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I have mixed emotions about tonight’s Miss World 2013 Final, due to the organization’s reputation of winding up the night with the most unpredictable results. Unlike Miss Universe which showcases its candidates in three conspicuous yet entertaining rounds of competition like the Swimsuit, the Evening Gown, and the Interview, Miss World has always left us wondering how on earth their winner was chosen, because we’re not given the luxury of time to take stock of the performance of every finalist in each segment. It’s just a tradition of theirs that after presenting their one-hundred-plus candidates one by one in evening gown, they select their semifinalists, and then each of the finalists is called onstage to deliver a brief speech as for why she should be chosen as Miss World, period.

Because Miss World is associated with Beauty with a Purpose, a charity and a non-profit organization which “raises money and participates in humanitarian projects across the world,” this pageant is said to be looking for that woman who will best represent the Miss World Organization and its various causes during her reign. But that’s very, very fluid and downright surreal. Right? It will no longer be surprising for pageant followers to get bored watching the same segments as before, let alone all of the 127 international beauties to be presented in only two outfits: the opening number garb and the evening gown. The only element of excitement there is that our country is being represented by the best Miss World Philippines ever—in the person of Megan Young. So, don’t you miss the Miss World 2013 Final tonight on GMA, right after Celebrity Bluff (19:30 Local; 11:30 GMT), or via live streaming on http://www.rcti.tv/streaming or on http://www.missworld.com/. For winning the Top Model Competition during the Miss World 2013 pre-pageant event, Megan Young has already gained a spot in the semifinals tonight, so we can all relax now.

I’m just a bit concerned because, no matter what a strong Miss World 2013 contender Megan Young is, or how perfect Miss World material we think she is, this oldest surviving international beauty pageant is not without its share of controversies, as always—think about the politics of beauty pageants, that is. What with the slim and beautiful Megan Young and her fat chances of winning at tonight’s Miss World 2013 Final in Bali, Indonesia, ugly bashers have come to the surface on the Internet using her topless Rogue Magazine photos in trying to pull our enviably competitive Miss World Philippines away from the top, where the most coveted yet mysteriously elusive Miss World 2013 crown awaits this year’s most beautiful woman in the world.

 
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