Do you have what it takes to be a beauty queen?

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Maxine Medina is the next Filipina beauty queen vying for the title of Miss Universe.


Contrary to popular belief, beauty pageants are more than a contest of being the prettiest girl in the room.

Over the recent years, Filipina beauty queens have been consistent title contenders in the beauty pageant circuit and this sort of reputation doesn’t happen overnight.

For those who would want to have an idea on the kind of training that our beauty queens undergo, Preview had gone straight to Aces & Queens experts and beauty queen trainers Bessie Besana, Atty. Nab Bronce, Arnold Mercado, and Jonas Gaffud for a teaser.

Beauty queen survival kit.

Fashion designer and pageant coach Bessie Besana enumerated the essentials in a pageant.

“Compact, lipstick. A shawl or scarf would also come in handy for styling purposes and in case she finds it cold.

“But confidence is still what matters most.”

Work your onstage presence.

Jonas Gaffud remarked that confidence plays a key element, but it was important to be “not overly confident.”

He told the magazine, “Your stance onstage should have a commanding presence but not too Pageant Patty [read: trying too hard].

“You have to look calm, elegant, sophisticated.

“You don’t have to always put your hands on your hips especially if you don’t know how to execute it.”

Make love to the camera.

A beauty queen must “know her best angle.”

Arnold Mercado related, “Fall in love with the camera. Smile with your eyes, so to speak.

“Do mirror exercises, observe yourself, and take lots and lots of #selfies.”

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Nail the Q&A

Atty. Nad Bronce, the resident Q&A trainer, revealed that they work hard on this the most.

“We ask questions; the girls answer and critique each other.

“We cover all areas. We do not only train for possible pageant questions.

“We also train the girls so that they gain additional knowledge and widen their perspectives.”

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While this portion often attracts controversy, the judge only has limited time to assess the answer given.

That’s why Atty. Nad keeps on telling a candidate to give a “seamless and substantial answer delivered with confidence and conviction” to help leave an impression among the judges.

“Form and substance [of the answer] must always go together, but if the right answer escapes them at the moment, then they should simply deliver their answers with confidence.”

Read the full article on Preview.ph

This story originally appeared on Preview Magazine May 2013

Edits by PEP editors


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