“You got nothing to lose. You don’t lose when you lose fake friends.” ~ Joan Jett

“You got nothing to lose. You don’t lose when you lose fake friends.” ~ Joan Jett

Gorgeous Picture by Julie Hastings

I hope Nando will forgive me for being a little self-centered on this “day after” Miss Virtual World, but I plan to blog this incredible gown in a few days for Angel Dessous and for the first time, I want to be totally selfish and blog myself, MVW, and most of all, you! Don’t worry, I know, if you are going to prattle on about yourself you better make the words to the point and precisely short. Well as short as the person some friends accuse of writing a new edition of War and Peace every time she takes to the keyboard, can do. But here it goes.

As you all may know, I didn’t win Miss Virtual World. Congrats Anna Sapphire, you are a beautiful person! And no, this is not a surprise to me, I was an underdog from the beginning. Sure, I am more disappointed about a non-top five finish than I thought I would be, but with some introspection, I have dusted off my big girl knickers and moved on. I know my limitiations, I am as gangly and gawky as a professional basketball player, and perhaps not as voluptuous as an MVW should be, I am also shorter than the average model, it’s not terribly noticeable, unless you are standing on the runway right next to someone a foot taller, of course. Also, my style does not tend to the current Euro Fashion glam styles, I prefer to steep my fashion in a more eclectic brew. I am not debasing the current styles, I do like them, after all they design them to appeal to the masses, I am just merely pointing out an obvious truth about personal style. But, even when all is lost, I won’t change because of a Miss Virtual World contest, I can’t, because the point of this blog is also you!

Because when the dust settled, and some of the “fake” friends wander away, I know most of them aren’t fake, but fear some will be, it is created by the competitive nature of MVW. I still have you. All of you, and you have all moved me so much! There truly are not enough words so I will start with the obvious, thank you! I am me, a goofy print model, because of each and every one of you. Your support of a Lil Cao came from day one of my career and I thrived in your well wishes. The day before the finals, I received so many IM’s and notes, emails, flickr comments, just about anywhere you can receive a notice of well wishes, I did, from all of you, my Facebook, Flickr, Moolto and My Face Model Pool but most of all inworld friends! During this journey, I inworld met so many of you and it has been such incredible fun! Most of you are not BOSL, or perhaps even models, but you are all so incredibly talented you could be one if you were inclined, together, between the photographers, designers and creative minds in our group we could create our own United Nations of Second Life and I couldn’t be more proud of any of you! I may not have won the battle, but I somehow think collectively, we have won a war. Because our face is on the map, because in the end, WE the masses, are the true faces of Second Life. I hope you all have a peaceful holiday surrounded by love and family. <3


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