NICOLE

MENAYO

 

 

About Me

Woman, Costa Rican, 24 years old, empowered, dreamy and hopeful that things can always be better.

Commercial model and high fashion since the age of 15; Bachelor in Law and graduated in licenciature.

Miss Mesoamerica International 2016, founder of Supra Foundation.

With deets

I started at the age of 20. Having just finished my bachelorship in Law and beginning my degree, I was discovering my passion for Human Rights and my vocation to help others in gratitude for a blessed life, where health and education were always present.

I realized that I wanted to integrate both my passion for modeling and for the Law and it was when I learned about beauty competitions from a friend of the modeling agency where she was … She managed to enter the finalists of Miss Costa Rica and in that moment, It started to lit a little light in me that said: “she could and you know her, it means that you could too, right?” And I began to feel that little light more and more stronger until I said: “I’m going to do it” and that’s how the story begins. I looked for people involved in the industry, knocked people’s doors, former queens, trademarks, stylists, makeup artists, both locally and internationally. I received more “no” than “yes”, but the nice thing about this is “yes” of the right person changes your life. Little by little I was grabbing experience, I learned to walk, to dress and elaborate, to understand and to know myself.

I began to listen to myself internally, to synchronize my body, soul and mind, to a positive and healthy decision, I never went on diets or regimes that compromised my essence, I always chose HEALTH, eat well and exercise, as natural as possible.

6 months after deciding to pursue a crazy dream, (What means is that I am from Costa Rica and the reigns is something that is still in development in my country) I went to Mexico to my first international competition, which served as a great school on my way: I knew what it was like to deal with twenty girls who, like me, had the same dream, did not know how it was going to stand out among themselves and what the selection process was like … There I understood that the strength and the light of the soul are different from each one than mine which was just turning on.

I achieved top 4, sympathy band (the competition votes for you) and I made friends with everyone, but especially with Ana María (Puerto Rico) and the winner, Janizbel (Panama), friendships that I have on the heart yet.

 

 

Here I realized how big the world is, the variety that exists between us and expands my personal barriers, expands the mind, the palate, it was a beautiful cultural shock. Also, I understood that of the “politics” in the competitions, which you have to emphasize, not only for your country, but also regionally, because the fields are numbered and you are not only Costa Rica, but also Central America, so to make sure for a slot, you must stand out among those of your region…

Crushed by a fourth place, naively I thought that competitions were won by being physically beautiful, I came to Costa Rica and said “next time I’ll win”, but feeling at the same time inside of me that I did not even know what I was doing …

Pressed by my family to finish my studies (my mom a manager and dad a former Spanish military, so imagine), I found Miss Mesoamerica International, I knew the organizer and I knew it was a clean competition, once again I was determined to give it all, because I wanted to have a good resume for whatever my resolution was (Miss Costa Rica or Miss Supranational).

I began to prepare during the year, taking seven subjects of licenciature to be able to overtake and thus take the last quarter to softer to compete without so much pressure.

In a country where the reigns are still very stereotyped, the merit, I would dare to say, is greater, because there are no organizations that give everything to the girl, but she must form her own team, direct, produce, create, design, hire photographers, stylists, in short, orchestrate the work. In addition, taking Law, I was personally questioned the individual decisions I was taking, I began to see the true freedom of a woman: conditioned by her gender.

I had no money, nothing, nor for the steam iron that is indispensable to carry, my parents were a resounding “no” with the beauty contests, then my mother faltered (haha) and helped me with the tickets, to make a cocktail for the sponsors, acquire certain pieces of clothing and a steam iron, haha

Covergirl began to sponsor me after several meetings and so several people, like Dr. Erick Rojas, Dr. Paula Garbanzo, different boutiques, among other businesses, began to support this project.

