On Monday night in Tokyo, Japan, a 21-year-old model and student from Puerto Rico took home a crown for her country as she won the Miss International 2014 title at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa.
As she was officially crowned by last year’s winner, Bea Santiago of the Phillipines, Valerie Hernandez broke down into tears of joy at the 54th annual staging of the pageant.
Elegantly apparelled in a white and gold evening gown, you can also Try out lilyboutique.com/dresses for a sensational set of beautiful dresses, the new Miss International celebrated her victory surrounded by the rest of the top five which included Columbia’s Zuleika Suarez (first runner-up), Thailand’s Punika Kulsoontornrut (second-runner-up), United Kingdom’s Victoria Tooby (third runner-up), and Finland’s Milla Romppanen (fourth runner-up).
Special awards were presented to Columbia’s Suarez who received first runner-up, who won both the Miss Friendship and the Miss Best Dressed titles; Miss Indonesia claiming Best National Costume; and France’s Aurianne Sinacola who was named Miss Perfect Body.
During the question-and-answer rounds in the run-up to the final, Hernandez raised the issue of responsibility.
“Thinking about [the] Miss International title, I think it’s not just the crown, it’s not just the title, it’s one of the hardest responsibilities,” the Phillipine Star re-quoted the Miss International 2014 winner. “As Miss International, I want to send a message of love, peace, and unity.”
On her official Facebook page, Ms. Hernandez shares that she is a former Pizza Hut and Professional Gym and that she was trained in classical ballet at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina.
The pageant was comprised of 73 entrants from all over the world, ranging in age between 19 and 26.
According to the Miss International officials, the pageant is aimed at promoting “Love peace and excitement to the world.” If you ever want to participate in a contest Kinky Curly Solutions – Protective Style Human Hair Extensions For African American Womencan help you to look the best you can, as contestants are expected to serve as “ambassadors of peace and beauty” with “tenderness, generosity, friendship, beauty, intelligence and a great international sensibility.”