TIPPY TOPS? TIPPY NOTS!

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The idea to use so-called nude shoes to create the illusion of height came from the movies. It was found that being unable to tell where Ginger Rogers’ legs ended made her appear taller in her dance sequences. This trick was taken over by other actresses and eventually became popular in beauty pageants.

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The illusion is to make someone who is at a distance, like a judge, see “leg” when they should already see “shoe”. To achieve this “trompe-l’oeil”, the best nude shoe is one that is closed-toe, made of natural or suede, NEVER patent, leather, in a colour that closely matches the colour of your own skin.JIMM-WZ10_V2 copy It is not always easy to find a perfect colour match. Therefore, if your skin is darker than the shoe you should get the nude shoes and dye them to a colour that is close to your own skin colour. If your skin colour is lighter than the shoe, buy white ones and have them dyed appropriately.

In recent years, nude platform shoes and sandals have become wildly popular, supposedly with the intention of creating the illusion of height. In a swimwear round though, platform footwear will have the opposite effect. Rather than making the feet disappear, they actually draw attention to them.

For any type of platform footwear to work as a way to create the illusion of height, the shoes must be invisible. This means they must only be used in the evening wear round and preferably be in the same colour and material as the gown you are wearing.

Even though Miss Universe uses the so-called “tippy tops” in their swimsuit competitions, these shoes are a shorter girl’s worst enemies. If everyone is wearing the same shoes, height differences will be just as visible as without them. If your height is less than 5’7”, these sandals will make you look like you are walking on blocks and accentuate your real length. Tippy tops truly only look good on the tall girls, those who should not feel the need to create the illusion of more height.

While the Miss Universe contest can be blamed for the popularity of the “tippy tops”, they actually did provide their contestants with the ideal footwear during their 1997 contest, as can be seen in the picture below, even though the shoe colour was not always a perfect match.

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When selecting footwear for particularly the swimwear competition, make sure that your shoes do not say that you are unhappy with your height. This will definitely tell the judges that you are less than confident with who you are. And that is not a good thing!

NOTEWORTHY: This Is How You Do Pageant Photography

It is that time of year again when the most successful national pageant in the world, Miss Venezuela, gets underway. The unveiling of the official photos of this year’s contestants reveals the reason for the success of Osmel Sousa’s enterprise. Venezuela always manages to take the contest to new heights, this year through photography.

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Miss Venezuela photographer Alejandro Lee captures the imagination which images that look made right on the (IMG) Miss Universe stage.

Everything is on point, the styling, the shoes and the retro swimsuits, which highlight the hourglass figures.

It shows the care and attention to detail that goes into the planning of the Miss Venezuela pageant and the performance of their winners internationally.

Regretfully, most national pageants chose to hate rather than emulate the Miss Venezuela Organization. Yet, nothing succeeds like success!

 

Which Pageant System Is Most Suitable To You?

One of the most important factors to consider when making the decision to enter a pageant is which pageant system to compete in. Most systems are similar in the competition format they use, but pageants tend to have differing goals and expectations for and from their winners. So the first question you have to ask yourself is “which system would I be most comfortable becoming and being the winner in?” 

As is well-known, all the major beauty pageants, except Miss World, include a swimsuit round. It means that being physically fit is important. Miss Universe used to expect a lot from its contestants in this round, whereas there is evidence that in other systems you can get away with less effort. It used to be that if you were fit enough for Miss Universe, you are ready for the other contests, yet being fit enough for another competition did not mean you were Miss Universe-ready. Therefore one primordial question to consider is “how much effort am I willing to put forth in getting fit?” In pondering this question, please take into account that Miss World also has a fitness round, albeit centred on sport performance rather than physical appearance.

Closely related is the issue of being willing to compete in a swimsuit round. If you are not, then the only real option available to you is the Miss World system. Miss Universe has allowed a Muslim contestant to compete in a burkini and some national pageants, preliminary to an international contest which includes a swimsuit round, have allowed contestants to compete in the swimsuit portion in a different kind of garment, to cover their bodies. Many have applauded this move as empowering to the young women involved. We believe this just allows one individual to impose their will on the organisation and the other participants, therefore disempowering them. Each pageant’s rules are known in advance and if a contestant has any objection to any of the requirements of the contest, she should simply not compete.

Another consideration is whether the competition includes a talent round. Do you have a pageant-worthy talent or do you have time to actually fake one?

