See, I think that Shristi's challenge will be MENTAL and EMOTIONAL, not physical. Physically, she is beautiful enough, tall enough, slender enough, striking enough to make an impact. Is she beautiful enough to be guaranteed a top 15 spot based on her looks alone? No....with nearly 75 delegates YET to be selected, I consider ONLY Miss Ukraine a lock based on beauty alone. But Shristi, like many others, is definitely good looking and striking enough to make the cut. So the, the question becomes - can she navigate the fast tracks (yes, even if she doesn't win, she will do well - she is beautiful, an experienced model, has great stage presence) and most importantly, can she hold her nerve?
At Miss Nepal, she started to close up more and more as the contest progressed -- started off great, and then it was downhill from there, and at MW she will be surrounded by far more beautiful and confident women than at Miss Nepal. So her challenge will be to hold her nerve, and also, very importantly, be more natural - say what is truly on her mind, instead of resorting to some of the cliches that she slipped into during the Miss Nepal contest. If she does this, I believe she will do very well. If she doesn't, it will also be this failure (and NOT her looks) that cause her to miss the cut. In other words, she has to avoid the trap of stunners like Tabassum Shaon (Bangladesh 2001 - who half the girls thought would win) and Nadeeka Perreira (Sri Lanka 2005 - who GB even dubbed the Asian Sophia Lauren) - who just fell apart when it mattered.
I think she is by a long margin, the best Miss Nepal in years, I really want her to do well, and very importantly, I think she believes in her chances, and has the motivation...
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