Miss Universe 2018 – My Fave List


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It’s the most beautiful day in the Universe! And before all the Miss Universe 2018 craziness starts, let me share with you this Herculean task of choosing a Top 20. This year, the continental format that started last year is still in place. Instead of just 16, semifinalist group this year will be composed of 20 delegates – 5 from Asia, Africa & Oceania, 5 from Europe, 5 from Americas and 5 Wildcard. Without so much fanfare, here is my fave list:

Asia/Africa/Oceania

This is such a competitive group with a handful of stand-outs. Leading this group is Philippines (Catriona Gray). She is crushing the competition but both Thailand (Sophida Kanchanarin) and South Africa (Tamaryn Green) are holding on to frontrunner status. Australia (Francesca Hung) is someone who, I think, should not be denied with a semifinalist placement with a solid preliminary performance. Talking about the action last Thursday, Namibia (Selma Kamanya) was a very pleasant surprise. Her face is one of the best in this group.

Americas

Another strong group is the Latina-filled group of Americas. Leading the pack is the fresh-faced Puerto Rico (Kiara Ortega) and closely followed by Venezuela (Sthefany Gutierrez), who was consistent since Day 1. Both were smart enough to just enjoy the competition and stay away from dramas. Two of my personal favorites in this group are Canada (Marta Magdalena Stepien) – one of the best faces in the competition and Curacao (Akisha Albert) – on-point styling & rock solid preliminaries. Lastly, Mexico (Andrea Toscano) deserves a spot with that gorgeous face but her underwhelming preliminaries is something that is bothering me.

Europe

This is the weakest group in my opinion. Great Britain (Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers) is the only well-rounded candidate in this region. Russia (Yulia Polyachikhina) has a gorgeous face and looked expensive inch by inch. However, a little personality is needed for her to stand-out. Iceland (Katrin Lea Elenudottir) & Ireland (Grainne Gallanagh) both had a rock solid preliminaries but was forgettable. Spain’s (Angela Ponce) preliminaries was too weak that her placement might be in jeopardy.

Wildcards

As expected, ladies from Asia and Americas will take all the spots here. I am rooting for Peru (Romina Lozano) and Nicaragua (Adriana Paniagua) to make it into the semifinals with very strong preliminaries while Cambodia (Nat Rern), Nepal (Manita Devkota) and Vietnam (H’Hen Nie) are my bets from Asia.

Top 10

10th: Vietnam

9th: Namibia

8th: Peru

7th: South Africa

6th: Great Britain

Top 5

5th: Canada

4th: Curacao

Top 3

2nd Runner-up: Venezuela

1st Runner-up: Puerto Rico

Miss Universe 2018: Philippines

Best of luck ladies ❤ ❤ ❤

–Kattera–

 

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Miss Universe 2018 – Readers’ Choice Award


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This must be one of the shortest polls we’ve had, but the the same level of enthusiasm from fans remained the same. Readers, here are your top 3 favorites for the Miss Universe 2018 crown!

Philippines (Catriona Gray) – 33.33% of the votes

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Canada (Marta Magdalena Stepien) – 8.33% of the votes

Puerto Rico (Kiara Ortega) – 8.33% of the votes

This is another possible Top 3 since all three ladies performed well during last Thursday’s preliminary competition! Congratulations ladies!

–Kattera–

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Miss Universe 2018 (5th Update): Out and About in Bangkok


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Before the competition gets a notch serious, the Miss Universe 2018 candidates were spotted out and about in Bangkok. Here are some of the photos from their visit to Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn, Chinatown and The Grand Palace. Check out who is killing it in the styling department.

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Armenia (Eliza Muradyan), Georgia (Lara Yan) &
Myanmar (Hnin Thway Yu Aung)

Armenia is giving me all the right feels. That cheekbone is divine!

Panama (Rosa Montezuma), Honduras (Vanessa Villars),
Mexico (Andrea Toscano) & Colombia (Valeria Morales)

Mexico looks like she came out direct from a Mexican Telenovela while Colombia is giving me sexy chill vibe.

Singapore (Zahra Khanum), Malta (Francesca Mifsud),
South Africa (Tamaryn Green) & Vietnam (H’Hen Nie)

I expected more from South Africa given her frontrunner status. Even Vietnam seems lost here. It’s Malta that is saving this from being called a disaster

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China (Meisu Qin), Ireland (Grainne Gallanagh),
Russia (Yulia Polyachikhina) & Canada (Marta Stepien)

Russia is such a stunner. One of my pleasant surprises this year!

Japan (Yuumi Kato), Finland (Alina Voronkova),
Sweden (Emma Strandberg) & Denmark (Helena Heuser)

Japan is someone to watch this year! With a Kagandahang Flores training, she can be a force to reckon with come finale!

Great Britain (Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers), Philippines (Catriona Gray)
& Jamaica (Emily Sara-Claire Maddison)

Love the colors. Philippines will grab your attention but Jamaica & GB stood their ground <— such a good sign!

Who are your favorites so far?

–Kattera–

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Miss Universe 2018 Poll


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Now that the Miss Universe 2018 pageant is underway, let me complete our coverage by opening our staple poll. Friends, let me open our Miss Universe 2018 Poll to determine who is your favorite Miss Universe 2018 candidate.

