27 May 2018 – Tamaryn Green from Western Cape province was crowned Miss South Africa 2018 as well as the title of Miss Universe South Africa 2018. She will represent South Africa at Miss Universe this year.
At the same event, Thulisa Keyi from Eastern Cape province was crowned Miss World South Africa.
After 2017, South Africa currently ranks 8th at the International Beauty Ranking.
27 May 2018 – Mayra Dias, Miss Amazonas was crowned Miss Brazil 2018.
Mayra Dias emerged as the winner of the Miss Brasil 2018 pageant. She earned the right to represent Brazil at Miss Universe 2018 later this year.
Amazonas (red), the home state of the new Miss Brazil
Mayra is from Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil by area. Amazonas is located in the north of the country and this is only the second time the state has won Miss Brazil. The previous time was in 1957.
The first runner up is Miss Bahia, while the second runner up is Miss Ceara.
The full result of Miss Brazil 2018 can be accessed here.
(Photo: Miss Brasil Be Emition)
26 May 2018 – Yana Laurinaichute from Kyiv was crowned Miss Grand Ukraine 2018.
She will represent Ukraine at Miss Grand International 2018, which will take place in Myanmar on October 25 this year.
Ukraine is one of the stronger countries in Europe at Miss Grand International. In both 2016 and 2017 editions, this Eastern European country advanced to the top 10.
Personally, I think it is likely that Ukraine could reach further than top 10 this year!
Ukraine now ranks 44th at the International Beauty Ranking.
21 May 2018 – Sarah Rose Summers from Nebraska was crowned Miss USA 2018. She will represent the USA at Miss Universe.
In the finale of Miss USA 2018, the blond beauty from Nebraska has won. This is the first time this Midwestern state has ever won a Miss USA title. I believe she could get far in Miss Universe, at least top 10.
What sets Sarah apart from other delegates is her bubbly personality of a girl next door. Her final answer in the top 3 is excellent, proving she is a deserving winner. She works as a certified child life specialist who assures effective communication between patients, their families and the medical team.
1st runner-up is Miss North Carolina USA, Caelynn Miller-Keyes, and 2nd runner-up is Miss Nevada USA, Carolina Urrea. Nevada is of Colombian descent and her evening gown really reminds me of Adriana Gutierrez from Colombia, who was 1st runner-up at Miss Universe 2015.
Top 5 includes representatives from Florida and South Dakota. Genesis Davila was a former Miss World Puerto Rico. She was crowned Miss Florida USA 2017 but dethroned later for violating a pageant rule. She competed again this year and made Florida proud.
Heavy favorites of some pageant sites California and Georgia (who was born in Colombia) only ended up in the top 10. Other beauties in the top 10 are Maine (who serves in the military), New Jersey (she aspires to become a police officer) and Tennessee (daughter of a former Miss Tennessee USA).
States represented in the top 15 are Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Texas. I am happy that Oregon made the top 15, the last time this Western state placed was back in 2004.
(Photos: eonline, Miss USA)
5 May 2018 – Representatives for Mexico at Miss World and Miss Grand International 2018 were chosen.
Miss World Mexico 2018 is Vanessa Ponce, Miss Mexico City. She was the winner of Mexico’s Next Top Model (cycle 5) in 2014.
One day before the finale, a separate pageant was held. Lezly Diaz from Guadalajara, Jalisco was crowned Miss Grand Mexico and she will represent her country at Miss Grand International 2018 in Myanmar.
Mexico currenly ranks 16th at the All-Time International Beauty Ranking. In Latin America, Mexico is the 5th best perfoming country (after Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and Puerto Rico).
6 May 2018 – The 6th edition of Mister International Spain concluded with the victory of Jesus Collado, from Valladolid. He will represent Spain at Mister International 2019.
The 1st runner-up is Vicent Llorach from Valencia, and the 2nd runner-up is Ion Álvarez from Navarra.
Vicent Llorach (1st runner-up) in the swimsuit competition
Hopefully, the 1st runner-up will be sent to Mister Supranational. Personally, I like the 1st runner-up more than the winner. However, if Vicent won, he would be sent to Mister International next year and I have a feeling that Spanish representatives with muscular body don’t perform well in this Asia-based pageant. Spain has better chance in Mister Supranational, Mister Universe (Men Universe Model) and even Mister Global, compared to Mister International.
Spain currently ranks 4th in the Men Beauty Ranking, which is tied with India. Spain is the best performing European country in male pageants.