|Subject: MY TOP 15 ALL-TIME FAVORITE MISS UNIVERSE DELEGATES FROM 1965-2012|
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Date Posted: 17:44:32 11/04/13 Mon
Since it is Miss Universe season, please allow me to post my top favorite candidates from 1965 up to 2012:
15. Janine Togonon (Philippines, 2012). What I liked about Janine was how she transformed during the competition in Las Vegas. I was never a fan of her to begin with even during her heyday at the Binibining Pilipinas in 2011. I got distracted by the wide distance between her two eyes. They almost looked a bit Brandy-ish to me that I would sometimes wonder if the left eye knew her right eye even existed. LOL! (joke only) . During her Binibini stint, a lot of bashers made countless comments about her “paniki” look and that she belonged to the “Patani” group of beauties; however, Janine mesmerized us with her unforgettable performance at the Miss Universe Christmas edition in Las Vegas. The way she executed that blue evening gown was totally stunning even if the dress had a never-ending run of electric pleats. She made a striking pose that became her own mark in the pageant. If there was anything to be changed, then I would have loved her to sport a chignon bun during the evening gown competition instead of a ponytail because in my opinion, only Filipino women could execute a chignon bun very well like royalty.
14. Gona Dragusha (Kosovo, 2009). Her evening gown number transformed her into this modern Audrey Hepburn replica. She was very beautiful that night. Unfortunately, she didn’t quite nail the question when Dean Cain asked her, “Pop Superstar Justin Timberlake once said: ‘The worst thing about being famous is the invasion of your privacy.’ What is it about fame that makes many people, including you, want to be famous?” I am not quite certain, however, if the interpreter fully translated the entire gist of the question to her, or not; or, if Gona was just too nervous to compose her answer that she didn’t fully understand the scope of Dean’s question. At any rate, Gona graced us with her ethereal beauty in that Bahamas edition of Miss Universe.
13. Flaviana Matata (Tanzania, 2007). Flaviana would have to be my Telly Savalas of “Kojak” fame in Miss Universe all these years. She was the first beauty pageant candidate who sported a bald look. I loved this African woman because her beauty was authentic and unscathed. If only she were provided with good styling in her wardrobe and proper training, then she could have been an easy frontrunner in that Miss Universe edition in Mexico City.
12. Angela Visser (Holland, 1989). Angela’s very likeable personality was her plus factor at the Miss Universe edition in Cancun, Mexico that year. She also spoke five languages which made her popular amongst her fellow candidates in the competition. Before Oxana Fedorova came into the limelight in 2002, Angela dominated the ranking as the “Most Beautiful Miss Universe” and I certainly concurred with the ranking. In the year where European beauties dominated half of the 10 semifinalists, Angela breezed through each category of the pageant with very high scores. Apparently, a hard-to-please Mexican audience was very contented with having her as the winner that year.
11. Denise Quiñones (Puerto Rico, 2001). I like Denise’s beaming smiles. Her striking pose before she flashed her smile during the evening gown competition was very unforgettable. To me, she is the most beautiful Miss Universe among the five winners from Puerto Rico so far. On the other hand, I would've wanted her to be the First Runner-Up to Evelina but oh, well . . .
10. Miyako Miyazaki (Japan, 2003). I have one word to describe her: “SUFLADA!” She was really a diva on stage. Her catwalk was superb that even with just literally a bra and a skirt for an evening gown, she made the whole ensemble look very seasoned and cosmopolitan. Among all the modern Miss Japan delegates in these past ten years, I would place Miyako to be my top favorite among all of them.
9. Alicia Machado (Venezuela, 1996). Alicia might have been the most controversial Miss Universe winner especially during and after her reign but let’s face it, she was magnanimously beautiful during pageant night. You could totally see how she enjoyed each segment of the pageant in contrast to Ali Landry of the USA who was as equally beautiful and stunning as Alicia but became nervous and tentative all throughout the final night. During the preliminaries, Ali led the pageant with a score of 9.350 while Alicia came a close second with a score of 9.323; however, it was during the final night when Alicia gave her all with reckless abandon. She swayed her hips while striking a pose during the swimsuit competition which was quite novel at that time. She flipped her hair and could care less on stage like a Las Vegas diva even when her left earring fell on the floor. She definitely knew how to put on a show!
8. Maria Margarita Moran (Philippines, 1973). Well, truth be told I was never a fan of Gloria Diaz. I was always a Margie fan if I were to choose between the two Miss Universe winners from the Philippines. I wouldn't know . . . maybe I was just always attracted to classy women . . . and Margie had this kind of ingrained regalness in her which would be difficult to describe but could easily be translated by her mere presence. Despite Margie’s buck teeth and well-emphasized overbite whenever she smiled, she still managed herself to look respectable and elegant all throughout the pageant. Who could ever forget that rose cabbage on her left shoulder? That Auggie Cordero number was truly memorable.
