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Monday, March 2, 2015

If I were a judge: Miss Universe Slovak Republic 2015

The new Miss Universe Slovak Republic will be crowned on March 6. The winner will represent the Slovak Republic at the next Miss Universe Pageant. 12 young ladies are competing for the title. Last year, the Slovak Republic crowned one of their strongest bets yet. Despite being somewhat of a favorite, she failed to make it to the top 15 though. Will they be luckier this time around? Who will be the next Miss Universe Slovak Republic? If I were a judge:

Miss Universe Slovak Republic 2015: Denisa Vysnovska

1st runner-up (Miss Earth SR): Veronika Sebakova

2nd runner-up: Anita Polganova

3rd runner-up: Beatrica Zavodnikova

4th runner-up: Saskia Januscakova

CLOSE:
Martina Dankova
 

2015 EYERIS Awards: Nominees (Part 2)

BEST HOST/PRESENT (MALE):

Justin Bratton - Miss Earth

Thomas Roberts - Miss Universe

Tim Vincent - Miss World

BEST HOST/PRESENTER (FEMALE):

Joey Mead King (Miss Earth)

Natalie Morales (Miss Universe)

Megan Young (Miss World)

BEST JUDGES:

Miss Earth

A panel including people from the entertainment industry including America's Next Top Model star Allison Harvard, business leaders, politicians and a musician.

Miss Universe

A panel including famous American television personalities, sports stars, musicians, a Filipino boxing legend, and style icon and Project Runway judge, Nina Garcia.

Miss World

A panel consisting of people in the charity and humanitarian field, musicians, former Miss Worlds including Turkey's Azra Akin, and Miss World CEO, Julia Morley.

BEST MUSIC:


Miss Earth

With a special performance by Charice and music by Pitbull, Clean Bandit, Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith.

Miss Universe

With special performances by LALINEA Band, Prince Royce, Nick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw and music by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.

Miss World

With special performances by SkyBlue, the Vamps and compositions by Miss World's official composer, Mike Dixon.

BEST NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Melinda Bam (Miss South Africa)

Henrique Fontes (Miss World Brazil)

Kim Kotter (Miss Nederland)
 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 EYERIS Awards: Nominees (Part 1)

BEST PAGEANT ACTIVITIES:

Miss Grand International



Miss International




Miss Supranational



BEST HOST CITY/COUNTRY

Miss Earth (Manila, The Philippines)

Miss Grand International (Bangkok, Thailand)

Miss Supranational (Krynica-Zdroj, Poland)
BEST VENUE:

Miss Grand International (Indoor Stadium Huamark)

Miss Supranational (MOSIR)

Miss World (ExCel London)

BEST STAGE

Miss Grand International


Miss Supranational



Miss Universe


MOST PRODUCTIVE REIGN BY AN OUTGOING TITLE HOLDER

Miss Earth (Alyz Henrich)

Miss Universe (Gabriela Isler)


Miss World (Megan Young)
 
 
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

COMING SOON: Eye For Beauty Blog's 2015 EYERIS Awards

I have had this blog for four years and I have always tried to come up with creative ways to share my love, passion and admiration for the world of beauty pageants and the people that work so hard to make them happen or put themselves up for relentless scrutiny and judgment by us... the general public - who wouldn't even to hold our own nearly as well as most of these girls do under very stressful circumstances.

From the day I started it, I have aspired to just share my love for something that has given me so much knowledge and happiness. Yes, sitting outside Golden Square during my lunch break in the late nineties, I did dream of going up to Eric and Julia Morley when I saw them out and about to impress them with my knowledge of their pageants and being awarded a job at Miss World there and then. But as big of a dreamer I am, I am also not totally out of my mind. So, alas, as those teenage dreams faded and the mundane realities of life started to set in, I realized that I would never have that dream job - at Miss World or any other pageant. The love remained and so did my desire to still share my passion with those around me. I became a member of some private "VIP only" pageant forums and when the one I was most actively involved in "died", this blog was born.

I always put a lot of thought into whatever I want to post or say and I don't really get any real rewards for it. I spend A LOT of my free time doing this on top of a crazy work schedule and it has become rather stressful, Especially when you see things you KNOW you came up with and never really saw anywhere else before pop up all over the show. But, hey, I'm not conceited enough to really believe that I am one of THE creative forces in the world of pageants and I own all these little things I make up. So even when I saw there was another Eye For Beauty Blog or my If I were a judge makes it way around, I do feel a bit dejected at times, but I always decide to carry on again after a while. Whatever I have been doing on my blog has been done a thousand times, I just put my own spin on it and try to make it my own. I guess it's an honor if my "specials" start popping up on forums and message boards or even facebook groups.

After living in Taipei, Taiwan for almost 9 years (I am South African though!), I recently moved to Shanghai, China where I am now working (very hard I might add). This brought new challenges and frustrations which makes blogging so much harder. I have a few very loyal people who always stay interested and show me so much support, so I always use that as an inspiration. But now on top of my lack of time, I also have to wonder if my VPN will work.... hopping over the Great Firewall is not always that easy and then when you are over, it's sooooooo slow. The process gets exaggerated and my content is often stale and watered down by the time it gets published.

I did a special called "Pageant Report Card" for 3 years and I really enjoyed. As a teacher, it just seemed like a merge between my career and my pageant. I did for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons but I skipped out on the 2013 edition because moving to a new country is super stressful. And sadly, now that it takes longer to find information and keep myself updated AND so much harder (if not mostly impossible) just to watch all the pageants, I'll have to let go of that one. So Pageant Report Card is gone for now. In the place, I have gone the lazy route and decided to start a new special called
EYE FOR BEAUTY  BLOG's EYERIS Awards.

About the EYERIS Awards:
So, basically, this one will replace the Pageant Report Card Special. I will nominate pageants in different categories and then select a winner instead of writing about each aspect of the four pageants I used to evaluate and giving them a grade. The pageants all have some sort of livestream or footage can be found online. They are MISS WORLD, MISS UNIVERSE, MISS INTERNATIONAL, MISS EARTH, MISS SUPRANATIONAL and MISS GRAND INTERNATIONAL. I will also keep my eye on some national pageants and people in the industry.

Where did this name come from?
It comes from my obsession with cohesion. It had to relate to something regarding my life or blog. I thought of a part of the eye, the iris, and it sounded pretty enough, but there are already other Iris Awards and I am not really in the mood to get sued, so I put my own spin on it... the EYERIS Awards.

Who/What gives you the right to give out awards?
Like my blog (in general), this is just another bit of harmless fun. I don't think I know everything. I get it wrong a lot. BUT I do have a strong voice and opinion and I have been absorbing every bit of pageant information I could since 1991. So I do know what I am talking about sometimes and after helping/advising, I DO understand the business - from the contestants', directors' and organizers' point of view. Besides, I am mostly trying to entertain myself, save time, and still do something fun and interesting. I do  not seriously expect any organization to ring me up to ask me for their awards, though I'd oblige if they did... ha!

So to replace PAGEANT REPORT CARD (thanks to those who asked me about it), the 2015 EYERIS Awards will kick off soon!