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.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2015 EYERIS Awards: Best Pageant

So which pageant will be chosen as the Best Pageant for 2014? Will it be Miss Earth, Miss Grand International, Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Universe or Miss World?



This was a pretty easy choice for me. 64 years and stronger than ever, the Miss World Pageant proved herself to be the Grand Dame of Pageantry yet again. In the 64 years that the pageant has been around, the Morley family experienced the highest highs but also the lowest lows of the entertainment business. When times are tough, they don't quit. They find a way to get back to a better place in a quiet, dignified and respectable manner. There's no arrogance here. This is a pageant with a purpose.

Julia Morley has been working tirelessly for decades to not only raise millions for charity with her Beauty With A Purpose charity, but also to keep Miss World relevant. As she started preparing to take over from her husbands, you could start sensing changes in the way the pageant was conducted. Swimsuits vanished from stage and now they have been taken out of the competition all together. This was a brave move on Mrs. Morley's behalf. It was quite risky - swimsuits are synonymous with pageants and the fans would be unhappy. But Mrs. Morley is fearless. She knows what she wants and she's not afraid to take risks. Miss World's main focus will now be to work for good causes around the world and to develop young women and inspire them to change their communications by giving them a platform to start community projects. One only has to look at some of these projects to see why Miss World still has a place in modern society.

The way the Miss World Organisation handled the passing of Miss Honduras and her sister on the eve of the contestants' departure to London also speaks volumes of what lies at the heart of Miss World. Miss World is a family and without making a huge circus out of it, a dignified service was arranged. Mrs. Morley also immediately pledges to build a school in Honduras in memory of the young beauty queen and her sister. Kudos to the Miss World Organisation for always thinking of what would be a meaningful way to solve issues that require a delicate and sensitive approach.

And because Miss World is a
lways leading the way, exploring new markets, willing to change and looking for ways to turn their delegates into purpose-driven young women who know their self-worth and understand the potential they have to leave a legacy behind and for that reason MISS WORLD is the Best Pageant of 2014.

Miss Earth 0
Miss Grand International 3
Miss International 0
Miss Supranational 1
Miss Universe 6
Miss World 5


2015 EYERIS Awards: Best Production

The nominees are:

Miss Earth

Miss Grand International

Miss Supranational

Miss Universe

Miss World

... and the EYERIS goes to ...


This was another tough decision. 5 out of the 6 pageants I looked at qualified for this award. Miss International did not qualify, because their production is just so sub-par that I just couldn't even figure them in. If it's true that they will start charging franchise fees, I am hoping to see a much better production from them this year, but I'm not holding my breath.

Miss Grand International continued to impress last year with their superb production. They still need to work on a few minor issues, but they have done a sterling job so far. Miss Earth really did a much better job at staging their final last year. Thank goodness they chose a better venue and the production values increased dramatically.Miss Supranational always puts on a great show and Miss World has really started making an effort to liven up their final and bring a more youthful and energetic feel to their production whilst still keeping the essence of the spirit of their pageant. I am looking forward to more improvements this year.

I chose Miss Universe because it's still produced by a network and very entertaining to watch. The format is easy to understand and pageant fans love onstage competition and eliminations. I also enjoyed the inserts and it was nice to see some former title holders. I am not sure if the 3 hour format is a bit too much. It helped that I didn't watch it live I guess.

2015 EYERIS Awards: Best Winner

The nominees are:

Miss Earth

Miss Universe

Miss World

... and the EYERIS goes to ...


Miss World got it right, once again, when they crowned stunning Rolene Strauss last year. This South African beauty is the epitome of class, elegance and poise. Not only is she absolutely gorgeous, but she's also incredibly humble. They say the eyes are the window to the soul and I see absolute purity, kindness and goodness when I look at photos of her. Her smile can light up a room and when she speaks, you just can't help but like her even more. I am so incredibly proud to be a huge fan of hers and I have so much respect and admiration for her. Her presence is what you would expect of a royal and I truly believe that if Disney is looking for a new inspiration for a fairy tale princess character, they should use the lovely, intelligent and ravishing Rolene Strauss. She is a class act and I'm so excited that we will still be able to follow her reign for more than 8 months and I can't wait to see what she'll achieve in the future.