The Miss World 2013 Candidates




 
Albania  
Ersela KURTI

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 175

Ersela was born and raised in Albania's capital city Tirana. Currently studying for her Master's Degree, Ersela is a student of Law. In between her studies, she works as a dancer on television productions with future ambitions of becoming a presenter. She describes herself as “friendly and outgoing, but ambitious and able to work hard to achieve my goals”. Her hobbies include dancing, swimming and motorsports.


   
 
  Angola  
Maria CASTELO

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 171

23 year old Maria is a student working towards her graduation. Born and raised in the capital city Luanda, Maria has aspirations of pursuing her interests in social activism, championing causes that she believes in, as well as working towards creating a successful career in business. In her spare time she enjoys playing handball, reading and she has skills in singing and performing traditional Angolan dance. A fan of music, Maria’s favourite genres are gospel and RnB.


 
 
  Argentina  
Maria Teresa KUSTER

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 174

Maria Teresa is an art director, having studied Advertising & Art Direction at university. Born in Buenos Aires, Maria Teresa grew up in the Entre Ríos Province before moving back to the city. Maria Teresa has ambitions of starting her own fashion TV show or magazine in the future. Her hobbies include painting and indoor cycling and her favourite dish is seafood risotto. Maria Teresa describes herself as "passionate about what I do, sensible, an art lover, and able to enjoy the little moments in life." 
 
 
Aruba 
 Larisa LEEUWE

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 174

Born in the Netherlands, 22 year old Larisa is a Law student at the University of Aruba. Growing up on the Caribbean island, she describes herself as a “Charismatic, down to earth woman with a big heart”, who enjoys a variety of water sports, from wakeboarding to scuba diving, and practices martial arts (pencak silat) with her father. Her ambition is to finish her studies and become an attorney in family law. She also hopes to further her community project ‘Aruba Against Domestic Violence’, which helps out victims of abuse. She enjoys a variety of music, and her favourite cuisine is Aruban prepared seafood.


 
 
Australia  
Erin HOLLAND

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 177

Erin was born and raised in Cairns, North Queensland, until at the age of 17 she followed her dreams to Sydney, where she took up a scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Describing herself as vibrant, outgoing and hard working, Erin hopes to one day be a leading lady on Broadway. Classically trained, Erin is a highly skilled singer, clarinet player and saxophonist. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and reading, she likes Asian Cuisine and she is an ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. 


 
 
Austria 
 Ena KADIC

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 178

Born in Bihac, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ena grew up in Austria, and counts Tyrol as her home. She describes herself as open-minded, friendly and always smiling. Ena enjoys playing a variety of sports and has aspirations of a career in fitness; becoming a fitness instructor and possibly opening her own centre. Ena likes listening to RnB and Hip-Hop music, and her favourite books include the Twilight series and fitness books. Her personal motto is “Do what you want!”


 

 
Bahamas 
 De'Andra BANNISTER

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 178

De’Andra was born and raised in Nassau, the capital of Bahamas. She describes it as the perfect balance of island and city life.  Describing herself as “witty, personable and focused”, she graduated university with an Associate’s Degree on the dean’s list, in the field of Medical Science. She hopes to use her skills in the future to help the people of Bahamas. Her hobbies include travelling, reading, and playing & watching a variety of sports.  
 
 
Barbados  
Regina RAMJIT

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 170

19 year old Regina hails from the St. Michael Parish in Barbados and is currently at university where she is studying Biochemistry. Her ambition is to complete her studies and train to be a paediatrician in the future. Describing herself as a “fun girl” who often “makes others smile” she enjoys living in the tropical paradise of Barbados. Regina likes to listen to RnB music and her favourite cuisine is Chinese. 


 
 
Belarus  
Maryia VIALICHKA

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 177

Maryia is currently enrolled in a 5 year degree of Veterinary Medicine at the Vitebsk State Academy. An animal lover, Maryia recently worked to save homeless animals in her home city as part of the ‘Take Me Home’ charity scheme. Her hobbies include playing chess, reading books on astrology, and listening to rock music. Her favourite food is Belarusian Cuisine. Maryia describes herself as an open and cheerful person, and her personal motto is “Never Give Up!”.


 
 
  Belgium  
Noémie HAPPART

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 174

Noémie was born in the town of Rocourt. Growing up in nearby Grace – Hollande, she describes herself as “a smiley dynamic girl… who lives life to the fullest.” Through working as Miss Belgium, Noemie has aspirations of continuing a life in the public eye, with a role as a television presenter. Her hobbies include dancing and jogging, and her favourite foods include salads and Asian cuisine. She begins a degree in Psychology later this year. 


 
 
Belize  
Idolly Louise SALDIVAR

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 178

Idolly comes from Belize City in the heart of Belize. A “determined, hardworking individual... who strives for success” Idolly is a promotions team member with aspirations of a career in dentistry. She plans on moving to Costa Rica to achieve her goals. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, hiking, and softball and she likes to play the guitar. Idolly enjoys her native cuisine, she likes to read romance novels, and her preferred music is dancehall and salsa. 
 
 
Bermuda  
Katherine ARNFIELD

  • Age: 17
  • Height: 183

17 year old Katharine is currently a student with ambitions of furthering her education at university in the fields of Law or Business. Katherine describes herself as “A happy, down to earth 17 year old girl, who feels extremely blessed to be representing her country”. Her interests include horse riding, swimming and photography. Katharine is also a trained dancer, proficient at ballet, tap and modern dance. Her favourite foods include steak and chocolate, and she enjoys listening to pop, rock and easy listening music.

 
 
Bolivia  
Maria Alejandra CASTILLO

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 178

A woman of “strong convictions, humble and sincere”, Maria was born in La Paz, growing up in the southern city of Tarija. Currently in her final year of undergraduate studies, she describes herself as “a woman with strong convictions, both humble, and sincere.” Maria co-founded ‘Little Hand’, a community project helping the disadvantaged, hoping to continue and expand her work in the future. Her hobbies include paintballing, hiking, and reading, and she enjoys listening to jazz, blues, and classical music.


 
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina  
Sanda GUTIC

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 177

Sanda split her time growing up between Bosnia and Austria, and is currently an Economics student. Fluent in several languages, she has aspirations of further studies in Foreign Language or Psychology. She describes herself as “very communicative and optimistic”, with a love for sport and nature. An active person, Sanda holds a brown belt in Karate and enjoys snowboarding and skiing. Her talents also include acrylic and oil painting.


 
 
Botswana  
Rosemary KEOFITLHETSE

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 171

Rosemary was born in the town of Maun, moving to the Kalahari desert village of Hukuntsi when she was 8. Currently enrolled in a degree in Accounting at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, she has aspirations of using her education to start her own business. Describing herself as “selfless, compassionate and strong”, her interests include photography, cycling, and she is currently learning to play the guitar. Rosemary also has ambitions of becoming an ambassador of goodwill who will make a positive impact in people’s lives.


 
 
Brazil  
Sancler FRANTZ KONZEN

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 175

Sancler was born and raised in Arroio do Tigre, in Rio Grande do Sul. Describing herself as a “fighter”, Sancler works as a television presenter on statewide television. Her dream is to progress beyond this to become a well known national presenter. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and socializing with her friends, and her favourite foods are cooked on a traditional Brazilian Barbecue. Sancler is a huge football fan, and supports her local team Gremio. Her personal motto is “Beauty may open doors, but beauty with a purpose opens hearts and minds.”

