Picture from AP (R); Zhang Zilin’s PR photo from Miss World website (L)
Miss Zhang Zilin （张梓琳）, native of Hebei Province, China, has won this year’s Miss World crown. Why do you think she’s won?
Picture from AFP
This year’s Miss World 2007 beauty pageant was held at the beauty crown cultural center in Sanya, Hainan, China, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. Do you think it was because she stood at advantage on home soil?
Check out runner-up Micaela Reis of Angola (L) and second runner-up Carolina Moran Gordillo of Mexico. Third World countries may not have the highest GDPs, but boy they have beauties. Check out Miss Angola’s boobs!
On the other hand, Miss China has almost none.
Why would the judges favour a flatchested girl?
She is very tall though. Standing at 1.83m, Miss China dwarves even the other contestants.
Speaking of which, here are some of the other finalists:
Picture from AFP
“Miss World contestants from left, Jennifer Guevara Campos of Puerto Rico, Vivian Charlott Burkhardt of Grenada, Christine Reiler of Austria and Deborah Priya of Malaysia applaud after they nominated into top 16 semi-finalist during the Miss World 2007 beauty pageant. -AFP”
And here’s our Miss Singapore. Sigh. Poor thing. I’m sure she’s a cutie that guys at the gym or the bar would make a beeline to chat up, but she ain’t ever going to win.
Miss Singapore Roshni Kaur Soin
And here are the Miss World champions from years 2006 and 2004.
Miss World 2006, from Czech Republic (R); Miss World 2004, from Peru (L)
It’s often the Aryan (blonde hair, blue/green eyes) look or the exotic Latina look that has won over judges. But why Miss China this year? Could it be because –
Beijing Olympics 2008!
China’s a rising superpower and will crush your country if you don’t let their baby girl win?
For the past 57 years, China has not even come close to championship at a global pageant such as this. Could it be a sign of World Domination? First Miss World, then the Universe.
Remember the days (those were also the days we believed no Singaporean would ever make it to the stardom in the pop music scene) when we would watch a pageant like Miss World and sigh, “We Asians are not tall enough,” or “Look at those cans on Miss Georgia, she’s a shoo-in,” or “That Latina has gorgeous eyes!”
But this Zhang Zilin girl seems to glow. Beside her, everybody else looks pudgy, listless and insecure.
Before the pageant, this Beijing Technological University graduate was a secretary and part-time model. She has catwalked with supermodels on designer fashion shows and had a part to play in the very high-profile Fendi show at Beijing’s Great Wall this year in October.
Fame has its price though. Her contract with her agency has it in black-and-white that she’s not allowed to get attached, and that she must handover every cent she earns from modelling (and I’m guessing the prize money from the pageants as well) for them to manage. (Now you understand why she has two jobs.)
In an interview after the contest, she said that she will brush up on her English and start on her (token) Miss World visits to parts of the Caribbean, Europe and South Africa. With the Beijing Olympics coming up and China in the centre of attention for all the right and wrong reasons, I don’t think she’s going to be forgotten as soon as the other Miss World champions.
A beautiful walking propaganda machine. How convenient, China.
Why do you think she’s won?