Nicole Cordoves is first runner-up to Miss Indonesia
Even beauty pageants have caught America’s election fever with the final question to Miss Grand International 2016 hinged on the fight between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
Held Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Manila) in Las Vegas, Nevada, the three-year-old beauty tilt from Thailand carried the theme, “Stop the War and Violence,” and asked the top five finalists: “If given the chance to choose between the two to stop the war, will it be Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton [for you]?”
The Philippine representative Nicole Cordoves was booed for choosing Trump, and her answer was seen by many to have cost her the crown. She placed first runner-up to Indonesia’s Ariska Putri Pertiwi, who picked the former secretary of state and senator.
Cordoves explained choosing Trump by saying, “What if we actually use his voice to do good? Let Donald Trump switch to our side to stop the war and violence.”
Pertiwi, meanwhile, said she can see herself working with Clinton guided by the Miss Grand International creed “to help solve atrocities around the world.”
Miss USA also picked Trump as her president and finished 4th runner-up, following Miss Thailand and Miss Puerto Rico as 2nd and 3rd runners-up, respectively.
Despite missing the title by a hair, the Philippines has seen a successful run in the Thailand-based beauty contest, which started in 2013. In its debut edition, the Philippines placed 3rd runner-up via Annalie Forbes to Puerto Rico’s Janelee Chaparro.
In 2015, Filipina Parul Shah also placed third to Dominican Republic’s Anea Garcia who later resigned as Miss Grand International, with Australia’s Claire Parker assuming the title.
Miss Grand International was created by Thai TV host/producer Nawat Itsaragrisil to promote tourism in the Southeast Asian kingdom, as well as advocating peace in the region. A total of 75 candidates from around the world participated in this year’s contest.
Meanwhile, Tuesday marked the first time for an Indonesian candidate to win a worldwide beauty pageant. Before then, its most notable finish in a long time was as 2nd runner-up in 2015’s Miss World.
Miss Indonesia was also proclaimed Best in National Costume, Miss Bahamas Best in Swimsuit, the Korean candidate as Miss Popularity, and Miss Jamaica Best Social Media.
The rest of the 10 finalists were comprised of Misses Korea, Peru, Ukraine, Macau and Bahamas.
Completing the Top 20 quarterfinalists were the contestants from Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Venezuela, Malaysia, Cuba, Australia, Vietnam, Tahiti and Wales.