Recognizing the Beauty of Almost Everything…


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–


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.

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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 sizzled in her swimsuit?!?

Who fizzled and froze?!?

I am excited to share with you my favorites…

Feel free to share yours!

–Kattera–

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