Another issue to ponder is the length of the international competition. This can vary from a few days to close to a month. The longer the contest, the more activities there will be and  the greater the amount of money you will have to invest in an appropriate wardrobe and the more it will cost you to transport all that wardrobe to the pageant’s venue. It also means you will have to take more time off work or studies. Are you willing to invest all that time and money?

Finally, you have to consider what is expected of the winner of the competition. Some pageants require you to live in their headquarter city for the duration of your reign and travel extensively. This may sound glamorous, but stop to consider whether you really are willing to put your regular life on hold for a period of time and submit your independence to an organisation.

You should enter into a pageant with open eyes, aware of all that is expected of you. If not you could be in for a rude awakening.

 

 

Effortless in 2017, Jakub Kucner, Mister Polski 2017 & Mister World Poland 2018

As we have said before, we consider the Mister Polski contest one of the two best national male competitions in the world (the other is Mister Brasil CNB). It is run over several months, with preliminary competitions to select the final 20 who will compete for the coveted title.

Many themed photoshoots are organised and the social media presence for the contest should be an example for competitions, both male and female, are over the world. The contestants are presented as examples of down-to-earth masculinity, a practice most male competitions would do well to follow.

This year, we pegged the very charismatic Jakub Kucner as the one to beat and he did prove to be unbeatable in a very strong field of finalists.

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Jakub has a strong social media presence, with which he shares his life with us. From cheeky childhood pictures,

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to his experience as a model,

to his charity work in the Gambia,

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to regular, everyday activities, including his physical transformation.

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Through it all you get to know Jakub as a well-spoken, caring human being, who takes full advantage of life opportunities, without putting on airs or trying to show off.

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The Effortless Mister Poland will be a force to reckon with at the next Mister World competition.

 

 

Effortless in 2017: Matheus Song, Mister Brasil CNB 2017 & Mister Brazil Supranational 2017

The third contestant in our Top 3 Mister Brasil CNB 2017 prediction, Matheus Song, is the one who ended up winning the competition.

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Besides the obvious qualifications for winning the title, what sets Matheus apart is his down-to-earth-ness and the fact that he is exceptionally photogenic.

In fact, the new Mister Brasil CNB is a chameleon in front of the camera. He can go from the (fourteen year-old) boy next door, to everyone’s best mate, to a suave man of mystery, to the hunk whose pictures make you feel the need to turn on the air conditioner. All this without seemingly trying, truly effortless.

We foresee a great future as a model for Matheus, as well as frontrunner status at Mister Supranational 2017 and anywhere else he is called to represent Brazil.

 

 

 

 

Effortless in 2017: Leonardo Nobre, Vice-Mister Brasil CNB 2017 & Mister Brazil International 2017

Together with the Mister Polski competition, the Mister Brasil CNB contest is the very best in national male competitions. It has proper preliminary rounds, excellent social media exposure and its contestants are highlighted in an exemplary way.

One young man, we have followed for months in the Mister Brasil CNB competition is Leonardo Nobre, who first won the local leg of the contest competed in his hometown of Natal. After securing the Mister Rio Grande do Norte title he was set to compete at the national level. This was Leonardo first foray into the world of modelling and male contests.

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Leonardo prepared meticulously, a process he shared with the world in his social media account. You could see the earnestness and dedication with which he took on representing his home state.

In this whole process his charisma was clearly evident, he was being himself, not taking on any persona, being effortless and even somewhat shy.

We predicted Leonardo as the one to beat in the national competition and ultimately he was bested by only one other participant.

Leonardo will be representing Brazil at the Mister International competition in December of this year and for us he is a definite front runner in that contest.

 

Effortless in 2017: Leonardo Menegon, Mister Mato Grosso and Mister Friendship at Mister Brasil CNB 2017

In the lead up to the Mister Brasil CNB 2017 competition, we published on our Facebook Page our list of 10 young men to watch.  These were the guys we would describe as having the charisma, being EFFORTLESS, to make it to the top of the competition. One of these was Leonardo Menegon, Mister Mato Grosso. Furthermore, we predicted Leonardo would be one of the Top 3 in the competition.

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Leonardo made it to the Top 20 and was also voted Mister Friendship by his fellow contestant. Leonardo’s reaction to winning this title is a vivid illustration of why he is one of the best male contestants we have come across.

 

You could say that Leonardo is too down to earth to be in the world of modelling and contests. Notwithstanding, he fits in excellently.

 

You get the impression that he is just being himself, exploring life’s opportunities and being open to all sorts of new experiences. A regular guy living his life outside the box, without compromises.

We are disappointed that Leonardo will not be representing Brazil internationally and it would be great if he were to take another shot at the title of Mister Brasil CNB.