It already feels like it's been a long journey even though really it's only just begun. I've been dreaming of representing the United Kingdom in the Miss Virtual World Pageant for a long time now. I actually submitted a photo back in 2011, but didn't get to the live auditions (I was a very new model then, and it's probably just as well I didn't!). Then I tried again last year. My first photo wasn't selected, so I submitted another, which was. Then I didn't get through the live audition the first time, or the second time, and the last audition of the year was on a weekend when I was away, so I had to give up.
This year I got in early with my picture and was selected straight off. And then I didn't get through at the lives again. At that point I will confess I was ready to give up for good. But after some stern talking to from some good friends, I decided to give it one last try. And this time, I didn't try to second guess what the judges were looking for - I decided if I was going out, I would go out with a bang. So instead of trying to style like a beauty pageant queen, I went for all out haute couture - something you might see on the real life runway of an Alexander McQueen show, something that reflects my personal taste. And, at last, it worked!
I chose the gown from Tres Beau that my friend Nice Wildrose wore for her formal in last year's MVW contest - but I went for the pink special edition for Fashion For Life. I wanted a ruff type collar to wear with it - and after searching fruitlessly for a while, spoke to RKT Crystal, creator of Vintage Jewels, who agreed to custom make me what I wanted - she understood my vision completely, and came back to me a week later with this lovely piece. Thank you so much RKT. Scroll down for the rest of my styling credits.
So, I'm proud and delighted to be Miss V♛ UK 2014 at last. Thank you everyone who has given me their support, encouragement and congratulations - it means more than you know. I'll be blogging my progress throughout, and I'm so excited about what's to come. I've heard how intense it can be, and how stressful - but also how positively challenging and how much fun it can be too, so all I'm saying for now is - bring it on!
Gown: Tres Beau - Miss Nice Wildrose MVW Gown - Fashion For Life special edition
Collar: Vintage Jewels - custom made but will be on sale soon
Hair: Loovus Dzevavor - Doubledillo
Headpiece: Eshi Otawara - Pearl Headdress
Earrings: Gems & Kisses (no longer available)
Nails: blackLiquid - Slink Nails Appliers - Pearl Set
Makeup: Dead Apples