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Miss Universe 2013 : Meet the early contenders

By Carlo Tenerife

Yes we all know it so well and by heart, joining a beauty pageant per se entails a lot of vital preparations. Imagine further how one prepares for such a huge pageant such as the Miss Universe pageant.

Monic Marie Pérez Díaz Miss Puerto Rico 2013
Monic Marie Pérez Díaz Miss Puerto Rico 2013

BPCI, the official Philippine franchise of the Miss Universe pageant is currently screening applicants for the 2013 Miss Universe Philippines quest with the tentative coronation night scheduled on mid April.

Cynthia Duque Miss Mexico 2013
Cynthia Duque Miss Mexico 2013

Just last December 2012, the Philippines was hugely celebrating the Miss Universe first runner up victory of Janine Mari Tugonon. Janine’s victory can be attributed among others to the enduring preparations and crucial pageant trainings that she had to go through from the time she was crowned in April 2012 up to the time she left for Las Vegas, USA on the first week of December.

María Gabriela Isler Miss Venezuela 2013
María Gabriela Isler Miss Venezuela 2013

To date, the current Miss Universe, USA’s Olivia Culpo is just on her 2nd month of reign as the Miss Universe pageant last year was held late December 2012 but many countries have already crowned their queens and preparing them for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

Camila Vezzoso Miss Uruguay 2013
Camila Vezzoso Miss Uruguay 2013

Bet all these queens have been busy preparing for the biggest, Miss Universe pageants. Let us get to know them to know the real competition.

María Gabriela Isler Miss Venezuela Universe 2013
María Gabriela Isler Miss Venezuela Universe 2013

1. María Gabriela Isler. 2013 Miss Venezuela
Competed as Miss Guárico, María Gabriela Isler 5′ 11″, won Miss Venezuela 2012. Coronation was held on August 30, 2012 in Caracas, where she was also awarded Miss Elegance. She is the ninth Miss Venezuela winner from Guárico to go to the Miss Universe pageant.

Venezuela has a very good track record in the Miss Universe pageant. From 1980 to 2012, that is 32 years, Venezuela missed the semifinals just 5 times. To date, Venezuela has six Miss Universe crowns, which is second to USA (8 Miss Universe crowns to date) as the country with the most number of Miss Universe crowns. Last Miss Universe crown won by Venezuela was Stefanía Fernández in 2009.

Camila Vezzoso Miss Uruguay Universe 2013
Camila Vezzoso Miss Uruguay Universe 2013

2. Camila Vezzoso 2013 Uruguay

On May 31 2012, Micaela Orsi at age 22, a model was crowned Miss Uruguay 2013 and will represent her country in the 2013 Miss Universe pageants. Uruguay is yet to win her very first Miss Universe title and has been participated in the following years 1952-1965,1967-2002, 2004-present. the highest placement so far for Uruguay was 4th runner-up by delegate Andrea Lópezin 1985.

Marilyn Ramos 2013 South Africa
Marilyn Ramos 2013 South Africa

3. Marilyn Ramos 2013 South African

Marilyn Ramos Miss Universe South Africa is the official representative of her country to Miss Universe 2013 and Miss World 2013 pageants.

South Africa has one Miss Universe crown as won by Margaret Gardiner in 1978 and the last placed last year when Melinda Bam made it to the top ten. South Africa has been participating in the following years 1952-1953,1960-1968,1975-1979,1981-1984,1995-present and was not allowed to participate between 1985 and 1994 because of apartheid.

Ana Vrcelj 2013 Miss Serbia
Ana Vrcelj 2013 Miss Serbia

4. Ana Vrcelj 2013 Miss Serbia

Ana Vrcelj, 20, has earned the right to represent Serbia in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. Initially Ana was 2nd runner up but the actual winner Nikolina Bojic was dethroned as it was found out that she was in fact married. Aleksandra Doknic (for Miss Serbia 2013 for Miss Universe) would go and represent Serbia in Miss World.