 
 
British Virgin Islands  
Kirtis MALONE

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 170

21 year old Kirtis describes herself as humble and reserved – accept when on stage. Kirtis loves singing. In her spare time she enjoys collaborating with various artists, and her proudest moment was singing with the regionally acclaimed Showtime band as part of her national heritage celebrations. Currently studying at university, she has aspirations of becoming a teacher in the future. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and playing basketball, and her favourite dish is chicken alfredo.


 
 
Bulgaria  
Nansi KARABOYCHEVA

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 172

Nansi was born in Pazarjik before relocating to the village of Yunatsite whilst growing up. An Economics student, Nansi has aspirations of a career in economics, and vows to work hard to achieve her aims. A keen sportswoman, Nansi was once a national beach volleyball champion. Her hobbies include watching tennis, reading Stephen king novels, and she enjoys listening to dance music. Nansi says she is just “an ordinary girl... proud to represent Bulgaria”

 
 

 
Cameroon  
Denise Valérie AYENA

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 180

Denise was born and raised in Douala, a coastal city in southern Cameroon. Describing herself as a “cheerful and bubbly person”, Denise is currently enrolled at university studying Communications. Her life ambition is to become a successful broadcast journalist, preferably covering events. Having an artistic nature, Denise enjoys painting and drawing, as well as traditional African dancing. In her spare time she enjoys watching motocross, her favourite book is the Da Vinci Code and she considers herself a “culinary tourist”, delighting in trying new flavours of food.
 
 
Canada  
Camille MUNRO

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 173

Camille was born in Regina, Saskatchewan a place she describes as "a diverse geographical area with people of multicultural ancestry". Currently working as an Analyst Assistant, Camille hopes to build on her Human Justice degree with a master’s in Law. Her hobbies include a variety of dance, volleyball and golf, and her favourite dish is lobster. Camille's personal motto is "Always try your best in spite of adversity."


 
 
Chile  
Camila ANDRADE

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 168

Camila was born in the city of Concepción, growing up across Chile before settling in Santiago. Describing herself as “hardworking, persevering, and spontaneous” she is a Public Relations student with ambitions of a career as a television presenter. In the past she has had several roles on children’s television, and hopes to build on these experiences. In her spare time she enjoys to dance and will be showcasing her Rapa-Nui for the ‘Dances of the World’. She enjoys the music of Los Bunkers, Los Tres and Adele, and her favourite foods are sushi and lasagne.

 
 
 
  China PR  
Wei Wei YU

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 177

Wei Wei was born and raised in Xi’an, the capital of Shaan Xi Province, an area she describes as steeped in rich cultural heritage. Wei Wei majored in Music at university and is an accomplished Piano player as well as an operatic singer. Her hobbies include painting and calligraphy, and she plays Taekwondo. Wei Wei has ambitions of becoming a fashion designer in the future, with hopes of starting her own brand. Her favourite cuisine is nearby Sichuan Province’s famous hotpot.


 
 
  Chinese Taipei  
Cinzia CHANG

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 178

Cinzia was born and raised in Nantou county. A languages student, she is in her final year at the National Chengchi University. Cinzia has aspirations of working as an interpreter in the future, and is fluent in several languages, including English, Turkish, and Mandarin. At the age of 17 she won an English language competition. In her free time Cinzia enjoys reading, cooking, and listening to music. A fan of physical exercise she also likes to go hiking and running, and is a talented belly dancer. Her favourite music is classical Chinese love songs and she has a pet parrot!


 
 
Colombia 
 Daniella OCORÓ

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 173

Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Daniella Ocoro describes herself as “a sincere girl with a giant heart”, and as “transparent as water”. She is currently studying Architecture at university, with aspirations of working in the specialist field of Bioclimatic architecture - responsible construction respecting the environment. Daniella’s interests include cooking, dancing and painting, she enjoys playing many sports and her favourite foods are Italian and her national cuisine. Her personal motto is “Work hard, help others, have fun and make history.”


 
 
Costa Rica 
 Yarly MARIN

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 170

Yarley was born and raised in the village of Ojochal, in southern Costa Rica. Describing herself as a “positive person who loves helping other people”, Yarly is currently enrolled at university studying Physical Therapy. Yarly aims to complete her studies and open a physiotherapy clinic for newborn and young children in South Costa Rica. Her interests include swimming, reading, and cycling, she loves to eat seafood, and her favourite books include Paulo Coelno’s The Alchemist.


 
 
Cote D'Ivoire  
Aïssata DIA

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 183

Aissata grew up in the city of Abidjan, where she is currently a first year student in Marketing Management. She describes herself as “ambitious, dynamic and family orientated”, and has aspirations of using her degree to set up her own company in the beauty industry. Her hobbies include reading and travelling, she enjoys novels by Marc Levy, music from Beyonce, and her favourite food is foutou with pistachio sauce. Aissata’s personal motto is “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”


 
 
Croatia  
Lana GRŽETIĆ

  • Age: 18

18 year old Lana describes herself as “romantic, hardworking and trustworthy”. With aspirations of enrolling in art college in the near future. Budding artist Lana has won three awards on her artistic journey, including 1st prize at the 2012 Extempore Art Contest. In her spare time Lana likes to go horse riding, her favourite author is August Senoa, and she loves home cooked traditional Croatian cuisine. Lana hopes to one day get involved in the fashion industry, putting her artistic talents to work on designing clothes.
 
 
Curaçao  
Xafira URSELITA

  • Age: 17
  • Height: 174

Xafira is currently at Senior High School with aspirations of a career in the field of Law as a Notarial Officer. Describing herself as “relaxed, positive and down to earth”, Xafira enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports, including swimming and football. She sees herself as a fine cook, specialising in Asian food and cakes. She enjoys listening to Jazz & RnB Music, and she likes to read novels and true story books. Her favourite dish is giambo, a regional okra soup.


 
 
Cyprus  
Kristy Marie AGAPIOY

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 175

20 year old Kristy grew up in Limassol, Cyprus. She is currently in Newcastle, UK, where she is studying Food Science & Nutrition at university. Describing herself as “very sociable, friendly and generous” Kristy enjoys keeping active, regularly attending gym classes, yoga and running along the beach front. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and reading, and her favourite music is RnB and the latest chart toppers. Kristy hopes to gain a career in the food industry, as a dietician, a food critic, or a food buyer. 


 
 
Czech Republic  
Lucie KOVANDOVA

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 170

Lucie was born in the populous city of Brno before moving to Dolni Kounice as she was growing up. Currently a student, Lucie has ambitions of becoming a speech therapist. To that end she has plans of enrolling into pedagogical university. Lucie describes herself as “friendly, sociable and loyal to her family and friends”. In her spare time she enjoys a variety of sports, her favourite music is dance music, Harry Potter is her favourite book series and she plays the flute. Her favourite food is sushi.


 

 
Denmark  
Malene Riis SØRENSEN

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 180

Born in the town of Haderslev, 20 year old Malene is a Journalism student with aspirations of furthering her studies at Harvard University. Describing herself as “loving, well balanced, ambitious and peaceful” Malene wants a career in journalism, ideally working as a beauty editor for a popular women’s magazine. In her spare time you will find Malene on the ski slopes, reading a good book, or hard at work on one of her blogs. She says that she loves to drink smoothies, and her favourite music is pop music.
 
 
Dominica  
Leslassa ARMOUR-SHILLINGFORD

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 169

Leslassa describes herself as a “Down to earth, natural and committed young Caribbean woman” growing up across the Caribbean region. Currently a dance teacher, she loves to dance, with natural talent and skill in many styles, from ballet to hip hop, ballroom to jazz. Leslassa has aspirations of studying Agricultural Economics at university before returning to Dominica to use her knowledge to develop the local industry. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and socialising, and her favourite novel in George Orwell’s 1984.
 
