe 2012 which made my heart skipped a beat after seeing the well-sculpted body of South Africa (Melinda Bam) and the pleasant surprise performance of Brazil (Gabriela Markus). It is not all negative news though as I saw a handful of delegates who elevated themselves with their performance in the swimsuit shoot. Let me share with you the photos and will reveal my favorites from this shoot on a later post.

Click THIS to VOTE for your favorite Miss Universe 2012 candidate!

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 sizzled in her swimsuit?!?

Who fizzled and froze?!?

I am excited to share with you my favorites…

Feel free to share yours!

–Kattera–


They’re here! The official portrait photo of Miss Universe 2013 candidates are now available for all of us to see. For those who are not familiar, a portrait photo is really close to what others may call as the “beauty shot”. The focus of the photo is the face and beauty appeal of the subject. This is a photo that you might want to put as the centerpiece of your own bedroom or, if too gutsy, your living room! A portrait photo that your visitors will stare at and be mesmerized about!

Of course I am sharing the portrait photos of Miss Universe 2013 candidates below. What I want you to take notice of are the following: beauty of face, make-up, expression, angle, the emotions reflected on the candidate’s eyes, aura and confidence. You will be surprised that some girls whom you expect to ace this part is bombing-out big time! I will rather reserve my comments when I post articles on my 10 favorite portrait shots and 10 worst portrait photos. Enjoy!!!

Click THIS to VOTE for your favorite Miss Universe 2013 candidate!

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)

Are you impressed with the performance of your favorites?!?

What do you think?!?

Feel free to share your thoughts…

–Kattera–


I was away over the weekend and was unable to update the blog real time because I went home to vote :D Glad that our relatives who ran won their posts! As I start catching up on the activities of Miss Universe 2013, let me give you a quick feedback on our poll!

Myanmar is owning this poll. Thanks to the warm support from her countrymen, Moe Set Wine is leading the pack with a very wide margin. Based on my experience with polls though, the competition isn’t over until the moment I close the poll. Philippine‘s Ara Arida comes in second with a diminishing percentage. If the fans of Shi Lim, who is representing Singapore, will double their efforts, they might just steal the runner-up placement from Arida. We have a new entry into the top tier with Indonesia‘s Whulandary Herman sharing the 5th spot with Marilyn Ramos of South Africa. Locked on the 4th place is Jakelyne Oliveira of Brazil. Check-out the latest update below:

Click THIS to VOTE for your favorite Miss Universe 2013 candidate!

Myanmar (Moe Set Wine) – 74.94%

MU13PPMyanmar

Photo Credits: Miss Universe Organization

Philippines (Ara Arida) – 16.34%

Singapore (Shi Lim) – 2.72%

Brazil (Jakelyne Oliveira) – 1.17%

Indonesia (Whulandary Herman) – 0.60%

South Africa (Marilyn Ramos) – 0.60%

Continue voting for your favorite candidate!

–Kattera–


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Photo Credits: Tito, Vic & Joey Fan Page

No, this is not Megan Young! You are forgiven if you thought at first that she is our Miss World 2013. Friends, this is a Paolo Ballesteros! He is one of the hosts of Eat Bulaga – the longest running noontime show in the country which airs over GMA 7. I really think that he did good in copying Megan during her historic win! The make-up is really spot-on! He should really consider a career as a make-up artist… Good job Paolo!

And yes, I’m back and will write more tonight…

–Kattera–

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Photo Credits: Miss Universe

–Kattera–

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