MASTERCLASS: The Third Best Gown Look of the 65th Miss Universe Pageant’s Preliminary Competition

The recently concluded 65th edition of the Miss Universe pageant, now under ownership of WME/IMG, encompassed a redefinition of the brand.

The gowns worn by the contestants in the competition however, defy redefinition. The Miss Universe stage should be the showcase for elegant, fashion forward creations by up and coming designers from around the world. Yet this year once again, the majority of contestants wore dresses that you would only see in a pageant or at a prom.

A select group of contestants though, did manage to present red carpet looks suitable for the most elegant and classy events.

We are presenting to you the five gown looks that we consider pushed the envelope in the right direction during the Preliminary competition of the latest Miss Universe pageant.

In third place we have:

MISS JAMAICA

Isabel Dalley, the second Caribbean queen to make our list, is truly a Lady in Red in this exquisite creation, complemented by the ideal hairstyle and accessorised with suitable earrings and footwear.

How would we improve on this look?

The feathers are really not needed and diminish the elegance.

MASTERCLASS: The Fourth Best Gown Look of the 65th Miss Universe Pageant’s Preliminary Competition

One can say that the recently concluded 65th edition of the Miss Universe pageant, now under ownership of WME/IMG, was a redefinition of the brand.

What defies redefinition however, are the gowns worn by the contestants in the competition. One would expect the Miss Universe stage to be the perfect showcase for elegant and fashion forward creations by up and coming talent from around the world. Yet this year again, as in previous ones, the majority of contestants wore dresses that you would only see in a pageant or at a prom.

A select group of contestants though, did manage to present red carpet looks suitable for the most elegant and classy events.

We are presenting to you the five gown look that we consider pushed the envelope in the right direction during the Preliminary competition of the latest Miss Universe pageant.

In fourth place we have:

MISS ARUBA

Charlene Leslie almost achieved perfection with this very classic look, accompanied by almost perfect styling. This is another example of a very basic gown style made extraordinary by the material used.

How would we improve on this look?

As they say, the devil is in the details. The extra long earrings are the perfect complement for this white column dress and the chignon hairstyle. However, the earrings should have floated right above the shoulders instead of brushing them.

The very uneven line of crystals added to the top of the gown is completely unnecessary and cheapens the look.

Finally the shoes. We understand that Charlene was going for a nude look. However these office shoes are completely unsuitable for an evening gown and do not actually qualify as proper nude shoes (see also “TIPPY TOPS? TIPPY NOTS!”)

As Charlene obviously does not need to create an illusion of height, the ideal footwear would have been some delicate silver sandals or pumps made of the same material as the gown.

MASTERCLASS: The Fifth Best Gown Look of the 65th Miss Universe Pageant’s Preliminary Competition

When the Miss Universe Organization was bought by Donald Trump the late Nineties, the Miss Universe pageant went through a self-described Redefinition. One can say that the recently concluded 65th edition of the pageant, now under ownership of WME/IMG, was another rebranding.

What defies redefinition however, are the gowns worn by the contestants in the competition. One could imagine that the Miss Universe stage would be the perfect showcase for elegant and fashion forward creations by up and coming talent from around the world. Yet every year, and this year again, the majority of contestants wears dresses that you would only see in a pageant or at a prom.

Still there are some contestants who manage to present red carpet looks suitable for the most elegant and classy events.

We will present to you the five gown looks that we consider to have pushed the envelope in the right direction during the Preliminary competition of the latest Miss Universe pageant.

Starting in 5th Place:

MISS USA

Deshauna Barber wore a gown of very simple design made eye-catching by the beauty of the material used. The colour looks amazing on her and the classic styling, without much embellishment, completes a look of understated elegance.

How would we have improved on this look?

The matching earrings are too obviously costume jewellery and cheapen the overall result. These earrings, although also costume, are of a richer appearance and would complement the gown beautifully.

Effortless in 2017: Chris Veltkamp, Mister International Netherlands

As the 2017 male pageant season gets underway with Mister International, we wish to recognise a contestant that stands out and is already in the running for Best Male Contestant of 2017.

As we stated upon naming the Best Male Contestant of 2016, what makes a great male competitor is charisma. He needs to project approachability, to be kind of man that men want to emulate and woman (and some men) want to be with. Charisma is not something you can learn or practice, although you see most male contestants try. It has to be EFFORTLESS.

Chris Veltkamp is that contestant at the 11th Mister International, currently taking place in Thailand

Effortless: 2016’s Best Male Competitor

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As the last male pageant of 2016 nears its completion, we thought it might be appropriate to reflect on what a year it has been.