7. Stefania Fernandez (Venezuela, 2009). Stefania is another classy Venezuelan delegate I’ve seen in years. She was naturally poised and polished despite her being only 18 years old at the time of her competition in Nassau, Bahamas. She became even more beautiful during and after her reign. I don’t know, guys, but if I were to choose between Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez, I would readily choose Stefania as the more beautiful Venezuelan winner than Dayana. If I were to ask again about my most favorite winner from 2000-2010, I would still choose Stefania. That red gown she wore definitely enhanced her classy demeanor. She became like this Scarlett O’Hara persona who still remained beautiful amid the ravages of the Civil War.
6. Miriam Quiambao (Philippines, 1999). As we all know, Miriam could have easily snatched the crown from Botswana that night had she not fumbled in her response to the final question. Miriam’s signature pose was just a sight to behold in all Miss Universe editions thus far. That Halston gown had a winner written all over it.
5. Evelina Papantoniou (Greece, 2001). Aphrodite came alive at the Miss Universe edition in Bayamon, Puerto Rico that night through Evelina Papantoniou. The body, the hair, the catwalk, the face, the projection . . . the works! She was like a “Halley’s Comet” that night. Her sophistication and sheer chicness were just mesmerizing! In my opinion, she’s the most beautiful and most highly prepared Miss Greece I’ve ever seen so far. Like Megan, Evelina barely had two weeks to prepare for the international competition after winning her local pageant, the Star Hellas; however, as soon as she set foot in Bayamon, she gave the Puerto Ricans a run for their money because her presence was just totally hard to ignore. No pun intended but if only Puerto Rican judges Dayanara Torres and Marc Anthony didn’t take part in the judging panel then Evelina would have probably bagged the crown that night because she was definitely unstoppable. In my opinion, Denise Quiñones of Puerto Rico and eventual winner that night, was so overscored on both swimsuit and evening gown events. On the swimsuit category, it should have been Evelina who topped this segment, followed by Kandace Krueger of USA, Eva Ekvall (RIP) of Venezuela, then Denise. In the evening gown competition, it should have been Evelina followed by Denise and Eva Siso of Spain. The Top 5 would have been perfect had Spain been included instead of India.
4. Carolina Izsak (Venezuela, 1992). That year, three women were neck-and-neck competing their performances during the preliminaries, namely: Venezuela, Namibia and Belgium; however, Venezuela definitely sent a stunner that year in the person of Carolina Izsak. Carolina was such a breath of fresh air when she graced us with her presence in Bangkok. Her beautiful face, warm personality, queenly aura and winsome smile were hard to go unnoticed. I really thought she already had it in the bag on that fateful night . . . then came Khun Ying Sasima Srivikorn’s tricky question: “If you could know one thing about your future, what would you like to know?” that made Carolina lost her chances for the crown. Her answer was actually reasonable and for that answer, the said judge gave her a high 9.8 score; however, another judge, Robin Leach, only gave her a score of 8.6. Leach was the only one who gave her an 8.6 while the rest of the judges averaged her at 9.4! In my opinion, Leach probably pressed the wrong button. He accidentally keyed in the “8” button instead of the “9” because as I kept repeating that segment of the show, Carolina didn’t do anything wrong especially with her answer. She was nervous, yes, but she didn’t fumble in her delivery. My best guess would have to be that Carolina’s non-inclusion in the Top 3 was a big fluke caused by a mistake of one of the judges that night. Carolina would have ended winning the crown with Michelle McLean of Namibia as her First Runner-Up and Paola Turbay of Colombia as her Second Runner-Up.
3. Courtney Gibbs (USA, 1988). To me, she will always remain as my most beautiful Miss USA of all time. Courtney exudes this classic and timeless beauty like Grace Kelly. She has this natural aura of class and sophistication without exerting any effort at all. Until now, I am still puzzled how she lost to Porntip Nakhirunkanok of Thailand on that shocking night in Taiwan. She topped the Miss Universe preliminary competition and all of a sudden, she was dismally forgotten in the Top 5 came final night. I truly believed she was unfairly underscored during the finals.
2. Amparo Muñoz (Spain, 1974). Amparo was just simply ravishing that night at the Folk Arts Theater in Manila. Her seafoam green gown was just simply amazing. She was definitely a clear-cut winner that night. In my opinion, she was the most beautiful Miss Universe winner in the ‘70s. Her movements were raw and unstudied, her answers unrehearsed, and her beauty was au naturelle. No wonder even Madame Imelda Marcos rooted for her to win the crown.
1. Oxana Fedorova (Russia, 2002). In my personal opinion, Oxana is the most beautiful Miss Universe winner in all these years. Her beauty is definitely grand in scale and reaches people from every corner of the world. That white Gucci gown she wore was simply exquisite. If you’d really think about it, it was just a very simple gown that people might construe it was inspired by Bed Bath & Beyond and yet, it was also complicated to execute because it was one of those gowns that would play tricks on a woman’s neck and body. If a woman wore it with no beauty and right curves at all, then she would have ended up looking like she just stepped out of the bathroom; however, Oxana gave justice to it by making it look like a million dollar gown. Her beauty came out even more ethereal, light and fresh with that lovely gown. I was just saddened she wasn't able to finish her reign.
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