Talleen Abu Hanna: Changing Pageantry for Transgendered Females

Talleen Abu Hanna. Remember her name as she is poised to be a popular pageant contender should she win Miss Israel 2018 on May 1st.

Talleen Abu Hanna is an Arab-Christian Israeli from Nazareth who won the first ever transgender beauty contest in Israel. Previously she has won Miss Trans Israel 2016 and now is a strong favorite for the title of Miss Israel. The 23 year-old Talleen is possibly one of the few transgendered people who are giving traditional pageants (who usually have a ‘born-female’ clause in their requirements) a shot. She is currently one of the Top 4 finalists of Miss Israel 2018 and a transgender model.

If indeed she wins the title, she might be sent to Miss World and/or Miss Universe or if she ends up as a runner up, perhaps to Miss Universe alone. Traditionally the Miss Israel (or Malkat Hayofi Israel) winner gets to be sent for Miss World. While it is not clear if Miss World still won’t allow transgendered females to compete in their pageant, the Miss Universe has allowed it since 2013. (EDIT: During Miss World Spain 2015, a transgender female was allowed to compete at the nationals representing Cadiz. Her name is Angela Ponce.)

If she shoes get to compete internationally in any of those two pageants, she would be breaking a glass ceiling for transgendered females. She would be opening doors for more transgendered females to join traditional pageants that are used to be catering for biologically born females. Are we close to having a transgendered winner in one of our Alpha pageants soon?

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Cynthia Thomalla, Sticking to her Gameplan for Miss Eco International

Miss Eco International- Philippines Cynthia Thomalla is now competing in Egypt for the Miss Eco International pageant. And she is one of the standout girls in the competition.

Competing in field of 50+ candidates, Cynthia or Thia can easily best it out with the much favored Latinas in the pageant. While she may not look much of an overly standout in her early pics, she does have a gameplan for the competition. According to a person close to her, some of the candidates are throwing some attitude early in the competition and she is careful not to put a target on her back. The pageant is aware of how their competition will get mileage from Filipino pageant fans should Cynthia win, hence she really have to follow her plan with care.

Standing out while blending in. That is so far the best play she can use and deliver at the crucial activities of the pageant later. Preparation is the key and all should be well with Cynthia in the competition. Finals will be on April 27th, 7pm (that’s 1am on April 28th in the Philippines) at the Cairo Opera Theatre.

Katarina Rodriguez at the Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival

If anybody had seen Katarina Rodriguez at the Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival, everybody would agree that she could still represent the Philippines in another international competition.

The Miss Intercontinental 2017 1st runner up sported a lighter brown hair when she walked the ramp of the SoFA Graduation Show under Mark Escauso. For people who saw her, we can all agree that she is indeed looking more splendid even after passing on her title. She looks so much better with her current tan and her lighter hair color. It certainly brings out the best of her facial features. And we haven’t mention how physically fit she looked, she can easily rock the swimsuits with her current bod.

Katarina had mentioned earlier in the year her willingness to enter another pageant in the future, and we all are speculating her joining Miss World Philippines. I hope she does prepare for it even as early as now, specially for the BWAP challenge of the pageant.
With this year looking like a year for crossovers, Katarina can easily claim a victory in any pageant she wants to join in.

Catriona Gray: All or Nothing

When we all saw Catriona Gray finally jumping into the Binibining Pilipinas fray last January 8, we all knew that hers was the biggest gamble in the pageant. Having made top 5 in Miss World, we all knew that should she join Bb. Pilipinas, it was Miss Universe or nothing for her.

Those are the thoughts that she relayed in her latest newspaper feature. Here are some snippets of Catriona’s Philippine Star feature:
Recounting her experience during coronation night, Catriona bursts into giggles. “It was such a weird sensation on coronation night, I’ve been trying to explain to my team and parents and my friends. I was roommates with Michele Gumabao, we were together and I was like, ‘Wow it’s coronation night!’ and she was like, ‘Yeah it is.’ And I said, ‘I don’t feel like it’s coronation night!’” The 24-year-old stunner hardly broke a sweat during the event — not even during that Richard Gutierrez moment. And the rest was history.
Yet as the newest Binibining Pilipinas-Universe winner reveals, she almost missed out on the title. “I had so much clamoring from fans and everyone to join (Binibining Pilipinas), and at the time I kind of just dismissed it like, ayoko, I really didn’t feel like I was ready to even consider that,” she shares. After winning the local crown of the other major beauty pageant in 2016, Catriona landed an impressive podium finish at Miss World’s international stage as third runner-up, a feat that she was content with. But with the deadline for applications looming and the incessant “what if” questions gnawing at her, Cat threw her hat into the ring, where she soon made waves as the first woman to represent the Philippines in both grand-slam beauty competitions.
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Who should Comprise Your Pageant Glam Squad?

