01 January 2010
Miss Germany Sarah Elzanowski spoils Latina supremacy at Miss Tourism International 2009
18 year-old Sarah Elzanowski of Germany was crowned Miss Tourism International 2009. The European beauty spoiled what could have been a Latina supremacy by defeating two of South America's beauty superpowers - Venezuela and Brazil. Even with their joint efforts, 23 year-old Jessica Ibarra of Venezuela and 24 year-old Thays Calmanv Neves of Brazil were unsuccessful in blocking Elzanowski from grabbing the title. They were proclaimed 1st and 2nd runner-ups respectively.
Czeck Republic's 23 year-old Gabriela Korinkova did also her share to give Europe a strong fight against the two Latinas but she ended up 4th runner-up only. But Korinkova's performance was still one of the strongest from 45 entrants from all over the world.
Edwina Markus of Malaysia, the host country and where the pageant is based, was the only saving grace of the Asian continent by capturing the 3rd runner-up trophy. The only other Asian who made it to the finals is Miss Indonesia Andara Rainy Ayudini who made the Top 10.
The 13th edition of the pageant took place in Sunway Lagoon Resort in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia on the night of 31 December 2009 while the whole world was celebrating new year.
The other semi-finalists who made did not make the Top 5 aside from Miss Indonesia are:
1. Jelena Mandic of Croatia
2. Minna Nikola of Finland
3. Anne-Sophie Sevrette of France
4. Irene Nunez of Panama
The new winner was crowned by Manasvi Mamgai, the outgoing winner from India.
Jelena Mandic also competed at Miss Universe 2005 but did not place. Japan's Tomomi Takada was at Miss Earth 2009 but unplaced. Bolivia's Ximena Vargas Parada will also be representing her country at Miss International 2010 in Shanghai, China.
This pageant was given birth in 1994 in Sarawak, Malaysia.