Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Miss Earth United States 2016 Predictions: by Natalie McGovern

Miss Earth United States is 2 weeks away and we have our eye on a few beauties who are sure to stand out in the competition. Here are our Top 5 picks for Beauties With a Cause:
Florida- Mikhaila Leinbach has the look of a Miss Earth and of a national or even international queen. Her height, classic beauty and experience will take her far in the competition. A bonafide Disney princess, the stunning redhead is sure to turn heads with her passion for environmental causes such as reducing pollution. Undeniably beautiful she is an early favorite to win.

Louisiana: A former Miss Louisiana USA competitor Devin Boyd is a regal and elegant choice for the crown. Photogenic and seasoned, Devin is poised for a top 5 placement. Her platform centers around climate action and she is a promoter of the world environmental movement Earth Hour.
New Jersey: Lisa Green has a striking appearance, model height, and would do well at Miss Earth. Gorgeous, classy and philanthropic, she would be the perfect U.S. representative. She could place very close or take it all.

California- Trisha Bantigue is on fire, and by that we mean she is passionate about all earth related causes and would be the perfect spokesperson for the brand. A Filipino beauty who is both intelligent and confident, Trisha stands out to us as one who could take a dynamic lead in full force.
South Carolina-Mae-Ann Webb is not only a  southern pageant veteran but has a photogenic beauty that lands her in our Top 5 predictions. A fierce competitor and stand out, she advocates for recycling and going green, and is one of our top contenders for the crown.
We predict one of these girls will win Miss Earth United States and hopefully several of them will title as Elemental queens of Wind, Fire, and Water. We’ll have to wait and see to find out!


Sunday, July 17, 2016

MODELING 101- Tips and Highlights by Team PageantLIVE - PS Privette and Joyce Cortez

Pageantry DOES open doors to opportunities. One of them is getting an invite to be a Model of TPF's! If you are accepting assignments without representation you must take many factors into consideration PRIOR to accepting the project. Foremost, it is for your safety and the right branding! But then again, SAFETY is the number #1 priority, especially nowadays with all the social media bombarding all opportunities that scammers could get.

We compiled TIPS AND HIGHLIGHTS on how to choose wisely in this segment we call MODELING 101:
  1. Do you know the photographer, event planner, project manager? What are their reputations?
  2. Are they making money from the event or the photo shoot? We understand many first-time models will take unpaid assignments to update their portfolios, but you need to ask upfront if this is a paid gig. If it is not, you must ask, "Are you able to have the photos for your portfolio?" Will you be reimbursed for parking or travel? When will you receive the money? E-transfer is the fastest and the most upfront method of payment right now. It is safe and all you have to give is your email address. Never give your bank account number. Needless to say, try to get the money upfront. If the event is making money, so should you.
  3. Will you be provided food and water? Yes, there are events where the models are not even given food or water while they (agents or photographers) expected you to be around from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am. Really, come on! How long are you expected to stay at an event? Are you able to leave after you model? Yes, you can leave if you prefer because your time is very valuable too.
  4. Are you allowed to have an escort? If they say no, don't go. Any legitimate photographer, event planner or project manager will not care if you bring somebody as long as they don't get in the way. If they say no, please DO NOT GO! Safety, safety, safety. If they say yes, does the escort have to pay for admission? Usually, it is +1 which means you can bring one person for free. Any addition, you will have to pay for it but in most cases, you can bring as many as you want (if you already have a big name in the industry). 
  5. Are you being Branded? This is very important. Do you have a signed contract with an agency, pageant, manager? When you sign the event/photographer release then you are giving them the right to do what they please with the pictures. Of course, legit photographers only want to use them for their portfolio; but you really need to ask.
  6. Please DO NOT DO NUDES!!! Seriously, this is one way to kill your career. Why would you allow some random person to have naked photos of you to do whatever they want? If you do want to do implied nude, have an escort with you at the shoot or consider boudoir shoots wearing bikini or lingerie. Sexy but not totally nude!
  7. Yes, you can be over photographed. Why pay for a model if the images have been seen by thousands of people already? People like to see fresh, new faces, so strike the balance.
  8. Practice your SMIZE. Watch Tyra Banks on YouTube on how to slay your smize perfectly.
  9. Have fun with all your shoots! Photographers dislike working with boring models. Dance, sing or be wholesome weird! 
  10. And lastly, BE NICE TO EVERYONE! No one ever likes to be treated as a dirtbag. Photographers would rather work with late models than the rude ones. BUT please minimize being late.

When you become famous, stay on your ground! You will be blessed more by the heavens if you keep yourself humble!


Sunday, July 10, 2016

And Miss World America 2016 Is.. By Natalie Christina McGovern

Audra Mari has been crowned Miss World America 2016 at the National Harbor Hotel in Washington D.C. The Filipino-American beauty queen and first runner up to Miss USA 2014 will represent the USA at the Miss World pageant in the host city of Washington D.C. this December. Pageant supporters and fans see her having a great chance at the World crown with her multicultural beauty, charisma and great reception from the Pinoy community, who have long dominated the Top 4 International pageants of Miss World, Miss Earth, Miss Universe, and Miss International.

In 2013 Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015, represented as the US delegate at Miss World after placing first runner up to Miss California USA. What used to be a national casting call where a model was selected by an agency to represent, Miss World has quickly caught on in the United States as a prestigious pageant to compete for as one of the oldest beauty pageants internationally.

Twenty seven delegates across the nation came to share their message of “Beauty With a Purpose,” and competed in Beachwear, Top Model, Sports and Fitness Challenge, Talent, Interview, Evening Gown and Beauty With a Purpose phases of competition.

Delegates were not representative of states in this year’s competition but instead were recognized as Miss World America finalists vying for the crown.

The landscape of pageantry slightly shifted as a reigning Miss USA titleholder was allowed to compete for the coveted title. As with other countries that allow their contestants to compete for Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth, the Miss World Finalist was given permission by her state director to compete although under contract with the Miss Universe Organization. Miss USA had passed and so just like with other countries’ finalists who don’t go on to win Miss Universe, the Miss World America finalist was given the opportunity to try her luck at being the next US representative.

We wish Audra good luck at Miss World and see a potential Top 5 placement in her future. Third times a charm and the pageant veteran has proven that perseverance is key to any success.

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