Pageant season is in full swing, with both Miss Grand International and Miss Earth concluding recently, we are now left with the most awaited pageant edition ever - Miss International 2022! The last time we ever got to witness a Miss International pageant was in 2019 when Bint Sireethorn Leearamwat of Thailand took the crown home. She has been our reigning queen since, making her the longest reigning international titleholder ever, with a reign that lasted more than three years! Fans have waited for her to crown her successor for what feels like forever now but the time has finally come. 13th December 2022 - shall be the day we witness a new queen, from a new country, ascending the royal throne.
The same day when Harnaaz Sandhu of India won the most coveted and equally awaited Miss Universe Crown for India. Will this day bless India again? Well, I guess we will have to wait and watch. As you walk through the iconic Miss International 2022 journey, here have a look at the top 8 fan favourites for the competition. We have formed this list after talking to various pageant fans, considering hotpicks, and innumerable youtube predictions. Starting with -
- Miss India -
Zoya Afroz - The journey that Zoya has had towards Miss International has indeed been a long, testing one. She was the runner up at Femina Miss India 2013 pageant and was anticipated to represent India at the Miss International 2013 pageant that eventually Philippines ended up winning with Bea Santiago. However, Zoya was not given this opportunity, even though she deserved the rights according to her Femina placement. Zoya left pageantry and focussed on building a bollywood career, however, her appearance in movies didn’t start after Femina. Her first ever onscreen appearance was in the year 1988 - as a child artist in Kora Kagaz - a star plus Tv Show. She appeared in many tv shows and movies as a kid since then but her debut in Bollywood as an adult did not happen until 2014 with The Xposé. There were absolutely no hopes for Zoya to step back into pageantry, but on fan demand,she decided to give it one last shot when she registered for Glamanand Supermodel India 2021. Right from the day when she announced her participation in the pageant, fans knew she would emerge as the winner in the end and she sure did. On 21st August 2021, Simrithi Bathija ( Miss International India 2019) crowned Zoya Afroz as her successor, giving her the sole rights to represent our country at the 60th Miss International pageant.
- Miss Peru -
Tatiana Calmell - Tatiana is a young, and well experienced model has been a part of the modelling industry in Peru for a very long time now. At the age of 19, she was also a part of Peru’s Next Top Model, but was eliminated from the competition because she hinted that one of the judges - Brazilian model Antonio Borges - had touched her inappropriately. After being disqualified from the show, she made the following statement, explaining what happened and how she felt about the whole incident - “I was in a bathing suit and had half a leg in the air. That bothered me quite a bit. I didn’t want this to become a drama but it turned out that way because he has been offended too. I didn’t feel comfortable that he was touching me and the other girls. I do know that he limits me as a model, but he hurt me that they didn’t give me a chance like another contestant. It hurts a lot”. Indeed her journey in this industry has been a harsh one and it is really inspiring to see how she dealt with it and continued to rise with it. Tati is also an actor and has a vast social media following too. She is one of the most anticipated winners of the Miss International 2022 competition and boy is she strong.
- Miss Philippines -
Hannah Arnold - Can we talk about pageantry without mentioning the Philippines? You are right, not even possible. Anyway, Hannah is one of the most favourite Miss International contestants this year. She is a Filipina model, who has been into pageantry since 2002. 2002 means right from when she was just 6 years old! She participated in the Baby Queen Of Masbate 2002 pageant and ended up winning the title. She went on to participate in quite a few pageants since, one of them being Miss Philippines Australia 2014, that she won and has participated in charities and volunteering work ever since. That brings us to our next very interesting point - Miss Arnold is actually half Filipino and half Australian - The same combination that won Philippines its third Miss Universe crown with Catriona Gray. Hannah’s father happens to be an Australian with Irish descent while her mother is a filipina. In the case of Cat, her father too is Australian and her mother is also a Filipina. Furthermore, both these queens spent a lot of their years growing up in Australia and returned to the Philippines only after completing their education in Australia. Hannah was also one of the contestants that participated in Binibining Pilipinas 2019 pageant, when Catriona Gray was the outgoing BBP queen. The Miss International organisation sure loves Miss Philippines a lot and it is very evident on all of their social medias where Hannah keeps making an appearance every now and then.
