Monday, March 30, 2015

Liesl Laurie wins Miss South Africa 2015

23 year old Liesl Laurie from Eldorado Park was crowned Miss South Africa 2015 at the conclusion of a glittering event in Sun City last night. The new Miss South Africa will spend the next year of her life traveling around South Africa on behalf of the Miss SA Organisation. She will also represent her country at Miss World and Miss Universe. Laurie was crowned by outgoing Miss SA, Ziphozakhe Zokufa. The reigning Miss World, South Africa's very own Rolene Strauss was a special guest at the event.

The first runner-up was Refilwe Mthimunye and the second runner-up was Ntsiki Mkhize. Mthimunye might be called upon to fill in for the new Miss SA should she be unable to fulfill any of her duties. The top 5 were completed by Sihle Makhanya and Nicole Lee Lamberts.

Well done to Liesl Laurie. I know this will change her life for the better. A very special congratulations to Werner Wessels, who now has his third Miss SA winner!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Aditi Arya wins Miss India 2015

Femina Miss India 2015 was crowned last night. Aditi Arya was named the winner of Femina Miss India 2015. She will represent India at Miss World 2015. The first runner-up was Aafreen Vaz and the second runner-up was Vartika Singh. They are expected to represent India at Miss International and Miss Grand International 2015. Deeksha Kaushal and Tanya Hope completed the top 5.

Not the best result. I'm underwhelmed.  

Ceska Miss 2015: Winners crowned

Nikol Svantnerova (22) was named the winner of the 2015 Czech Miss Pageant. She will represent her country at Miss Universe 2015. A new Ceska Miss World was also crowned. She is Andrea Kalousova (18) and she will represent the Czech Republic at Miss World 2015. Miss Earth Czech Republic 2015 is Karolina Malisova. She is 18 years old and will try to win a second Miss Earth title for her country at the end of the year.
Not the best year for the Czech Republic but they have a decent set of winners.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

If I were a judge: Miss India 2015

Femina Miss India 2015 will be crowned on March 28. This year, the Miss India Organisation has managed to round up one of their best line-ups in years. It really is anyone's game. The winner of Miss India 2015 will represent India at Miss World 2015. The runners-up will go to Miss International and Miss Grand International. If the judges pick the right girls, 2015 could be an amazing year for India. Who will be the winner? If I were a judge:

Femina Miss India 2015: Vartika Singh

1st runner-up (Miss International): Chahat Dalal

2nd runner-up (Miss Grand International): Aishwarya Goel

3rd runner-up: Tanya Hope

4th runner-up: Meghna Mittal


Sushrii Shreya Mishra

Ruchika Mookherjee
Photos: Femina Miss India

If I were a judge: Ceska Miss 2015

The Czech Miss 2015 Pageant will take place on March 28. 10 young ladies will compete for 3 titles. The winner of Czech Miss will represent her country at Miss Universe 2015. Czech Miss World and Czech Miss Earth will represent their country at Miss World and Miss Earth 2015. Who will win? If I were a judge:

Ceska Miss 2015: Katerina Krobova

Alternate: Martina Karkosova

Ceska Miss World 2015: Katerina Baluskova

Alternate: Nikol Savantnerova

Ceska Miss Earth 2015: Andrea Kalousova

Alternate: Jelizaveta Cernecka

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 EYERIS Award: Most Promising Newcomer

In the first of two special categories, we honor a very promising young newcomer to the pageant industry for what he has achieved in a very short amount of time. The EYERIS for Most Promising Newcomer goes to...


I guess it could be called cheating to brand the immensely talented Werner Wessels as a newcomer, because he's been in the industry for about 4 years now. But if you look at what he's achieved in only a few years, you will be impressed. In fact, he's done what other people involved in the industry have been trying to do for years, even decades.

Werner experienced his first taste of success when he styled and trained his best friend, Melinda Bam, for the 2011 Miss South Africa Pageant. Bam of course won that pageant and her next goal would be Miss Universe. Once again, it was Wessels who helped her get ready for the pageant, plan her wardrobe and spent hours working on every little detail of her pageant participation. Bam became the overwhelming favorite to win the title and almost every pageant website had her pegged as the winner. It seemed almost inconceivable that she would not win. But it was heartbreak for both Bam and Wessels when she was eliminated after the top 10 round. Still, a top 10 placement at Miss Universe is a remarkable achievement.

The year after the then reigning, Miss South Africa, Marilyn Ramos, and her family hired Wessels to be in charge of Ramos' pageant preparation. He basically had to plan her whole wardrobe and help her get ready for two international competitions which would take place only a few weeks apart. The even greater challenge was getting a summer wardrobe for Bali and a winter wardrobe for Russia ready at pretty much the same time. Ramos style choices were well received by pageant fans and observers including blogger and fashion expert, Nick Verreos of Project Runway Fame.

Last year, Werner took on board a young girl who lost out to his best friend in 2011, Rolene Strauss. Werner approached her after the 2011 final and told her that if she wanted to give it another go one day, she should call him. Two years later she did and the rest, as they say, is history. Strauss not only claimed the Miss South Africa title, but went on to win Miss World 2014 a few months later, the first South African in 40th years to hold the title. One of the first things Strauss did after her crowning was to credit Werner Wessels not only for his advice and support, but also his friendship. Strauss also appointed Wessels as her official stylist during her reign as Miss World.

At the tender age of 26, it's only the beginning for Werner Wessels. He was made to be in this industry. He has the eye, he has the talent, he has the passion and he has the drive. I have it on good authority that he even recently gave some advice to Pia Wurtzbach who went on to claim the Miss Universe Philippines title. Pageant directors around the world, take note! If you want to do well and make an impact in the international arena, Werner Wessels is the man you need to find on facebook. Contact him. He is one in a kind and you will certainly not regret it.

Eye For Beauty Blog salutes Werner Wessels and we can't wait to see what the future holds for him. We do hope that he gets snapped up by a great pageant organization who will value and appreciate the tremendous talent he has.