“Rhiananna is MISS SL ♛ 2017” were my words last Saturday, at the end of the grandest event, that I had the honor to produce to date.
We have had 6 months of castings, auditions, meetings, exciting runway challenges, the live interviews, the press presentation and then the Grand Finale.
Fourteen candidates competed in the Grand Finale event on Saturday, which draw so much more attention, than we would have thought it would. Many have tried to access the region, where the finale show was held, and we may apologize to those, who could not enter.
We did have a bit of trouble to even keep the candidates on the region, respectively to get them in, which caused the one or other delay between the challenges. While we calculated 4 hours until the coronation of the new MISS SL ♛ 2017, it became 6 hours.
But it all is worth the effort, the stress and hard work that was put in, considering how exciting and intense the journey of the last months has been, that the candidates and the MISS SL Pageant team went through… , and me too.
(Pictures from the Grand Finale posted by Kaya Angel)
Reviewing this past six month, I am grateful by many means. Grateful for the experience, for the new friends, that we have made, for the wonderful moments we have shared. In a more personal way, I am grateful for the steps, that we have taken on with the MISS SL Pageant, in order to guarantee fairness and seriosity, to preserve a certain level of standards and yet, to keep it fun for all also.
One key point was the change of the judging process. While it seemed revolutionary to me, when we tried it in the MR SL pageant last year already, now fully established it is just a logical response to the experiences we have made before.
The judging process and the scores are somewhat of my sanctuary. Being judge for many contests myself and then experiencing in MR and MISS SL of the previous years, that certain circles would abuse their privileges to support a pageant candidate into a favorite or top position, lead me to my seeking for a way to control the judging process better, to justify my responsibility I have towards the candidates.
While the usual scoring process in pageants asks the judges to list their favorites from top to lowest, we now ask the judges to score a candidate from 1 – 10, without asking a favorite. Two or more candidates even can get the same amount of points from a judge, which was not possible before. Throughout six runway challenges, live interviews and the finale scoring then, the risk for a tie between two or more candidates is not any more than with the old scoring process, but quite the same. But, and that is undeniable, the scores and the results, are much more real.
Seeing the success of this change, it may be mentioned as well, that we had an healthy mix of judges, which is another of my core worries. Those who wonder… I may assure all future candidates, that those, who are trying to ill influence MISS or MR SL, in order to see their friends succeed, rather than to evaluate a real score for each candidate, will not be invited as judge anymore. We actually maintain internal lists just for that.
It needs to be mentioned, a pageant is not an agency casting, but the judges are selected from different fields, with different experiences, with different expectations and perceptions. As many judges are coming together, the results will never reflect that of what an agency casting would be like.
We were happy to invite new judges into the challenges, interviews and finale this year, and we will keep doing so. I may express my deepest gratitude to the core judges, that accompany us for the most events and also the newly invited judges, for taking the time, the hard work and taking up on the responsibility to score our candidates objectively and unbiased, as I do request it.
It have been to many, to list them all, but I do hope, that I may extend my invitation to you to judge again, in the upcoming pageants, MISS and MR SL.
(Pictures from the Grand Finale posted by Moon)
The other key point in the MISS and MR SL pageants appear to be the creativity and sophistication of the challenges. Everyone who wants to join a pageant, and in particular MISS or MR SL, should know, that a pageant is not supposed to be easy one-time show off, like a club contest for a raffle prize or a ‘dress to impress’ party.
A pageant is meant to be tough, to be an experience from begin to end for everyone involved, one that causes candidates to think outside of the standards and to discover their limits. To write the styling challenges is a challenge for myself very much, some are so complex that I need an half or entire day even, just to make sure to avoid all potential misunderstanding, but easy enough to understand, and yet not to easy to realize either. I was happy to see, when the posted styling challenges received such great response and interest.
If this two key points above are the very basics that MISS and MR SL pageants can be seen for, then we have achieved much more, than I have ever thought would be possible.