 
  Dominican Republic 
 Joely BERNAT

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 178
Joely was born in Puerto Rico and currently lives in New York with her Dominican mother. Describing herself as “charismatic, talented, humble and caring” Joely currently works as a school teacher. She enjoys working with children and has aspirations of starting her own foundation to help educate disadvantaged youths. A graduate from a performing arts school, Joely has a full range of dancing styles at her disposal. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music and photography, and in her youth she swam for the US Masters Swim Team.
 

 
Ecuador  
Laritza PARRAGA

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 170

20 Year old Laritza is a Psychology student and a writer. Born In el Carmen, Laritza currently lives in Quito, where she enjoys playing tennis, the guitar, and practicing crossfit. Musically minded, she is also a dancer, focusing on tango, jazz, hip hop and traditional Ecuadorian dances. Laritza loves jazz music and is a big fan of Edith Piaf and Carlos Bordel. Lartiza says her biggest aspirations are to become a psychologist, to finish writing her book. 


 
 
  El Salvador  
Paola Vanessa AYALA HERNANDEZ

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 163

Paola is passionate about sports, competing in both the long jump and hurdles. Growing up in the capital, San Salvador, she is an aspiring architect, currently in her first year of university studies. A fan of Ricardo Arjona, she also plays the guitar and wishes to learn the piano at some point. As well as architecture, Paola has ambitions of working on television, having already picked up some experience in the past. Her favourite cuisine is Pupusas, a traditional Salvadorian dish.


 
 
England  
Kirsty HESLEWOOD

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 178

Kirsty hails from Hertfordshire, and currently works as an import broker. She describes herself as “polite, trustworthy, approachable, gentle, patient and intelligent.” Kirsty suffered from selective mutism as a child, and has turned her life around through her progress to the Miss World final. She has aspirations of becoming a children’s TV presenter in the future.  Kirsty is an accomplished skier, enjoys a variety of sports, and is a keen dancer, and listens to all kinds of music, from RnB to classical.

 
 
 
Equatorial Guinea  
Restituta Mifumu NGUEMA

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 170

Restituta is a 19 year old student with hopes of becoming a business woman in the future. She was born in Bata, growing up in the capital city Malabo. Describing herself as “cheerful, fun and friendly”, Restituta enjoys dancing, reading Mortadelo y Filemón comic books and her favourite food is chocolate sauce! Her proudest moment of her life was being crowned Miss World Equatorial Guinea. 


 
 
Ethiopia  
Genet TSEGAY TESFAY

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 176

Genet comes from a large family, growing up with her 11 brothers and sisters in the city of Mek’ele. Currently at university, Genet is a student of Architecture & Urban Planning, with aspirations of putting her degree to good work when she graduates. Genet’s other interests include swimming, volleyball, and volunteering at homeless shelters for young children. Her favourite foods include pizza and traditional Ethiopian cuisine.


 

 
Fiji  
Caireen ERBSLEBEN

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 167

Caireen describes herself as a fun loving and down to earth person, “always willing to lend a hand to those who need it.” A fan of the ocean, Caireen is a qualified scuba diver, enjoys swimming & outrigger paddle canoeing, and her favourite foods include sushi. Caireen has ambitions of becoming a pilot. Currently enrolled at the South Pacific University, she hopes to use her Science degree to enroll at the Pacific Flying School. Her hobbies include reading and hula dancing.


 
 
Finland  
Maija KERISALMI

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 177

Maija lives in the southern city of Nokia, having been born in Tampere. Describing herself as “a happy animal and sports lover”, she currently works in the fashion industry, having also worked as a hairdresser in the past. In her spare time, she spends time with the elderly and disabled through various charities in southern Finland. Her hobbies include snowboarding and horse riding, her favourite cuisine is Thai food, and she enjoys listening to pop and rap music. 

 
 
 
France  
Marine LORPHELIN

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 176

Marine was born and raised in the city of Mâcon. Describing herself as hardworking, she is currently a 2nd year medical student with aspirations of travelling the world helping its people before becoming a paediatrician or obstetrician. Marine has practiced athletics and gymnastics at a competitive level, winning “Vice Championnes de France” for her athletics team in the past. Her favourite author is Anna Gavalda, she enjoys listening to Lana del Ray, and her favourite food is Italian Cuisine.

 

 
Gabon  
Brunilla Novela EKOUMBI MOUSSADINGOU

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 170

Brunilla describes herself as a happy young woman who “lives the life she loves and loves the life she lives.” Currently at university, she is studying Accountancy with aspirations of working as a certified public accountant in the future. Brunilla’s hobbies include watching movies, shopping, and doing exercise, and her favourite foods include Italian cuisine. A fan of reading, Brunilla’s favourite book is Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. Her personal motto is “Always be in agreement with yourself and God.”


 
 
Georgia  
Tamar SHEDANIA

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 178

Tamar was born and raised in Zugdidi, a coastal town on the Black Sea. By working hard, she plans to realize her dreams of becoming a famous actress, working her way up in the industry. In her spare time she enjoys aerobics and exercise, but her passion is cooking. Her specialty is Georgian dishes learnt from her mother. Depending on her mood, Tamar listens to all sorts of music, and she loves to read mystery novels, especially those by Agatha Christie. She describes herself as “ambitious… loves travelling and with a strong personality.” 


 
 
Germany  
Amina SABBAH

18 year old Amina lives in Jena, a city in central Germany on the river Saale. Currently working for an insurance company, Amina previously attended stunt school! In her spare time she likes to keep fit, to dance and sing, and she plays the keyboard and guitar. A fan of American country rock, her favourite singers are Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and she loves the Twilight series. 
 
 
Ghana  
Carranzar NAA OKAILEY SHOOTER

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 188

Carranzar was born in the suburbs of Accra and has lived in the capital all her life. She is a BSC Medical Student with ambitions of qualifying as a paediatrician in the future. Describing herself as “down to earth with a vivacious personality and a passion to help the under privileged”, she partakes in quarterly outreach programs bringing medical care to rural areas of Ghana. In her spare time she enjoys reading, sightseeing, and travelling, and her favourite book is Think Big by Ben Carson.


 
 
Gibraltar 
 Maroua KHARBOUCH

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 173

Maroua describes herself as honest, selfless; a “humble person who truly cares about the well being of others.” Currently working as a client relationship manager, she has aspirations of furthering her career and challenging herself professionally and personally with new experiences. An animal lover, Maroua also volunteers her time at a local cat shelter, enjoying devoting time to worthy causes. Her hobbies include keeping fit and singing, and her favourite food is her mother’s “Tortilla de Patatas”.


 
 
  Greece  
Athina PIKRAKI

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 175

Athina was born on Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Describing herself as “ambitious, hardworking and dedicated”, Athina studied Fashion Design at university, with aspirations of starting her own brand. She currently runs her own clothes store and hopes to one day stock her own garments too. Apart from fashion, Athina is a skilled dancer, well versed in many styles including salsa, cha cha and the tango as well as traditional Greek dances. In her spare time Athina likes reading, cooking and photography, and her favourite cuisine is sushi.

 
 
 
  Guadeloupe  
Sheryna VAN DER KOELEN

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 170

Sheryna was born in Germany, spending her time growing up between Germany and Guadeloupe. She describes herself as “dynamic, ambitious and punctual” and she enjoys leading a very active life, partaking in gymnastics, athletics and a variety of sports. She is currently a student of Sports Science, and has aspirations of owning her own fitness centre in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to hip hop and dancehall music and her favourite foods are traditional Guadeloupe cuisine. 
 
