#FashionFridays: Kylie Verzosa’s Pageant Style

Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa’s second foray at Binibining Pilipinas was marked with a blooming of sorts in terms of her personal style. In one of her recent Instagram posts, she explains the journey of her style and personal aesthetics.


I have always been against big hair and heavy looking makeup 😅 When I joined Binibini the 2nd time around I told myself, I’d go as natural as I can. No frills, no big curls, no sequined dresses, no glitter, everything that was stereotyped a beauty queen. And during Miss International I upped it up a notch, no platform shoes, no short dresses, no dangling earrings, (I only brought pair of @jewelmer studs). I wanted to breakout of the stereotypical beauty queen mold. Neither did I wave like one either lol. I went as simple and as elegant as possible, with fighting spirit of course -or made it LOOK easy and effortless haha. Find out what works for you. Sometimes, though I give it a chance, given the right occasion.” – Kylie Verzosa, Miss International 2016


From the time that she stepped into the opening/ welcome event of MI2016 in a simple but dramatic Mark Bumgarner blush cocktail dress to her Francis Libiran national costume presentation, Kylie looked in control of her personal style. This is something that everyone could emulate. If there is something to learn from her is that every pageant girl should “do you”. After all you can’t go wrong if you are authentic to yourself…

Valerio Patane, Mister Grand Italy 2017


Check out the newly inducted rep of Italy for the inaugural Mister Grand International, Valerio Patane. Valerio is a 20 year old half Filipino (Mother) and half Italian (Father) born in Giarre (CT) in the island of Sicily, Italy. This 6’2″ lad speaks Italian, Tagalog and English and is working as Commis-de-rang at Mandarin Oriental in Milan, Italy after taking his diploma from his course Hotel and Restaurant Management in his hometown. *

According to its official Facebook page, the “Mister Grand International has its identity as a pageant for men who are athletic, requiring skills to be competitive in nature, at any given sports. The main objective of this contest is to produce a winner with high morale, in the affairs of sports. As citizens of the world, it is high time that we take the lead in becoming a great example in celebrating the beauty of men through sports.“**

SOURCES: 
* https://mbpisite.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/road-to-mister-grand-international-2017/
** https://www.facebook.com/pg/RealMisterGrandInternational/about/?ref=page_internal

Sash Factor’s Miss Universe Thailand Final SashPicks

I was tasked to do the Miss Universe Thailand final SashPick artwork and here below is what I came up with. It features the candidates’ portraits in traditional glamoured up costumes set up on a background of gold filigree with Thai borders. I believe its good to set off the entire graphic layout to highlight the girls with a super-imposed border using the same glamshot… And the result is an homage to the rich cultural heritage of the Land of Smiles.

Sash Factor’s Final SashPick selection are:
1. Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren
2. Paweensuda Saetan Drouin
3. Baitong Jareerat Petsom
4. Thanaporn Soranun
5. Anna Nilson
6. Dala Naksook
7. Ratchanok Naowaset
8. Uchuta Praditponsaen
9. Sirirat Kalaboot
10. Pisoottha Nuntaworavech

Maria and Fahsai: My Bets for Miss Universe Thailand

Miss Universe Thailand 2017? Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren and Paweensuda ‘Fahsai’ Saetan Drouin… only those two girls for me.

These two girls wouldn’t be any different from each other. Despite being both Thai-halfies, Maria has a more pronounced Caucasian features while Fahsai is looking more Oriental. Both are tall and leggy, Maria is 5’11” and Fahsai is 5’10 1/2″. But the difference in their pasarela is quite remarkable. Maria glides effortlessly onstage, while Fahsai is rough around the edges. Both are articulate and well educated with good degrees. 

In overall, Maria should be the better candidate for the Miss Universe Thailand title. However, her being Caucasian looking could work against her and this may cost her the judges’ nods for the crown. MUT seems to favor the more traditional Thai-looking delegates to pageants and might not be too accepting of too foreign looking halfies. This would be an advantage for Fahsai as her more native looking features would be appreciated much more. Her only fault is her pasarela which still could be addressed through rigorous training.

I have no qualms whoever among the two girls would win the Miss Universe Thailand crown. My heart favours Maria while my gut instincts tells me it probably would be Fahsai. Good luck to both girls in the competition!

Nostalgia: Precious Lara Quigaman’s Miss International Speech

Back in 2005, when the internet didn’t move in the speed of light to do fact-checking, Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman’s speech became an internet sensation for it being a fabricated hoax. Today we take a look back on those two speeches.

The hoax speech: “I take no offense on being typecasted as a nanny. But I do take offense that the educated people of the world have somehow denegrated the true sense and meaning of what a nanny is. Let me tell you what she is. She is someone who gives more than she takes. She is someone you trust to look after the very people most precious to you – your child, the elderly, yourself. She is the one who has made a living out of caring and loving other people. So to those who have typecasted us as nannies, Thank you. It is a testament to the loving and caring culture of the Filipino people. And for that, I am forever proud and grateful of my roots and culture.”

The actual speech: “Here in Miss International our main mission is to promote peace and goodwill, right? And if given the wonderful opportunity to be Miss International I would organize fundraising events that would benefit less fortunate children from all over the world, focusing on free education and improving their quality of life. In this way we are teaching our youngsters that there is hope for them. And we not only develop friendship among countries but we are also making way to a brighter future, because I have always believed that our hope and our future lies in the children. Thank you very much.”

While both speeches are actually quite good, it was the latter that helped Lara win the Mikimoto crown that year. The 5’6″ stunner became the fourth Filipina to win the MI title.

Newsflash! Miss Universe Date Revealed!

Mark your calendar ladies and gentlemen as the 66th edition of the Miss Universe pageant will be on November  26th!

According to TVyNovelas, the pageant will be held in the United States during the Thanksgiving weekend which falls on November 23rd. No city has been confirmed as venue as of yet but it is speculated that Las Vegas is most likely to host.
This would mean that the pageant will coincide dates with other Alpha pageants like the Miss Earth on November 4th, Miss International on November 14th, and Miss World on November 18th. This means that countries like Russia, Namibia and South Africa would have to select separate reps to both MU and MW pageants.
SOURCE:
http://www.tvynovelas.com/co/noticias/17/07/24/miss-universo-sera-el-26-de-noviembre/

Opinion: Jessica Rose McEwen for Miss Earth New Zealand?

One of the shocking non-inclusions in the Miss Philippines Earth top 5 is Jessica Rose McEwen. After being virtually every pageant sites’ top pick, she only managed to finish among the top 10 of this year’s competition.

Why do you think she missed the cut? I have two theories. First is that her very Caucasian features wasn’t the preferred look of the finals night judges. My second theory (and most likely to have happened) is that being the first to be called out in the top 10 was the culprit. This might be a case wherein judges would underscore the first candidate in the semis while reserving their top marks for those that will come after. This is why it is more beneficial for girls to be called in the middle of the semis call-outs. While this may sound very superficial to most, this might explain what affected Jessica’s chances in the top 5.

Personally, I would want to see Jessica represent New Zealand in Miss Earth. I believe it is time for New Zealand to be represented by a strong candidate whose pageant training is done by one of the best in the business. Jessica has the goods to become Miss Earth, more so with her heart for the pageant.

Hopefully, Jessica would give Miss Earth New Zealand a try. My intuition tells me that she might find herself competing in Miss Earth if she does so…