Well now, this is a shock. It has been 5 years since I originally started this blog. The name sake of this blog came from it’s very first post
. With my very first venture into competitions, which at the time I did not name, well now I will, it was Color of Couture. Now that did not go as I had hoped it would at the time. I was very inexperienced in the world of SL Modeling Competitions then, and I was doing it at the behest of a few friends who wanted to see me in it. Needless to say, what I thought then was my true self, not only did not match the theme of the challenge that I had been given, but also has not turned out to be true to myself. In 5 years I have gone from a rebellious, and undisciplined model, into a mature, and focused model. Something that if you had told me 5 years ago, I would not have believed to save my life. 5 years ago, I looked like this.
I tried to hard to project a image back then of what I thought I was. Who I thought I was. I fought hard against certain types of changes. Certain aspects of my shape, and of my skin. The audition for Miss Color of Couture served as a serious wake up call for me. If i ever wanted to get anywhere in the modeling industry in Secondlife. I would have to wise up and actually buckle down and start paying attention. Get more experience in what I wanted to do. So I did. I watched competitions, from both the inside and out. I started as a magazine reporter who got to interview the girls competing and those who won. I became friends with judges of those competitions. I listened and I learned what was expected of those competing and how to become a winner. I then was given the honor of becoming a Judge myself. I have been doing that now for the past 3 years. As a judge I also took part in dressing to fit the theme if I was able to attend. Which lead me into a skill that I had not even looked into 5 years ago… Researching the current trends.
With the time that has passed and the new knowledge I have gained over time, I have learned that I do not have to compromise who I am, and to give the industry what it wants. However I have also learned that with time comes that change that I was hesitant towards. In that time I have changed form the skin of a white girl, to the skin of a person of color, which everyone knows, I am in real life. I have actually figured out WHAT my actual fashion sense is. And let me be honest… It’s not the edgy girl from 5 years ago. That was me not understanding myself, and denying it. Now I know I don’t understand myself fully at times. There are so many layers to myself that it’s not funny, but I am learning them all one at a time. I am understanding myself now more than I did then.
Fast forward 5 years and here we are. New contests, new styling challenge. This time, I took the jump and entered. I didn’t enter by myself. I dragged one of my closets friends and SL Sisters, Anne Maertens, MISS SL ♛ UK into it with me (haha) but I was very pleased to have another friend in SL that I have worked with and watched through competitions, Seinna Bellios, MISS SL ♛ Greece, also enter the competition along with me. I have joked with both women, and in the long run come audition time, all three of us got the needed amount of votes to make it to the next phase…. actual competition and challenges. Now Some of my friends and my husband did not want me to do this, but in the end the decision is mine. While I thought about it hard I am glad that I am finally taking this on, not only am I taking this on, but I am excited to make new friends as I do so.
I look forward to this years challenges and getting to know a whole new group of girls in this competition. To my Miss SL Sisters who made it at the first Audition, and My Miss SL sister who are coming in the next Audition Lets all remember to have fun at the end of the day. I look forward to hanging out with you all over the next few months.
Kat Carter MISS SL ♛ USA
Hair:[KoKoLoReS] Hair – pepper
Makeup: Dulce Secrets – Adrift Lipstick – alaskametro <3, “Gala” eyeshadow set 01
Jewelry: Moondance Boutique Angelinas Jewelry Set (coming soon)
Top: GAWK! Rasberry Classic Wool Pullover w/ White Shirt
Jacket: NOCHE. Paris Off Shoulder Fur Black
Shoes: – Kastle Rock Couture – Goddess Boots
Nails: Moondance Boutique: Grace Solid
Skin: Dulce Secrets Custom Sweet Cocoa
Eyes: Dulce Secrets Grey Mesmerizing Eyes
Body: Maitreya Laura
Hands: Vista Bento ProHands
Head [GA.GE] Mia Bento Mesh Head
:Lady 6, Leo 8