Just like our Best Female Contestant of 2018, our Best Male Contestant of the year did not make the semi-finals of his competition.
As we have always stated, the main quality that makes a male competitor great is his charisma. He needs to project approachability, to be kind of man that men want to emulate and women (and some men) want to be with. Charisma is not something you can learn or practice, although you will see most male contestants try. Charisma has to be EFFORTLESS.
There were many effortless contestants this year and there is one that in our opinion clearly stands out amongst the others. He may not have won the Mister Supranational contest or even placed in the Top 5 or Top 10 and yet, we find him the very model of the modern male contestant, He is Jakub Kochta, Mister Supranational Czech Republic.
Jakub does indeed project approachability. Besides possessing the physical qualifications for a great contestant, you get the sense that Jakub is fun to be around and that he is just being himself. In order words, Jakub is indeed EFFORTLESS.
Jakub, who is a personal trainer, hashtags himself as the Czech Brad Pitt (#czechbradpitt). We wish him the same kind of worldwide success as the other Brad Pitt.
The Best Female Contestant of 2018 is not the one who trained and rehearsed within an inch of her life to win her crown. Neither is she the first from her country to finally win her crown. As a matter of fact, the Best Female Contestant of 2018 did not even make the semi-finals of her pageant.
The Best Female Contestant of 2018 is probably the most maligned and bullied pageant contestant ever. The reason for that was the fact that she decided to follow her childhood dream and make use of an opportunity made available to her since 2012. The Best Female Contestant of this year is Angela Ponce, Miss Universe Spain 2018.
Despite unending attack on social media, especially from Latin American pageant followers, Angela never wavered on her road to Miss Universe. When she finally arrived at the concentration in Thailand, she was in our opinion the most elegant contestant. She made many friends among her fellow contestants and in all her pictures she could be seen to be enjoying her Miss Universe journey.
Angela was able to get her message to people who would probably never dream of watching or following a beauty pageant. She got a full page interview in Time Magazine, a medium that hardly ever covers anything to do with beauty competitions.
Even media hog Caitlyn Jenner tried to hop on the Angela Ponce bandwagon, in a failed attempt to regain some prominence. Angela will be remembered by the citizens of the world, when most will have forgotten who ever won the 2018 Miss Universe pageant.
As Angela herself said, she did not need the win the Miss Universe crown, she only needed to be there. Despite all the attacks, she was and competing with elegance, style and grace. That is why for us she is the Best Female Contestant of 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.