 
Guam  
Camarin MENDIOLA

  • Age: 17
  • Height: 163

Camarin grew up in the village of Agana Heights on the island of Guam. She describes herself as “always smiling, humble and friendly”. Camarin is currently a student and desires to carry on into further education, studying Engineering or Architecture with a view to a career in one of these fields. Her hobbies include basketball, water sports, and spending time on the beach and she enjoys listening to RnB & hip hop music. Her personal motto is “Stay humble”.


 
 
Guatemala  
Karla Loraine QUINTO

  • Age: 25
  • Height: 163

Loraine was born and raised in Guatemala City where she works as an interior designer. Describing herself as a “very disciplined and hardworking woman”, Loraine is currently learning Mandarin, taking her language skills up to 5 languages – Spanish, English, Italian, French and Mandarin! In her spare time Loraine works as an assistant for a local charitable organisation providing for the hungry in her country. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music and dancing, and her favourite foods are local and French cuisine.
 
 
Guinea  
Mariama DIALLO

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 172

Mariama grew up in the capital city of Guinea, Conakry, and is the youngest of three children in her family. She describes herself as a “modest young woman” who “excels in everything I set myself”. Mariama studied Telecommunication Engineering at college and hopes to put the skills she learned to use in the future. Her interests include reading, watching movies, and following fashion. She enjoys listening to RnB and jazz music, and her favourite foods include beef steak. Her personal motto is “Work hard”.

 
 
Guinea-Bissau  
Heny TAVARES

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 173

22 year old Heny was born in Bafatá before moving to Bissau during her childhood. A confident young lady, Heny graduated university and currently works as an accountant. In her past she has volunteered at a local hospital and would like to build upon her experiences, training in healthcare. In her spare time, Heny enjoys playing basketball and singing, her favourite singer is Celine Dion, and her favourite books are the Harry Potter series.
 
 
Guyana 
Ruqayyah BOYER

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 175

Ruquyyah was born in Suriname, growing up in neighbouring Guyana. Currently working as a journalist and television personality, Ruquyyah studied  International Relations & Diplomacy and hopes to pursue a career as an international legal practitioner. In her spare time, she enjoys basketball, athletics, and photography and her favourite food is Indian cuisine. She also spends time working at the Hope Pheonix Foundation, a charity in Guyana.


 

 
Haiti  
Ketsia Lioudy ICIENA

  • Age: 19

19 year old Ketsia is currently a student with hopes of a career in international business relations. To achieve these aims she plans on studying in this field at university. An “open and friendly person” Ketsia enjoys many things, including reading, watching documentaries, and spending time with children. Her special talents include singing and dancing, with the salsa, cha-cha-cha, and bachata her favourites. Ketsia also hopes to have the opportunity to devote more of her time to humanitarian efforts, especially in her home country.


 
 
Honduras  
Monica Alexis ELWIN GOUGH

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 170

19 year old Monica is a photographer who describes herself as “A really sweet, happy, fun person to be with.” Currently working towards a degree in Computer Science, she wants to become a radiologist. Monica has aspirations of one day running her own hospital where she can practice her radiology skills. Her hobbies include reading, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends. Her favourite foods include baleados and lasagne.

 
 
Hong Kong China 
Jacqueline WONG

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 163

Born in New York City, 24 year old Jacqueline grew up in Vancouver before returning home to Hong Kong, where she is studying for a masters’ degree in Business Administration. Studying Chinese dance for 12 years, Jacqueline is a skilled performer, and currently works as a TV presenter. Her aspirations are to become a successful actress to bring a positive influence to her audience, with hopes of developing into an entrepreneur in her later life. In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding and basketball, she has an appreciation of cars, and her favourite band is Aerosmith.

 
 
 
Hungary  
Annamária RAKOSI

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 172

Born and raised in Debrecen, Annamaria describes herself as reliable and success-orientated. She is currently enrolled at university, majoring in Biology. Her interests include research into different medical fields, and she has aspirations of working in the pharmaceuticals industry in the future. Annamaria competed in Aerobics for 12 years, and says placing runner up at the Aerobics World Cup was one of the proudest moments of her life so far. She enjoys listening to music by Rihanna, and her favourite meal is spaghetti carbonara.

 
 

 
Iceland  
Sigridur Dagbjort ASGEIRSDOTTIR

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 175

Sigridur was born in Rejkyavik, moving to Kópavogur at the age of 10. Currently at university, she hopes to finish her Law studies before working towards her Master’s degree in the same field. Describing herself as “friendly and outgoing” Sigridur enjoys the outdoors, and is a fan of hiking and exercise in the countryside. Her favourite singer is Beyonce. Sigridur hopes to achieve a successful career as a lawyer, or start her own business law firm.
 
 
India  
Navneet DHILLON

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 170

Navneet was born in Haryana State in Northern India, but moved across the country whilst growing up. Describing herself as a “contemporary manifestation of the new Indian woman that encompasses a mix of her traditional values with her contemporary ambitions.” These ambitions are to become a global ambassador for India, breaking into Bollywood and working alongside NGOs. Currently a student, Navneet is studying, TV & Film Production. Her hobbies include going to the theatre, horse riding and photography.


 
 
Indonesia  
Vania LARISSA

  • Age: 17
  • Height: 171

Vania was born and raised in the village of Pontianak on the island of Borneo before travelling to Jakarta for further education. Currently studying Finance, Vania describes herself as “a challenge seeker... a person of curiosity.” Vania is a talented operatic singer, winning TV show ‘Indonesia’s Got Talent in 2010’! In her spare time she enjoys swimming, playing badminton and photography, and her future ambitions are to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, through her musical and onscreen talents.
 
 
  Ireland  
Aoife WALSH

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 170

Aoife describes herself as “ambitious, determined, focused, and passionate about everything I do”. Well educated, she collected a masters’ in Business Management before her post graduate studies in education at Trinity College. Currently a secondary school teacher, Aoife has ambitions of starting her own education outreach programs. In her spare time she enjoys walks in the countryside, jogging on the beach, and playing hockey. She enjoys eating Italian cuisine but loves chocolate. She is a talented singer and likes to listen to traditional Irish music.


 
 
Italy  
Sarah BADERNA

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 180

21 year old university student Sarah describes herself as a determined and stubborn person. Born and raised in Castell'Arquato, Piacenza Province, Sarah has aspirations of a career in the fashion industry, and one day starting her own fashion house. Her hobbies include snowboarding and horse riding, and she currently holds a 1st Dan Black Belt in Karate. Sarah loves eating pasta, and enjoys listening to electronic and house music. Her personal motto is “Chi Fa Da Se, Fa Per Tre” / “If you want something done, do it yourself.”


 

 
Jamaica  
Gina HARGITAY

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 180

Gina was born in Jamaica before moving to London for high school. Describing herself as “extremely family orientated”, Gina would like to take over the family business after studying history and politics at university. An athletic person, Gina enjoys a variety of sports, having swum competitively in her youth and also taking part in the ‘Race For Life’ for the past four years. She is also a blue belt in Taekwondo. In her spare time she enjoys listening to reggae music, playing the cello and her favourite book is To have or to be? by Erich Fromm.


 
 
Japan  
Michiko TANAKA

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 171

Michiko was born and raised in the Shizuoka Prefecture of central Japan, where she studied Design & Architecture at the Shizouka University of Art & Culture. With aspirations of a career as an international actress, Michiko sees herself as “an outgoing woman... a passionate person”. In her spare time she likes to go scuba diving, she enjoys playing tennis, and her musical talents include the piano, harp, and jazz dancing. Her favourite food is sushi. Her favourite musician is the composer Joe Hisaishi.


