International Beauties: Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago Miss Philippines (center) with First Runner-up Miss Netherlands Nathalie Den Dekker (left) and the Second Runner-up Miss New Zealand Casey Radley--Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall Tokyo Japan
Last night a new Miss International was crowned: Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago, beat out 66 other beauties from all over the world for the coveted beauty title. The Miss International pageant is considered one of the top four "Grand Slam" international beauty contests, alongside Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth.
International Queen: Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago from the Philippines--Shinagawa Hotel Hall, Tokyo Japan
The new Miss International is 5' 9" (1.75 m) tall 23 year-old Bea Rose Santiago. She was born in Cataingan, Masbate, where she was raised by her grandparents. She is the eldest of the three children. At 15, she and her family moved to Canada. Santiago later became a fashion model and was signed up as the only Filipino for the Elite Model Management. In 2012, Santiago represented the Philippines in the Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International and placed in the Top 10.
Bea Rose Santiago Miss International Philippines and new Miss International 2013
This was the fifth time that the Philippines won the Miss International beauty pageant since its inception in 1960. It was also the third time in a row this year that a Filipina captured an international title in a beauty contest. Earlier, Mutya Datul won the Miss Supranational in Belarus while Megan Lynne Young was crowned Miss World in Bali, Indonesia.
Miss International 2013 Contestants--Shinagawa Hotel hall Tokyo Japan
This year's 52nd Annual "Miss International" occurred at the Shinagawa Hotel Hall in Tokyo Japan and was marred with controversy: last year’s Miss International, Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan, was not allowed to attend the finals due to her involvement in a media scandal which includes harassment accusations to powerful people in the business. She was not able to crown her successor.
This year's winner was crowned by Miss International 2008 Alejandra Andreu of Spain (right)
Miss International 2013 National Costume Highlights:
Miss Indonesia Marisa Sarteki Maladewi
Miss Netherlands Nathalie den Dekker
Miss Singapore Jia Min Chew
Miss USA Andrea Neu
Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago
Miss Venezuela Elian Herrera
National Costume Winner: Miss Aruba Erialda Croes
Miss International 2013 Evening Gown Highlights:
First Runner-up Miss Netherlands Nathalie den Dekker: Nathalie wore a multicolored sequin gown that was quite "Carnival"-meets-Cirque du Soleil-ish
Miriam Quiambao, Miss Philippines 1999, wore at the Miss Universe 1999 pageant when she got First Runner-up
Congratulations to Bea Rose Santiago, the newly-crowned Miss International 2013!