- Miss Dominican Republic -
Celinee Santos Frias - It is impossible to ever underestimate a contestant from the Dominican Republic. In terms of performance and stage presence, nobody can ever even come close to Miss DR in any pageant. Celinee is a fashion enthusiast pursuing her law degree and is also a professional model in DR. She also loves dancing a lot and is very passionate about maintaining her body shape and size. Miss Frias first entered pageantry in the year 2019, when she represented Duarte at Miss Dominican Republic 2019. She finished in the top 6 of the pageant and was later given the right to represent DR at the 2019’s Miss Intercontinental pageant, that was held in December. However, she only managed to make the first cut at this pageant held in Egypt. She participated at Miss Mundo Dominican last year and was crowned as Miss International Dominican Republic at the end of the competition on 4th September 2021. Her styling and game so far at the Miss International 2022 pageant so far has been impressive and people are expecting her to get a very high placement for her country.
- Miss Mexico -
Yuridia Durán - One of the longest reigning national contestants for the 2022’s Miss International pageant! Her journey began alongside Sofia Aragon, who represented Mexico at Miss Universe 2019! That’s right, Yuridia was crowned Miss International Mexico even before Queen Bint could represent her country at Miss International. At this time, she was studying to become a dental surgeon at the Autonomous University of Nayarit. In 2018, at the age of 19, Miss Duran was crowned Reina de la Feria de Nayarit or the Queen of the Nayarit fair. The same year, she participated to win the title of MExicana Universal Nayarit, which she did. She the represented Nayarit at Mexicana Universal 2019 pageant alongside Sofia Aragon and was crowned as Miss International Mexico at the end of the event, giving her the sole rights to represent Mexico at the 60th edition of the Miss International pageant.
- Miss France -
Maya Albert - Maya is a marketing student, also pursuing a professional career in modelling. She was crowned as Miss International France towards the end of June 2021 by the Miss International France Organization. Maya’s entry into pageantry could not have been possible if her friend did not quite literally force her into participating in a beauty pageant in 2016 when she was crowned as the second runners up at Miss Pays de l'Albigeois pageant that year. She stated how she felt she was unfit for pageants because of how reserved her personality was. However, being in a pageant environment gave her confidence and she later decided to stay a part of the pageant and modelling industry. Maya is one of the most anticipated winners for this year’s competition and we sure see her placing really high.
- Miss Spain -
Julianna Ro - Spain has been doing really well at pageants these days, even when their placements say otherwise, we have seen some really strong and inspiring women representing the country internationally. Having said that, let us now discuss Julianna. Miss International 2022 began only a few days ago and so far we have only seen the gorgeous beauties from all over the world taking part in the orientation program and the different activities planned out for them by the Miss International organisation. In the case of Spain though, we have seen more. Day 1 - the orientation day at Miss International 2022 and she was already winning awards. Miss Ro was given the title of Miss Visit Japan Tourism Ambassador by the Japan Tourism and International Cultural Association. She explained how she started learning Japanese for the competition as it was supposed to be held in Japan. Julianna is currently doing her MBA in Fashion and she is also a singer and songwriter. Given the competition she is headed to is Miss International, we can surely see how well she fits all the criterias that Miss International organisation takes into consideration while crowning their winners. Therefore, her victory is very highly anticipated.
- Miss HongKong -
Rosemary Ling - Having the kind of beauty Miss International looks for, and the aura too, Rosemary is one of the most anticipated winners of the Miss International 2022 crown. She has won the award for being the best in swimsuit of her national pageant - Miss International HongKong. She is a young content director and model in her country. She graduated with a degree in Social Sciences, specializing in sociology and media and cultural studies, from the University of HongKong. She explains how her dream is to build a platform, through her own platform and resources for other women of all ages and races to be able to communicate, raise their voice, and empower each other together.