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Monday, October 6, 2014

Miss Cuba is Miss Grand International 2014

Photo courtesy of Missosology

Miss Cuba Daryanne Lees was crowned Miss Grand International 2014 at the Coronation Night held at Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok, Thailand on October 7, 2014 at 7:00pm (Thailand time), 8:00pm (Philippines time). This year, the pageant had eighty-five (85) contestants. Miss Ethiopia Hiwot Mamo won 1st runner-up and Miss Canada Kathryn Kohut clinched the 2nd runner-up spot.

Miss Grand International is an annual international beauty pageant held in Thailand since 2013 and is organized by Miss Grand International Organization based in Thailand. The first edition of Miss Grand International was held on November 19, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand where Miss Puerto Rico Janelee Chaparro won the crown. It had sixty (60) contestants from across the globe. Miss Philippines Annalie "Ali" Forbes won 3rd runner-up.



Top 5:
Miss Grand International 2014: Miss Cuba Daryanne Lees 
1st runner-up: Miss Ethiopia Hiwot Mamo
2nd runner-up: Miss Canada Kathryn Kohut
3rd runner-up: Miss Australia Renera Thompson
4th runner-up: Miss Colombia Monica Castano

This is the question that all Top 5 candidates had to answer: "If you were crowned Miss Grand International 2014, what would you do to reduce or prevent conflict and war?"

Miss Grand International 2014 Miss Cuba Daryanne Lees 

Miss Cuba won a cash prize of USD 40,000 and a furnished apartment for her year’s stay in Bangkok.
1st Runner-up: USD 10000
2nd Runner-up: USD 5000
3rd Runner-up: USD 2500
4th Runner-up: USD 1500

Live Streaming of the coronation night:


Top 10 Finalists:
Miss Poland
Miss Colombia
Miss Australia
Miss Cuba
Miss Ethiopia
Miss Thailand
Miss Haiti
Miss Russia
Miss Canada
Miss Indonesia

The Top 10 Finalists had a chance to share a short speech about their beliefs and advocacy on children, war and conflict. The pageant's advocacy campaign is "Stop the War."




President of Miss Grand International Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil 
with Miss Grand International 2013 Janelee Chaparro

The Other 10 in Top 20 Semi-finalists:
Miss Mexico
Miss Ukraine
Miss United Kingdom
Miss Puerto Rico
Miss Sri Lanka
Miss Israel
Miss Brazil
Miss Venezuela
Miss Japan
Miss Peru


Ali Forbes performed a musical number entitled, "What a Feeling."

 Special Awards: 

Best in National Costume: Miss Vietnam
(cash prize: USD 2000)

Best in Swimsuit: Miss Thailand
(cash prize: USD 2000)


Best Evening Gown: Miss Indonesia
(cash prize: USD 2000)

Best Social Media Award: Miss Japan
(cash prize: USD 1000)


Miss Popular Vote: Miss Cambodia
cash prize USD 1000

Each Special Award came with a Trophy and a Certificate. 

Miss Social Media Award was judged mainly on their activities from the social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. The organization evaluated creativity, publicity and mention of the Miss Grand International brand as well as its motto.

It is evident that all 5 special awards given at the coronation night went to Asian candidates: Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia. I wonder why there is no Miss Friendship/Congeniality and Miss Photogenic awards given.




The Preliminary Competition
Miss Grand International 2014 Preliminary Show was held on October 5, 2014 at the Indoor Stadium Huamark. The 3 winners last year also graced the occasion: Miss Grand International 2013 Janelee Chaparro, Miss Grand International 2013 1st runner-up Chantel Martinez and Miss Grand International 2013 3rd runner-up Annalie "Ali" Forbes.

Miss Grand International 2014: Top 25 Best in National Costume

Miss Grand International 2014: 
Top 20 Best in National Costume
Chile
Curacao
Ecuador
Haiti
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Japan
Kazahkstan
Korea
Malaysia
Mexico
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nicaragua
Peru *
Philippines
Tanzania
Thailand
Vietnam




Miss Grand International 2014: Top 25 Best in Swimsuit 



Miss Grand International 2014:
Top 25 Best in Swimsuit 
Russia
Venezuela
Ukraine
Slovak Republic
Ethiopia
Thailand
Israel
Japan
Haiti
Finland
Albania
Dominican Republic
Cuba
Brazil
Canada
Australia
Argentina
New Zealand
Colombia
Mexico
Puerto Rico
Poland
Costa Rica
USA
Indonesia



Miss Grand International 2014 (Promo Video)

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