I would have much preferred Nikette or Chloe for the win -- they are both stunning girls, and regardless of which "camp" you are in, you can not deny that in terms of beauty (and this is very important at MW), they trounce Gwen, whose 'face' unfortunately, is her weakness, which is never a good thing in a beauty contest. Gwen is not ugly by any stretch as the title of this thread (cruelly) suggests, and she has a lot of other qualities that matter like elegance and presence. However, I worry that so many here think that her height itself makes her a contender. I think perhaps in a normal year, but this year, the Asians are all giants --- and height is not going to make anyone stand out (unless they are planning to spend the entire contest with Miss Nepal).
Israel is 6'1"
China is 6'0"
Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kazakhstan are all 5'11"
India, Mongolia, Australia and Lebanon are 5'10"
Kyrgyztan, HK and Guam are 5'9"
And I think you can describe all these girls as elegant.....it is going to take more than that to succeed....I hope that Gwen gets the right help from Cory Quirino and her team in terms of makeup, wardrobe and mental preparation. Last year, BPCI did a very, very good job with Czarina's styling -- she went from being unnoticed at BbP to a standout at MW. if Gwen can achieve something that dramatic, she will be worth keeping an eye on, but that garish look she sported at MWP is far from competitive.
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