 

 
Kazakhstan  
Ainura TOLEUOVA

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 173

Ainura hails from the city of Taldykorgan where she is currently a student at the International Academy of Business. Describing herself as a “cheerful and goal-orientated person”, she hopes to become a fashion designer in the future, with desires of popularising Kazakh dress styles on a global scale. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, her favourite music in RnB, and A secret of attraction is her favourite book. A talented dancer, she is skilled at Kazakh national dances.
 
 
Kenya  
Wangui GITONGA

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 173

Wangui was born and raised in Mumbasa and describes herself as “Humble, a real go getter”. With aspirations of becoming a prominent hotelier, she is currently studying for a diploma in Food and Beverage Management. Her hobbies include running, swimming and reading, and she enjoys listening to rock, RnB and gospel music. Her special talents include belly dancing, and her personal motto is “Commitment is the key to success”.


 
 
  Korea  
Min Ji PARK

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 170

Min Ji lives in the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea. Describing herself as “positive and diligent”, her lifelong dream is to become a broadcasting reporter on television. A graduate of Chungang University, she is currently an intern at a national newspaper where she is learning to become a reporter. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, figure skating, and playing the flute. Her favourite band is Coldplay, Revirvre by Guy Corneau is her favourite novel, and she loves eating kimchi friend rice.


 
 
Kosovo  
Antigona SEJDIU

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 176

Antigona grew up in Southern Germany, in the town of Göppingen, before moving back to Kosovo. Now living in the capital city Prishtina, she is a Business Administration student at university. Describing herself as a friendly person, she has aspirations of forging a successful career in business and plans to study hard in the coming years. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to romantic & rock music, her hobbies include swimming and painting, and her favourite cuisine is Albanian food. 
 
 
Kyrgyzstan 
 Zhibek NUKEEVA

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 178

Zhibek comes from Bishek, where she lives with her sister and parents. Currently a student, she hopes to gain employment as a French translator or as an economist - as long as it is in France. She describes herself as “kind, honest, and always trying to be in a good mood”. Her hobbies include dancing, reading, and listening to RnB music. 


 

 
  Latvia  
Eva DOMBROVSKA

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 179

Eva is a Public Relations Officer living in Jelgava, central Latvia. She describes herself as “a person who believes in the good, in family values, and tries to never forget the inner child we all have.” Eva loves sports. She plays volleyball and basketball, regularly visits the gym, and has recently started to learn tennis. Her other hobbies include reading psychology books, and she is well versed in traditional Latvian folk dances. 


 
 
Lebanon  
Karen GHRAOUI

In Her Own Words...
“Marhaba!
My name is Karen Ghraoui and I will represent Lebanon at the Miss World Pageant 2013.
I am 22 years old, and I just completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design.
I am multi-lingual, I speak Arabic, German and English and I believe in the power of dialogue and the importance of reconciliation which are much needed to restore Lebanon’s unity by building a greater social cohesion and defining a shared vision of the future.
I look forward for this experience at Miss World!
See you in Indonesia.”

 
 
Lesotho  
Mamahlape Caroline MATSOSO

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 170

Mamahlape was born and raised in the landlocked nation of Lesotho, where she is a university student at present. An ambitious young lady, she has aspirations of becoming a UN peace ambassador, as well as working towards revitalizing her nation so it can compete in the global market. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, reading, taking long walks, and her favourite food is papa and beef stew. She likes to listen to pop music and her favourite novel is Danielle Steel’s Johnny Angel.
 
 
Lithuania  
Rūta Elžbieta MAZUREVIČIŪTĖ

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 172

22 year old Rūta is currently studying Law at Vytautas Magnus Universityk, with aspirations of a career as a successful lawyer. Describing herself as “brave and self-confident”, outgoing Rūta enjoys travelling, visiting museums, the theatre, and playing a variety of sports. Musically minded, she attended music school, where she honed her Zither playing talents. Rūta is also a keen dancer, well versed in traditional Lithuanian and worldwide contemporary dances. Her favourite book is the philosophical text Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.


 

 
Macedonia 
FYRO Kristina SPASENOSKA

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 177

21 year old Kristina was born and raised in the city of Kičevo, Western Macedonia FYRO. Currently at University, Kristina has ambitions of becoming a policewoman in the future. “Ambitious, well organized and enthusiastic”, Kristina enjoys a variety of activities, from bungee jumping to Latino dancing. She enjoys keeping fit, playing volleyball, basketball, and jogging. She says that astrologically speaking, she is a Leo and acts like one. Her favourite food is Caesar salad, and she likes to listen to house music.
 
 
Malaysia 
 Melinder BHULLAR

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 168

Melinder grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to Australia to study Psychology at the University of Western Australia. An “independent, outgoing and passionate young lady” Melinder has brief experience working on television, a line of work she hopes to make a successful career in. In her spare time she visits the theatre, she enjoys Traditional Malay and Classical Indian music and cinema, and her favourite food is Nasi Lemak, a Malay delicacy.  


 
 
Malta 
 Donnha BORG

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 175

Sales assistant Donnha grew up in the town of Imtarfa in the North of Malta. Previously a hairdresser, she received City & Guild’s qualifications for her vocation. She describes herself as a "very caring and understanding person who is down to earth…(and enjoys) being active and hardworking." Donnha has a huge passion for reading and lists playing the piano as one of her best skills. Donnha hopes that her future will bring her more opportunities to pursue a career in the public eye and to one day have a family of her own.


 
 
Martinique  
Julie LEBRASSEUR

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 182

Julie describes herself as a “smiling friendly girl” and says her greatest passion is dancing. Born in France, 18 year old Julie grew up in Ducos, Martinique, where she currently works as a veterinary assistant. With both a passion for dancing and animals, she is happy to work in either field. In her spare time she enjoys Zumba and keeping fit and she says that her special talents include salsa and Bharata Matyam dancing. Her favourite food is ice cream, and her favourite novel is Les Proies by Annick Cojean.
 
 
Mauritius  
Nathalie LESAGE

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 175

Nathalie is currently in her 2nd year of a Management course at the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Born and raised in the northern village of Calodyne, she describes herself as “being positive and down to earth”. Nathalie has aspirations of launching her own communication business in the future, and to “lay my foot at least once on all the different continents.” Her interests include table tennis, cooking, and hiking and she has eclectic tastes in both music and cuisine.
 
 
Mexico  
Marilyn CHAGOYA TRIANA

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 180

Maria Elena (Marilyn) was born and raised in the city of Poza Rica in the state of Veracruz. Currently in her 1st semester of Business School, Marilyn has ambitions of starting her own business in her hometown. She describes herself as someone who is “capable of achieving anything I put my mind on”. Her hobbies include American football and reading, she enjoys listening to romantic and salsa music and her favourite food is her native cuisine, Mexican.


 
 
Moldova  
Valeriya TSURKAN

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 181

Valeriya describes herself as “Intelligent, smart, and beautiful” and was born and raised in Tiraspol, Moldova’s second largest city. Currently a student, she has ambitions of working in the fashion industry after graduating. Her favourite dishes are those which originate from her home lands, and she enjoys listening to classical music. She says that her family is her world, and she has a pet dog. 


 
 
Mongolia  
Pagmadulam SUKHBAATAR

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 175

Pagmadulam was born in the Sükhbaatar Province in Eastern Mongolia. With aspirations of becoming a hardworking doctor, Pagmadulam is currently a medical student at university.  Describing herself as an “honest, talented, and kind Mongolian” she enjoys playing tennis and volleyball, as well as a host of traditional pastimes, including Mongolian Long Song, and the national food dishes. She also enjoys the world of fashion, and was an art student before dedicating her time to her medical studies. 


