Should Maureen Wroblewitz Join Beauty Pageants?

With a face that is made to sell beauty products and a good girl attitude, Maureen Wroblewitz endeared herself to fans and supporters alike. Despite the criticism that she is inexperienced, short (she is only 5’6″ tall comparatively short by modeling standards), and only has a good face as a strong point, she managed to score a win at a reality-tv modeling competition.

Even after her win, she is still facing criticisms for it. Granted that she still is inexperienced and still lacks the strong character, she could be molded to a viable commercial model. Yet her eyes still searches for more growth and maturity. This is why I think that she should give pageants a try.
Pageant coaches and pageant training would enhance what is already there. Her potential is enormous but it still needs to be polished. Her youth so far is a weakness in terms of being unexposed to the world, so to speak. The confidence may be there but it does not outwardly show just yet. Personality development is also something that pageant hopefuls would need to go under. She would be developed to speak not just with confidence but with conviction. She would be taught what works best for her skin type, what poses she needs to use to look taller and slimmer, what she needs to amp up and what she needs to minimize. If she is trained in pageants, she would be coached extensively in pasarela. Something that is clearly lacking in the reality-tv competition. She would have to get training on walking and show strength on the ramp. Every stride and every pose or turn would be a tool to showcase her personality. 

This is something that would help mold her better into a confidently beautiful Filipina. Maureen, as I see it, still is raw. Very raw. But if she manages to get a good team surrounding her and train her properly, she would far more be effective not only as a model but also as a future beauty queen…

#FashionFridays: Maureen Wroblewitz for StarStyle.Ph

Maureen Wroblewitz is featured on StarStyle.Ph… The German-Filipina, fresh from her win has just been shot by Miguel Almajan and styled by Ryuji Shiomitsu.

Here are snippets of her interview with Starstyle.Ph:
Did you ever feel insecure to live with some of the most beautiful girls in Asia?
Oh I already prepared myself before going there. I was like, “I’m going to feel insecure especially because of my height, my age, and my modeling experience.” It was not even them being beautiful, it was mostly about their modeling experience and their height because I was the shortest. That was what made me really insecure. Especially when they were telling me that I’m “just a pretty face.” That was hard because that was something I always wanted to prove wrong.
Was there ever a time you wanted to give up because of the bullying you experienced?
Oh yeah. There were plenty of times I felt like, “Why am I like still here? Just eliminate me.” There were times of frustration but I always thought to myself—especially when I was the last Filipina left, I knew that this was no time for giving up and it was something I always wanted to prove to myself, that I don’t give up and that I am strong and I can fight haters.

What was your biggest motivation?
My biggest motivation was actually the Philippines. A Filipina has never won the competition so that was one of the biggest motivations. But also my mom because she’s always believed in me and I always wanted to prove to everyone and to myself that I am as strong as she was.
What are you looking forward to the most this year?
I’m looking forward to really living my dream, to really do what I love to do and always waited to do. I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of my supporters and to hopefully travel outside of the Philippines.


A’94 Retrospect: Sushmita and Aishwarya

These two women are often compared for being competitors in Miss India 1994, and this carried on later when they were both international pageant winners and actresses in their homeland. But looking back at their remarkable careers,  this outside-looking-in perspective on the two women’s pageant careers may define their wins as destiny taking over.

Everybody knew that the Miss India 1994 almost had Aishwarya Rai as a winner until Sushmita Sen’s mother gave her a scolding that would change the course of history. In an interview that Sushmita gave Jessica Soho, she revealed that she almost backed out of the Miss India pageant upon learning that Aishwarya was joining. That would have been a huge mistake as life would have later intervened to have Aishwarya compete in the Miss World. And Sushmita would be written as the only woman who would beat the more popular Aish for the Miss India title. 
A little over two decades after the two had become successful in their pageant careers, time has changed my perspective on the two ladies. I now see that Sushmita was destined for the Miss Universe just as Aishwarya was meant to be Miss World. Why is that? Aishwarya is the traditional, docile, classy and articulate lass that the MWOrg seems to prefer. Sushmita on the other hand is the brainy, self-assured, fashionable, strong-willed woman that the Miss Universe is looking for in an ambassadress. Aish would follow the long tradition of Indian women winning in Miss World, while Sushmita would be the trailblazer who would open-wide the door for India’s first Miss Universe winner.

