Previously posted at Chasing Catalina.
They’re here! The amazing, incredible pictures done by the unbelievably talented Astralia! *swoons*
Okay, so it’s been a week since MVW ended and it was a great journey. Full of challenges and triumphs, I really learned a lot. I’ve only been in the fashion world since April. My first runway show ever was June. And now it’s six months later and I can hold my head held high and walk proudly as Miss VW USA 2016, one of the Top 13 Misses.
It’s also been a hell of a week with just tons going on and getting ready for the SL Christmas Expo 2015, where over 50 talented creators come together with Relay for Life to celebrate holiday season with exclusives, hunts, and .PENUMBRA. is hosting a fantastic winter fashion show wheeeerreeee….yes! This gorgeous outfit I’m wearing will be featured as one of the stunning creations to be sold for charity. I am so grateful to Bea Serendipity and Warm Clarity for everything they’ve done and I am so very honored to be a part of Ghee.
This was an interesting challenge because were told no gowns. Nothing gown-esque. Something new, fresh, original. The concept was to create an outfit that would be trend setting a thousand years in the future. A full millennium from now…..and all I could think of is how far we’ve come from a thousand years ago. So when Bea, Warm, and I sat down to talk, we really wanted something out there and futuristic. And while the pictures are gorgeous, what you cannot see if the clothes actually change colors as you walk…..glowing and shifting, adding an entirely new dimension to the clothes which I just found absolutely incredible!
Another amazing designer who helped me create the perfect look was Belle Roussel of Chop Zuey Couture Jewelry. She is a fantastic jeweler and I was so honored to be able to work with her to bring together the right jewelry for this. We had a lot of fun and in the end, everything came together just perfectly.
I think, looking back, I just have two requests, two small wishes that if we could wish upon a star, could come to be. At the beginning of this pageant, a big word used to describe the whole process was ‘transparent’, as in “We’ll be absolutely transparent about the whole contest”, etc. And while I cannot speak for any of the other misses, I can say that even after the whole process is over, I still have no understanding of how the scoring occurred. At a rehearsal, one of the coordinators mentioned that there is a 20 point deduction every time a Miss is late to something and that was news to me. I think my first wish would have been that the scoring could truly have had the transparency that we were promised. I understand there was a tradition of how things were done before the pageant changed hands, but considering so much else has changed about it, it would be nice to move forward and make things clear throughout the pageant so we are not guessing, but know what really is. If the scores had come out and I was truly #13, then I’d be fine with it. But I believe it would be good to know.
And this actually ties in with my second thought and request. The first challenge and a styling class, we were given feedback on how we did and what we needed to work on. After that, the coordinators stopped. We were not given the judges’ feedback nor anything from the coordinators. I believe that every experience should be a learning opportunity and it would be wonderful to receive the judges’ feedback after the challenge. That way if there is something we are doing that is glaringly incorrect, we can work on becoming a better model. Without that feedback, we will continue to make the same errors and there is no learning opportunity.
So those are my two hopes for the pageant. But regardless of what happens moving forward, I am very happy with how things went. I’m excited to move forward with projects I have in mind and I think this next year is going to be absolutely incredible.
Catalina takes the stage once more in a shimmering concoction of beauty and elegance as she brings to life a vision of what the world might celebrate a millennium in the future. With technology leaping forward, Cata envisions a future where anything is possible. She sees a world where clothes can change with a single thought, matching one’s mood and energy not just harnessed to light the world but also to create dazzling effects in the world of couture fashion.
To bring this dream to life, Catalina knew exactly where to go. Six months ago when she was just starting out, it was Bea Serendipity and Warm Clarity of Ghee who noticed a new model’s blog and they reached out to bring Catalina into the fold of the Ghee family. To get the opportunity to work with them on this creation has been incredible.
For jewelry, there was just one person Catalina could ask and that was Belle Roussel of Chop Zuey Couture Jewelry. Another amazing designer that creates extraordinary pieces, Cata has been excited to wear her jewelry throughout the entire competition. It is a true honor to be here today and Catalina is humbled by everyone’s generosity.
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