The year 2012 is a year when many of us have seen some of the most ridiculous gowns, costumes and catwalks but also the year when haute couture, designer national costumes as well as witty answers impressed us all. The Best and Worst segment of Missosology is a tradition that goes back as far as the year when Missosology was founded - in 1999. It is not meant to insult anyone although be forewarned that the description could be blunt, honest and direct. It is not meant to target any specific country. Instead, it hopes to awaken a constructive debate on what wardrobes should be brought on major pageants, what catwalk is in and what is out, perhaps even to discuss in what way should a pageant question be answered.
Understandably, we received complaints from contestants themselves especially those who were tagged in the worst category. Of course, we care about their sentiments but everyone should realize that if you are tagged as the worst, perhaps it is best to take it constructively. National directors and national organizations should take time and effort to dress and train their delegates since Big4 pageants are international events. The eyes of the world are on each and every delegate. Sure, Missosology can play safe and not publish this segment. However, the world will form its opinion. And it wouldn't be great as well if the world will think your contestant is the worst, with or without Missosology pointing it out.
The Best in Swimsuit this year is no other than Miss World Wales Sophie Moulds (below, right). The curvaceous body of the Welsh beauty queen is a sight to behold. She is a statuesque 5'10" beauty that knows how to pose and show off her sexiness. The Worst in Swimsuit for 2012 is no other than Miss Universe Denmark Josefine Hewitt (below, left). Her body is fine but not really the top notch. But her walk and catwalk ruined it all.
The Best in Gown is Miss World Philippines Queenierich Rehman (above, left). The red gown with artful beading on the bodice and runs through her arms is definitely the height of fashion. It is complemented by the subtle feathers at the bottom. This is both a critically acclaimed and a fave by the beauty watchers. Meanwhile, Miss Mongolia Bayarmaa Huselbaatar (above, right) is in the bottom of our list after showing up in contest where everyone wear a gown while she is in what it seems to be a costume for Mongolian circus.
The Best and Worst in National Costume is a stark contrast between a well-prepared delegate and a delegate that was hastily sent to an international competition. Miss Universe Denmark Josefine Hewitt (below, left) chose to depict the Little Mermaid, a Hans Christian Andersen character that the world loves and also a symbol of Copenhagen, but she ended up like someone wearing something from $1 dollar shop. Contrast that with the flurry of colors and fiesta mood in the costume of Miss World Venezuela Gabriella Ferrari. The costume of Gabriella is the best in 2012 largely because of the kaleidoscope of hues it offers and the relevance of the costume itself to the Venezuelan culture.
"We truly make life of what we give," quipped Miss World South Sudan Atong Demach explaining why she should be crowned as Miss World 2012. Her answer is the best in 2012 and should have won the crown simply for that. Meanwhile, the ramblings of Miss Universe Venezuela Irene Esser went like this:
"I think that any leys there are in Constitution or in life, are already made. I think that we should have, uh, a straight way to go in our similar, or, eh, in our lives as is this. For example, I'm a surfer, and I think that the best wave that I can take is the wave that I wait for it. So please do our only, eh, law that we can do. Thank you Vegas!"