A whole year dedicated and it was not easy, I was preparing myself with a person who could cost me the crown for enmity with the owner of the contest and I received a saving call telling me about it, I did not know anything and I was four months away from competing (time flies), between calls I changed the teacher, but this new teacher, apparently, had no friendship with my organization, who allowed me to represent the country, there was tension in the environment, but you know, queens have a sixth sense about what is better and we try to reconcile those small confrontations, I managed to dominate the heels and together with a stylist (The Style Room) we assemble each day and night look, with their respective makeup and hair, and I packed them in bags with photos of the accessories and the complete look (the organization is key, for me it meant a personal challenge, because I was super messy!). When the time came, I went to El Salvador and on the 25th anniversary, holding the hands of the beautiful Genesis, which was in fact from El Salvador (host country), Costa Rica won the crown with me as its representative.

 

 

What an honor!

Then, through Instagram I found the email from the one who is viqueen the year before my participation, the beautiful Valeria Véspoli, I wrote her about my participation and the desire I had to make history for Costa Rica, luckily she had been roommate of the previous ethic (Paola Chacón) and it got a super good impression, so we met in Miami and we made a special friendship, she understood what was going to happen and she recognized my passion.

When I mentioned my strategy, the advantages, disadvantages, reaches, etc., and without forcing it the universe kept it in my preparation to consult her important things, learn about the weather, listen to tips on luggage and other information that becomes elementary if you go for the other side of the planet.

I wanted to make a typical costume that was not so typical, once I landed on Costa Rica, it had been dawning and the mountains in perfect harmony with the sea looked majestic, so I called a designer, I sent photos of that moment and I told him ” get inspired, create art, I want you to capture these greens and blues of tic-tacit and make it into something maximum “. The typical costume is how I want the world to see Costa Rica, it is to define it in a suit so I wanted to innovate and show the Costa Rican talent, both in design and in artistic audiovisual production, I got in touch with Alphachannel, who do the advertising of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SJ and we made a production of 10 people that took about 4 months to organize, where four different designers of fashion and jewelry participated.

During the preparation time I always maintained a healthy diet, with my guilty pleasures, such as ice cream and crepes, but disciplined, I try not to be so complacent with those desires, because I think they deviate from the approach I have. I always practiced catwalk at least twice a week and now, to four weeks, I practice every day.

The suits of the final and the preliminary had the privilege of being able to develop them, together with Alejandro Fajardo, who dressed Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler; and other Venezuelan beauty queens, as well as other celebrities of the Colón, JLo, among others.

The wardrobe used daily was mostly from Nicaraguan Erick Bendaña and it is very cool to work with talented Latin Americans and Costa Ricans because this side of the world has a lot to offer and I would love to serve as a tool to prove it!

Now I’m in the final straight and we’ll see how it ends!


Achievements:

  • Bachiller in Law
  • Graduated in Law.
  • Top 4 and Miss Sympathy at Miss Culture and Peace International.
  • Miss Mesoamerica International 2016.
  • Certified Toeic (English).
  • Experienced commercial and haute couture model.
  • Diploma in Coaching Health and Wellness
  • Miss Supranational Top 10

NICOLE

MENAYO

 

 

About Me

Woman, Costa Rican, 24 years old, empowered, dreamy and hopeful that things can always be better.

Commercial model and high fashion since the age of 15; Bachelor in Law and graduated in licenciature.

Miss Mesoamerica International 2016, founder of Supra Foundation.

With deets

I started at the age of 20. Having just finished my bachelorship in Law and beginning my degree, I was discovering my passion for Human Rights and my vocation to help others in gratitude for a blessed life, where health and education were always present.

I realized that I wanted to integrate both my passion for modeling and for the Law and it was when I learned about beauty competitions from a friend of the modeling agency where she was … She managed to enter the finalists of Miss Costa Rica and in that moment, It started to lit a little light in me that said: “she could and you know her, it means that you could too, right?” And I began to feel that little light more and more stronger until I said: “I’m going to do it” and that’s how the story begins. I looked for people involved in the industry, knocked people’s doors, former queens, trademarks, stylists, makeup artists, both locally and internationally. I received more “no” than “yes”, but the nice thing about this is “yes” of the right person changes your life. Little by little I was grabbing experience, I learned to walk, to dress and elaborate, to understand and to know myself.

I began to listen to myself internally, to synchronize my body, soul and mind, to a positive and healthy decision, I never went on diets or regimes that compromised my essence, I always chose HEALTH, eat well and exercise, as natural as possible.

