Since pageant season has happily started, indulge me on this one dear readers. You often talk about in replies or comments about the kind of speaking ability that you want our Beauty Queens or aspiring Beauty Queens to possess, do watch the “Vogue 73 Questions” videos below and tell me who comes off as most effective for you in answering quick top-of-the-head questions.
I adore women who think on their feet – a little spontaneity here, a little humor there and the rapid processing of thoughts however unrelated the questions may be.
Of course, this is not how you do pageant Q&A. But if bits and pieces of wit and alertness can be thrown in for good measure in an actual personal interview or live chat session onstage, then we’d all be happy watchers and observers. And critics, I might add.
PS You might say that a lot of these interviews are staged. But still, the natural qualities of each subject would still come through after answering the first ten or so.
Here are clips of a British, an Asian-American, an American, an Indian and a Fashion Icon.
Photos of our Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Queens during the send-off for Samantha Lo for Miss Grand International (4th from right) and Leren Mae Bautista for The MISS GLOBE Beauty Pageant.
Best of luck to the both of you, and do the country proud!
The cast is complete with the presence of Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados, Patch Magtanong, Resham Ramirez Saeed, Emma Tiglao, Aya Abesamis and Samantha Bernardo, plus Raymond Villanueva of BPCI.
Photo credit: Bb. Pilipinas (Official)
Jennifer Aniston in Versace
Lupita Nyong'o (left) in Calvin Klein and Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford
Rosamund Pike (left) in Givenchy and Emma Stone in Elie Saab
Just like an avid bird watcher, I would always look forward to checking out the gowns that Hollywood celebrities will end up wearing on the red carpet during the Annual Academy Awards. And this year is no exception.
Instead of putting down the creations that did not sit well with me, I opted to focus on the five (5) numbers that made me sit still and be awe-inspired by the execution poured into each one.
Without a doubt, my #1 favorite is Jennifer Aniston’s nude Versace gown. This one is something that makes me want to walk the hundred meters or so while garbed in a formal attire that would bring out the sexiness without crossing the borders of poor taste. The color reminds me of a richly-textured, coffee-flavored Italian gelato that looks deceivingly simple at first glance, but with enough details to make people talk about the same throughout the proceedings.
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein is another favorite. It can make any wearer feel extra beautiful. The top is simply fab, and her short hair made the whole ensemble stand out even more. On the other hand, the very classic Tom Ford worn by Reese Witherspoon is something I would want to wear with Prince Charming beside me. It is clean and uber elegant. Not a show-stopper, but a definite A-list qualifier.
If red is my mood for the night, then the Givenchy original on Rosamund Pike’s body is something that would literally bring out the fire in me, but in a very classy way. It can make a bold statement but with refinement sewn all over. And last but not the least, Emma Stone’s lime green Elie Saab is a definite eye-catcher. The details are a sight to behold from a distance and amazingly intricate up close. Love it.
How about you, dear readers? Who are your picks? 🙂
Ever read and liked Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic “The Scarlet Letter”? If you did, then be prepared for Hollywood’s modern film version of the same with a play on letters once more – alluding to either an A for adultery or an A for a high school grade.
Easy A is, according to Sony Pictures, about Olive – a clean-cut high school student who – after a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out – sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in “The Scarlet Letter,” which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
Watch the film’s official trailer (in HD) below:
video courtesy of YouTube/hollywoodstreams
The movie looks fun, although I’ve said that to a lot of high school comedies in the past and got burned after watching them. But seriously, this should be one rung higher than the rest in its genre – more like a “10 Things I Hate About You” than “She’s Out of my League” by way of John Hughes.
Easy A opens in the US on September 17. It should open in Manila and around Southeast Asia much later this month or early next. The Sony Pictures movie stars Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, Patricia Clarkson, Dan Byrd and Stanley Tucci. It is directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Bert V. Royal.
Owen Wilson and Marmaduke: the guy must really love dogs, He's voicing one now!
Marmaduke is America’s most huggable Great Dane – a newspaper comic strip character drawn by Brad Anderson ever since the mid-50s till now. The pooch is getting the big screen treatment together with actor Owen Wilson who is getting more and more typecasted in roles that associate him with canines (remember “Marley & Me”?) and which makes me like him a lot.
Watch the movie’s trailer below:
video courtesy of YouTube/crtmn87
Marmaduke is a laugh-out-loud comedy every member of the family will enjoy. It opens June 4 in the US & Manila and should start screening around the region soon. It features the voices of Owen Wilson, Stacy Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiefer Sutherland, Emma Stone, George Lopez, Sam Elliott and Steve Coogan with Pushing Daisies’ Lee Pace, Judy Greer and William H. Macy.