20 June 2013

No More Miss Kosovo at Miss Universe

(Marigona Dragusha in her evening gown during the Miss Universe 2009 in the Bahamas. She was second runner up.)

No more Miss Kosovo at Miss Universe! It's official!

It has been announced by Agron Selimi, the owner of Miss Kosovo Universe pageant that there will be no representative from this tiny country for Miss Universe 2013 to be held in Moscow, Russia.

Oh, yes, it is for this year only. But is this really a big deal?

Why not?! Kosovo has been consistently sending facially gorgeous representatives since it debuted at Miss Universe in 2008. Most of its misses it sent to this number one pageant have been well-received by pageant fans during their respective years they competed in Miss Universe. The best one is of course in 2009 when we saw Marigona Dragusha who went on to capture this country's highest placement so far in the history of Miss Universe by placing second runner-up.

Kosovo is one of the most successful entrants into the Miss Universe pageant in terms of placement. Since it debuted in 2008 with Zana Krasniqi, it only missed the cut once in 2010 with Keshtjella Pepshi. They made the cut four times already and that is 4 out of 5. That's pretty good.

Another reason why we think this is a big deal is the connection of Fadil Berisha to the Miss Universe Organization. For those who don't know yet, Fadil is the official photographer of Miss Universe and he was the man behind the success of Kosovo in to this pageant. He organized the inaugural pageant for Kosovo.

But what is bothering me is that Kosovo is fielding their representative to the Miss World pageant for the first time later this September in Indonesia. Clearly, it is dumping Miss Universe in favor for Miss World.

They are probably avoiding Russia since tensions between these two countries are most likely still high. We have to remember that Kosovo was once a satellite of Russia and it got its independence in 2008.

Who knows?