Catch them young seems to be the motto of Venezuela – the country that has given the World so many titles of Miss Universe (Dayana Mendoza in 2008. and Stefania Fernandez in 2009) and Miss World (1955 Susana Djuim, 1981 Pilin Leon, 1984 Venezuela Astrid Carolina Herrera, 1991 Ninibeth Leal, 1995 Jacqueline Aguilera).
Venezuela attributes its success in international beauty contests to a clearly defined formula for choosing the right contestants who would appeal to any set of judging panels.
That is probably why they begin training of girls as young as 4-years to keep up the tradition set by their elders – such talented girls attend beauty schools which can prepare them mentally and physically on to the road to stardom.
The objective is to present to the world a contestant who is not only beautiful in looks but who is knowledgeable on current affairs in all fields like politics, entertainment, sports, are also tech-savvy.
This has been reported in bbc.com of dated the 2nd of September 2012.
The students in the age group of 4 to 24 are taught the basics of beauty – catwalk is an important aspect. They must be confident to sashay down the catwalk and, simultaneously, know the correct way of holding a wine glass.
The older girls wear five-inch (12cm) high-heels and are taught to have completely clean hair and another tip is for the make-up – it should look natural.
The older girls have to learn how to strut down a wooden runway which is studded with spotlights and is fitted with mirrored so that the girls can see for themselves how they are shaping up and also note the areas that need to be polished up.
Those girls who finally make it to the national competition have to devote plenty of hours in the gym and have to be careful of what they eat and have to also have to go in for dental work and plastic surgery if need be.
The logic is simple enough – get noticed in the international stage and launch into exciting careers of celebrities and public figures where it is necessary for beauty and brains to co-exist.
The approach of Venezuela should be an eye-opener for other countries because beauty always wins accolades not just for the individual but also for all those who had been associated with the project.
Moreover, with growing number of TV reality shows, grooming schools are doing a roaring business to bridge the gap between demand and supply.
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