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.
Watch out for Ecuador this year!
5 May 2018 – Representatives of Ecuador for Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Grand International 2018 were selected. I believe this is the strongest batch of Ecuadorian representatives in the last 5 years.
The winner and Miss Universe Ecuador 2018 is Virginia Limongi from Manabi. She was former Miss World Ecuador 2014. The best placement of Ecuador was achieved by Constanza Baez in Miss Universe 2013 (2nd runner-up).
The 1st runner-up and Miss International Ecuador 2018 is Michelle Huet from Guayas, who will represent Ecuador at Miss International 2018 in Japan. Ecuador won Miss International once in 2011 (Fernanda Cornejo).
The 2nd runner-up and and Miss Grand Ecuador 2018 is Norma Tejada from Florida (USA). She is expected to represent Ecuador at Miss Grand International 2018 in Myanmar. I really like her personality when she was called in the top 6 and the way she cheered for the winner.
Ecuador ranks 52nd in the International Beauty Ranking. The country ranks 7th in South America (after Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Chile).
Natalia Carvajal (from San Jose) was crowned Miss Costa Rica 2018 at the finale of the pageant on 27 April, 2018. She will represent Costa Rica at Miss Universe 2018.
Natalia was the former winner of Miss Eco Universe 2016, a new pageant which takes place annually in Egypt.
She is considered one of the strongest representatives of Costa Rica in recent years. She has potential to place in the top 5 at Miss Universe this year.
Currently, Costa Rica ranks 56th at the International Beauty Ranking. Costa Rica’s ranking is equal to Paraguay, lower than Ecuador but higher than Uruguay and Bolivia.
The first runner-up is Larissa Sancho Chaves from Puntarenas. The second runner-up is Raquel Castro from San Jose.
Korea won Mister International and currently leads the “Male Country of 2018 Ranking”.
30 April 2018 – The 12th edition of Mister International, one of the 6 main pageants for men concluded in Myanmar with the victory of Seunghwan Lee, from Korea.
Male Country of 2018
Points of 16 placements in Mister International 2018 will be added to the “Male Country of 2018 Ranking” to identify the best performing country of this year in male pageants.
At the end of the year, all points will be added to the all-year Men Beauty Ranking, which measures the performance of all countries in 6 largest male pageants (Manhunt International, Mister World, Mister International, Men Universe Model, Mister Global and Mister Supranational).
|| South Africa
- Winner: 5 points
- 1st runner-up: 4 points
- 2nd runner-up: 3 points
- Finalists (top 5/6): 2 points
- Semifinalists (other placements): 1 point