 
 
Montenegro 
 Ivana MILOJKO

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 178

Ivana was born and raised in the coastal town of Kotor in southern Montenegro. Describing herself as “creative, hard-working, tolerant and friendly”, she has dual aspirations; to become a business woman and also to establish herself as a well known author. Having already published one collection of poetry, Ivana hopes to write many more, and is a member of the Montenegrian Writers Club. In her spare time she enjoys playing the guitar, a variety of sports, and her favourite dish is seafood risotto.


 

 
Namibia  
Paulina MALULU

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 175

Paulina is a young woman who strives to live a life of purpose through passion and ambition. Growing up in Windhoek, she has ambitions of obtaining a master’s degree in Somatology before starting her own chain of health spas. In the past she was a representative for Namibia at the National Youth Council, also speaking at the Youth Forum at the Annual African Union Summit. In her spare time she enjoys a variety of athletic disciplines, she enjoys listening to local home-grown musicians, and she loves eating seafood. 

 
 
 
Nepal 
 Ishani SHRESTHA

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 173

Ishani has lived in Kathmandu all of her life, and is currently in her 3rd year studying to be a dentist. Independent, confident and humble are words she uses to describe herself. Ishani has had acting roles in several movies, winning national awards for two of her performances. She is also a Young Conservation Ambassador for the WWF. Her hobbies include swimming, cooking, literature, and travelling. Ishani is a vegetarian and her favourite meal is Nepali dumplings. 


 
 
Netherlands 
 Jacqueline STEENBEEK

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 180

Jacqueline lives in the town of Drunen in southern Holland where she is a qualified midwife. A positive thinking and outgoing person, she enjoys an active life full of sport, including athletics and tennis. She hopes that in the future she can build her own midwife centre, and possibly travel to Africa to use her skills there. Jacqueline enjoys reading science books and historical texts about the Romans, her favourite food is sushi, and she is a talented jazz dancer.

 
 
 
New Zealand  
Ella LANGSFORD

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 178

20 year old Ella was born in Auckland. An Art & Design graduate of AUT university, she is currently studying International Business & Marketing. Her hobbies include travel & aerobics, her favourite food is Japanese cuisine and she enjoys listening to hip hop music. Describing herself as having a "bubbly, motivated and friendly personality", Ella has aspirations of travelling Europe and the USA after graduating to gain work and life experience.


 
 
Nicaragua  
Luz Mery DECENA RIVERA

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 170

23 year old Luz Mery is a dental surgeon, born and raised in Jalapa, Nueva Segovia. Describing herself as “a fighter… honest, humble, and willing to help others”, Luz Mery has ambitions of progressing in her field, becoming the best dental surgeon she can be. Her hobbies include playing the guitar, learning new things, and seeing new places. Her favourite music genres include house, trance, and electronic, and she loves seafood. Mery Luz has three pets; two dogs and a cat.
 
 
Nigeria  
Anna BANNER

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 170

Anna is an ambitious young woman, describing herself as “disciplined, respectful, smart, and hardworking.” Growing up in Port Harcourt, she is currently a student with aspirations of a career as a journalist. A music lover, she enjoys listening to hip hop and salsa, she plays the violin, and she enjoys singing. Playing soccer, swimming and reading are other interests for Anna, who states French fries and barbecue chicken as her favourite meal. 


 
 
Northern Ireland  
Meagan GREEN

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 173

Meagan was born and raised in Lisburn and is currently studying Business Management. Describing herself as “motivated and hardworking”, she is a self-confessed fitness enthusiast who regularly goes to the gym. A fan of the outdoors, Meagan enjoys time in the countryside as well as the more glamorous side of her life. She describes Northern Irish food as ‘the ultimate comfort food’ and her favourite book is Noel Davidson’s Some Party In Heaven.


 
 
Norway  
Alexandra Marie BACKSTRÖM

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 176

Alexandra was born and raised in Oslo, where she is currently a student. Having graduated with a degree in Archaeology, she has switched her focus to journalism with ambitions of writing career. Whether it is working in the local media, writing books or reporting as a warzone correspondent, she is keen for a career in this field. In her spare time she enjoys playing soccer, athletics, and reading literature. Her favourite artists are Beyonce and Lana del Ray. She describes herself as “lively, fun, and ambitious... with a big heart”.
 

 
Panama  
Virginia HERNANDEZ

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 173

Talented dancer Virginia grew up in Panama City and is a teacher of Ballet. Currently studying Industrial Engineering at university, Virginia has aspirations of starting her own business as well as continue her work in the arts and social rehabilitation. Describing herself as respectful and disciplined, her personal motto is “Have no limits”. Virginia’s hobbies include playing sports, her favourite foods are salads and ice cream, and she enjoys listening to classical music and reading the works of J.R.R Tolkien.


 
 
Paraguay 
 Coral RUIZ REYES

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 175

Coral is in her first year studying Fashion Design at University. She describes herself as “sensitive, enterprising and optimistic” and her personal motto is “Learn to enjoy the beautiful moments in life, letting go of all the negative things.” Having already had experience in the world of fashion, Coral has aspirations of a career in the industry, primarily as a top designer. Her hobbies include cross-fit and oil painting, she enjoys a variety of music, and her favourite foods include seafood and tasty broths.
 
 
Peru 
 Elba FAHSBENDER MERINO

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 179

Elba was born in Lima and grew up in Piura, a northern city famed for its fantastic seafood. Currently studying Business Management at university, Elba has aspirations of starting her own company to contribute to social assistance programmes. Her hobbies include cooking and reading, and she enjoys listening to pop and música criolla. Her personal motto is "Everyday gives you a reason to be happy; enjoy, smile, kiss, help, and share."



 
Philippines  
Megan YOUNG

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 170

Megan was born in the USA before moving to the Philippines when she was 10. Currently studying Digital Film making, Megan has been appearing on screen since the age of 15, starring in films, TV shows, and as a presenter. Megan has ambitions of moving behind the camera in the future, taking the role of director after gaining experience and finishing her qualifications. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, she says she has and always will be a Harry Potter fan, and that she is “guided by my heart… I think and speak from it.”


 
 
Poland 
 Katarzyna KRZESZOWSKA

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 172

For Katarzyna, art is her life. A graduate of Graphic Design, she hopes to carve a successful career in the industry. All forms of art interest her, and her first art exhibition in Krakow is her most treasured memory. Born and raised in the mountain town Krynica, she is a competent snowboarder and enjoys the outdoors.  Katarzyna also plays the piano, and has admiration for wind instrument players. Her favourite band is Moloko, her favourite author is Umberto Eco.
 
 
Portugal 
 Elisabete RODRIGUES

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 174

Elisabete was born in Viana do Castelo, growing up in the rural village of Candemil. She is currently a medical student specialising in Audiology, the science of hearing. She hopes to become a nurse in the future. Describing herself as an “honest” and “strong” person, Elisabete enjoys going to the gym, and performing hip hop and modern jazz dance. A fan of books, her favourite novel is Life in a puff by Jose Rodrigues dos Santos, and she likes the music of The Fray.


