I’m back friends! And this time it is as Miss Virtual Egypt in the 2017 Miss Virtual World competition! I almost have to pinch myself to believe it’s real. The last year I was really active in SL modeling was 2014, which was a very big year for me. That year I won 2nd runner up in the Colour of Couture competition, and was one of five winners of the Loovus Dzevavor Model Search becoming a brand ambassador for a year. I was active in runway shows and a model with some of SL’s top agencies. I was also finally getting a hang of some photography skills and was starting to blog consistently and really pushing my styling efforts. Then RL happened…
The man I had met in SL who had moved all the way from France to marry me in RL decided he was no longer happy in our five year marriage. It came as a complete surprise to me. We had gone through the trials of obtaining a green card and a miscarriage together. We had adopted two rescue pups. I had just gotten my dream job teaching theatre (my BFA is in acting). I thought we were a forever thing. I don’t really put my faith in love anymore.
I could have used SL as an escape from my RL heartbreak and I kind of wish I had, but instead I tried to heal by rarely coming in world. We had made so many friends and family together in SL and suddenly it was no longer my happy place. As a result of my sporadic activity in-world I unfortunately came back to find I had lost my spot in most of the agencies and groups I had worked so hard to become a part of. The name I had tirelessly tried to build for myself had pretty much vanished. I really didn’t talk to anyone anymore and I think most of my friends assumed I was never coming back.
I’ve been blogging sporadically for fun to show off some fun looks I’ve enjoyed creating with many of the wonderful mesh heads SL has to offer (and the amazing mesh bodies!). But my identity I had built a brand on has definitely been non existent for a while now.
When I saw that MVW 2017 auditions were coming up, that old spark of hope and excitement re-lit in my spirit. MVW has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember in my near decade in SL. I tried out a few years back and did not make it and wasn’t very confident I would this time around. It was literally the last day to apply when I figured…oh, why not? We were asked to consider the following challenge for the live audition:
You know fashion inside and out as a design student, half of your closet is filled with clothes that you sewed and created yourself. Your style defied definition and when people asked you what your signature look was, you told them it changed with your moods.
“STYLE a ONE of a KIND LOOK for a FASHIONISTA who DEFIES DEFINITION”
Your aim is to create a high fashion and impressive outfit, with elegance and wow factor.
Here is what I put together:
We were told to mix and match with at least three different designers, so nothing “off the rack”. The best thing is, I challenged myself to try not to purchase new items. Most of the elements of my styling are “vintage” and some are no longer available in world. My style card:
High Waist skirt: Gizza “Frida Inspiration”
Black deep cut top: LeLutka “Oman Gown” (top only)
Cage bra: Chrysalis “Couture Corset” in Black (top piece only)
Striped Collar: Vero Modero “African Queen”
Feather necklace: [ glow ] studio “Feather Cape”
Ring: Lazuri “Esme” ring
Gloves: Adam n Eve “Opera Gloves” for Slink Hands
I was thrilled and completely surprised to hear I not only made it as a Miss…but as Miss Egypt, my number one choice of countries from the start of my SL career. It feels really good to be back, and I hope you’ll follow me on this journey and enjoy the ride along with me.