Last night were the Finals of the "Miss Grand International 2016" Beauty Pageant. The Thailand-based pageant, which is in it's 4th year, is considered by pageant followers to be one of the "Grand Slam" International pageants, along with "Miss Universe", "Miss World", "Miss International", etc. It also has as it's goal "To Stop the War and Violence", which I guess is another version of that iconic pageant answer of "I just want peace on Earth"...
Grand Beauty: "Miss Grand International 2016", Indonesia's Ariska Putri Pertiwi
The final crowning night took place at the Westgate Las Vegas Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, with 72 contestants competing from all over the world. The winner was "Miss Grand Indonesia" Ariska Putri Pertiwi. Ariska is 21 years-old and stands 5' 8" (1.73 M) and is a model.
Costume Queen: Ariska, "Miss Grand Indonesia" (above) and new "Miss Grand International 2016'"also won "Best National Costume" with this creation above. The ensemble featured a crown typical of Lampung City, representing majesty utilizing Indonesian textiles, and metals including copper and brass.
Now, time for the most important part...My EVENING GOWN RECAP!! I'll start with the eventual Winner and the rest of the Top Five and then, it's time for my Top Ten Best Gown Picks from the rest of the contestants!
Photos courtesy of Miss Grand International Facebook
And now...My other Ten Favorite Gowns of the "Miss Grand International 2016":
Score: 9.15 (without the shoes)
the Evening Gown Competition at "Miss Universe 2015" in Las Vegas (lower photo above). I liked it on Olivia and I like it on "Miss Grand Peru". While it is quite dramatic and impacting for an international pageant stage, it does still have a bit of a "Bridal" look to it. If the bride loved showing so much cleavage!
The "Uh Oh!/Ayyy Mija!" Gowns: Time for the Not-So-Good Gowns
Finally, last but not least...
Congratulations to the new "Miss Grand International 2016" from Indonesia Ariska Putri Pertiwi (center) and her Runners-up!!