6 comments on “The rigorous life of a beauty pageant applicant

  1. I’m so lucky that I don’t have to undergo rigorous training and application process.
    Bawal kasi ang beki sa Binibini

      • Norman — I’m probably one of the few who will beg to differ on this one. As in everything, there is good cosmetic enhancement, and bad or overdone enhancement. Planned wisely and discretely and with the counsel of a professional aesthetician, cosmetic enhancement could be the difference between a dismal placement and winning a title in an international beauty pageant. Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez are good examples. And if you’ve ever seen pictures of Irene Esser prior to her cosmetic enhancement, you would have to exclaim to high heaven that she did the right thing. Negative perceptions of cosmetic surgery prevail because there are clearly those who have abused the procedure and IT SHOWS — they unfortunately become the walking billboards for cosmetic surgery. But for every Michael Jackson or Joan Rivers, there must be hundreds of others who you would not think have had one. In most cases, subtle enhancements mean a fraction of a centimeter here or there that enhances the natural contours of the face or the nose or the chin. And frankly, I would prefer a face that has undergone cosmetic enhancement to a face that has been painted with 5 or 6 different shades of make-up just to contour the nose in order to make it look “right” — which in this case, you end up looking at make-up and not the face. This is why make-up can at times be more “deceptive” than cosmetic surgery. If a nose needs to be narrowed or straightened aesthetically by mere fractions of a centimeter, then consult a cosmetic surgeon and do something about it. That in my opinion would be a better, more permanent solution than frantically using layers and layers of make-up to hide, redraw and camouflage one’s facial features.

        PS — Some of my personal friends are cosmetic surgeons. I also know many of their clients personally and have seen the “work” up close. In 99% the surgery improved and enhanced the person’s looks in a very positive and subtle way. And in most cases, cosmetic surgery has helped these people gain a more positive self-image of themselves that in turn made a difference in their lives. I’m for cosmetic enhancement — NOT cosmetic abuse.

      • Glenn, I do not have anything against cosmetic enhancement. And you said it right. It is abuse of the same that should be rid off in our national pageants. Irene Esser looked so much different as the surfer-daughter of a rich plantation owner in Venezuela. When she won Miss Venezuela, it’s as if a completely new person was crowned. The same is true with Vanessa Goncalvez, Minorka Mercado and co.

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