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Miss International 2012 winners revealed, Miss Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu wins, Miss Philippines on Top 15

By on Oct 21, 2012 in Asia, Lifestyle, World Comments

Miss Japan, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, won the Miss International 2012 title this Sunday, October 21, 2012, held in Okinawa, Japan. She beat 68 other beauty candidates, including Miss Philippines Nicole Schmitz, a Filipino-German beauty, who landed as among the Top 15 semi-finalists.

Miss Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu

Miss Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu, after announced
as the Miss International 2012 winner

Image Credit: Missosology Facebook

As shown live at on Sunday night, Miss Japan was declared as the Miss International 2012 winner. Miss International 2011 winner, Maria Fernanda Cornejo from Ecuador passed her crown to her after the announcement. Ikumi Yoshimatsu, the first ever Japanese winner of Miss International, also won as Miss Photogenic.

Meanwhile, Miss Finland, Viivi Suominen won as the first runner-up, Miss Sri Lanka, Madusha Mayadunne landing as second runner-up, while Miss Dominican Republic, Melody Mir and Miss Paraguay, Nicole Huber landed as third runner-up, and fourth runner-up, respectively.

Besides the Top 5 beauty finalists, Miss Philippines was joined by Miss Colombia, Miss Brazil, Miss Namibia, Miss Venezuela, Miss United Kingdom, Miss USA, Miss Mexico, Miss India, and Miss Haiti in the Top 15 semi-finalists. Miss Haiti, Anedie Azael, also won the Miss JOICEF (Best Idea & Concept for Charity) award.

On the other hand, Miss Mauritius, Ameeksha Dilchand, won the Miss Friendship award; Miss Russia, Ekaterina Meglinskaia, won Miss Talent; Miss Honduras, Nicole Velasquez, won the the Best in National Costume, while Miss Myanmar, Nang Khin Zay Yar, won the Miss Internet award.

Apparently, this is the second time this year that the host country won their bet for a worldwide beauty contest. Back in August, Miss China PR, Wenxia Yu won the Miss World 2012 crown, which was held at the Dongsheng Fitness Center Stadium, in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China; and earned a lot of criticisms from observers.

Miss International 2012 winners
Miss International 2012 winners (From Left to Right): 4th runner-up Miss Paraguay (Nicole Huber),
2nd runner-up Miss Sri Lanka (Madusha Mayadunne)Miss International 2012 winner Miss Japan
(Ikumi Yoshimatsu), 1st runner-up Miss Finland (Viivi Suominen), and 3rd runner-up Miss Dominican Republic (Melody Mir)

Image Credit: Missosology Facebook

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