6 months after deciding to pursue a crazy dream, (What means is that I am from Costa Rica and the reigns is something that is still in development in my country) I went to Mexico to my first international competition, which served as a great school on my way: I knew what it was like to deal with twenty girls who, like me, had the same dream, did not know how it was going to stand out among themselves and what the selection process was like … There I understood that the strength and the light of the soul are different from each one than mine which was just turning on.

I achieved top 4, sympathy band (the competition votes for you) and I made friends with everyone, but especially with Ana María (Puerto Rico) and the winner, Janizbel (Panama), friendships that I have on the heart yet.

 

 

Here I realized how big the world is, the variety that exists between us and expands my personal barriers, expands the mind, the palate, it was a beautiful cultural shock. Also, I understood that of the “politics” in the competitions, which you have to emphasize, not only for your country, but also regionally, because the fields are numbered and you are not only Costa Rica, but also Central America, so to make sure for a slot, you must stand out among those of your region…

Crushed by a fourth place, naively I thought that competitions were won by being physically beautiful, I came to Costa Rica and said “next time I’ll win”, but feeling at the same time inside of me that I did not even know what I was doing …

Pressed by my family to finish my studies (my mom a manager and dad a former Spanish military, so imagine), I found Miss Mesoamerica International, I knew the organizer and I knew it was a clean competition, once again I was determined to give it all, because I wanted to have a good resume for whatever my resolution was (Miss Costa Rica or Miss Supranational).

I began to prepare during the year, taking seven subjects of licenciature to be able to overtake and thus take the last quarter to softer to compete without so much pressure.

In a country where the reigns are still very stereotyped, the merit, I would dare to say, is greater, because there are no organizations that give everything to the girl, but she must form her own team, direct, produce, create, design, hire photographers, stylists, in short, orchestrate the work. In addition, taking Law, I was personally questioned the individual decisions I was taking, I began to see the true freedom of a woman: conditioned by her gender.

I had no money, nothing, nor for the steam iron that is indispensable to carry, my parents were a resounding “no” with the beauty contests, then my mother faltered (haha) and helped me with the tickets, to make a cocktail for the sponsors, acquire certain pieces of clothing and a steam iron, haha

Covergirl began to sponsor me after several meetings and so several people, like Dr. Erick Rojas, Dr. Paula Garbanzo, different boutiques, among other businesses, began to support this project.

A whole year dedicated and it was not easy, I was preparing myself with a person who could cost me the crown for enmity with the owner of the contest and I received a saving call telling me about it, I did not know anything and I was four months away from competing (time flies), between calls I changed the teacher, but this new teacher, apparently, had no friendship with my organization, who allowed me to represent the country, there was tension in the environment, but you know, queens have a sixth sense about what is better and we try to reconcile those small confrontations, I managed to dominate the heels and together with a stylist (The Style Room) we assemble each day and night look, with their respective makeup and hair, and I packed them in bags with photos of the accessories and the complete look (the organization is key, for me it meant a personal challenge, because I was super messy!). When the time came, I went to El Salvador and on the 25th anniversary, holding the hands of the beautiful Genesis, which was in fact from El Salvador (host country), Costa Rica won the crown with me as its representative.

 

 

What an honor!

Then, through Instagram I found the email from the one who is viqueen the year before my participation, the beautiful Valeria Véspoli, I wrote her about my participation and the desire I had to make history for Costa Rica, luckily she had been roommate of the previous ethic (Paola Chacón) and it got a super good impression, so we met in Miami and we made a special friendship, she understood what was going to happen and she recognized my passion.

When I mentioned my strategy, the advantages, disadvantages, reaches, etc., and without forcing it the universe kept it in my preparation to consult her important things, learn about the weather, listen to tips on luggage and other information that becomes elementary if you go for the other side of the planet.

I wanted to make a typical costume that was not so typical, once I landed on Costa Rica, it had been dawning and the mountains in perfect harmony with the sea looked majestic, so I called a designer, I sent photos of that moment and I told him ” get inspired, create art, I want you to capture these greens and blues of tic-tacit and make it into something maximum “. The typical costume is how I want the world to see Costa Rica, it is to define it in a suit so I wanted to innovate and show the Costa Rican talent, both in design and in artistic audiovisual production, I got in touch with Alphachannel, who do the advertising of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SJ and we made a production of 10 people that took about 4 months to organize, where four different designers of fashion and jewelry participated.