 
 
Puerto Rico  
Nadyalee TORRES

  • Age: 25
  • Height: 175

Nadyalee is a medical student, with plans of following her degree with a masters’ in Dialysis & Family Counseling. Describing herself as a warrior, she grew up in Aguas Buenas, describing her childhood as difficult. Overcoming her upbringing, Nadyalee has dual aspirations of a career in medicine, as well as pursuing her love of performing, whether it be acting or singing. In her spare time she enjoys paining, singing and reading scientific and psychology books. Her favourite food is Italian Cuisine. 


 

 
Romania  
Andreea CHIRU

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 177

Andreea is a 2nd year student at the Academy of Economics in Bucharest. She aspires to work as an economist after graduating, carving a career in the world of finances. A “modest girl… full of energy”, Andreea was born and raised in Brăila, and loves to dance. Her favourite music is Latino, which she likes to listen to and learn dances for. Her favourite foods are pizza and salads, and her favourite book is Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.  

 
 
 
Russia  
Elmira ABDRAZAKOVA

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 175

Elmira lives in Mezhdurechensk, a place she describes as a “Siberian Pearl”. Currently a university student, she has aspirations of building a successful career in the field of crisis management. Elmira enjoys listening to hip-hop, dubstep and house music, and her hobbies include figure skating and playing the piano. Elmira describes herself as “emotional, kind hearted and very open minded.” Her personal motto is “Believe in good things and everything will be good!”


 

 
Samoa  
Penina Maree PAEU

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 175

Penina was born in Auckland, NZ moving to Samoa later in life. Describing herself as an “outgoing, friendly and loyal person”, she is currently studying Civil Engineering at university whilst working part time as a customer services rep. Penina has aspirations of putting her education to good use, helping those less fortunate through public works. In her spare time, she enjoys volleyball, swimming, drawing, and listening to music. Penina is a fan of Traditional Samoan cuisine, but also loves to try new foods.


 
 
  Scotland  
Jamey BOWERS

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 173

23 year old Jamey was born in Trinidad, growing up in Scotland. Describing herself as “ambitious, outgoing and loving natured”, make-up artist Jamey has aspirations of working in fashion, building her own successful business within the industry.  Jamey loves animals and enjoys taking her dogs on long walks in the Scottish countryside. She enjoys eating spicy foods and fresh fish, and she takes pleasure from a variety of genres of music, from reggae to dance music. 


 
 
Serbia  
Aleksandra DOKNIC

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 179

Aleksandra is a 19 year old student, born and raised in the city of Pozarevac. Starting university this October, she will be studying at the Faculty of Economics, with aspirations of starting her own business in the field of financial engineering in the future. She describes herself as “persistent, tolerant, creative and ambitious”, and has been involved in several humanitarian actions over the past few years. Her interests include reading, painting, dancing, and acting, and her favourite foods include fish, salad, and vegetables.  

 
 
 
Seychelles  
Agnes GERRY

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 176

Agnes was born and raised in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles. Currently working as a guest service agent, she has plans of going to university to study Law, with ambitions of becoming a lawyer in the future. She describes herself as “friendly, understanding and cheerful”, and she enjoys reading, swimming, and watching movies. Agnes enjoys reading novels by Danielle Steel, her favourite food is spicy Creole Cuisine, and she enjoys listening to classic local artists. She is also an accomplished guitarist.
 
 
Singapore  
Maria-Anna ZENIERIS

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 166

Maria-Anna is a passionate and driven individual “who never fails to have fun, no matter what I do.” She was born in Ghana before moving to Singapore, where she is currently a student. In the future she hopes to work for the UN as a child psychologist. In her spare time, Maria-Anna enjoys playing hockey, dancing, and playing the piano. She enjoys listening to a variety of music, from Baroque to Mainstream pop. She likes to read the works of Tolstoy and her favourite food is Asia’s “King of fruits” the Durian. 
 
 
Slovakia  
Karolína CHOMISTEKOVA

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 179

Karolina lives in the village of Oravský Podzámok with her 3 siblings and parents. She says that “family and friends are most important in my life.“ Currently a student, she is studying Business Administration in Bratislava, with aspirations of a managerial position in the future. A talented musician, Karolina has been playing the violin for 13 years, and also enjoys latino dance. Her hobbies include yoga, gym, and many sports. Karolina enjoys listening to Coldplay, her favourite food is the national cuisine, and she describes herself as “very open minded”. 

 
 
 
Slovenia  
Maja COTIČ

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 168

Maja is a “charismatic, positive, and energetic person” who grew up in the border town of Miren, close to Italy. She is currently a student at the Faculty of Economics, with ambitions of starting her own beauty salon franchise. In her spare time she enjoys reading, painting, roller-skating, and collecting wild asparagus. Her proudest moment was becoming a national roller skating champion when she was 10 years old. Her favourite books are historical texts and romantic novels, and she loves chocolate.


 
 
South Africa 
 Marilyn RAMOS

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 174

22 year old Marilyn was born and raised in the small town of Klorksdorp. Currently studying Interior Architecture & Marketing at university, Marilyn is also a qualified fitness instructor. Describing herself as a “passionate young lady who is driven to strive for excellence”, she has dual aspirations of opening her own fitness centre and starting an interior design firm. Her hobbies include travel and photography, and her favourite foods are fresh fruit and vegetables. 


 
 
South Sudan  
Modong Manuela MOGGA

  • Age: 21

Modong was born in Juba, splitting her time growing up between Juba and Uganda. Describing herself as “humble, a good listener and a hardworking young lady”, Modong has aspirations of becoming a doctor and opening a children’s home. Her hobbies include playing netball, listening to gospel music and her talents include singing. Her personal motto is “Do what you love and love what you do, there is treasure in every challenge and there is no limit to life”


 
 
Spain  
Elena IBARBIA JIMÉNEZ

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 180

Elena lives in the coastal town of San Sebastian, where she is entering her 2nd year of university studies. She considers herself as “a fighter... hardworking, happy, reliable, and honest” and aspires to be either a dancer or an actress. She enjoys sports of all kinds, and is skilled at both contemporary and jazz dance. In her spare time she likes to read fantasy novels and listens to chill out, jazz, and classical music. Her favourite dishes are those made with pasta, and she loves to spend time with family and friends.


 
 
  Sri Lanka 
 Iresha Asanki DE SILVA

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 173

Iresha grew up in the Moratuwa district in South Colombo. Describing herself as “a very down to earth person” she enjoys playing badminton, watching movies and dancing, especially oriental performances. Iresha loves animals, and has a pet dog called Randy. She says she loves to help animals and fight for their rights. She enjoys reading Sinhala novels and her favourite food is milk rice. 


 
 
St Kitts and Nevis  
Trevicia ADAMS

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 170

22 year old Trevicia describes herself as a “humble and ambitious individual”. Growing up in Newtown, Basseterre, Trevicia has seen most of the Caribbean Islands, and enjoys meeting people from all walks of life. A customer services rep, she has aspirations of completing a degree in Human Resources Management to further her chances of a career in the industry. In her spare time she enjoys playing netball, eating home-cooked food and she loves to dance.


 
 
Suriname  
Rachel DE LA FUENTE

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 168

Rachel comes from Suriname’s capital city Paramaribo. Currently still a student, she has aspirations of becoming a professional hair & nail stylist. Describing herself as a caring person, she loves to see someone being successful in life. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, and dancing, and her favourite foods are chicken pasta alfredo and Surinamese cuisine. Her special talents include belly dancing. Travelling to Indonesia will be her first time abroad.
 
 
Sweden  
Agneta MYHRMAN LILLIESKOLD

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 180

Agneta was born and raised in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, where she also graduated from the Swedish Gymnasium School. Still a student, Agneta says she does not know what she wants her future to hold, but she says she is proud of who she is, and that she doesn’t “take things for granted, and cherishes everything I have”. Agneta enjoys exploring new things, from computing to make-up, and says she enjoys music, food, and books of all tastes.  


