Photo Credits: Miss Universe
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.
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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.
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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.