Later on in life, they again both defined two different types of motherhood successes. Aish took the traditional route of having a family through marriage. Sushmita on the otherhand has always been a pioneer, and became a mother thru adoption, something unheard of for single women in her country. 

Rachel Peters: Beach Babe and Surfer Girl

If you head over to Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peter’s Instagram feed, you’ll see why this lady is the proverbial ‘Beach Babe’.

Swimming, Diving, Snorkeling… this British-Filipina beauty has probably done it all. This perhaps explains her lovely allover tan and how she keeps her body always beach perfect. Those activities on the sea surely burns enough calories to keep her in tip-top shape! The beaches of Camarines Sure must have given her a reason to love its waters so much.

We haven’t mentioned that she surfs too! In her Tonight with Boy Abunda guesting with Katarina Rodriguez, she mentioned that she can surf better than her brother, Daniel. When she was asked what would she do to impress someone under a minute, she gushes that she would try to surf standing with heels! How’s that for impressive!

Rachel reminds us of another Miss Universe surfer girl, Irene Esser who was also a surfer. Irene even attributed her being a surfer in her Q&A during Miss Universe 2012 where she ended as 2nd runner up. Rachel parallels her a bit with that but is perhaps even more well rounded. Both girls are also tall and leggy. And hopefully she could achieve the same, if not best Irene’s placement in Miss Universe.

Early Miss Universe 2017 Favorites

While the international pageant season is yet to arrive (starts during the ‘Ber months), we list down the ladies who are currently the most visible frontrunners and/or darkhorses in the competition. We have included in this list national winners from countries that have yet to name if their main girl is competing for Miss Universe or Miss World.

Australia, Olivia Molly Rogers – 25 years old, 5’8″ tall, a speech pathologist by profession. She is one of the girls with a beefy resume.
Colombia, Laura González Ospina – 22 years old, 5’9 3/4″ tall, one of the most facially arresting girls this year. She speak English, French and Spanish.
France, Alicia Aylies – 19 years old, 5’11” tall, a woman of color to win her country’s nationals. This curly haired beauty from French Guiana is confirmed to represent her count at MU this year.

Mexico, Denisse Franco – 19 years old, 5’10” tall, she is perhaps one of the top contenders this year. 
Philippines, Rachel Louise Peters – 25 years old, 5’10” tall, one of the more well-rounded girls sent by the Philippines in recent years. This events organizer and self confessed beach bum surely is a darkhorse. 
Puerto Rico, Danyeshka Hernández – 19 years old, 5’9″ tall, she is a student currently pursuing Public Relations and Marketing studies. Interesting to note that she is also a pageant veteran. 
Russia, Polina Popova – 22 years old, 5’11” tall, the first blonde Miss Russia winner in years. She can surely make the cut if the basis is pure beauty alone.

South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – 22 years old, 5’7″ tall, she is supposed to represent her country on both MU and MW pageants. Despite being the shortest in this list, she has one of the facially gorgeous girls in this list.
USA, Kara McCullough – 25 years old, 5’11” tall, the girl with the heaviest of resumes. Kara could potentially be the benchmark that all other girls would have to measure up to in MU this year.
Venezuela, Keysi Sayago – 23 years old, 5’11” tall, the one of the MV mold breakers and could be rewarded in MU for that. Her being the 3rd woman of color to win MV could help to her advantage.
We are yet to find out the reps for other heavy hitters like Brazil, Great Britain, Jamaica and Thailand, among others. We are still awaiting for the transformation to be seen on other countries’ reps that were already crowned like those from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Sweden.

PhotoCollage of the Day: Miss Universe Philippines 2014, MJ Lastimosa

It has been a while since I posted anything on Miss Universe Philippines 2014, Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa. The curvy Davaoena beauty is still active as a host and actress. Every year, she and the rest of her Miss Universe 2014 mates have an annual reunion where there travel around together.
Check out these photos from her Instagram account…

Pia Wurtzbach on Another Metro Mag Cover

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is on another magazine cover this month of July. We have the outtakes of her shoot for the magazine…

Check out @silent_totoro’s Instagram video on the BTS of the shoot…