En Una Noche Tan Linda...
La Mas Bella: Maria Gabriela Isler, the new "Miss Venezuela"--getting crowned by last year's "Miss Venezuela 2011" Irene Esser, who has yet to compete in this year's Miss Universe competition
This past Thursday was THE Beauty pageant to end all Beauty pageants. Yes, THE 60th edition of the Miss Venezuela pageant took place at the Tamanaco Intercontinental Hotel in Caracas. EVERY pageant fan and follower worth their last sequin and sash watches this pageant, for various reasons:
Caracas Couture: the gown parade at "Miss Venezuela 2012" pageant
The gowns (it's always been a parade of Venezuelan Haute Couture), the girls (HOW does Osmel--the Miss Venezuela Czar of Beauty--find these 6 foot, size 2 Amazonian Super Creatures?) and yes, the fact that the pageant has had so many Miss Universes, Miss Worlds, Miss Internationals, and so on, that if you're in the pageant business, it's a must-watch in terms of who is your competition. I watched the pageant LIVE on the web and even had a FABULOSO "Twitter party" where I was LIVE Tweeting with my fellow Pageant Fanatico, J*Lu of TheJLuBlog. We had a BLAST and THANK YOU to everyone who joined us and tweeted along. Un Beso y abrazo (a kiss and a hug)!
Now, let's get to THE WINNER:
Miss Venezuela 2012--María Gabriela Isler
María Gabriela Isler (also goes by Gabriela Isler) representing Guarico, won--and it was a BATACAZO--which translates to an "upset". Because she wasn't the Top Favorite to win. A lovely blonde "Miss Miranda", was the favorite.
"Miss Venezuela 2012", María Gabriela Isler during the Swimsuit Competition--Miss Venezuela 2012 Pageant
Gabriela Isler, "Miss Venezuela 2012"--the day after--Tamanaco Intercontinental Hotel Breakfast Photo-Op
The new Miss Venezuela is 24 years old and stands 1.79 (about 5' 11") and she's absolutely gorgeous! She won the judges and the audience during the Question-and-Answer portion as well as with her poise and elegance. Gabriela incidentally, won the "Miss Elegancia" (Miss Elegance) award during Thursday night's pageant. Felicitaciones Gabriela!
Now, let's talk about the Pageant and more importantly...THE GOWNS!!!
Opening Lamé Mermaids: Miss Venezuela 2012 Pageant
Thursday night's Miss Venezuela 2012 Pageant lasted over FOUR HOURS (it's always waaaayyyy too long!). The edited two-hour version was shown this Saturday afternoon in the US Spanish Network UNIVISION. The show included a long opening with the traditional "Miss Venezuela Theme Song" with the contestants decked out in golden (with violet accents) lamé mermaid-style gowns. Not soon after, they ripped those "mermaid" bottom halves off...
and donned these UBER mini dresses--very Lieutenant Uhura of "Star Trek" in Las Vegas!
The pageant was hosted by Mariangel Ruiz, a former Miss Venezuela, Leonardo Vilalobos, Ismael Cala, and Eglantina Zingg. Mariangel did some questionable outfit/gown changes during the night.
Las Criollas: The Miss Venezuela 2012 contestants during the Venezuelan Folklore Number
There were many singing performances by top Latino stars and the contestants also did a fabulous folkloric number paying tribute to Venezuelan dance and culture.
Neon Swimsuits...and the very 1990's Gown Parade---Miss Venezuela 2012
There was a Swimsuit Competition portion, with very bright-colored swimsuits with gold chain halter necklines, as well as the infamous Miss Venezuela Gown Parade/Competition. So, without further ado, let's get to the GOWNS---
Here were my "Nick Favoritos":
Venezuelan fashion designer Gionni Straccia (flanked by two of his gowns, worn by TWO Venezuelan Miss Universes)
Gionni Straccia designs for all the top pageant winners including several Miss Universes and Miss Worlds. The fact that she had one of his dresses on should have been a "hint" that well, she might be the winner. The gown was elegant, very Haute Couture in its cascade ruffle and delicate crystal detail. No wonder this woman won the "Most Elegant" award! My Gown Score: 9.8
My Gown Score: 9.8
My Score: 9.8
And now...The "Oh NO Mija!" Gowns--The Late 1980's/ 1990's ARE BACK!!!
The Top Three Queens--"Miss Aragua" Elian Herrera (Miss Venezuela International), "Miss Guarico" Gabriela Isler (Miss Venezuela 2012) and "Miss Falcon" Alyz Henrich (Miss Venezuela Earth 2012)
Overall--however--it was a FABULOUS pageant (as always) and a pleasure to watch (major Gown Eye Candy for sure!). There were plenty of Haute Couture-worthy dresses as well as Hot 90's Messes.
Congratulations to the Winner--the Finalists and the Fashion Designers! Keep the Super Human 6 foot tall Queens, the Swarovski crystals, the ziberline silks and the over-the-top kitsch coming...Por favor!