Riyo belongs to the "fierce" category
It has been a long-held belief by missosologists that in order to win the Miss Universe crown, one must be fierce. The New Oxford dictionary defines fierce as having or displaying an intense or ferocious aggressiveness. The word came from the Latin ferus which means untamed. So how does this definition fit into the beauty pageant world let alone to the winners of Miss Universe?
Being fierce is an opposite of refinement and royalty. Being fierce means one is not afraid to show off what she got and is uninhibited by requirements of sophistication. But don’t get it wrong for being fierce doesn’t automatically fall into the category of crudeness or savagery. This is about glamour meets freedom. To picture what it is like, try to remember the catwalk of Jennifer Hawkins and Riyo Mori. Relive the way Dayana Mendoza strikes a pose or how Natalie Glebova glances. That’s fierceness. A beautiful lady not constrained but roams freely onstage like a beautiful mustang. Ownerless, independent and has a penchant for surviving in the wild. More like a modern woman amidst the urban jungle. That’s what the context of fierceness in here and that is what Miss Universe is looking for.
But the moment Ximena Navarrette was crowned, this notion was crushed. Ximena is far from being fierce. Well in fact Missosology.Org tagged her as a very beautiful yet boring lady weeks before she was hailed as the winner. She is thought to be not the type of beauty queen that Miss Universe was looking for. Her crowning however ushered an era where refinement, finesse, and elegance rule supreme.
Leila belongs to the "sweet" category
And the crowning of Leila Lopes in 2011 proved such suspicion. Has Miss Universe changed its flavor? Is the pageant looking for a different type of beauty nowadays? Is this a part of a larger trend in the fashion world? Are we seeing refinement ergo conservatism as the latest trend? Analyzing this very particular trend is indeed crucial. This changes the way beauty queens will be thought at beauty schools. Forget about fierce catwalk skills. The sharp movements of Riyo Mori are now replaced by the sensuous maneuvers of Shamcey and by the fluidity of Leila’s catwalk. Forget about the flurry gown of Taliana Vargas. What’s en vogue right now are the stately aura that the red gown of Zilin Lou brings onstage.
Understanding this trend is a crucial step in honing a future Miss Universe – how to dress her and what skills must be inculcated. It will also provide us all with the necessary tools in predicting how a candidate will fare in the pageant. But caution must be exercised because it could be early to state that indeed the era of fierceness at Miss Universe has already ended. It must be taken into note that the first runners-up in 2010 and 2011, Yendi Philips and Olesya Stefanko respectively, are both in the fierce category. Indeed, training and understanding what the pageant wants are the key ingredients in winning the Miss Universe crown. Ultimately though, luck still plays a major role. One will never know who will truly shine onstage. Understandably, we all submit to the very fact that the winner is going to be the right girl, at the right time and in the right place.
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