During the preparation time I always maintained a healthy diet, with my guilty pleasures, such as ice cream and crepes, but disciplined, I try not to be so complacent with those desires, because I think they deviate from the approach I have. I always practiced catwalk at least twice a week and now, to four weeks, I practice every day.

The suits of the final and the preliminary had the privilege of being able to develop them, together with Alejandro Fajardo, who dressed Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler; and other Venezuelan beauty queens, as well as other celebrities of the Colón, JLo, among others.

The wardrobe used daily was mostly from Nicaraguan Erick Bendaña and it is very cool to work with talented Latin Americans and Costa Ricans because this side of the world has a lot to offer and I would love to serve as a tool to prove it!

Now I’m in the final straight and we’ll see how it ends!


Achievements:

  • Bachiller in Law
  • Graduated in Law.
  • Top 4 and Miss Sympathy at Miss Culture and Peace International.
  • Miss Mesoamerica International 2016.
  • Certified Toeic (English).
  • Experienced commercial and haute couture model.
  • Diploma in Coaching Health and Wellness
  • Miss Supranational Top 10

NICOLE

MENAYO

About Me

Woman, Costa Rican, 24 years old, empowered, dreamy and hopeful that things can always be better.

Commercial model and high fashion since the age of 15; Bachelor in Law and graduated in licenciature.

Miss Mesoamerica International 2016, founder of Supra Foundation.

With deets

I started at the age of 20. Having just finished my bachelorship in Law and beginning my degree, I was discovering my passion for Human Rights and my vocation to help others in gratitude for a blessed life, where health and education were always present.

I realized that I wanted to integrate both my passion for modeling and for the Law and it was when I learned about beauty competitions from a friend of the modeling agency where she was … She managed to enter the finalists of Miss Costa Rica and in that moment, It started to lit a little light in me that said: “she could and you know her, it means that you could too, right?” And I began to feel that little light more and more stronger until I said: “I’m going to do it” and that’s how the story begins. I looked for people involved in the industry, knocked people’s doors, former queens, trademarks, stylists, makeup artists, both locally and internationally. I received more “no” than “yes”, but the nice thing about this is “yes” of the right person changes your life. Little by little I was grabbing experience, I learned to walk, to dress and elaborate, to understand and to know myself.

I began to listen to myself internally, to synchronize my body, soul and mind, to a positive and healthy decision, I never went on diets or regimes that compromised my essence, I always chose HEALTH, eat well and exercise, as natural as possible.

6 months after deciding to pursue a crazy dream, (What means is that I am from Costa Rica and the reigns is something that is still in development in my country) I went to Mexico to my first international competition, which served as a great school on my way: I knew what it was like to deal with twenty girls who, like me, had the same dream, did not know how it was going to stand out among themselves and what the selection process was like … There I understood that the strength and the light of the soul are different from each one than mine which was just turning on.

I achieved top 4, sympathy band (the competition votes for you) and I made friends with everyone, but especially with Ana María (Puerto Rico) and the winner, Janizbel (Panama), friendships that I have on the heart yet.

Here I realized how big the world is, the variety that exists between us and expands my personal barriers, expands the mind, the palate, it was a beautiful cultural shock. Also, I understood that of the “politics” in the competitions, which you have to emphasize, not only for your country, but also regionally, because the fields are numbered and you are not only Costa Rica, but also Central America, so to make sure for a slot, you must stand out among those of your region…

Crushed by a fourth place, naively I thought that competitions were won by being physically beautiful, I came to Costa Rica and said “next time I’ll win”, but feeling at the same time inside of me that I did not even know what I was doing …

Pressed by my family to finish my studies (my mom a manager and dad a former Spanish military, so imagine), I found Miss Mesoamerica International, I knew the organizer and I knew it was a clean competition, once again I was determined to give it all, because I wanted to have a good resume for whatever my resolution was (Miss Costa Rica or Miss Supranational).

