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.
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!
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.
Jakub has a strong social media presence, with which he shares his life with us. From cheeky childhood pictures,
to his experience as a model,
to his charity work in the Gambia,
to regular, everyday activities, including his physical transformation.
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.
The Effortless Mister Poland will be a force to reckon with at the next Mister World competition.
The third contestant in our Top 3 Mister Brasil CNB 2017 prediction, Matheus Song, is the one who ended up winning the competition.
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.
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
Anna Burdzy, First Runner-up Miss Universe Great Britain 2014, gives a Master Class in evening gown styling. From the flawless make-up to the perfect accessorising. Most notable is the perfect hairstyle to highlight one of the most beautiful features of a woman, her neck.
Too often we see beauty queens covering their necks with hair, necklaces and gown necks, absolutely not the way to go for evening gown.
Anna, we commend you for your styling perfection.
Zara Nortley, Miss Galaxy England 2016
Photographer: Stacey Clarke
Make-up: Sascha Martini
Alexandra Krijger, Miss Curaçao World 2015
Photographer: Niko da Costa Gomez, www.instagram.com/nikodacostagomez
THIS IS HOW YOU ROCK A NUDE FABRIC GOWN:
AND THIS IS HOW YOU DO NOT:
An important tool to have when competing in pageants is a photographic portfolio, basically a model portfolio with some pageant specific shots included.
Modelling work, both catwalk and commercial, is an important part of what is expected of the modern day beauty queen. This is why pageant management and, sometimes, judges, want to see what a contestant looks like in pictures.
It is very important that the pictures actually look like you, so the viewer can recognise the person standing in from of them in these.
One fantasy or glamour shot is OK, but the images should not be edited within an inch of your life. If you end up looking like Barbie, plastic skin and all, you are in trouble. As a photographer you learn that agents and advertising execs want to be able to see pores in facial pictures (unless you really have no visible pores).
Particularly swimsuit shots should be true to your figure, as people working the fashion industry do not like surprises. So, please stay away from photographic diets.
Important is not to only show different looks, from very casual to glam and everything in between, but also different expressions. Give evidence that you are a brilliant photographic actor.
Lastly, decide in advance if you want a colour or black+white portfolio. Having a mixed portfolio is not deemed professional. My advice though is to go with colour for your pageant portfolio.