Now, I never was a great lover of pageants or beauty contests, firstly I used to think they were a bit naff and outdated, and secondly, I couldn’t help feel they were also a little exploitative. However, I have recently had to review my opinion on the matter. After having spoken to a number of contestants over the past few years, including Miss America I have come to realise the benefits of such events. The people taking part tend to be all-rounders who have gained great strength and confidence from the experience, as well as, in some cases jobs and careers. Needless to say, with my new positive outlook, having been invited to the Caballeros de Tenerife men’s beauty pageant, I was very happy to grab my notepad and photographer and head out to Hotel Suite Villa Maria, to watch the 22 young semi-finalists (chosen out of a whopping 500) battle it out for the winning position.
The venue was jam packed with nervous friends, family and supporters, and the event was hugely successful with prizes and musical entertainment included. I even took the Mother who promptly declared that the men were all FAR too slim and not nearly a match on the men from her era! Well, each to their own! Catching up with winner Michele Morales and the event organisers later on, I managed to ask them some of my all-important burning questions.
What does it feel like to win this title? First of all joy and great satisfaction. Like my colleagues, I worked very hard to get to this point. Although there is only one winner, we were all in it together. We all shared many moments together, from visiting our sponsor companies, to rehearsals and photographic session. I will never forget the day that I applied, it all seemed so far away and unattainable, then I got more into it, and when I was in the contest I just didn't want it to end. Now I will always have great memories of the event without forgetting that there is more to come to prepare myself for Caballero España 2016.
Is this the first time you have entered a beauty contest? Yes and I don't regret it one bit. At the beginning it took me a while to really get into it. I never thought of getting involved with anything to do with fashion as my hobby is surfing. But as I said, once you're selected and you're in the contest you really get into it. And you don't regret it. I have experienced lots of emotions throughout this procedure. I would recommend it to anyone. Photographs Antoinette Castro