Titles and Crowns
It’s that time of year again when the MV♛ “Misses” are walking amongst us wearing their tags and soon, crown. I think maybe I’ve had a fleeting moment in my 4 year SL modeling career when I would have liked to have had a title or a crown but it was certainly short-lived. While it would have been nice to be known for something, I mostly wanted to be known for my various talents and abilities rather than my beauty – or lack thereof. I think I’ve fulfilled my own personal goal but I suppose those who want a crown or title so badly can’t possibly understand my lack of desire to want, or need, one. To them I say, touche.
In honor of all the new 2015 Misses, I wear a crown to celebrate them and their upcoming challenges. Remember that this contest is a stepping stone in your SL modeling career and that winning or losing is definitely not a testament to who you are and what you’re capable of, either now or in the future. Have fun, don’t take it all so seriously, learn from it and move on when it’s over.
Good luck to each of you!
D E T A I L S:
Dress: [sYs] ATEIS short dress
Crown: –LaViere– Fake Plastic Crown Mint
Hair: Tameless Jenna
Shoes: [Co57] Aventura Bootie NIGHTLIFE @C88
Bracelets: PIDIDDLE – Vengeance Cuff – Steel
Poses: Top – Corpus Lounge Series (modified)/ Bottom: Vibe The Art of…
Chair: Trompe Loeil – Kings Chair
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Linda, you’ve worn a crown in my eyes for years.
Jena, if it weren’t for you and others like you who took a chance on me in the beginning (at The Runway Café) who knows what I’d be doing now. For that, I thank you. I still miss The Runway Café and the entire concept, btw! ❤ ❤ Hugs
Another great post Linda! I know you and I have had our share of conversations and laughs on this subject. Back when I began SL modeling I never thought I would try for MVW. However, as I gained experience and confidence I decided that for me, MVW symbolizes the glorious end of a phase of my modeling career and a personal goal I wished to achieve. That is the gist here, I live by “to each their own.” MVW is no different. We all have our reasons for doing it or not doing it and I respect that. The contests we participate in don’t define us, only we can do that. Linda, you know I think you are amazing on so many levels and I agree with Jena, you already wear a crown. ❤
Silly, you were the main reason for my posting on the topic today. Through the discussions and laughter, you made me realize that, for some, even just the initial phase of the competition can fulfill a sort of goal for each person. This doesn’t mean I still won’t crack jokes periodically, but it was good to see things from your point of view. You’re already a winner in my book. ❤
Linda, I’ve always admired you and one of the things I’ve appreciated the most is your genuine character and sense of reality. The first contest I entered, I entered before I was a “model,” and I entered it to win a dress without reading the fine print, ignorant of the fact that it was going to be a pageant. That launched me into this thing we call virtual modeling. I participated in MVW a year later. The experience was a mixture of highs and lows for me. I think in the beginning, it seemed like a milestone that so many others experienced as a part of their modeling journey, and I felt an internal pressure to hit that milestone, too, by heading to those auditions. I see two different tracks in the fashion industry: the beauty pageant and contest track, and the styling/blogging/photography track. Most people seem to select one or the other, with a few crossovers that manage to do both. After MVW, which was my second contest, I decided that contests probably weren’t for me. I grew through the styling challenges, but I also learned that the process of the contests weren’t fun for me (too much stress), and watching the contest politics especially were not fun, and anyone who denies that those politics exist needs a reality check. I don’t think you’ve missed out on being known for how wonderful you are – I think in a way you’ve taken a path of authenticity, where you have become known for your unique and creative styling abilities and your excellence in portraying those on “film” rather than a who-you-know, where-you’ve-been, or what contests can list you as a past participant. Not everyone can say that. You’re seriously artistic, and you’re incredibly professional, and that is what you are known for. I think it’s a pretty great claim to fame, and better than any title. 🙂
Xan, you made me tear up and that’s not easy to do! We all question the paths we’ve chosen in our lives and this year in particular I’ve finally come to grips with the path I’d chosen in SL modeling. Silly explained her path to me and I think I admired the fact that she knew exactly why, what and where when it came to what she was doing. In my mind I never had a clear path even though I always leaned more toward the styling/blogging/photography track just like you pointed out. As you know, it was always important to me to take a “good picture” more than anything else. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all that you said and the compliments you gave. I always said that you were my biggest cheerleader from the time we met. Speaking of which – I never knew that you entered MPQ because you wanted a dress! lol
Hugs to you, my old friend. You also possess many talents! You always surprise me and I never know what you’re going to do next that makes every one of us all say “WOW”.
LOL… yes! The story is, during my one month in a bloodlines clan, I was at a vampire ball, and some woman was wearing that red Goddess dress with the slit up to the thigh, and I thought it was so slinky and sexy and the shade of red was so perfect for a vampire ball and I had to have it! So after inspecting it, I went to the store and saw that it was too expensive for me to afford, but they were having a photography contest. Since I was a very crappy photographer at the time who thought I might be better than I really was, I entered the contest because there was a gift card involved if you won for the month. AFTER I won and they sent me the folder of info, I almost had a heart attack when I read that it was a pageant and I’d be expected to go to a semi-final and compete against “models” for the title, and I was trying to figure out how to back out of it. But someone talked me into sticking it out… said it might be a fun challenge… so I decided to. And look what happened. LOL
I don’t regret that contest, because it opened a lot of doors for me. I was shocked at the outcome – never in a million, gazillion years did I expect to win that thing. It introduced me to a lot of great people, though, and I know it exposed me to other opportunities that came along. Even I cannot say that the small successes I experienced were fully due to me and not due to who I knew, who I worked with, my connections, etc – some of them definitely were. That’s why I admire you so much. Everything you have done has been so organic and wonderful and real, and I wish I could have had a path a little more like yours. *huuuuugs*
Love you always!