There has been some buzz that went after I published my #GameChanger post on Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray. Whether you agree or not, it made you think of what possibilities could happen with the rise of the individual glamsquad.

While the glamsquad may not take the over the traditional pageant camp in terms of training, it does help so much with the day to day activities of the competition. They would be the one to make sure that you are taken cared of during the daily activities and they provide help that is tailor-fit for you. One of the good things about having your own glamsquad is that it is not totally mutually exclusive with having a pageant camp, just look at Karen Gallman, Jehza Huelar and Eva Patalinjug… They are proof that you can have both a camp and a dedicated glamsquad attending to you.
Imagine having 20 ladies dolled up by just a team of 5 hair and makeup artists, compared to a team of 3-4 people just focused on you. The odd sounds a bit better doesn’t it?

So you have now decided to go through the pageant with your own glamsquad. You ask yourselves, who should comprise of your glamsquad?
* Head fashion stylist – he/ she is the one that takes in your personality to fit in with your overall style while making sure it fits your best features and body structure. The head stylist makes sure that you don’t go out half baked for your public appearances and troubleshoots any issues that may arise in terms of your overall packaging and style.
* Hairstylist – plays up which hairstyle would be best for your face shape and should be able to teach you simple hairstyles you can do on your own come pageant proper.
* Makeup artist – brings out your best facial features and helps you to eliminate having the wrong type of makeup.
* Catwalk coach – should bring out the power and presence when you do your walk and poses. The catwalk coach should know your personality and matches that with your style of walk.
* Designers – your designers should be able to doll you up with outfits that you and your stylist have planned together. Your daily dresses can be a mix of designer pieces and clothes bought from the racks.
Evening gown designer, should be able to create you a competition gown. A competition gown must be a standout from the rest of the gown you would typically wear.
National Costume designer, should have a deeply rooted appreciation for the culture he or she is representing in his creation. Continue reading “Who should Comprise Your Pageant Glam Squad?”

Cynthia Thomalla for Miss Eco International

A huge pressure is on the shoulders of Miss Eco International – Philippines Cynthia Thomalla. She is following up the two successive wins of her Miss World Philippines batchmates, Teresita Ssen Marquez at Reina Hispano Americana 2017 and Sophia Senoron as Miss Multinational 2018.

The 5’7″ German-Filipinas stunner is now competing at the Egypt-based pageant with 60+ women from all over the globe. She speaks English, Tagalog and Bisaya.
At 22 years old, this Cebuana beauty advocates for responsible and respectful travelling and sustainable tourism activities. It is no surprise that she is in favor for the closure of Boracay this April. In a news article by topnewsphil.com she reveals her sentiments about it.
I stand for the decision that they made. I think it is timely. We all should know that we should take care of Mother Earth and I went to Boracay last January, na-fi-feel ko talaga na we need to do something. And I think closing it for some months will be good for the ocean and for everything to rejuvenate and for the rehabilitation of natural resources. I think if we sacrifice our time now, we could have many, many more years for a beautiful Boracay. So I think it is a really wise decision they are doing right now. But I hope it will also help the employees that are unemployed. I hope they are giving them other alternatives for that.Continue reading “Cynthia Thomalla for Miss Eco International”

Final Leaderboard for Century Tuna Superbods (Male)

Today’s post is all about the hunks of the 2018 Century Tuna Superbods (Male division). We feature the top 5 hunks that I feel would be the major contenders for the main prize…

5. Elcid Magne Camacho
4. Denver Hernandez
3. Luiji Panoso
2. Jules Aquino
1. Angelo Cacciatore