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: 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.

 

 

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

WHY ARE YOU COMPETING IN A PAGEANT?

Over the many years I have been involved with pageants, I have heard different reasons why young ladies compete in them. Some are very lofty, some are simple and most of them are not the real reason.

The true reason you compete is what will ultimately determine how you react to the outcome of your participation. Therefore, it is primordial that you are very clear on why you are competing and what it would mean if you win or not.

It may very well be that you are not even aware of the real reason you are competing. Any objective that entails personal development, moving out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself, is a good one, because no matter what the outcome you will realise your goal.

Consider though if you are competing to prove your worth to someone else. Off course, if you win you will feel a great sense of accomplishment. If you do not, it will be a tremendous disappointment and you will probably make it mean that now the person(s) must think even less of you. I doubt that is the outcome anyone wants out of their participation in a pageant.

In preparing to compete in a pageant, be brutally honest with yourself. Really take a cold, hard look at your true reason for competing. Find out if you are prepared to deal with the outcome of not winning, given what your real motivation is. You may realise that another avenue of dealing with whatever is bothering you, will be more beneficial for you.

You will find that you are most successful competing in pageants when your ultimate goal is to grow as a human being. For most people, competing is stepping out of their comfort zone and that is probably the greatest benefit you can derive from pageants. At the end of the day, your success is measured by the personal achievement you walk away with and that doesn’t even have to entail a crown.

 

 

 

FAILURE IS OUR FRIEND

  You can ask Kandace Krueger

One thing I always tell my coachees is that they have to compete to win and prepare to fail. Competing to win means you have to give it your all. Preparing to fail just recognizes that the odds are not forever in your favour.

We have an interesting relationship to failure, as we attach all sorts of meaning to the fact that we have failed at something. The “Oxford Pocket School Dictionary” defines the noun “failure” as “not being able to do something”. That is all failure is, really. There were some measures you wanted to meet and you were unable to.

Off course, in beauty pageants failure is somewhat harder to take because your success depends for a great part on the opinion of others, the panel of judges. In sports you train hard for an event and after the event you know immediately whether your performance was sufficient for you to be successful. You also know which measures you need to improve in order to win next time.

Beauty pageant results are dependent on the personal opinions of a very specific group of people at a very specific moment. If you change just one of the judges, you most probably will get a different result. The opinion of those judges can also be easily affected by something very simple over which you have no control. Imagine if you will that you chose a gown colour, which is exactly the same colour as one of the judges or a judge’s date wore to the prom. Seeing that gown colour will have a whole different effect on that judge if his or her prom night was one of the best nights of his or her life or if it was a disastrous experience.

Failing at something does not make you a failure nor does it mean that you are any less than the winner. The winner was successful at meeting the measures and you and many others were not. That’s all! What you need to do is evaluate the result. You may decide that for you that one time was enough and that is fine.

If winning that crown is sufficiently important for you, do try again. Look at where you can improve your performance, make the necessary adjustments and go back on the field.

One shining example of someone who never let failure hold her back is Kandace Krueger,  who won the Miss Texas USA 2000 title at the age of 24. Since turning 18, Kandace had competed in local Miss Texas USA preliminaries, doing well but never winning.

In 1999, Kandace won her first local title but did not place at Miss Texas USA. In 2000 she won her second local title and, in her first appearance in the Miss TEXAS USA semi-finals, Kandace went all the way to win the right to represent Texas at Miss USA 2001.

Kandace won that title as well and placed third at Miss Universe 2001.

 

 

“TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF”, Part 2

Continuing from our previous discussion on the Pageant Interview, we will now look on how to conduct yourself in the actual interview.

The final piece of preparation is to select one topic which you would like to tell the judges about yourself. Then you are ready to face the judges!

The interview can have two different question formats:

  • the direct question, in which you are asked a specific question on a specific topic, i.e. “What would you do to inspire the youth of your country?”
  • the open-ended question, in which you basically get to decide what you want to talk about, i.e. “Tell us about yourself?”

Starting off with an open-ended question is off course ideal, because you can go straight in and talk about the topic you selected beforehand. Do, however, avoid the following pitfalls:

  • do NOT start by saying your name. You have already been announced so the judges know who you are
  • do NOT mention your age, unless it is relevant for the topic you are going to talk about, i.e. you are 20 years old,  have been working since you are 16 and you are now the proud owner of your own home
  • do NOT mention your profession or study, unless you are going to talk about why you chose that profession or study as an insight to the person you are

The trick with a direct question is to structure your reply in such a way that you get to talk about the subject you chose beforehand. Some questions are easily malleable, whereas other aren’t. It also depends on your topic.

If you find that you can’t direct the question, answer it quickly in order to get another question. When I say quickly, I mean without embellishment. It is extremely important to answer every question properly.

If you are asked a question that you are comfortable with and very knowledgeable about, keep talking so that you do not give the judges the opportunity to ask you something you are not comfortable answering. Make sure you do not start repeating yourself though. Only stretch your answer if you have a lot to say about the subject.

Body language is also an important aspect of the Personal Interview. It is therefore important that you know how your body reacts when you are stressed.

  • if you have a tendency to fidget, sit in a way that will make make fidgeting more difficult
  • if you use your hands a lot when you speak, hold one hand over the other in your lap so as to control your hand movements
  • always address the judge that asked the question. Do however, take time during your answering to look at each of the other judges
  • look the judges in the eyes. Averting their eyes creates the impression that you have something to hide. If looking at them straight in the eyes makes you uncomfortable, focus on the space between their eyebrows
  • dress appropriately. Never wear cocktail outfits. You don’t have to wear a suit, but take into account the time of day and the fact that you are interviewing for a job
  • make sure what you are wearing and the way you sit does not give the judges unexpected views
  • do not wear distracting earrings or necklaces

It will for sure help you to practice, so invite some of your friends over and do some mock interviews.

If you are planning to compete, the best way to prepare for the Personal Interview portion of any pageant is to join a Toastmasters Club about a year before the date of your pageant. To this day I have found them to be the best coaches in the area of public speaking and structuring of your thoughts for communication to others.