Choosing from seventy-five (75) swimwear photos can be a delightfully daunting task because I need to focus on the small details to find that edge or two that can set the shot apart from the rest. I tried checking some online fashion or photography sites for recommendations on how to properly review them. At the end of the day, though, I trusted my own instincts. Does the image make me feel alive or does it impact on me in a tasteful way that is significantly missing from the majority?
My nine (9) choices show what experience has taught them. Some learned from previous shoots and/or pre-pageant turns. A couple of them dug deep into the non-fiction elements of their life on the beach or when surrounded by bodies of water. And a few simply relied on what makes them look good – be it an angle, a pose or the type of one- or two-piece swimsuits.
Katrina Dimaranan is tops for me in this segment. Everything is on point from head to toe. The positioning of her legs made me stare longer than those of others. She poses like a pro, and it shows. And while the shot of Beatrice Luigi Gomez is one I have already seen several times before, it still elicits an ooh and ahh because of her posture. Megan Julia Digal lives up to her island girl image, while Joanna Rabe looked more statuesque than she really is.
As for the rest, I am just happy with their submitted photos. Like Leren Mae Bautista pulling one strap of her top, or Jasmine Umali placing her fingers so delicately on her thighs or Christelle Abello wearing a one-shouldered coral pink number that made her curves pop out beautifully. Steffi Aberasturi’s body contortion tend to look odd at first, but the choice of a nude-colored bikini blends well. And Maureen Wroblewitz? She just seems so calm, while proving that showing your back sideways can still make for a good photo statement. Those rumps do the talking.
Who are your picks, dear readers?