Miss Cuba, Kelly Saks, Gives Beauty Advice: The Higher the Hair the Closer to God
|Miss Cuba is sophisticated, not street.|
I've heard of Miss Universe and Miss America, but Miss Cuba? Que? I'm sorry, but "es- q-me," this Cuban Americanita has never heard of that pageant title until I recently met this year's reigning queen Cutler Bay resident Kelly Saks. The title sounded like something super "Cubanazo" that maybe Rapper Pitbull was behind, but oye was I wrong.
Saks, 24, is a petite, classy beauty who annunciates all her words in the most proper English imaginable. She's doesn't say "dale" or "meng," but instead is dressed to the nines with salon like hair and make up almost 24-7. By day, she works as a marketing consultant at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce while juggling her fashion blog Kelly's Kloset. Since she was 20-years-old, she's been doing the pageant thing and honing her skills along the way (you should see her pageant wave which learned by watching Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality). Read on for more on Miss Cuba including some helpful beauty tips in our Q&A:
Her first competition was Miss.South Miami USA, which she won. Since then Saks has taken home titles like Miss South Miami 2008, Miss Hollywood 2009 and Miss Earth Florida 2010. According to Saks, there's a lot of pros to competing. "The truth is that pageants gave me the confidence to be comfortable in my own skin. That self-assurance, on-stage or off, empowers me to no end," she says.
Having heard her say that, this chica wanted to know what are some ways Miami gals can be more "Miss Cuba like." So I asked her a few questions from how to speak to what's the proper etiquette to how to dress and what to diet on.
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Kelly Saks: A queen should always be gracious and proper. "Please" and "gracias," always. Leave the "dale" for Pitbull.
Being a pageant girl means lots of chicos might try to grab our booty or holler at us which would probably make us bitch slap them. Are we allowed? How should a pageant girl behave?
A lady would politely ignore those chicos. We have no time for silly boys. Always remember what Mami taught you: take the high road and walk away.
A lot of us Cubanitas are all about the rice and beans, guava and cream cheese and barbecues caja china style. Do we have to give up these foods and eat salad all day long for a pageant figure?
I don't like the word "diet" and anyone who has attempted one probably knows they don't work. Unfortunately for us Cubanitas, we have to work extra hard to tone those hips and thighs. Eating healthy and a regular fitness routine needs be part of your lifestyle, not just something you do occasionally. I personally hate exercising, but really enjoy yoga and pilates; both are great for achieving a long and lean body. As far as food goes, I recently started following Kimberly Snyder's "The Beauty Detox" and highly recommend it.
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|Miss Cuba is also green.|
The higher the hair the closer to God. I swear by Phyto Hair Volumizer. It's like magic. Blowdry with a round brush then sleep in velcro rollers. Yes, it hurts. You'll thank me.
One of the most valuable things any woman can do is learning how to apply their makeup properly. Book an appointment with a makeup artist at Sephora or Ulta and take notes. You should have two looks - a simple day face, and a glam date night look.
You don't have to spend a fortune on clothing to achieve a stylish look. I personally love shopping at Forever21 and H&M. The key is finding classic pieces to work into your wardrobe and using accessories to polish the outfit. Invest in two great pairs of pumps: nude and black. Pageant girls know that a nude pump will make your legs look a mile long. Muy sexy.
Those questions they ask you pageant girls seem kinda of tough. How can we refrain from being nervous and what happens if we don't know the answer can we like fake it?
Nerves are natural, you only get one shot and you have no idea what you will be asked. My best advice is to listen, listen, listen. Don't try to start answering the question in your head because you may miss an important part of the question. Breathe and speak from your heart. Confidence is key.
Check out Miss Cuba 2011 at www.kellysaks.com, follow her on Twitter or take a look at her blog www.kellysklosetblog.com.
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