Especially the recent MISS SL 2017 pageant has shift this key points into clear position, for everyone visible and I think it was honored by our sponsors with their increased support we have experienced this year again. I may thank the sponsors and partners that have and keep to support MISS SL Organization and the MISS and MR SL pageants since begin and those, who have joined us in this round. Your support is crucial for us to be able to maintain the events as seen and we hope that we have been able to fulfill your expectations to your satisfaction.
The sponsors, media partners and supporters of the MISS SL ♛ 2017 pageant have been:
Angel Manor Estate, BAXE Group, Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery, EGOISME Milano, GABRIEL Fashion & Accessoires, GIZZA Creations, K – Haute Couture, Kultivate Magazine, L’ Homme Magazine SL, ModeLS Magazine, Moondance Boutique, Port Elysium, The Edge, Tiffany Designs, Virtual Diva Magazine, wiply.net and many more, who have helped the candidates and team to realize their styling ideas.
Another key point, that I personally value highly is the MISS SL team, recently referred to as ‘MISS SL Ohana’. Especially in the last half year the MISS SL team has grown closer together, than it has been before already. Particularly the usage of easier and direct communication channels has allowed the internal and extended group of members to be in close touch with each other, as never before.
It is my impression that the motivation of each single involved member has increased significantly with the improved communication.
The pageant team know well, how much I appreciate their hard work and yet I will express my gratitude here once again, as it cannot be said often enough. The events that take place for the MISS and MR SL pageants only could be as well organized and flawless as they have been, due to the unconditional engagement and dedication by the team members. Thank you especially to SaianSamuel – MR SL ♛ 2016, Rissa Bolissima, Venom Zanzibar, Djembe Dragonfire, Diana Balhaus and Richard Rabeling for their offered time, professional work in our events and friendship towards the candidates, but also to Ivyana Szondi – MISS SL ♛ 2016, Kat Carter and Angelus Bunin for their help and advice, i.e. in our feedback meetings.
In particular Rissa and Venom have been working restlessly for each show, to help me writing the scripts, hosting and helping to direct the runway. Both, Rissa and Venom, have been invited to MISS SL Agency as MISS SL ♛ Top Models, to acknowledge their hard work, but also to honor their both achievements in blogging and modeling.
We have received tremendous support for our stage sets and event venues in this pageant, which we are are profoundly grateful for and may thank especially Ramses Meredith for the incredible offer to establish the Chinese Theatre as a general venue for MISS SL events, but also for the stage sets provided by him and Kaya Angel, and for Kaya’s continued support and invitation to have our challenges and events at the Rose Theatre and the Angel Manor also. The Angel Manor is not only my private home since four years now, but is also the home and office to MISS SL Organization.
As MISS SL Organization has become the home and family for so many now, I´m very grateful to know, that MISS SL ♛ 2016, Ivyana Szondi, expressed her willingness to continue in her position as CEO for MISS SL Agency. I would not feel well to write a farewell to her as MISS SL ♛ 2016 exiting from her reign, as I have not done so with previous winners either. I believe that Ivyana has been the right reigning MISS SL to the right time, leaving a significant positive imprint on MISS SL Organization. In the special events that took place, Ivyana was on the front, taking responsibilities and leading the candidates and models in their positions.
I believe Ivyana has found her role within the team quite well and I am equally confident with Ivyana taking up on the future tasks of the agency’s lead together with the new models, the former and future candidates and winners.
(Pictures from the Grand Finale posted by Mizaki Verlack)
Congratulation to the 3 winners of this pageant, MISS SL ♛ 2017 – Rhiananna, the first runner up Sakura Zimberman and the second runner up Etoilerose and I may also extend my congratulations to the candidates, who made it into the TOP 8 and received the exclusive invitation to MISS SL Agency by Ivyana.
