Some of the representatives of the 2017 Miss Grand International recently participated in a photo shoot, according to vietnam Net. Vietnam has been chosen as the host country of this year’s edition of the pageant.

Miss Grand International is an annual beauty competition joined by several delegates from various nations in the world. It is deeply involved in a campaign that seeks to end war and violence worldwide.

“It is time for us to look inwards and use our combined ingenuity to make the world a better place for all humanity,” the official website stated.

“An end to the war is an ideal objective of freedom, peace, and harmony within all of us.”

Possible winners

There are some pageant experts who have started to predict the winner of Miss Grand International 2017 prior to the coronation night. The final competition will be held in Phú Quốc, Vietnam on October 25.

Venezuela’s representative Tulia Alemán has been predicted as the winner of the competition. The other finalists in the forecast include South Sudan, Czech Republic, India, Myanmar, the Philippines, Ukraine, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, GoPageant stated.

The prediction also includes Scotland, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Fiji, China, USA, Australia, Wales, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico. The official Facebook page of the pageant has also released the results of the Miss popular vote as of October 9.

Indonesia is currently on top of the leaderboard, followed by Venezuela, Philippines, Malaysia, and Laos. The voting lines are still open as organizers update the page in the next days.

Welcome dinner

Meanwhile, some pageant activities have already kicked off.

The girls were introduced to the media at a red carpet event featuring their stunning long gowns.

The contestants also attended a welcome dinner at the Pullman Saigon Center Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Global Beauties reported. The event was attended by Lasta Multimedia and Let’s Viet CEO Tran Minh Tien, Miss Grand International president Nawat Itsaragrisil and last year’s winner Ariska Putri Pertiwi from Indonesia.

Itsaragrisil talked about the mission and vision of the pageant, as well as the qualities that the winner should possess. Miss Philippines Elizabeth Clenci was invited to the stage to sing while wearing her white long gown.

Around 70 women from different nations in the world will compete for the coveted title. Indonesia’s Ariska Pertiwi will crown her successor during the final event. Two Filipino celebrities, actor Xian Lim and Miss Grand International 2016 runner-up Nicole Cordoves, are set to host the coronation night.