 
 
Switzerland  
Cindy WILLINER

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 172

Cindy hails from the village of Visp in the canton of Valais, South-West Switzerland. Currently at university, Cindy is studying International Relations. In the future, she would very much like to partake in global humanitarian efforts, bringing relief to those less fortunate around the world. Musically minded, Cindy is a pianist, as well as a singer. In her spare time she enjoys jogging, listening to classical music, and dancing. Apart from humanitarian work, Cindy would like to work in the fashion industry after her studies.
 

 
Tanzania  
Brigitte LYIMO

  • Age: 19

Brigitte is a student, born in Dar es Salaam, moving to Nairobi in Kenya when she was 9. Describing herself as “compassionate, hardworking and always eager to learn”, she has aspirations for a career in law and business. She hopes to achieve her desires by furthering her studies at university in the fields of law and business. Brigitte is a natural dancer, she is very flexible, and can pick up new techniques and routines very quickly. Her favourite author is Dan Brown, and she enjoys playing soccer and basketball.


 
 
Thailand  
Kanyaphak PHOKESOMBOON

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 171

Kanyapak describes herself as “A very optimistic young lady who was blessed to grow up in a wonderful environment.” Born in Thailand, she grew up in Switzerland where she is currently studying Office Management at the KV Business School in Zurich.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, keeping fit, travelling, and cooking, and she listens to RnB and pop music. In the future she hopes to take a gap year to volunteer in South America before following in her parent’s footsteps by becoming a successful entrepreneur. 


 
 
Trinidad and Tobago Sherrece VILLAFANA

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 175

19 year old Sherrece describes herself as a “very ambitious and determined young woman.” Showing artistic flair, she has ambitions of studying Graphic Design at university before specializing in Fashion Design, her preferred career. No stranger to danger, Sherrece is a fan of boxing and she also enjoys football. In her spare time she likes to draw, and her favourite foods are cooked on a barbeque. 


 
 
Tunisia 
Hiba TELMOUDI

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 178

22 year old Hiba lives in the capital of Tunisia, Tunis. With a sporty and active personality, Hiba has a degree in Physical Education, which she uses everyday in her role as a School Sports teacher. Aside from helping the children in her school, she has aspirations of educating under privilegded children that are in need. In her spare time she enjoys cycling and she is a talented belly dancer. Hiba is also passionate about the environment, and hopes to one day be able to make a contribution to helping to preserve it in a meaningful and positive way.


 
 
Turkey  
Ruveyda ÖKSUZ

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 180

19 year old Ruveyda comes from Istanbul, and her dream is to be an astronomer. To realize her dreams, she is currently a student studying in that field. Ruveyda’s favourite book is Khaled Husseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns whilst her favourite song is Stee Downes’ Asunder. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and going swimming and her favourite meal is macaroni. Ruveyda lives with her family and her two pets one cat and one dog. 


 

 
Uganda  
Stellah NANTUMBWE

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 175

Stellah was born and raised in Kampala, where she works as a sales assistant. University educated, Stellah has aspirations of building her own business franchise and then expanding it across the continent. She enjoys hiking, photography, and song writing, and describes herself as “innovative, enterprising and passionate.” In her spare time, Stellah likes to listen to a variety of music, from afro-fusion to country, and her favourite foods include local cuisine such as boiled banana with fried chicken and brown rice with plantain and greens.  


 
 
  Ukraine 
 Anna ZAIACHKIVSKA

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 179

21 year old Anna was born in western Ukraine, in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. A fan of the arts, Anna is currently studying Icon Painting. Her hobbies include going to the theatre and singing. Anna describes herself as a “reliable friend and a sincere person”, and has future ambitions of developing her vocal talents and to work on television.  She would also like to engage in charitable work helping people across the globe.


 
 
United States  
Olivia JORDAN

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 180

Olivia was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, now living in LA California. A Health Science graduate from Boston University, she worked in fitness before finding her goal in life, acting. Currently building up her profile, Olivia has aspirations of starring in her own sitcom one day, and would also like to work on romantic comedies. In her spare time she enjoys keeping active, from yoga to paddle boarding. She recently completed a half marathon on the Iron Man Challenge course in Hawaii. Olivia describes herself as a “passionate, driven woman, willing to do the work to make my dreams come true.”


 
 
Uruguay  
Mercedes BISSIO DEL PUERTO

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 176

Maria describes herself as a “sociable person, reliable, friendly and a good host”. Born in Maldonado city, she is currently at university, studying Journalism. Maria aspires to become a broadcast journalist, working on the television. In her spare time she enjoys playing the guitar, rollerskating, singing, and reading. Her favourite dish is a traditional Caprese omelette, and she enjoys a variety of music genres, from Celine Dion to David Guetta. Maria has a pet cat, and two Golden Retrievers. 
 
 
US Virgin Islands  
Petra CABRERA-BADIA

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 178

Petra describes herself as a “strong and determined young lady, willing to work hard to succeed”. Currently working in a medical office support role, she has ambitions of studying Business Administration with a view to starting her own business. Her hobbies include boxing, playing volleyball and performing community services. Her talents include drawing and performing traditional Caribbean dance and she is fond of Latin cuisine. 


 
 
Uzbekistan  
Ganieva RAKHIMA

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 174

18 year old Rakhima loves to play the piano. Born and Raised in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, Rakhima is a talented musician, who hopes to continue with her skill of making music long into the future. Currently a student, she has aspirations of further studies in the field of International Relations & Law, which she hopes will aid her in a career in this field. Describing herself as “Cheerful & serious at the same time” Rakhima enjoys many activities, including playing tennis, travelling, and learning history.


 

 
Venezuela  
Karen SOTO

  • Age: 21
  • Height: 178

21 year old Karen is a university student from the city of Maracaibo, north western Venezuela. Karen has ambitions of a career as a television host, and hopes that following her attitude of using “consistency, perseverance, and strength to achieve every goal I have proposed” will see her through to the top. A talented dancer, she is skilled at both Salsa and Merengue dancing. In her spare time Karen enjoys the cinema, playing a variety of sports, and practicing crossfit. She enjoys eating seafood and her favourite novel is Cronicas de Una Muerte Anunciada by Gabriel García Márquez.


 
 
Vietnam  
Thao LAI HUONG

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 170

Thao lives in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site and place of natural beauty. She is currently a student at the International Economics Faculty, where she hopes to pick up the skills to follow her dreams of a career in business. In her spare time she enjoys listening to RnB music, and browsing the internet. She describes herself as “very kind, friendly, and funny” and her favourite dish is the Vietnamese noodle soup Pho.
 

 
Wales  
Gabrielle SHAW

  • Age: 19
  • Height: 168

Gabrielle currently works as a shop manager in Wrexham, where she has lived for the past 19 years. With future aspirations of becoming a barrister, Gabrielle will be embarking on a degree in Law & Business later this year. A fan of all genres of music, she enjoys going to the theatre, performing a variety of dance techniques, and singing. She describes herself as “an extremely ambitious person who is driven and very passionate".

 

 
Zambia  
Christine MWAABA

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 175

Christine is a journalist living in Lusaka. Working on a variety of local projects, she has been involved in documentaries, presenting, reporting, and editing. Her current goal is to enrol at university for a degree in Media Communications.  In her spare time she enjoys singing, reading, and cooking Zambian cuisine. Her favourite music is gospel and country music, and she describes herself as a “social, loving, interactive” person. Miss World 2013 will be her first time abroad. 



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