Japan Wins Miss International 2012! Miss Philippines is Semifinalist!
Japan’s very own Ikumi Yoshimatsu won the Miss International 2012 crown minutes ago in a glittering coronation night in Okinawa, Japan. After over 50 years of crowning lovely women from around the world, this is the very first time for this Japan based pageant to crown their hometown girl. Ikumi bested 68 other equally stunning women including Miss Finland – Viivi Suominen – 1st runner up, Miss Sri lanka – Madusha Mayadunne, 2nd runner up , Dominican Republic’s Melody Mir – 3rd runnner up and Miss Paraguay Nicole Huber – 4th Runner up.
Heavy favorite Nicole Naturan Schmitz failed to bring home the country’s 5th Miss International but made the country proud when she made it into semifinalist. She was also the most applauded candidate during the final night! Her final speech was also superb! Miss Philippines final speech goes like this:…….. “Peace, love, unity, these 3 words are the Miss International pageant. Having spent the past 3 weeks in Okinawa, I have witnessed the special connection it has with the world. Globalization and multi cultural diversity can exist. We can be uniquely global and globally unique. This is my mission. I want people to appreciate that we not only belong to local communities but world at large. By this understanding we can contribute to global goals. I am standing here in front of you and open to offer my heritage and myself, as a strong compassionate responsible and independent woman in this quest for global harmony. And I can stand here proudly and consider myself and international citizen.”
Nicole’s semifinalist finish is the 5th consecutive for the Philippines since 2008.
Other finalists are:
- Brazil – Rafaela Butarelli
- Colombia – Melissa Varón
- Haiti – Anedie Azael
- India – Rochelle Maria Rao
- Mexico – Jessica García Formenti
- Namibia – Paulina Malulu
- Philippines – Nicole Schmitz
- United Kingdom – Alize Lily Mounter
- USA – Amanda Renee Delgado
- Venezuela – Blanca Aljibes
Here is the official result:
MISS INTERNATIONAL 2012 = MISS JAPAN
1ST RUNNER UP = MISS FINLAND
2ND RUNNER UP = MISS SRI LANKA
3RD RUNNER UP = MISS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
4TH RUNNER UP = MISS PARAGUAY