Upbeat about Shamcey

by Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 10 2011 01:22 AM | Updated as of Sep 10 2011 11:12 AM

Miss Sweden wins photogenic award

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Die-hard pageant fans from all over the globe converged in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Thursday (Friday in Manila) for the preliminary pageant competition for the Miss Universe 2011.

Reigning Miss Universe Ximena Navarette of Mexico hosted the show, which was highlighted by the swimsuit and evening gown wear.

The ladies were stunning in their evening gown event.

Miss China, who is over 6 feet tall, caught everyone’s attention. 

Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup. Photo by Val Cuenca for abs-cbnNEWS.com

Miss Columbia’s gold leggings under her gown and the glittering gown of Miss Curacao drew raves from the crowd.

Also making an impact in their long gowns were Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Ghana, Miss Kosovo and Miss Malaysia.

Miss Philippines was very elegant in her glittering gown.

Miss Thailand almost tripped on her gown but managed to maintain her poise.

Miss Venezuela and Miss USA were also crowd favorites.

After a quick change, the candidates showed off their tip-top shapes in the swimsuit event.

Judges had a tough job as all candidates had perfect 10 bodies and mastered the catwalk.

At the end of the show, the Miss Universe Congeniality award went to Miss Montenegro, and Miss Photogenic Universe to Miss Sweden.

Bb. Pilipinas Charities President Stella Araneta is very upbeat about the Philippines' bet Shamcey Supsup.

“We talked to some people from Brazil, once they see my name from the Philippines, [they say] ‘Oh, she’s beautiful, she’s going to win’,” said Araneta.

Supsup showed confidence as she smiled at the crowd during the swimsuit event.

“When I walk, I walk with God. He’s always with me, He never leaves me and He will shine the light on me,” said Supsup.

The 7 judges of the preliminary pageant will decide who advances to the Top 15 semi-finalists, but their decision will be known on coronation night on Tuesday.

From the 15, a new set of judges will decide who will wear the crown of Miss Universe 2011.

The live coverage of the Miss Universe coronation night will be aired on ABS-CBN on September 13. -- Report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News; ANC