By Robert R. Requintina
Body curves, not beautiful faces ruled the swimsuit competition of the Miss Philippines Earth 2017 beauty pageant Thursday, and so the 40 contestants paraded in two-piece swimwear, faces concealed by a veil for what organizers called the “Beauty of Figure” portion.
It was the first time in the history of beauty pageants that contestants were presented that way and fans and press photographers gave mixed reactions to the veiled faces at the swimsuit competition held in Pasig City Thursday night.
Carousel Productions, pageant organizer, said that the unusual “Beauty of Figure” swimsuit competition focus on the contestants’ curves, execution and pose. Next week, the preliminary show would judge beauty of face and poise, and the next show would be for the intelligence factor.
“The candidates’ scores in the three preliminary shows and other pre-pageant activities will be added to choose the Top 12 semifinalists for this year’s pageant,” organizers said.
The Miss Philippines Earth 2017 preliminary show has two firsts: it’s the first time that the preliminaries of a major beauty pageant would be open to the media and the public; and the contestants paraded in swimsuits with veiled faces.
Norman Tinio, a popular pageant blogger, had comments on the preliminary pageant in his blognormannorman.com.
“Reviews were mixed as some quarters did not particularly like the implication of faceless bodies being assessed,” he wrote.
His other comments:
“There were comments that stated opposition since the entire judging should really complete the look – face/body, confidence and physical fitness. I was also taken aback by the novel idea.
“It wasn’t easy covering the event where faces are covered. Someone even joked that the ladies appeared like going for a swim but got lost along the way and ended up attending a wake instead.
“A bad quip really, but it can’t really be helped because even the press photographers got uneasy taking good pictures when the faces could not be properly matched with the figures,” said Tinio.
The coronation night of the Miss Philippines Earth 2017 beauty pageant will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on July 15.