Miss World's 'secret weapons' that nabbed her the crown

Miss World's 'secret weapons' that nabbed her the crown

Lose 25 pounds and learn the Hepburn and Kelly grace

First, she had to lose 25 pounds. Then she had to learn how to walk like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.

Those were among the things Megan Young had to do en route to winning the Miss World beauty crown in an international pageant held in Bali, Indonesia, last weekend.

Aside from Filipinos all over the world who cheered her on, the 23-year-old beauty queen relied on a six-member team that trained her for the contest.

Talent manager Jonas Gaffud said Monday that his group-dubbed Aces and Queens-helped Megan prepare for the contest. Each member was in charge of different aspects of the competition.

"John Cuay handled her physical fitness regimen. Bessie Besana took care of her fashion needs; Albert Kurniawan, her makeup. Nad Bronce trained her for interviews and Arnold Mercado handled her schedules," Gaffud told the Inquirer.

Learning from the past

Preparing for a pageant is no joke and there's a science in producing a beauty titlist, according to Gaffud.

"We study and learn from our past experiences," said Gaffud, who has had extensive experience in the beauty biz.

He helped train the country's representatives to the Miss Universe pageant for the past three years-all landed in the winning circle: Venus Raj finished fourth runner-up in 2010, Shamcey Supsup third runner-up in 2011 and Janine Tugonon first runner-up in 2012.

Lipstick shade

For starters, Gaffud said Young had to shape up, losing 25 pounds. "I asked John [Cuay] to develop exercises for her problem areas: her thighs and shoulders."

For her makeup, Bronce instructed Young to achieve an Asian look since she's an American mestiza.

Gaffud, who travelled to Bali, said Young consulted him on what shade of lipstick to wear before the pageant. "I told her to choose a colour between pink and red since her gown by Francis Libiran was coral."

As for Young's runway walk, Gaffud told her to keep it "simple and elegant."

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