Monic Marie Pérez Díaz Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2013
Monic Marie Pérez Díaz Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2013

5. Monic Marie Pérez Díaz 2013 Miss Puerto Rico

A model from Arecibo will represent Monic Marie Pérez Díaz will represent Puerto Rico in 2013 Miss Universe pageant. She was crowned on August 29, 2012. in the national search, Monic also got the following awards of Miss Photogenic, Payless Best Catwalk and Best Body,

Puerto Rico has won five Miss Universe crowns and has been participating since the following years 1952-1957, 1961-present. The last placement of Puerto Rico was in 2011 when Viviana Ortiz made it to the top 16.

Cindy Mejía Santa María Miss Peru Universe 2013
Cindy Mejía Santa María Miss Peru Universe 2013

6. Cindy Mejía Santa María 2013 Miss Peru

Cindy Mejía Santa María , 24, will represent Peru in 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

In the 2011 Miss Peru, Cindy Mejía participated and ended fifth place and competed in Reina Hispanoamericana 2011. Peru has been participating in Miss Universe since the following years 1952-1972,
1975-present and has won once when Gladys Zender clinched the title in 1957 in the pageant’s 5th edition.

Stephanie Tency Miss Netherlands Universe 2013
Stephanie Tency Miss Netherlands Universe 2013

7. Stephanie Tency 2013 Miss Netherlands

This Holland beauty will represent her country in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

Stephanie Tency, 21, a model, is from Amsterdam. Prior to winning in the national pageant, Stephanie was studying fashion and media. She has her own company she named. ‘My Personal Shopper Trend’.

The Netherlands has been participating in Miss Universe since the following years 1956,1958-1996,1998, 2000-2005, 2008-present and won once in 1989 with Angela Visser’s victory.

Cynthia Duque Miss Mexico Universe 2013
Cynthia Duque Miss Mexico Universe 2013

8. Cynthia Duque 2013 Miss Mexico

On September 1 2012, Cynthia Duque, 5’10”, 20, from her hometown Monterrey. was crowned Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2012, the pageant’s 19th edition. She will represent Mexico in the 2013 Miss Mexico pageant.

Mexico has been participating in the Miss Universe pageant since 1952-1959,1965,1967-present and produced two Miss Universe crowns courtesy of Lupita Jones ( 1991) and Ximena Navarrete (2010). Last placement in the pageant was last year when Karina González made it to the top ten.

Carmen Lucia Aldana Roldan Miss Colombia Universe 2013
Carmen Lucia Aldana Roldan Miss Colombia Universe 2013

9. Carmen Lucía Aldana Roldán. 2013 Miss Colombia

Born on March 9, in Cali, Colombia, Carmen Lucía Aldana Roldán, 20, model and 5’6.5″, shall represent her Colombia at the 62nd edition of the Miss Universe pageant
Colombia has been participating since 1958 and has one winner Luz Marina Zuluagain 1958 in the pageant 6th edition. The last placeman that Colombia has in Miss Universe was in 2011 when Catalina Robayomade it to the top 16.

Carey Ng Miss Malaysia Universe 2013
Carey Ng Miss Malaysia Universe 2013

10. Carey Ng 2013 Miss Malaysia

On December 10, 2012, Carey Ng, 5’9″, 23, won the Miss Universe Malaysia 2013 title. The pageant finals was held at the SP Setia City Convention Centre. Malaysia is yet to win her very first Miss Universe crown since its participation from 1962, and 1964-present. The highest placement ever for Malaysia was in 1970 when Josephine Lena Wong Jaw Leng
made it to the Top 15.

I cannot wait for the crowning of the new Miss Universe Philippines. As it has always been, she will be supported by many a number of Filipino pageant fans all over the world. After Venus Raj placed 4th runner up, Shamcey Supsup won 3rd runner up, and Janine Tugonon finished first runner up, I bet our new queen would be up for some real pressure to achieve nothing else but the third Miss Universe crown for the Philippines.

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