I’m not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance.”
– Celine Dion
Before the next MVW is selected, I wanted to take a moment for a few personal reflections on this competition and share the work I did on my journey this year as MVW Germany 2017.
I decided to audition for MVW because I wanted to represent the country of my mother. She was such a kind and loving person I wanted to honor her and my grandparents and celebrate my German heritage.
I decided very early on that I wanted to try and stay true to as realistic an approach to the challenges as I could, as well as make my fellow Germans proud of my conduct and professionalism throughout my time as MVW Germany 2017. I am going to provide in the following post, a brief look at each challenge for this year’s MVW.
The initial audition runway challenge was for a galactic ball styling I wanted to create a futuristic look, but one that could be seen as possible in our future. I pulled together a formal gown with lots of golden sparkle, a long flowing split skirt surrounded by a golden cage, and a very tall hairstyle with golden sparkles.
Our next directive was to attend the first meeting for the Misses. As a Miss you should always look your very best. I created an urban chic style that was comfortable, edgy, very on trend, and professional. I wanted to be seen as a model that means business and is serious about her profession.
Our first official runway challenge was described as the Congo Conga. Mixing the feel of African rhythms and Cuban culture to blend the two, I paired a knotted top I retextured, with a conga pant, and added a fun hat a friend of mine made for me. I added some very big bold jewelry to highlight the fun of the dance. Throughout the outfit I used the colors of the German flag as homage to my country and found a wonderful pair of maracas to shake as I strutted my look on the runway. This was a fun challenge.
Next was our first photo challenge. This challenge was to create a style based on an ancient goddess. I chose to find a Nordic goddess from the same region as Germany. The goddess Iðunn, or Ithunn, was my inspiration. Ithunn is a goddess associated with apples and youth. I was very fortunate to have Magissa Denver do my photograph; she made me look amazing. Thank you to Magissa for being my photographer and helping my styles come alive. I could not have asked for a better collaborator.
Our next assignment was more of a test of our ability to juggle multiple things at one time. This was called Bootcamp. Bootcamp consisted of a series of tasks all with a single due date.
For task 1 we were asked to create a look inspired by one of two fashion Icons; Helen Rose or Iris Apfel. I selected to style an old Hollywood glam style based on the classic creations of Helen Rose. I had a feeling more candidates would choose Iris and I wanted to be different.
Task 2 was to create 3 advertisements for stores on the BOSL mall. One for a causal look, one for an accessory designer, and one for a formal look. We were asked to present these advertisements on the BOSL mall.
Task 3 was to be our opportunity to speak for a case that we felt is important to showcase. I created a presentation around Domestic Violence. It spoke for itself.
For task 4 we were asked to create a styling based on a celebrity. Two of the Misses were given the same celebrity to use as their inspiration. I was given Nikki Minaj. I was very happy to receive Nikki to style by because I am very familiar with her. I see her as a shining example to women how to be unique, strong, and unapologetic for your uniqueness. Nikki appears to be enjoying life, enjoying her career, and having fun in general with just being alive. She makes you smile when you see her. Nikki has such a fun and funky style I could have gone crazy and been accurate. I chose to portray the softer side of this female force of nature. Whenever I have seen her at red carpet events she looks flawless and confident and most of all she carries a sense of elegance and I don’t give a *F* what you all think. This was how I styled her.
The second runway challenge was to create a look to represent a young art director attending a gallery opening. I chose to use a pop art look so I could have some fun and be youthful and funky. I happen to like funky. I created something I thought looked very much in the style of Andy Warhol. This would be the type of look I would attend a gallery opening in. Comfortable and eye catching.
Our next challenge was to create a presentation in support of a charity. If you were to win Miss Virtual World, what would be the major charity event you would organize? I chose to support the Feed a Smile organization. Feed a Smile (FAS) has had a presence in Second Life for a number of years and is well respected as a charity that gives 100% of what is donated directly to the charity.
Feed a Smile in Second Life is based in Germany with offices also in Kenya. FAS works to feed and care for children in Kenya. They provide not only meals, but also clothes, education, and a variety of support to Kenyan children in need. I created a detailed presentation about what I would do to host an event for this worthy cause.
Next our challenge was to think as CEO of BOSL and create a new brand for the organization. I put on my CEO cap and detailed out what a CEO of BOSL might do for a rebranding effort. This would of course be launched in the BOSL Magazine. I created an office look for a CEO and an office to show for the cover photo.
Next we came to our third runway challenge. This challenge involved presenting yourself as a French Provencal small business proprietress. I created a comfortable no nonsense look for a French business woman, very chic and stylish of course!
Entering the month of October, we came to our next photo challenge, of course the challenge would be to create something for a vintage Halloween. I immediately knew exactly what I wanted to do. I transformed myself into a cracked and worn out puppet doll, just a little bit scary in a creepy sort of way. Once again, Magissa brought my style to life with her photographer’s magic wand.
The 4th runway challenge was to create a look to attend a rock concert on the moon to see our all-time favorite, yet perhaps aging, rock star. I pieced together a rock chic look that stands the test of time. Rocker babes are rocker babes, this does not change over the years. Smart, hardcore, edgy, and fabulous to catch the eye of the lead singer and become his #1 groupie. Isn’t that every groupie’s dream?
Wow. This is a lot of work and we still have a couple more to go.
Next came the 3rd photo challenge. We were to create a Christmas look without using red, green, or white, in the colors of the styling. I had no doubt from the beginning that I wanted to do something that look very old world with deep golds and blacks. I layered on several beads and bobbles to create the look of Mother Christmas guarding the spirits of Christmas in the woodlands. Magissa worked her magic again and made me look stunning, magical, and sparkling with the spirit of peace on earth and good will to men.
This brings us to the last runway challenge before the national costume presentation. Our fifth runway challenge was a homage to Delipop Cresi, the reigning Miss Virtual World. Deli chose for her challenge to the misses, the designs of one of my favorite Haute Couture designers, Elie Saab. I have loved his gowns for many years. The beading and embellishment he does to gowns is unparalleled. He makes every woman who wears his designs feel like a princess. This would be a difficult challenge to create one of his haute couture looks for SL. Since I knew the first thing you think of when you think of Elis Saab is a gown, I decided to look at his less formal collections for spring for inspiration and uniqueness. I was inspired by his Spring Haute Couture 2016 collection. This collection used a soft lavender palette that really spoke to me. I looked for full perm items so I could texture them with beadwork and match the shade of lavender exactly. I created a look I felt was different from what many of the other misses presented yet still spoke to the design esthetic true to Elie Saab.
This brings us up to our next two presentations of the national costume and the finale outfit. For those, you will have to wait. I am sure your eyes are tired after this rather long recap of the tail of MVW Germany 2017. It’s been fun so far. I am certain it will be fun to the end. I can’t wait to see who takes home the crown.