Online Missosologists are spreading the news that Nicole Faverón will represent Peru at Miss Universe 2012
Peru has a unique history at Miss Universe. It has one Miss Universe in the name of Gladys Zender but it seems that the victory was eons ago. That was in 1957 and interestingly, aside from Gladys, Peru never made it to the Top 5 or Top 6 of the Miss Universe pageant. Peruvian beauties seem to stuck in the semis only. Even more interesting is that this country never had a decade of drought. They always have a delegate making the cut every decade but why is it that the second crown is so elusive?
Perhaps Peru needs to update itself with the latest techniques at Miss Universe. Consider last year's Natalie Vertiz. Everybody was talking about her. Everyone is saying she's a goddess. But look what happened? She became a clapper. The most probable reason? Bad gown! The design was so busy in the skirt it bordered to being tacky. This highlights Peru's problem. The country has lots of potential Miss Universes, but the organizers don't know to polish or dress them.
With a bubbly personality and a body to die for, Debora Sulca failed to advance to the Top 5 of Miss Universe 2005
Claudia Ortiz de Zevallos should have breezed the swimsuit competition with ease. Alas, she flunked in the gown segment during the finals night, thanks to that single-sleeved gown and a not-so-lively presentation
That is why it is indeed laudable that the pageant organizers are overhauling the Miss Peru contest this year. For this year, they are handpicking their Miss Universe and Miss World contestants to gave way for this year's pageant that will select their 2013 delegates to major pageants. There are no specifics yet as to what will be overhauled but more likely, they want to prepare their delegates earlier.
Focus should have been on the design of the gowns. Natalie Vertiz (2011) and Claudia Ortiz de Zevallos (2003) could have improved their chances if better gowns were used. Interestingly, Peru is good at designing National Costumes for it has won the award thrice!
Peru won the Best National Costume Award at Miss Universe in (from top to bottom) 1972, 1976 and 1982
Another area of focus is personality. Debora Sulca's bubbliness should be the benchmark but of course it has to be genuine and must not be overdone. Ample training is the key to achieve this.
So this year, Peru will be represented by a hand-picked beauty queen who stands a tall 6 feet and was the first runner-up at last year's national pageant. Nicole Faveron is her beautiful name and she already represented her country in international pageant. Will she be the next Miss Universe the Peru had been hoping for years?