January 2015, Doral Miami
Hello beautiful people! Zoé is back in the cosy Switzerland which means Seen By Zoulou too! While I was in Miami, I really thought I would have the time, at night, to write articles and post pictures but actually… I had very little time and also was quite tired! Wanna know why? Well Miss Universe Pageant is not about laying at the beach, tan, take some pictures and dance! Contestants are here to apply for a job! Miss Universe is a job and during those 3 weeks we have interviews, shooting, official events for sponsor, fashion show, and rehearsals.
Offcial picture taken by Fadil Berisha
To me, it has been the most inspiring 3 weeks of my life! The chance of a lifetime! I enjoyed every minute of it. I met beautiful people, starting with the contestants which, by the way, I miss so much right now. It’s incredible to meet 87 girls from around the world and talk about their country, culture and lifestyle.
The Miss Universe organisation, which takes care of us like princess and prepares a wonderful program (even if sometimes we had to wake up a 5am!) I had the most amazing supervisor: Heidi. She was my mommy (exact name ‘chaperon’; each takes care of 4 girls) and taking care of us: Miss Venezuela, Miss Ecuador, Miss Dominican Republic and me. She was telling us our daily program every morning, making sure we had what we needed, that we were on time etc… We also had our security guard and sometimes were escorted by the police on the road. It was so much fun!
Meeting Donald Trump & the gorgeous Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, wonderful memories!
A typical day at Miss Universe would be: wake up around 6 or 7 (depending your morning program) be camera ready at 8 which means: make-up and hair done, and nice casual clothes. Breakfast with the girls and directly after the activity of the day (shooting, seminar or event for sponsor) we had, of course, an hour break for lunch and at night we usually went to a restaurant for dinner.
The rehearsals started couple of days before the Preliminary show, so we had a lot of work. It was the most tiring part but it was worth it. Very professional people were teaching us the choreography. I had the chance to work and improve my catwalk with the amazing Lu Sierra (she has graced the catwalks of top fashion houses around the globe and has trained Kendall Jenner, contestants for Miss USA & Miss Universe). I learned so much in just a couple of days.
I didn’t make it to the top 15, but it doesn’t matter.. I went to the most prestigious beauty pageant, worked with amazing people and learned so much. During those 3 weeks I grew up and changed my life. I want to thank each of you for all your messages & support. It means the world to me.
I love you guys!