Archive for the ‘Miss Universe 2007’ Category

Many commentators have said how unfortunate it was that Honey Lee’s question AND answer were both so poorly translated by her Korean interpreter.

This is a very common problem at Miss Universe pageants. Many of their interpreters do a pretty sorry job, mostly because they are even more nervous than the competitors! Poor them – can you imagine standing next to some of the most beautiful women in the world when you look perfectly ordinary?

In any case, that should not be the excuse. Pageants have been won and lost on the basis of interviews, and some people believe this to be the case this year. Honey Lee’s interview on the Miss Universe website was absolutely charming, and she did manage to project that same charm on screen. Well done, Honey!

Here’s what Pop Seoul had to say about Honey Lee’s translation woes.

Miss Korea in national costume ran an interesting article.

Apparently, back in Feb Oprah wore the same Gucci dress that Riyo Mori wore when she was crowned last week. People has pictures, and there are a tonne of comments about which one wears the dress better.

Oprah Winfrey and Miss Universe Riyo Mori

Seventy-seven of the most beautiful women in the world begin leaving Mexico City after a month of intense competition filled with laughter, tears, camaraderie, quesadillas, and margaritas! But for one them, Miss Japan Riyo Mori, who was crowned in front of a televised audience of over one billion people, her journey will be to New York City, where she will reign in a penthouse overlooking the Upper West Side. Riyo Mori will begin her reign as Miss Universe 2007 serving a slew of charitable causes, walking down miles of red carpets, and being photographed a Brazilian times! What a life, I say! What a life! Not bad for a 20-year old dancer from Japan. Here she is in her final hours in Mexico City before she heads off to the bright lights of New York City!

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori bids farewell to Mexico CityMiss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori in Mexico City

And the debates begin about which candidate is more beautiful – Miss Korea Honey Lee or Miss Japan Riyo Mori. The Internet is rife about how the translator messed up Miss Korea’s answer and cost Honey Lee her Miss Universe tiara.

We’ll never know the judges reasoning as to why Miss Korea placed 3rd runner-up, but what we do know is that Honey Lee is one of the most beautiful contestants ever to grace Miss Universe’s stage. Both girls were absolutely breathtaking, but Japan was fun loving and had this sassy energy, while Korea was more reserved. In the end, they both made history as the only Far Eastern beauties to place in the top 5 for a long time (barring Kurara Chibana’s 1st runner-up placement last year). Well done, girls! You both have the Universe at your feet!

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori in evening gownMiss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori in swimsuitMiss Korea Honey Lee in evening gownMiss Korea Honey Lee in swimsuit

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori from JapanMiss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori from Japan

And so we have our second winner from Japan! Riyo Mori is the second Japanese woman to win the pageant. The first Japanese, and indeed the first Asian, to win the Miss Universe pageant was Akiko Kojima in 1959. It took almost 50 years for another Japanese woman to be crowned Miss Universe. It was about time!

Miss Universe 1959 Akiko Kojima from Japan

Thank you to all who have kept me company these last 2 hours! It was a wonderful 2 hours. I love it that Japan has won. Please email me at if you have any questions at all about everything!


I love it! The first Miss Universe from the Far East since Miss Thailand in 1988!


In fifteen minutes, we will begin.

In the meantime, here’s Miss Korea in national costume

Mis Korea Honey Lee in national costumeMiss Korea Honey Lee in national costume