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
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.
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
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.