Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Miss Universe 2007
I've never been big on watching these shows but the 56th Miss Universe pageant was the only thing on during my lunch break at work. I only missed when they made the first cut to 15. Some of those dresses representing their countries were absolutely nutty. Many had wings, coral extending from their bodies and some had garb that was more historical. Congrats to Riyo Mori!
I expected that the event being held in Mexico was a chance to showcase a beautiful nation, wonderful people and a tourist hotspot. I guess that two out of three worked out alright. The attendees from Mexico heckling Miss USA was a little much. I'm happy that she held up well under the pressure as she was being judged on that response she was giving. I did gasp when she slipped but think she recovered her composure. 5th place isn't to be mocked.
I was also impressed with the diversity of the final 10. 2 from North America, 3 from South America, 2 from Africa and 3 from Asia. I remain amazed that so many Latin American countries were represented in the end but they were among the favorites at work. (I was leaning towards Japan and Korea with another co-worker.) I was a little worried that Venezuela would win even with the riots going on there at this time. On an odd note, only 77 of 194 countries were represented? (I can easily understand Vatican City being excluded of course.) Due to the event being held two months early the following didn't have their delagates selected: Cayman Islands, Chile, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Namibia, Northern Marianas, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey and United Kingdom.