Miss India was stunning in evening gown. Who are you favorites so far?
Bb Pilipinas International Nicole Schmitz is of FIlipino-German descent. She's 24 years old, stands 5ft 9 inches and is studying law and psychology in Sydney, Australia.
10 minute intermission. Coming up next is the announcement of the 15 semifinalists! Judges are now voting on which of the 69 delegates competing will make the cut.
Miss Honduras wins Best in National Costume.
Miss Russia wins Miss Talent.
Miss Mauritius wins Miss Friendship.
Miss Myanmar wins Miss Internet.
Miss Japan wins Miss Photogenic.
Miss Haiti wins Miss JOICFP (Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning).
The TOP 15 finalists are (in random order):
4. Sri Lanka
8. United Kingdom
10. Dominican Republic
Miss Colombia final speech: I chose to be a beauty queen as a wonderul and effective way to help people. I had the opportunity to work with different foundations in Colombia, but now my dream is bigger. I would like e to support people worldwide. If I become Miss International 2012 I would like to work for child education because today's children are tomorrow's future. I would love to plan the seeds of education.
Miss Brazil final speech: If I become Miss International 2012 I would be very happy because it is a very important title for me. I am a nurse and I dream to become a doctor. Looking after the people's welfare is not just in my profession but in my soul too.
Miss Japan final speech: What is a role model? It is someone who inspires good in all things. Someone who gives hope, who is active in endless love for humanity. And has the energy to express that love. The success of winning a title is based on how many people you can inspire, how many communities you can help. How much change you can bring to the world. As women we have endless potential we can be anything we want to be, we can accomplish anything we choose to accomplish, in politics, business, science and education, we are uniqely capable of leading the future. And in the eyes of our children we can all share the title of the most beautiful and important womean in the world.
Miss Sri Lanka final speech: I believe beauty transcends the culture. We are women - beautiful, graceful, poised, that have gathered here for one cause. I aspire to be Miss International 2012 to carry one what i believe. And use this title to pass on the message of peace and humanity to every corner of the world. I believe as a woman we not only bear children, but we also give back to the world what we believe in.
Miss Finland final speech: As Miss International I would dedicate my year to spread the message of love and peace every where I go. And by my actions I will try to become a role model as a person who is not afraid to go after my dreams.
Miss Namibia final speech: Ladies and Gentlemen if I were to be crowned I would be envision, and my mission would be to promote global integration. IN order to for us to break the barrier of geographical standards. I believe that as a young woman of strength, ambition, sincerity, humanity, I have what it takes to take on the title, to promote the social causes and great deeds and purposes that young women of this world can achieve. Through charity, through innovation to serve as a to promote world peace. I would like to partake in engage activities that promote the environment. I would like to give myself as a tool to this world.
Miss Venezuela: [Speech was in Spanish]. Miss International thanks for this amazing experience.
Miss United Kingdom final speech: If i became Miss International 2012 it would be a complete honor. And I would use this platform wisely to encourage what it stands for, love peace and excitement to the world. I would take part ion charitable activities on an international scale. Especially in helping women , in health, education and family planning. I find it appropriate as this pageant is a celebration of humanity. I want to empower and inspire girls worldwide. By working together, I know we can make a positive change.
Miss Dominican Republic final speech: Be chosen as Miss International 2012 would be a dream come true. A dream that I have been chasing with faith and love. I hope to propose to the world a message of love to the world. Where there is love there is peace, and where there is peace there is progress.
Miss USA final speech: As Miss International 2012 I hope to promote love, peace, and hope which is exactly what this org represents. I am not only here to win the title, but i am here to learn something and to go home and make a difference in my community, my country and the world. I hope to change what the society considers beautiful and to change what we consider our role models.
Miss Philippines final speech: 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 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 an international citizen.
Miss Paraguay final speech: When I was 18 I went to a meditation for 6 months. I realized the only things that matters, that humans want is to be happy. And the only way of achieving that is not about what you are doing, but it is about what you are doing at this moment. That's why I joined, to use this platform to communicate to the people. When I read the motto, peace, love and excitement, it touched me because those are the words that i repeat to myself everyday. Give me the honor to be Miss International 2012 I am a woman of passion, this is my dream, and the mission of my life.
Miss India final speech: The Indian woman is a multi-tasker. Not only does she have her own career but she also supports the dreams of her children, her parents, and her husband. She is the perfect blend with contemporary mind with traditional values. She is the cornerstone of her family, that is why it breaks my heart to see these beautiful woman robbed of their basic rights. So as Miss International would like to work with UN for the upliftement of young women through education. I believe education is freedom. It brings awareness for issues. I take my inspiration from Japan rightly called the land of the rising sun, I believe that with the new day, comes new light, new life, and new hope.
Miss Mexico final speech: I would like to be the person with the voice of children all over the world. We can encourage them technology and science for their needs. I would also like to be working w/ women living with domestic violence. We can do great things collectively with hard work.
Miss Haiti: I do not believe that beauty is only on the outside I believe it is inside and what you have your heart. I founder a nonprofit called Peace and love international. I believe women are the center of life, because we give life. Children are our future so we must support them today. Given the opportunity, I will be a voice for the young, the old, especially the woman and the children. I will strive to do my best to unify the world through beauty, peace and love.
Final competition is over. Judges will now move to closed room to decide who will be crowned Miss International 2012. Who are your favorites?
TRIVIA while we wait:
The first ever Miss International was Colombia's Stella Marquez in 1960 - now national director of the Bb Pilipinas pageant.
Venezuela has the most Miss International titles with 6. The Philippines is second with 4 titles.
1964: Gemma Cruz
1970: Aurora Pijuan
1979: Melanie Marquez
2005: Precious Lara Quigaman
From Twitter user @balintatao:
To date, Melanie Marquez of the Philippines is still the youngest Miss International winner, taking home the crown at the age of 15.
Trivia from Twitter user @balintatao:
Only 2 Asian countries have ever won the title. The Philippines and Lebanon. Four out of five titles are from the Philippines.
The hosts just made an announcement. Judges are still deliberating. Looks like we will have to wait a little bit longer. Stay glued.