I began to prepare during the year, taking seven subjects of licenciature to be able to overtake and thus take the last quarter to softer to compete without so much pressure.

In a country where the reigns are still very stereotyped, the merit, I would dare to say, is greater, because there are no organizations that give everything to the girl, but she must form her own team, direct, produce, create, design, hire photographers, stylists, in short, orchestrate the work. In addition, taking Law, I was personally questioned the individual decisions I was taking, I began to see the true freedom of a woman: conditioned by her gender.

I had no money, nothing, nor for the steam iron that is indispensable to carry, my parents were a resounding “no” with the beauty contests, then my mother faltered (haha) and helped me with the tickets, to make a cocktail for the sponsors, acquire certain pieces of clothing and a steam iron, haha

Covergirl began to sponsor me after several meetings and so several people, like Dr. Erick Rojas, Dr. Paula Garbanzo, different boutiques, among other businesses, began to support this project.

A whole year dedicated and it was not easy, I was preparing myself with a person who could cost me the crown for enmity with the owner of the contest and I received a saving call telling me about it, I did not know anything and I was four months away from competing (time flies), between calls I changed the teacher, but this new teacher, apparently, had no friendship with my organization, who allowed me to represent the country, there was tension in the environment, but you know, queens have a sixth sense about what is better and we try to reconcile those small confrontations, I managed to dominate the heels and together with a stylist (The Style Room) we assemble each day and night look, with their respective makeup and hair, and I packed them in bags with photos of the accessories and the complete look (the organization is key, for me it meant a personal challenge, because I was super messy!). When the time came, I went to El Salvador and on the 25th anniversary, holding the hands of the beautiful Genesis, which was in fact from El Salvador (host country), Costa Rica won the crown with me as its representative.

What an honor!

Then, through Instagram I found the email from the one who is viqueen the year before my participation, the beautiful Valeria Véspoli, I wrote her about my participation and the desire I had to make history for Costa Rica, luckily she had been roommate of the previous ethic (Paola Chacón) and it got a super good impression, so we met in Miami and we made a special friendship, she understood what was going to happen and she recognized my passion.

When I mentioned my strategy, the advantages, disadvantages, reaches, etc., and without forcing it the universe kept it in my preparation to consult her important things, learn about the weather, listen to tips on luggage and other information that becomes elementary if you go for the other side of the planet.

I wanted to make a typical costume that was not so typical, once I landed on Costa Rica, it had been dawning and the mountains in perfect harmony with the sea looked majestic, so I called a designer, I sent photos of that moment and I told him ” get inspired, create art, I want you to capture these greens and blues of tic-tacit and make it into something maximum “. The typical costume is how I want the world to see Costa Rica, it is to define it in a suit so I wanted to innovate and show the Costa Rican talent, both in design and in artistic audiovisual production, I got in touch with Alphachannel, who do the advertising of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week SJ and we made a production of 10 people that took about 4 months to organize, where four different designers of fashion and jewelry participated.

During the preparation time I always maintained a healthy diet, with my guilty pleasures, such as ice cream and crepes, but disciplined, I try not to be so complacent with those desires, because I think they deviate from the approach I have. I always practiced catwalk at least twice a week and now, to four weeks, I practice every day.

The suits of the final and the preliminary had the privilege of being able to develop them, together with Alejandro Fajardo, who dressed Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler; and other Venezuelan beauty queens, as well as other celebrities of the Colón, JLo, among others.

The wardrobe used daily was mostly from Nicaraguan Erick Bendaña and it is very cool to work with talented Latin Americans and Costa Ricans because this side of the world has a lot to offer and I would love to serve as a tool to prove it!

Now I’m in the final straight and we’ll see how it ends!


Achievements:

  • Bachiller in Law
  • Graduated in Law.
  • Top 4 and Miss Sympathy at Miss Culture and Peace International.
  • Miss Mesoamerica International 2016.
  • Certified Toeic (English).
  • Experienced commercial and haute couture model.
  • Diploma in Coaching Health and Wellness
  • Miss Supranational Top 10