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Miss Universe 2018: Battle Among The Frontrunners

Catriona Gray Miss Universe Philippines 2018

ONLY A FEW months more to go before the 67th edition of Miss Universe pageant, and we can hear the pageant fans’ hearts beating faster as days pass by. Die hard pageant fans across the globe are now betting on their most favorite contestants to win the crown. So let’s compare notes.

For this post, let’s take a look at the possible frontrunners, and the contestants from the queens-producing countries. First, the queens with the sash factors. Those whose sashes are synonymous to victory, if not the contenders to beat, their performance these past few years being considered.

USA. First in our list is USA that remains number one in the Miss Universe ranking having the most wins, with Olivia Culpo as its most recent Miss Universe, crowned in 2012. USA has been a constant finalists the past years after Culpo’s victory. This year, USA will be represented by Sarah Rose Summers of Nebraska, loved by many for being a good conversationalist. Aside from the sash, Summers is definitely a strong contender for the crown with that as an advantage.

Sarah Rose Summers, Miss USA 2018

Sarah Rose Summers, Miss USA 2018

Sarah Rose Summers in Long Gown

Sarah Rose Summers in long gown during the Miss USA competition in May 2018.

VENEZUELA. Covered with controversy for the alleged “pimping out” its previous contestants, which has become one of the hottest issues in Venezuela in the recent months amidst its ailing economy, Venezuela will never be ignored when we talk about Miss Universe, or beauty pageant in general. The strong fourth runner-up finish of Keysi Sayago last year is a testament that Venezuelan beauty deserves a top spot in the competition where they remain in the second top rank with seven crowns since 1952. This year, Venezuela is up to its game once more with Sthefany Gutiérrez. Looking quite different from its former queens, Sthefany provides the contest a different Venezuelan flavor this time, and it seems working on their favor.

Sthefany Gutiérrez Miss Venezuela Universe 2018

Sthefany Gutiérrez, Miss Venezuela Universe 2018

Sthefany Gutiérrez Venezuela

Sthefany Gutiérrez, Venezuela

PHILIPPINES. Pia Wurtzbach might have catapulted the sash of the Philippines up there but there’s a lot of Filipina beauties before and after her that made ‘Philippines’ a contestant to beat. Then here comes Catriona Gray for this year’s competition, composed, with a very queenly aura, beauty and the brains ready to own another crown for the Philippines. Since her unsuccessful bid to win Miss World in 2016, the Filipino people campaigned for Catriona to try it at Binibining Pilipinas to which she listened, and eventually won the privilege to represent the Philippines at the Miss Universe 2018 contest. Since the night she won till her recent interviews, Catriona is not just a beauty, she is oozing with brilliance, sincerity, charm, and intelligence — some of the attributes a Miss Universe queen should have.

Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray

Catriona Gray, Miss Universe Philippines 2018

Catriona Gray Philippines

Catriona Gray, Philippines

For this writer, it’s gonna be a head-to-head between Catriona and Sarah should they both make it to the Top 5.

That’s of course not to discount the possible contestants from sash factor-countries, among them, the ever-strong Colombia.

COLOMBIA is part of our A-list after almost winning the crown for several times these past few years. Last year, we almost crown Laura González, as she gave the reigning Miss Universe, South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters a good fight in the final round. That is following the 2016 edition wherein Andrea Tovar placed second-runner up to France’s Iris Mittenaere. Who would forget the dramatic edition of the Miss Universe pageant in 2015? It was when Steve Harvey announced Colombia’s Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner only to be corrected a few seconds later to crown the eventual winner, Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines. Three years since then, and after two almost successful attempts to win the crown, we believe Colombia is back with a vengeance this 2018. That is gonna be a scene to behold as it is also a known fact that Colombia produced one of the most beautiful Miss Universe queens ever — Paulina Vega, Miss Universe 2014. As of this posting though, the new Colombian queen is yet to be crowned, pending the national finals set in November 2018 but looking at the possible candidates, we can only get excited.

SOUTH AFRICA. FRANCE. In a snap of a finger, South Africa may just become the country to beat. Following the success of Demi Leigh, the country seems pretty strong this year with black beauty Tamaryn Green as its new queen. Will she give South Africa a back-to-back win?

Tamaryn Green Miss South Africa Universe 2018

Tamaryn Green, Miss South Africa Universe 2018

Meanwhile, France already crowned their queen but she seems not too strong as their previous winners. We shall take a look at her progress in the months to come. When it comes to sash factor, France has long been placing in the Miss Universe pageant even before Iris’ win in 2016. There were Flora Coquerel (2015), and Camille Cerf (2014) making it to the finals.

JAMAICA. THAILAND. AUSTRALIA. While the four countries above are the sashes to look forward to, there are a few more countries whose beauty queens are overly competitive they almost snatched the crowns from the eventual winners: Jamaica, Thailand, and Australia. In the past years alone, do you remember Jamaican beauties Davina Bennett who was predicted to win last year? How about Kaci Fennell in 2014? For Thailand, it was almost a win for Maria Poonlertlarp last year if she managed to pass the Q & A portion, then there was Chalita Suansane in 2016. We also had Australian queens who made it to the finals: Monika Radulovic (2015), and Tegan Martin (2014). Jamaica, Australia, and Thailand however are yet to crown their new queens later this June so let us await for their bets.

THE LATINAS. Are we forgetting the other Latin countries? We shouldn’t especially now that Brazil seems to have produced another queen in Mayra Dias.

Also, while this post is about sash factors, there’s one lady that caught our attention despite the fact that her country failed to grab a crown in the past decades: Peru’s Romina Lozano. Basing on her performance during Miss Peru’s pageant, Lozano is on to the fight of her life come the Miss Universe pageant, and boy, she’s got a lot of potentials to win.

Miss Peru Universe 2018 Romina Lozano

Romina Lozano, Miss Peru Universe 2018

From the list of countries with the most Miss Universe wins however, we’re wondering what happened to Sweden. The country is currently at rank 3 (tie with the Philippines) with the most Miss Universe crowns, however, it failed to make it to the cut in the past 33 years. Yvonne Ryding won the last crown for Sweden in 1984, Sweden’s last Top 15 placement was in 2011. Will it make a comeback this year?

How about you, who are your top best for Miss Universe 2018?

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  1. Pingback: Trans woman Angela Ponce crowned Miss Universe Spain 2018 | Ely's Planet

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