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Date Posted: Sunday, May 08, 11:13:20am
I thought this was a very interesting analysis on the Miss TnT board. Sound like dem Trinis feeling threatened by Anastagia. Dey even mentioned Kristy Evans' name. LOL. What yall think? Michelle keep up the GREAT work!
Excellent input YOYO, and I do understand where you are coming from. I agree with you on several points:
1) Lee Ann is definitely Miss Universe material by far. The girl has the look, the walk, the fashion-sense, and the diva attitude to take on mega-giants like Venezuela, USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Australia. If she does not win Miss World, I hope she comes back to conquer the Universe. She has the right “mix” of a Miss Universe winner.
2) Sheniqua could do so much better in a few more years, and in this regard, I am kind of hoping that she does not win this time around yet. She along with Kristy Evans (a young 17 year-old who placed in the top 5 at Miss Bahamas this year) both have incredible potential as future Miss Universe contestants (Sheniqua more so than Kristy at this point). Sheniqua would be fierce in another 2 or 3 years with that same "bold" divaliscious "Flaviana Matata" look, with some toning up on her body (not too muscular).
Now, I don't agree with you that Miss Universe Org is looking for "girls." If that were the case, then Canada would not have won in 2005, Venezuela would not have won in 2008, and even Mexico would not have won last year. These three are women that acted accordingly (especially Natalia of Canada and Diana of Venezuela). In 2005, Miss Puerto Rico was “woman” from head to toe and was a big favorite to win (she got 1st runner up as you know). Dominican Republic in 2009 was all woman, and also got 1st runner up and her placement had everyone going WTF (but I grew to love Stefania during her reign who transformed from a girl to a woman). I would agree with you and say yes the winners tend to be "TALL STATUESQUE PLAYFUL SLIGHTLY IMMATURE FUN BOUNCY GIGGLY" (DR in 2003, Puerto Rico in 2006, Japan in 2007, Venezuela in 2009). Jennifer Hawkins of Australia exhibited both qualities of a “girl/woman”: girl next door qualities but with a womanly demeanor.
However, one of the reasons why I think TnT women have done so well at both Miss Universe and Miss World is because of their intelligence, elegance, and sophistication that comes so natural to TnT women. I mean, as soon as Wendy, Faye, Maggie, Danielle, Valene, Gabby, and Kenisha opened their mouths and spoke, one could not help but be in awe. They were mesmerizing! Combined with their intelligence and sophisticated look, Miss TnT was a huge favorite at both international pageants. These ladies (would be a sin to call them "girls") stood out because they were natural and they embraced their womanly attributes and not acted like some “bouncy” 18 year old. Latoya Woods had that same image when she was crowned last year, but I think she "lost herself" for whatever reason when she arrived in Las Vegas. It was as if she was trying to be someone she was not, and this (along with the haircut and not so good evening gown) did her in. Yendi Philips did not act like some giggly, bouncy 18 year-old. Yendi was herself: fierce, aggressive, and intelligent. She had a horrible, cheap looking evening gown, but she exuded confidence from start to finish. In essence, she was a woman and not some high-school girl, and she made damn sure she was noticed by the Miss Universe staff. So, I STRONGLY DISAGREE with your assessment of what Miss Universe is looking for. Not to mention that Peter Elias, despite what people may think of him, knows the pageant industry inside out, and he still works with the TnT’s Miss Universe rep despite not having the franchise. Now, I don’t know if he was behind “Latoya’s transformation” (my guess is that he was not entirely) but otherwise, he needs to continue to coach the winners just like he did from 2003-2006.
So, all TnT needs to do is crown a stunner who is true to herself and who would stand out because of their womanly attributes. This is why I am so torn between Gabby and Greer (minus the height factor which I think may be their biggest disadvantage). Both are insanely gorgeous and well-spoken. Renee is taller and more "fashionista" and has more of the look that you mentioned, but for some reason, I am afraid that she may end up like Latoya (especially since the Bahamas is sending Anastagia Pierre who knows the Miss Universe Organization inside out and is a big favorite for the Caribbean). Gabby’s age may be a factor, but at the same time she is one of Elias’ girls who has the pageant experience and could work her charm to seal a top 15 spot (despite the height issue) just like Maggie and Kenisha being former successful Miss World semifinalists. I am 40/35/25 with Gabby/Greer/Renee. If Gabby was 24 years old, I would say give the crown to her ASAP; at the same time, if she wins, she could just be the one to show the world that you do not have to be an 18 year-old to win the crown. Miss South Africa 2009 was 25 or 26 years old and placed in the top 10; she was elegant and divalicious as hell. Greer is new to the pageant scene, and this could work for or against her. I give Gabby the upper hand with the pageant experience (and like Anastagia, Gabby has a huge international appeal that sets the bar even higher for the two of them). Renee is also new like Greer, and if she doesn’t win, she should use the experience and the extra time to prepare herself for next year.
We just have to wait and see what happens YOYO. If Gabby, Greer (or even Renee) wins, they will be in the top running with Miss Bahamas. I don’t even see Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic being a threat this year; in fact, Latin America is weak so far. Haiti and Cayman Islands still has to select a winner and could come strong. Jamaica isn’t saying much this year, and I doubt will place. South Africa is out. Columbia isn’t saying much this year. I definitely see Angola, Kosovo, Malaysia, and Costa Rica making a big splash in Brazil. Aruba, Curacao, and Ukraine could do well in Brazil. Venezuela, Mexico, Philippines, and Spain could be a hit or miss this year. I would be shocked if USA does not crown one of their mega contenders in June: South Carolina, California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, or Missouri; if one of these wins then USA is definitely in. We still have to wait for the crowning of Australia, India, Panama, Peru, Brazil (host country won’t send a clapper this year), and Chile is back this year and you know they coming strong.
This is my “five cents”.