In the recently concluded Miss World 2014, held at ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Centre in London on December 14 as it crowned South Africa’s Rolene Strauss as the title holder; it failed the Philippines’ delegate Valerie Weigmann to duplicate her fellow Filipina’s success (Megan Young), who was crowned the previous year.
The 25-year-old Filipina-German beauty queen who made it to as one of the Top 10 in ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ didn’t quite impress the rest of the judges for her to advance to the next round of the competitions. She was among the Top 25 finalists along with the beauties from Bolivia, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Dominican Republic, England, Mexico, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Sudan, Vietnam, Finland, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and United States.
However, when the Top 10 was announced, Weigmann failed to make the cut. Why is it so? Pageant aficionados in the country had various reactions and observations and one of which is Weigmann’s gown.
For me, here are my observations…
She doesn’t look Pinay.
If Weigmann gets to stand side by side with other European beauties, she won’t stand out. She doesn’t uniquely exude the kind of beauty that most of the Philippines crowned queens would still be identified as ‘very’ Filipina.
Unlike Weigmann, Megan Young still is Filipina-looking despite her being half-American. Even the newly-crowned Miss Earth 2014, who is also a Fil-Am—Jamie Herrell, when you look at her in most angles—the Cebuana is very much Filipino-looking.
Back in 1993, when Ruffa Gutierrez placed Second Princess to Miss Jamaica; she stood out because she has that certain X-Factor and traces of being a Filipina is still very much evident in her features.
She speaks Too Fast.
Based on the video when she was presenting her advocacy for the finalists of ‘Beauty with a Purpose’—Valerie spoke too fast and wasn’t conscious about her pronunciation and enunciation.
English may not be her first language, but she should have been trained on how to say her words with precision especially in emphasizing a particular word in order to make an impact and great impression. On the other hand, when Young competed in the same beauty tilt—she exuded confidence overall.
Back then, she speaks clearly; beaming with so much confidence. Apart from that, she only chose to use the right words to create the needed impact with her advocacy, which Valerie hasn’t perfected.
Has No Queenly-bearing.
If we try to compare Megan Young and Rolene Strauss, both walk, talk, and even stand with such queenly-bearing. They both carried well their gowns. When both Megan and Rolene smile, it is obvious that they were not faking it or probably didn’t get to force it—just to make an impression.
Margie Moran when she won Miss Universe 1973—she was even predicted that she would win the title—it’s because her totality as a woman and as an ambassador of goodwill for the Philippines have further earned the respect of a goddess.
Perhaps, the next time when the Philippines get to send a candidate—these three traits should be part of the criterion.