Graphics by Yuffie @kxxenriquez/ Text by R. Galvez @the4ofustraveling/

1. JAPAN – Japan is in the midst of heightened nationalistic pride fueled by its hosting of Rugby World Cup 2019 where they became the first Asian rugby team to land in the quarter finals. Tomomi Okada could further the momentum if she will be hailed as the new Miss International. Our pageant experts do admit that she is the strongest Miss Japan to compete in the pageant since 2012. Tomomi is the daughter of Masumi Okada who has hosted Miss International for several years until 2005. Tomomi is not your conventional Japanese beauty queen. She has a unique beauty and a refreshing aura. If she wins the crown, she truly deserves it.

2. UGANDA – 2019 should come down in history as the year when there is a record number of African countries participating. The marketing strategy of Miss International is clearly working and that’s the reason why the pageant is blessed this year with the participation Miss Uganda Evelyn Namatovu Karonde. The beautiful lass from Kampala has an uplifting personality and a beauty that can disarm anyone. If a black African is to win the Miss International crown this year, it has to be Evelyn.

3. MEXICO – Mexico is gunning for its third Miss International crown this year. Andrea may be unplaced at Miss Universe 2018 but at Miss International 2019, she is clearly way ahead of the Latin American pack.

4. BRAZIL – Carolina Stankevicius Cruz was crowned in a formal pageant in Rio de Janeiro and it affirms the quest of Brazil to add one Miss International crown that they last won way back in 1968. Carolina has a great chance of earning Brazil’s second title. After all, she’s an elegant beauty with curvaceous body and a confident attitude.

5. BELARUS – Fresh from their good showing at Miss Earth, Belarus is now on the road to make in roads at Miss International. From the very start, Miss Belarus Maria Perviy has been a front runner and it seems that with her captivating beauty, her momentum is still quite strong.

6. VIETNAM – Nguyễn Tường San

7. BELGIUM – Rachel Nimegeers

8. INDONESIA- Jolene Marie Rotinsulu

9. SOUTH AFRICA – Nicole Middleton

10. PHILIPPINES – Bea Patricia Magtanong

11. CAMEROON – Angèle Kossinda

12. TAIWAN – Joyce Yi Shu-Chiu

13. COTE D’IVOIRE – Tara Gueye

14. CANADA – Megha Sandhu

15. COLOMBIA- Alejandra Vengoechea Bubbling up

16. HAITI – Lory-Anne Charles

17. RUSSIA – Marina Oreshkina

18. HONG KONG – Kayeshia Cheung Jiao

19. GUADELOUPE – Noémie Kribo Milne

20. DENMARK – Anna Diekelmann