The beauty files: Getting pageant brilliance

This could be you if you have the looks; and right tools
This could be you if you have the looks; and right tools

Its been a while since I went to a beauty pageant so when I was invited for Miss World Kenya on Saturday evening I was quite happy to show up and see how things had changed. The more things change the more they remain the same was the gospel of the day here without a doubt. I don’t know if this was deliberate but they used artists that were big in days gone by like Shanky Radics who was a big name a few years ago. It was evident that he has been away from the game too long as he unveiled a new single which was received so mildly that he had no choice but to sing an old reggae classic. It didn’t help that other performers a dance group called Dice Crew danced in a very uncoordinated manner and you had to wonder who booked them for this gig.
One guy who doesn’t seem to suffer from the lack of class on stage has to be Nameless. I was at the Bomas of Kenya in 2002 when Vivian Maina took over the Miss Tourism Kenya crown from Debra Sanaipai. In that gig, he performed tracks like Megarider and the biggest track in the region at the time Ninanoki with Amani. Fast forward to 2014 and the we are seeing the same performer doing a raft of his new classic like Butterfly, Salary and the like.
A pageant however is not about the live performances which help but about the hot babes on the same stage. The winner this year was a shock as everyone in the audience had their own favourites, the beauties from Tharaka Nithi and Kajiado being the most vocally supported. On my part my money was on Miss Bungoma who had something going for her. As you probably know by now the Miss Kenya 2014 is the lovely Idah Nguma who was there as Miss Machakos.

Hair steamer at Kshs8,000. Not too bad.
Hair steamer at Kshs8,000. Not too bad.

As I watched the beauties strut their stuff I had to wonder just how much energy goes into getting to that standard of hotness. Not just your walk down the street hotness but beauty that dares walk on a stage daring all to deny that this individual is the hottest person in the land. There is some need for the looks but there are other needs. The excellent emcees Obinna and Angela Muiruri helped in my discussion by handing out goodies courtesy of Ashley’s like blow dryers, flat irons, manicures pedicures and other treatments and more. That’s an important part of the look; the tools of the trade.
So where does one get these goodies? Well you can always go to the exhibitions in town and enjoy shopping around or even in those supermarkets that have everything. The journey has to start somewhere and this is why OLX is a decent option for those starting out.
The website has a whole health and beauty segment with tens of thousands of products for she or he who must get the look of the beauty queen. A quick search there showed me a ceramic flat iron being sold out of Langata for Kshs1,350; negotiable. Not too bad.

Ceramic flat iron in Langata at Kshs1,350
Ceramic flat iron in Langata at Kshs1,350

A hair steamer coming out of Kilimani for Kshs8,000 is a bit steeper but definitely reachable. A lesson for the people who were almost crying when the products being handed out and not to them. Then there is the hair dryer that was on sale in Fedha estate and was going for Kshs8,000.
So when you want to get that look then your first stop has to be OLX before leaving your house. Then and only then can you start the discussion. Good luck getting that look my ladies.