Here are some reminders for you:

  1. Our poll is an initiative exclusively for this blog and WILL NOT affect (in any way) the official results of the Miss Universe 2018 pageant.
  2. Voting in this poll is FREE and UNLIMITED.

This poll will close on December 15, 2018 (12:00PM Manila Time)

VOTE NOW!

❤ ❤ ❤

–Kattera–

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Miss Universe 2018 (4th Update): The Wuttisak Snail Farm Visit


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A selected number of Miss Universe 2018 candidates kicked off the Miss Universe 2018 activities with a visit to the Wuttisak Snail Farm. The farm breeds snails and uses it as ingredients in some cosmetics products.

Myanmar (Hnin Thway Yu Aung), Laos (On-anong Homsombath),
USA (Sarah Rose Summers), Dominican Republic (Aldy Bernard) 
& Japan (Yuumi Kato)

This activity was a game changer! Several items that I want to highlight here:

  • USA’s biggest strength is her personality! She may not be your first on the face and body departments but her warmth and glow is making up for whatever you think is lacking (which I personally think is baseless).
  • Thailand is shaping up to be one of the best host delegates. I love how she takes care of her MU sisters.

Philippines (Catriona Gray) & Thailand (Sophida Kanchanarin

  • Catriona is proving everyone why she is the “Girl to Beat” in this competition. From her impeccable styling to the faultless camera register, she is slowly crushing the competition. However, leaning back and getting comfortable should never be an option for her as I can name at least 5 ladies who are hot on her heels ready to take over.
  • Japan, who is dressed by an all-Filipino designers, is making waves with her classy approach to the competition.

Look at the ladies in motion here.

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Who is heading your lists now? Share them by leaving a comment below.

–Kattera–

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Miss Universe 2018 (3rd Update): Registration & Fittings


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Today is the official start of Miss Universe 2018! We have seen the arrivals of the official delegates and they were immediately whisked into the registration and fittings. Check out some of the photos here ❤

I am sure that you are all giddy for the start of the biggest beauty pageant of the year!

Photo Credits: HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Japan (Yuumi Kato), Denmark (Helena Heuser),
British Virgin Islands (Ayana Phillips), Dominican Republic (Aldy Bernard)
& Mexico (Andrea Toscano)

Vietnam (H’Hen Nie), Thailand (Sophida Kanchanarin),
El Salvador (Marisela De Montecristo) & Curacao (Akisha Albert)

Russia (Yulia Polyachikhina), Kazakhstan (Sabina Azimbayeva)
& Great Britain (Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers)

South Africa (Tamaryn Green), Egypt (Nariman Khaled)
& Kenya (Wabaiya Kariuki) 

Russia, Mexico & Finland (Alina Voronkova)

You may refer HERE for my pre-arrival favorites who already made a good impression prior to landing in Bangkok. However, I am pleasantly surprised with Puerto Rico, Guam, El Salvador & Canada upon arriving in Thailand. Keeping an eye on these ladies!

–Kattera–

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Miss Universe 2018 (2nd Update): The Crossover Beauties


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Miss Universe 2018 is already underway. You have met our official candidates yesterday. In the next few days, I will try to dig deeper into these ladies to help us get to know them better.

Today, let me start with some of the crossover beauties. These are few of the ladies who participated in other international beauty pageants and are expected to use their experiences as an advantage. Meet some of the ladies who are expected to sway and glide on stage with much more familiarity and confidence because of their .

  • Let us start with the titleholders! More is expected from Costa Rica (Natalia Carvajal) for winning the Miss Eco International 2016 title. The experience of being on an international stage competing against delegates from other countries will surely come in handy for Natalia in Bangkok. Two more titleholders this year with El Salvador (Marisela de Montecristo) who won the reality television beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Latina 2013 and Nicaragua (Adriana Paniagua) who won the Miss Teen International 2011 title.

Photo Credits: Angelopedia

Natalia Carvajal in the Miss Eco International 2017 poster

  • We also have a handful of runner-up placements in this year’s roster of delegates. Though unsuccessful, their experiences should not be ignored as these placements are achievements on its own. Let us start with Philippines (Catriona Gray) who finished in the Top 5 of Miss World 2016. Akisha Albert of Curacao had an amazing performance at Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 and was an awarded with a 1st runner-up placement. A 3rd runner-up placement was also a huge achievement for Ornella Gunesekere who represented Sri Lanka in Miss Supranational 2016. This list also includes Brazil (Mayra Dias) who placed 2nd Runner-Up in Reina Hispanoamericana 2016 and Bolivia (Joyce Prado) & Paraguay (Belen Alderete) who are fresh from their 3rd Runner-up & 2nd Runner-up successes in Reina Hispanoamericana 2018.

Photo Credits: Missosology

Fans of Catriona will never forget this heart-breaking photo at the conclusion of
Miss World 2016

  • Some of this year’s front runners also participated in other international beauty pageants. We have Ecuador‘s Virginia Limongi who participated in both Miss World 2014 and Top Model of the World 2016 but failed to place in both. Marta Magdalena Stepien of Canada participated in Miss International 2017 but failed to advance.

Miss Universe was once called by Billy Bush as the “Superbowl of Beauty”; thus, it requires so much from a candidate. Though a prior experience is not a guarantee for a placement, it will surely come in handy on a competitive pageant like this.

–Kattera–

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