Miss World 2017 Head-to-Head Challenge Recap: Group 2

A Wonder Woman near-doppelganger, a potential African frontrunner, and two South American countries sending their strongest bets in years…they’re all in this group.

Here are the ladies of Group 2:



Israel – Rotem Rabi
Looking at her will probably give us a clue of how the Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot may have looked like while transitioning from awkward Miss Universe contestant to  worldwide box office sensation. Her introductory video is entertaining enough, but her nonchalant interview may cost her.


Cote d’Ivoire – Mandjalia Gbane
She has the potential to be Africa’s strongest contender this year and even bag the Continental Queen of Africa title. She registered as the most polished and stunning in this round. Now, if only she smiled as much as she did in her introductory video…


Mauritius – Bessika Bucktawor
She’s a cute girl; think shorter, lankier version of Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete, but she looked intimidated by it all.


Albania – Joana Grabolli
Another cute girl – like a precocious teenager who habitually tries to hijack grownup conversations (well, except she’s actually 20) – but being cute isn’t normally enough in this pageant.


Bolivia – Jasmin Pinto
In certain angles, she resembles Filipina actress Bianca King. Bolivia’s last two placements had been assisted by Fast Tracks/Challenge Events*. This candidate has the potential to make it solely through her merits. As far as this round is concerned, though, she faces tough competition from Cote d’Ivoire and Argentina.

* Helen Aponte was fast-tracked into the Top 20 after winning Miss Personality in 2003, while Andrea Forfori earned additional points through her Beauty with the Purpose project in 2014


Argentina – Avril Marco
Look at those eyes! Argentina’s last Miss World placement was in 1987, so pundits are counting on her to end that drought. It’s possible. Same case as Bolivia, even if she doesn’t top this group, she has enough beauty to earn a “save” from the judges.


  1. Cote d’Ivoire
  2. Bolivia
  3. Argentina
  4. Israel
  5. Albania
  6. Mauritius 

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