Although there are plenty of male competitions around, for us only four qualify as proper event of calibre. They are Mister World, Mister International, Manhunt International and the brand-new Mister Supranational.

This year there has been abundance in the male pageantry field. Mister World, a bi-annual competition, was back. Manhunt International, the grandfather of them all, was back for the first time since 2012. Mister Supranational debuted. Regretfully, Mister International, the only yearly competition, was not held in 2016.

What makes a great male competitor? Other than the obvious physical attributes, it is all about charisma. He needs to project approachability, to be kind of man that men want to emulate and woman (and some men) want to be with. Charisma is not something you can learn or practice, although you see most of male contestants try. It has to be EFFORTLESS.

In our humble opinion there is one male contestant this year who embodies those qualities. His name is Sergey Bindalov and is representing Belarus at the first-ever Mister Supranational competition. Sergey, we salute you as the Best Male Competitor of 2016.

 

 

KNOW THE RULES, FOLLOW THE RULES

This year, 2016, will probably be remembered as the Year of the Dethronements, as all over the world pageant winners, local, national and international, are being stripped of their titles. The reasons are quite varied and ultimately it comes down to a violation of the rules of the pageant involved.

As the recent, very sad, case of Genesis Davila clearly illustrates, it is imperative that you know your pageant’s rules and, more importantly, actually follow them.

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Genesis’ dream was always to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. In 2012, after finishing as first runner-up to Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2013, Genesis represented her native Puerto Rico at Miss Intercontinental 2012 and ended up as first runner-up again. She later won the title of Miss World Puerto Rico 2014 and competed without placement at Miss World in London. It was evident that Miss World was not the right fit for her and that she was a Miss Universe kind of beauty queen.

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Genesis moved to Florida and competed in the state’s prelim for Miss USA and lo and behold she won that title. Once again, she had a shot at the Miss Universe crown through the Miss USA pageant. Then it all came crashing down as Genesis was accused of breaking the Miss Florida USA pageant rules.

The saddest part is that in the scheme of rule violations, hers was a rather minor one. Genesis used professional stylists to prepare her on finals night and this is prohibited by her pageant’s rules.

Rules protect both the organisers and the contestants as they clarify where each stands with regard to the other and what is expected of each. Usually the rules clearly favour the organisers, however as long as they are clearly stated there is no excuse for violations.

When you register for a pageant, you are agreeing to their rules. You may think some of these rules are unnecessary or even ridiculous but you agree to them of your own accord. You give your word that you comply with and will follow all regulations and failure to do so demonstrates a total lack of integrity on your part, no matter what your opinion is of those rules.

So, the first step in joining any pageant is making sure you know all their rules, that you can comply with these and are willing to continue to comply and follow these rules.

Some contestants try to get away with not following the rules. Some even win their pageant. In the long run, the stress of having the Sword of Damocles hanging above their head will preclude them from properly enjoying their triumph. And in this day and digital age, you can be sure that eventually the truth will come out.

If the pageant’s rules are not for you, then the pageant itself is not for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUEST CONSULTANT: Emma Jenkins, Miss Wales 2015

BEING A PAGEANT WINNER AND YOUR CAREER

My decision to compete in such an esteemed pageant as Miss Wales, came from constant comments from so many, telling me that I was sure to do well.

Whilst working within Welsh television, researching and reporting on local news and events, it became apparent that I felt very involved in all that was going on in Wales. My confidence grew with age, and I eventually decided it was my time to make a real name for myself, to spread my wings, and to discover new things.

Winning Miss Wales boosted my already thriving TV career in ways I hadn’t believed possible. Being championed as a strong, passionate and generous young woman can put you at the forefront of people’s and employers’ minds, more or less, overnight. I was invited as a guest to many events, as well as a presenter to a few and a model at several.

The biggest difference I have seen since handing over my crown, is that the impact I made as a titleholder did not pass as quickly as it came. The events I had simply made an appearance at as a titleholder previously, I was now presenting to hundreds of distinguished guests. I may have been booked as a model because of my title once, but I was kept as a model due to my hard work and commitment. Even now, charities come to me asking for help, and letting me know that my ongoing work for them has not gone unnoticed.

You see, a title will open doors for us, but only we can keep them open.

Emma Jenkins, Miss Wales 2015, is the Beauty and Lifestyle Reporter at Tinopolis in Wales. In addition she is a model and a Television and Event Presenter