YOU! Your Best Hair and Make-up Artist for an International Beauty Pageant

The last few years, the hair and make-up artists at Miss Universe have left quite a lot to be desired. Davina Bennett, Miss Jamaica and Second Runner-up in 2017, complained that she had wanted to change her do for the evening wear round but that there had been no time. We do believe that a change of hairdo, showing the versatility of Miss Bennett’s afro, would have worked to her advantage.

 

Other contestants at Miss Universe in the past couple of years have also been less than impressed with the way they had to look as a result of using the hair and make-up services provided.

Our most important recommendation to contestants on a national, and definitely on an international, level is to learn how to do your own hair and make-up. It is the best investment you can make in your pageant career.

The ideal hair and make-up situation is for every contestant to have her own. As this will never happen, you will probably have to get up really early in the morning to make it to the hair and make-up room, stand in line to wait your turn and deal with issues that may arise with the person working with you. That person may not like you, for whatever reason, or they may believe you are a serious threat to their favourite contestant. Do you sincerely believe that in those cases professionalism will prevail and you will get to look the very best you can? If you do, I have a used car from the Seventies to sell to you.

Another issue is when you have a hairstyle that is uncommon to the stylist assigned to you. That stylist make not have the required experience and skill level to style your hair properly in the allotted time.

Doing your own hair and make-up may seem like a daunting task, but is that not what you do every day of your life?

The first step is to find a hairstylist and a make-up artist that you trust and whose work you are satisfied with.  

With your hairstylist develop around 5 hair styles that you like and learn how to do them on your own. After you have mastered each style, by practising one of them each day, start changing from one style to another and vice versa. Time yourself and see which changes are the quickest to execute. This is so you may have one style for daytime and then quickly change to another for evening activities.

For the actual competition, make sure you start out with at least one style, then change to another for evening wear. It is important to pick two styles where the change is easy and fast to make.

With make-up it is in fact much easier. You need to develop one style, in neutral colours, for daytime, one that will highlight your best features and draw attention away from anything you are unhappy with.

From fashionmagazine.com, a subtle change from daytime to nighttime

Once you have you your daytime look, your nighttime look is simply an intensification of the colours. Your stage look is just making the nighttime look stronger to withstand stage lights. The only major change would be lip colour.

From fashionmagazine.com, a more intense change from daytime to nighttime

Once you have defined your looks, have your make-up artist teach you how to do it yourself and then perfection at your local or international pageant is simply a matter of practice, practice, practice.

 

 

 

The “New” Miss Venezuela Organisation: Misfiring, All Guns Ablaze

Following the abrupt departure of Osmel Sousa from his position as President the Miss Venezuela Organisation, the organisation appears to have lost its course.

A scandal, involving former contestants and winners and their sexual favours erupted.

Then it was announced that a committee, rather than a person, would be placed in charge of the most renowned, and maligned, national pageant organisation in the world. Before that committee could even hold its first press conference, it was fired.

After that came the news that a new Executive Committee for the Miss Venezuela Organisation had been appointed consisting of three former international titleholders, one for each of the three major international beauty pageants.  Former Miss International, Nina Sicilia, former Miss World, Jacqueline Aguilera, and former Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler, would take the reigns, each with a specific area of responsibility.

 

The Three Divas Executive Committee

In the mean time there had been radio silence about and from the three winners of 2017, all supposedly preparing to compete in 2018.

This all changed with the appearance of some very nice photos of Sthefany Gutierrez, Miss Venezuela at Miss Universe 2018. Image Director Jacqueline Aguilera was quick to point out that those were not official pictures and were made without the permission of the organisation. The Image Director may have been well in her right to admonish the beauty queen, but that should have taken place behind close doors and not as the first social media interaction between the organisation and its wards.

Furthermore, those were the last great pictures of Sthefany. Subsequent “official” pictures, sanctioned most probably by the Image Director, have not been up to the usual Miss Venezuela standards and not even of the same quality as the unauthorised images. Truth be told, lifestyle images on Instagram are of better quality that anything sanctioned by the Three Divas Executive Committee (“TDEC”).

 

The faux pas’ of the TDEC did not end there though. Now comes the Veruska Debacle. When Veruska Ljubisavljevic was crowned Miss Venezuela World last year, it was a public secret that she had aged out of competing in 2018. Nevertheless she continued with her preparations and was actually the only one of last year’s queens to get a hair and make-up make-over. So it was assumed that the age issue had been dealt with, with Mrs. Julia Morley.

One day before the presentation of the contestants for the 2018 Miss Venezuela pageant, Veruska issued a statement on social media stating that she would be competing in Miss World 2018, odd for someone whose participation had not been formally put in doubt.

Veruska Ljubisavljevic

The next day the TDEC announced that the new Miss Venezuela, to be selected on September 12, would only be competing in Miss World 2018. Miss Venezuela Universe and Miss Venezuela International 2017 will compete in the  2018 editions of their international pageants, but not Veruska.

The reason? Supposedly, Mrs. Julia Morley who has once again demanded a separately selected winner and also one selected in the year of the international competition. Oddly enough, Venezuela seems to be the only country subjected to these harsh rulings of Mrs. Morley.

Aruba, Bolivia, Panamá and South Africa, are a few of the countries who select their representatives to Miss Universe and Miss World in one national pageant, albeit all in the year of the international competition. France selects its representatives in one contest in December of each to compete internationally the next year.

We still believe that the real reason is Veruska’s age, which the organisation failed to deal with properly. In any case, throwing Veruska to the curb like the TDEX has done is another misstep in what is becoming a long line of missteps.

To top it off, considering that the Miss Venezuela pageant does not take into account the selection criteria of Miss World, we predict another lacklustre run for the new Miss Venezuela 2018 at Miss World 2018.

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.

 

 

GOWN PORN

Another welcome deviation from the Bling Wars, is this creation by Pinoy designer Mark Bumgarner. It is smashing, as it does not contain any decoration. This allows the simplicity of the material to highlight the design, a modern interpretation of a timeless classic. As worn by newly crowned Miss World Philippines 2017, it could have been a masterclass in evening gown presentation. Sadly, she chose to wear this beautiful creation with the most inappropriate footwear, cheapening the overall look.

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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

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.