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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!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Miss World America 2015: Meet Miss World Tennessee


23 year old Mariel Lane has been chosen to represent Tennessee at the 2015 Miss World America Pageant this July in Washington, D.C. The winner of this pageant will represent the United States at Miss World 2015.

Miss World 2014: Trip to Sri Lanka a Roaring Success


Miss World 2014, Rolene Strauss, and Miss World CEO, Julia Morley, just completed a hugely successful trip to Sri Lanka. After visiting Indonesia and the Philippines, Sri Lanka was the final stop for this trip. In Sri Lanka, they were part of the Rotary Club's Annual Conference. Miss World also helped to launch the One Million Tree Stories Project by planting the first of a million trees to be planted this year and launching the website for the project.


Morley and Strauss were also among the esteemed speakers during the four day conference with Strauss telling the audience more about Beauty With A Purpose and Morley discussing the role of women in our modern society. They also paid a visit to a project that aims to provide hearing aides to people across Sri Lanka who are unable to afford them and they visited an animal sanctuary. Miss World has now returned to South Africa and will remain. Her next trip is expected to be to Iowa for the Variety Telethon, an annual event Miss World supports.

Photos and Information courtesy of Miss World Organisation!

Eye For Beauty Blog Most Robbed Beauty of 2014 is Miss Universe Mexico

I wouldn't exactly call 2014 the "Year of Shocks" in terms of results. In most of the pageants I followed, the winner was always there amongst the favorite. In terms of national pageants, I'd say that the favorites did well. Rolene Strauss won Miss South Africa, Nia Sanchez won Miss USA, both winners in the Philippines were favorites, and other countries like France, India, Colombia and Mexico all crowned girls who were marked as front-runners. I predicted the winners of Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth. The only one of the big four pageants that produced a shock winner, or at least a few raised eyebrows, was Miss International.

The year's biggest shocks came from the inability of most of the pageant organizations to get their acts together. Miss Earth is still in the Philippines and is still trying to get rid of the corruption stigma after the Russian scandal a few years ago? Did a home victory help? Miss World was supposed to be the best festival ever in three countries, but turned into a low key event. There were very few events leading to the finale, but at least they were all classy, and it was evident that the organizers are trying to create some energy on stage at the finale. Miss International is apparently under new ownership, but the pageant is still a looong snoozefest. For the most part of 2014, we all wanted the real Miss Supranational to stand up... and eventually it did. The best effort from an organization came from Miss Grand International - it really is a pageant to watch. Their results left a bitter taste in my mouth though. And the worst effort: from Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization. In an unprecedented move they failed to put on a show in 2014, moved it to 2015, and called it by it's anniversary while claiming it is actually still the 2014 edition. But will there be another one this year? Nothing is certain anymore with Miss Universe - their credibility has pretty much gone down the drain.

As for results, a few favorites were actually left out. The biggest shock of the year:

#1: Miss Universe Mexico, Josselyn Garciglia


I have liked Josselyn since she was crowned Miss Universe Mexico and she had a long time to prepare for this competition. She was crowned way more than a year before the Miss Universe Pageant and she had months of intense preparation. When she arrived in Miami, I thought she was smart by playing it safe for the better part of the competition. She always looked and ready to be in the top 15, but didn't try too hard to stand out.


On the night of the preliminaries, I was absolutely stunned. She looked spectacular in her evening gown. It was definitely one of the top 2 performances of the night - a toss up between her and Colombia. In the swimsuit competition, I was not the biggest fan of her hairdo, but her body was just absolutely phenomenal and her walk was amazing. Miss Universe is a stage competition and I think Josselyn Garciglia can truly call herself the MOST ROBBED BEAUTY OF 2014.

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Eye For Beauty Blog Most Robbed Beauty of 2014: #2

I wouldn't exactly call 2014 the "Year of Shocks" in terms of results. In most of the pageants I followed, the winner was always there amongst the favorite. In terms of national pageants, I'd say that the favorites did well. Rolene Strauss won Miss South Africa, Nia Sanchez won Miss USA, both winners in the Philippines were favorites, and other countries like France, India, Colombia and Mexico all crowned girls who were marked as front-runners. I predicted the winners of Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth. The only one of the big four pageants that produced a shock winner, or at least a few raised eyebrows, was Miss International.

The year's biggest shocks came from the inability of most of the pageant organizations to get their acts together. Miss Earth is still in the Philippines and is still trying to get rid of the corruption stigma after the Russian scandal a few years ago? Did a home victory help? Miss World was supposed to be the best festival ever in three countries, but turned into a low key event. There were very few events leading to the finale, but at least they were all classy, and it was evident that the organizers are trying to create some energy on stage at the finale. Miss International is apparently under new ownership, but the pageant is still a looong snoozefest. For the most part of 2014, we all wanted the real Miss Supranational to stand up... and eventually it did. The best effort from an organization came from Miss Grand International - it really is a pageant to watch. Their results left a bitter taste in my mouth though. And the worst effort: from Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization. In an unprecedented move they failed to put on a show in 2014, moved it to 2015, and called it by it's anniversary while claiming it is actually still the 2014 edition. But will there be another one this year? Nothing is certain anymore with Miss Universe - their credibility has pretty much gone down the drain.

As for results, a few favorites were actually left out. We would have never guessed it:

#2: Miss World France, Flora Coquerel


Pretty much from the moment that she was crowned, everyone said France's Flora Coquerel screamed Miss World. From the moment she was crowned, she became a crown favorite for the Miss World title and it stayed that way until the end... well, almost the end. When Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss South Africa, people started seeing that the crown was not already on Flora's head, but Strauss' participation at Miss World was never a certainty until the date and venue of Miss World was announced first.


Even though Strauss became the biggest favorite, Miss France still had her loyal supporters. There were many that believed that France would be it and on the final night, just for a moment, it looked like France would indeed do very well. After the interview results were released, France was in number 1 position, but as the rest of the challenge events were added, France eventually dropped out of the top 25 and was surprisingly/shockingly left clapping. So what happened? Who would have thought that France would be ignored? Was it the fact that Flora went to the Dominican Republic with the Miss France contestants and arrived days late for the Miss World Pageant. That is more than likely what happened! The question is: will the Miss France Organisation learn from it?!

 

Miss Jawa Tengah wins Miss Universe Indonesia 2015


The new Puteri Indonesia is Miss Jawa Tengah, Anindya Kusuma Putri. She is 22 years old, stands 1.76m tall and will represent Indonesia at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant. Putri was crowned by outgoing title holder, Elvira Devinamira, and the reigning Miss Universe, Paulina Vega from Colombia.


The first runner-up was Miss Kalimantan Barat, 20 year old Chintya Fabyola. She is 1.7m tall and will represent Indonesia at Miss International 2015. Miss Sulawesi Utara, Gresya Amanda Maaliwuga (19), was named the second runner-up. The 1.75m beauty will represent her country at Miss Supranational 2015. The top 5 were completed by the delegates from Lampung and Papua Barat.
The new winner has a really pretty face. I think she has the potential to do really well at Miss Universe!