Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Challenge - Old Hollywood

The first official public presentation for Miss Virtual World was also the first runway challenge. The theme we were given was "retro fashion," and we were told to style like old Hollywood starlets. I went for a femme fatale look, dark and demure with an air of mystery.

When it comes to styling in general, it can be tempting to cover every attachment with something because the misconception of looking "put together" is that you must put everything together. Simplicity can be a difficult style to pull off effortlessly, so I'll be honest and say this took some work. In fact, my final look was my third styling I had come up with. I was relatively pleased with the results, including my posing on stage. A lot of the contestants were very well-styled so I hope the judges felt I had one of the stronger overall looks and performances. I will continue to do my very best as Miss Virtual Canada and make everyone proud of me.

Thanks again for reading the post! I appreciate all the support!

Skirt and collar: Azul
Belt and lipstick: Baiastice
Clutch: COCO
Eyeshadow: Ricielli
Earrings: Dahlinks
Lashes: Maitreya

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"The Competition Has Started!"

As the title of this post says, this is what Mr. Mills exclaimed upon seeing the MVW candidates at our first official meeting. I took that to be a positive sign since I could hear the elation in his voice as he looked each one of us over. For some of the ladies, this was a reunion with their mentor. For others, like myself, this was an introduction to the person who would ultimately choose the winner in the end. In some ways, MVW can come across like a sorority with everyone vying to join the legacy of legendary models. We were the pledges who had survived the equivalent of Rush Week known as the MVW auditions and were now joined as Sisters.

I won't lie. I was as anxious as anyone else for the initial meeting. Some of us are friends with previous contestants and had heard the tales of tears and meltdowns that occurred during the first MVW meeting. I didn't know what to expect. Maybe Mr. Mills would like me. Maybe he would take one look at me and shake his head in disappointment. As I surveyed how expertly dressed the other women were, I expected the latter. However, to my surprise and delight, he took notice of me on the first day.

Let me clarify one thing right now in case anyone has any misconceptions: I do not personally know Frolic Mills. If anything, I've been warned many times to be cautious in his presence. Rumors of his callous nature were greatly exaggerated as I would come to find out though. He wasn't really that intimidating; he was kind of a pussy cat. Whether he had mellowed over the years, I couldn't tell you because as I said, this was the first time we had any kind of direct interaction. Thankfully, I had made a positive impression.

He called up a few other ladies who caught his attention and told everyone not to mistake this as meaning one of us was the winner already. We all had a chance to excel or fail based on our styling and actions. This was never more clear than the next day when I received a constructive critique for my pose choices. I was humbled and grateful, albeit a bit disappointed in myself for not garnering the same kudos I received the day before. This is what it means to be in MVW. One day you're in front of the pack; the next day you return to the back. To win, there can be no room for small errors. This is the Olympics of SL modeling.

My first styling is a retro casual ensemble I concocted while creating looks for the first scored challenge that will take place during BOSL Fashion Week. Thanks to a sale at coldLogic, I was able to score a great dress that allowed me to channel my rockabilly side.

My second styling was a mini test given to us for the second meeting with the theme "fall chic casual." We were told to think of what women in New York would wear while shopping 5th Avenue. I considered another skirt ensemble but went for a risk to stand out. Even though it didn't pay off well, I still enjoyed what I did.

Pic. 1
Dress: coldLogic
Eyeshadow and purse: Ricielli
Liner and lipstick: Lush Limited
Glasses: artilleri
Stockings: Insolence (closed)
Gloves (modified): The Secret Store
Pose: Manifeste

Pic. 2
Jacket: SLink
Pants: coldLogic
Hat: LaViere (currently at FaMeshed)
Gloves: celoe
Pose: Corpus

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Born to Be Wild This Way

A couple months ago, my SL existence changed with the news that I was selected to be a Miss Virtual World 2013 finalist. It has been an awkwardly exhilarating journey so far with figuring out who will design my final gowns and hair; who will take my MVW photographs; how I'll manage my time for everything, etc. The first two weeks after the selection was a whirlwind of press with an interview for Associated Press SL and my first photo shoot for Best of SL Magazine. Everything felt so surreal, but considering it's Second Life, that's not really a surprise. After all, I role play as a fairy half of the time so suddenly becoming Miss Virtual Canada shouldn't seem too weird...

Actually, I misspoke when I said "suddenly." This is not some random overnight success story. In fact a lot of candidates are just like me. We faced crushing rejection in previous years of vying for a shot at Miss Virtual World but persevered until we made it. However, I do feel fortunate in that I made it during my second year of modeling. It was upsetting last year when I couldn't even make it past the photo round. I understand how easy it is to fall into the evil trap of thinking "oh well if only I had the money for a top notch photographer..." or "well if I was part of the inner circle of BOSL..." when you fail because it is a hard pill to swallow. Failure never goes down easy, but it's not meant to feel good. Failure is a necessary evil because it pushes you to work harder for success. It took a year and a drastic makeover, but it happened because I didn't allow myself to wallow in self-pity or jealousy.

Now despite this being my third pageant of the year, every challenge is a first for me. Interviews are still strange because quite frankly I don't talk about myself all that often, but I don't mind them. I would be lying if I didn't admit the attention feels good when people respond positively to them. It's always nice to be recognized for your achievements. I also really loved my photo shoot for Best of Second Life with Bodza Mubble, who happens to be Miss Hungary in the pageant this year. I thank her for a beautiful photo of me all decked out in biker apparel. I don't know that I nailed the style of "biker chic" but I had fun doing it regardless. I'll post more of my styles as the competition continues along, so keep on reading and feel free to follow my blog and my journey throughout Miss Virtual World.

Hair base: MADesigns Hair
Pants: Riddle
Gloves: Lush Limited
Earring: je suis (temporarily closed)
Eyeliner: Cheap Makeup
Bracelet: KOSH
Tattoo: Nemezi