But as we finish this pageant, I do think, that all the finalists of the MISS ♛ 2017 competition have been winners. Every of this candidates has joined in for an extraordinary journey, which meant more than just to style for this or another occasion. Each single challenge, each event, each meeting has been hard work and the last weeks before the finale have been quite a rough time for everyone. To keep up with the scheduled events until and into the very finale then, is an huge achievement by every of the finalists and all of them have earned my utmost respect for that, plus the right to keep their national titles:
This is the list, with the titles that the finalists have:
- MISS SL ♛ Austria 2017 – RoyaleSun
- MISS SL ♛ Belgium 2017 – Roberta Aulder
- MISS SL ♛ China 2017 – Sequane
- MISS SL ♛ Ireland 2017 – Sydney420 Ashbourne
- MISS SL ♛ Italy 2017 – Sahra Freschi
- MISS SL ♛ Japan 2017 – Jaily Bailey
- MISS SL ♛ Mexico 2017 – Melinda Bayn
- MISS SL ♛ Romania 2017 – MarylineMaby
- MISS SL ♛ Spain 2017 – GretaConCarbo
- MISS SL ♛ USA 2017 – Maile Michinaga
- MISS SL ♛ Venezuela 2017 – Naarnisse
- MISS SL ♛ 2017 / MISS SL ♛ Denmark 2017 – Rhiananna
- MISS SL ♛ 2017 – First Runner Up / MISS SL ♛ Sweden 2017 – Sakura Zimberman
- MISS SL ♛ 2017 – Second Runner Up / MISS SL ♛ France 2017 – etoilerose
Additionally to the congratulations I want to thank every of the finalists for their trust in our team and me. We do understand your trust as a credit, that we do not take as guaranteed, and do hope that we are able to fulfill your expectations to the most possible degree.
We cannot offer all of you a crown or a runner up title, but at least we hope, that you know, that we invite you to feel and be involved in the MISS SL Organization projects, where you see yourself fit in. If you have certain ideas and interests, that we would be able to help with to realize, we are available for you to speak about.
MISS SL ♛ 2017 – Rhiananna, you are crowned with the ‘Victorious Crown of Grace and Honour’ and I say congratulations to you and that I do look forward for an interesting and exciting year ahead with you. I may assure you, that the previous winners, MISS and MR SL, are available to advise you as well as the entire team, including me. We all are looking forward for the first interviews, that are scheduled and to be published soon, as well as all other endeavours we will be taking up on with you.
I am also sure, that you will have the general support by our audience, who have accompanied us through all our events during the last six months.
The very positive feedback that we have received during the competition and after the Grand Finale gives us strength and motivation to continue. As I have said before announcing the final result:
We know we are not perfect, and we would never claim to be. But I know, that we always put our best effort to achieve the very best possible result for everyone involved, and we do intend to do it every time better.
I want to thank everyone, who has joined our events in the MISS SL ♛ 2017 competition and we hope, that we have been able to provide a most enjoyable experience to you as well. Special thanks we may offer to those, who have shared their wonderful photographs on Facebook and Flickr with us.
On a personal note I may thank all my close friends and my family for their support and patience with me, to allow me to be the ‘child in the candy store’ as it was expressed so nicely and right once by someone. I´m very blessed with your friendship and I wished I would express my gratitude to you more often. I do offer my sincere thanks to my fiancé Hikaru’s friends, all of his friends have been most supportive to the MISS SL ♛ 2017 events and me, and in particular Moon and Catherine, who have made sure, that the VIP area in the Grand Finale was nicely decorated and guests well received.
My dear loved loving man, fiancé and so, future husband, Hikaru; thank you for your unconditional support through all the good and also rough days and nights of the last months. I know I can be a tough bone to chew on, but you have kept to support and love me, regardless. Your love is my strength and I cannot thank you enough for that.
With that being said, I may officially close the MISS SL ♛ 2017 pageant and invite everyone to join us in July for a row of smaller contests, that we are requested to organize, from and for various communities and then for the MR SL ♛ 2018 pageant. The schedule for MR SL ♛ 2018 will be scheduled soon.
Thank you all for this fabulous celebration of Beauty, Creativity and Talent. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.
MISS SL Organization
Owner | Founder | Chairman
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