Linked to my previous post, in 2001 I went to a beauty pageant where I won the 2nd prize.
When I started modelling, I often travelled to Budapest for a test or portfolio shooting. Once I was waiting for the metro at Deak ter, when a short chubby guy stepped to me.
“Hey, you should apply to the Miss Hungary! I'm the one who organise it!”
“Yeah, yeah..” and I turned my head to the opposite direction “Of course!”
The guy was quite arrogant and I was sure he was just trying to sell his BS to me in the hope of getting my number. I forgot about him quickly. Same year I watched the Miss Hungary on the TV not having any other watchable program. I almost dropped the remote control when I saw that short guy on the screen! I started to laugh. Oh well, I missed my big chance having my 15 minutes of fame. My excuse, I'm not from the capital and I didn't really follow the beauty pageants. Maybe I was naive but I had no idea who was that guy. But his approach was arrogant and I rejected him out of hand.
But then 2001 I had my guts and applied to the one in my region, it is a big annual event there. I was selected to the final. The preparation was fun with trying different clothes, hair dressers, make-up artist, photographers. My favourite was to choose the wedding dress for one of the choreography. Every girls wanted to choose the big princess dress, but I trusted the lady's taste who chose me a simple but very elegant dress which fitted perfectly on my figure. (This dress is still waiting for me because they offered it for my big day.) I didn't think about to win but I wanted to be a part of it. Among us we knew who's going to win anyway by the way how they treated the 3 girls differently. We had an open full-dress rehearsal where the judges were already there. I have this thing whenever I perform on stage, I like to have eye contact with customers otherwise I don't even smile. I don't see the point of making the effort to smile. What for if nobody watches? So back then I did the process of learning the choreographies without a single smile. But at the rehearsal when there was an audience there, I shined on the stage! I got my million carat smile, rehashed and showed it up.
Next day I felt the difference when I was sitting in the chair in the hair saloon and 3 hairdressers tried to bring the best out of my hair. And at the evening – thanks for my smile – I stood up from nowhere to the 2nd place. And it was such a good feeling. It was not something I won because I slept with one of the judges or my mum was a friend of the organiser. I got it because of myself. And my family and close friends were so proud of me!