Ayn Bernos is a walking embodiment of the phrase "dreams do come true."
She's been on everyone’s radar since she went on TikTok to teach relevant and savvy content about English and Tagalog, but she truly turned heads when she competed for Miss Universe Philippines 2021. All of that jazz constitutes the inevitable sit-down video where this pageant newbie shares everything you need to know before joining Miss Universe, on her YouTube channel. For easier perusing, we broke down her insightful points below. Pageant hopefuls, don’t forget to take notes!
Here’s what it takes to become a beauty queen, according to Ayn Bernos:
Getting Your A-Game On
Right off the bat, Ayn highlights the importance of creating a team. “It’s not something you can do by yourself,” she says as she advises everyone to get people that’ll help with every part of the preparation, whether that be makeup artists, stylists, a Q&A coach, or a pasarela trainer. An aspiring beauty queen should always have her ladies-in-waiting!
The team can only do so much, though, and you have to remember it’s up to you to execute the rest. Aspirants should prepare for photoshoots and even learn how to do their own makeup, according to Ayn. She encourages people to take pictures and be creative, but she also emphasizes the importance of always being intentional in how we present ourselves. It is more than a necessity to be vocal about what you want, including how you want to seem and how you want to look. You have complete power! We're talking about you—not the fans, judges, press, or team—but you.
“It’s not a pa-sexyhan competition,” Ayn says. She explains that training to become a beauty queen is like training for a marathon; to be able to move gracefully and to be in control of your movements, you need to be your strongest self. It takes a lot of strength to hold yourself steady in 8-inch heels whilst enduring the most nerve-wracking butterflies you’ve ever gotten in your life.
The Beauty Queen Mindset
It’s so easy to lose yourself while under pressure, especially when the world is literally watching your every move. This is precisely why Ayn tells future candidates to get to know pageant bloggers, but to conserve their energy as well. While it’s good to tell everyone about who you are and why you’re doing this, don’t forget to establish boundaries. “Don’t read the comments,” she reiterates. She also suggests having people handle the social media stuff for a while so that it’ll be easier for you to focus on the actual competition rather than the online one.
Training for the pageant is physically exhausting, but it’s also a mental battle. As candidates, it’s probably best to have an opinion on everything, according to Ayn. Beauty queens are generally in the loop when it comes to current events as well as new trends since they’re going to be in a lot of interviews. Plus it doesn’t hurt that these sessions train them for the real Q&A too. We wouldn’t want an ignorant queen now, would we?
Being There Is Enough
“Not everyone gets a crown,” Ayn says. “So, enjoy the experience.”
She returned home with not only fresh know-hows, but also new lifelong pals. The most important thing for Ayn was that she was there and she learned a lot from her time in Miss Universe, and that’s more priceless than any crown.
Title or no title, Ayn Bernos shines brightly in everything she goes for. Determined as she is, it seems she’s expending her energy on being a genuine good influence to young Filipinas, saying “this is the channel where we pursue to be our best selves.” And by the looks of it, she’s definitely already succeeding.
For more tips from Ayn, watch her full video below:
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