The thing about international beauty pageants lately is that there’s been so many of them popping out now. Once, the major competitions in that vein could be counted on one hand. There was Miss World, the oldest still active today. Then there was Miss Universe (1952), starting one year after the inaugural Miss World. Miss International followed in 1960; and with Miss Earth from 2001 they formed the so-called “Big Four” international pageants for beauty. After that however came competitions like Miss Asia Pacific World and Miss Supranational. There have been so many beauty crowns for Filipinas to compete in; now here’s another one claimed.
CNN Philippines reports that a new beauty pageant crown – as in being contested for the first time – had its first ever winner being one from the Philippines. Sophia Sonoron has set a record in international beauty pageant history by being crowned Miss Multinational in Gugugram, part of the National Capital Region in India where this particular modeling-oriented competition is based. The inaugural pageant had only 35 contestant models from around the world including Sonoron, who was accompanied by Arnold Vegafria, her talent manager and national director for Miss Multinational Philippines, which contested the Philippines’ representative.
With Sonoron clinching the Miss Multinational crown, Saskia Kuban of Germany came in First Runner-Up, with India’s own bet Shefali Sharma as Second Runner-Up. Vegafria blew the good news wide open on Instagram, where he uploaded images of himself crowning Sonoron at the pageant venue of the Kingdom of Dreams theatre. This was a unique honor, with the Miss Multinational organizers calling on the national director of the winning country to crown their champion. A photo taken earlier in the pageant proper also showed the Filipina contestant in her national costume, alongside later post-crowning photos together with Sharma and Kuban.
The first Miss Multinational beauty pageant was held in Guguram over a period of ten days this month, from February 16 to the coronation night last Monday, February 26. Its contestants are drawn from the modeling communities of the participant nations, and the focus is in the “bringing out the best” from the candidates as well as showcasing to the world and all peoples the sort of positive change beauty queens can help bring about for them. Sophia Sonora’s win is another feather in the Philippines’ cap of beauty pageant victories, putting it on the same level as “rival” Venezuela.
Photo courtesy of Instagram/@arnold_vegafria