Nicole Schmitz: Will She Win the 5th Miss International for the Philippines?

Nicole Schmitz’ crowning moment as Bb. Pilipinas International 2012

***Update: Nicole Schmitz entered the Top 15 of Miss International 2012! Click here to see her and the rest of the winners!!!

That’s the question on the heart of every Pinoy Pageant Fan today as Nicole Schmitz, our Bb. Pilipinas International 2012 bids Manila goodbye. She’s leaving for Okinawa, Japan where she will face nearly 80 69 other beauties from every corner of the world and battle it out for the Miss International 2012 crown.

The question is, understandably, making Nicole Schmitz very nervous about the competition. Adding to her nerves is the pressure for her to match the recent 3rd Runner-up placement of Elaine Kay Moll in the Miss Supranational 2012. Elaine Kay Moll is the 1st Runner-up in Nicole’s batch of Bb. Pilipinas 2012 winners.

While Nicole Schmitz is happy for Elaine, she is trying not to get too pressured by re-focusing her energies on the things she needs to get done as she prepares for the biggest beauty battle of her life. But before we get into the details of her pageant preps, I just want to share a few of my thoughts and observations on this particular Bb. Pilipinas winner:

– After seeing all the contestants in Bb. Pilipinas 2012, I automatically knew that Nicole Schmitz would enter the Top 5 and win a title. She, for me, was the most beauty-queen-looking contestant in the batch. When I would visit the pageant forums and blogs, she was almost always on the list of favorites to win a title.

– IMHO, Nicole Schmitz is the most articulate out of the Top 5 winners thanks to her experience and studies in Law School in Australia. Following fast on her heels in being well-spoken is Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2012 Katrina Dimaranan.

– Also, Nicole Schmitz is the most doll-like in her court of Bb. 2012 beauties. The only one drawback that I heard some pageant fans mention is that she’s only 5’8″.  Personally, I think they’re underestimating her. Why make a molehill out of someone as tall as a mountain? 5’8″ is still a winning height in international pageants.  

Nicole Schmitz (2nd from the left) and her co-winners at the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 beauty pageant!


What does a day in the life of a beauty-queen-in-training look like? For Nicole, it’s never-ending beauty sessions. She wakes up at 7am to get ready for her Japanese lessons. With the Miss International 2012 being held in Japan, knowing the language will make it easier for her to charm them. After an hour of Domo Arigato Gazaimus etc., Nicole Schmitz heads off to her skin doctor for a facial or a body pampering session.

Next on the itinerary: fitting sessions and clothes, clothes, clothes!  Bb. Pilipinas tends to be secretive about what their candidates will wear in their international competitions but based on past experience, I’m guessing that Nicole Schmitz will be wearing a competitive gown made by a top South American designer and branded outfits ordered from New York. All will be refitted to make sure they fit her every curve.

Nicole Schmitz in the middle with Elaine Kay Moll (3rd RU Supranational) and Janine Tugonon Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2012 (right)

The outfits a beauty queen brings with her to an international pageant are of prime importance. Many pageants start judging the girls on Day 1, so looking fashionable all the time and wearing the appropriate outfits can add points to Nicole’s scoreboard. Also, knowing that you look great everyday can boost your confidence level which is exactly why the Bb. Pilipinas team takes fashion requirements seriously.

After the fittings, it’s time to practice the catwalk. We all know how Shamcey Supsup dominated the stage with her Tsunami Walk in the Miss Universe 2011 so developing a smashing sashay for the stage is crucial for Nicole Schmitz if she is to stand out in a crowd of beauties. It is no easy task to perfect one’s catwalk and even top models in the world continue to find ways to improve the way they move on stage.

Physical training is last on the agenda and that involves practicing her talent portion or working out in the gym under the tutelage of fitness guru to the beauty queens,  John Jay Cuay.

As for preparing for the Q&A, I have no doubt that the well-spoken law student will perform with high marks in this area given her educational background and her great command of English.


Nicole Schmitz has the natural grace of a dancer simply because she happens to be a student of Salsa! The first time I saw her dance was at the Talent Show of Bb. Pilipinas 2012 at the Ali Mall. Here’s what I wrote previously, on this blog, about that performance:

Nicole Schmitz dances the Salsa at the Talent Show of Bb. Pilipinas 2012

Nicole Schmitz was kind enough to explain the dance to the audience so that we understood the story behind it. I like the way she speaks, very educated and with a quiet kind of self-confidence.

Then out popped a salsa dude who danced with her.  You could tell that all he does in life is dance. Nicole Schmitz, on the other hand is a new student to Salsa and has  been practicing it for a year now. Over that span of time she has been able to develop a Latina type of grace that you need to have if you want to get anywhere in the world of Salsa. Click here to read the full article.

But Nicole Schmitz won’t be Salsa-ing her way to Okinawa, Japan; she’ll be performing a Poi Dance with flags and LED balls at the Talent Competition of Miss International 2012. Poi is a Maori dance involving the creative swinging of balls or weights that are attached to strings. Click here to learn more about the dance.


For Nicole, getting physically ready for a pageant as big as Miss International involves not just dancing but also some serious gym work. Under the strict eye of fitness expert John Jay Cuay who specializes in training beauty queens for pageants Nicole Schmitz has been able to develop trimmer arms and a leaner waistline. John was able to help her whittle down her abs from 24.5 to 23 inches.

In order to maintain her lean and competitive body, Nicole Schmitz has gone Vegan and has temporarily removed bread and rice  from her diet. It’s her first time to go Vegan and she’s seriously considering it as a lifestyle even after the Miss International  2012 beauty pageant is over.

Imagine! John Jay Cuay was able to make Nicole Schmitz’ waistline 1.5 inches smaller from the time she won Bb. Pilipinas International 2012 in April this year…


Indeed, Nicole Schmitz has a solid gameplan for the Miss International 2012: keep positive, do as many preps as possible and make adjustments along the way. But she’s not leaving it all to that; Nicole believes hard work still needs a smile from lady luck. So her prep team actually includes a Feng Shui expert who has been instructing her as to what charms to wear, what colors will give her good joss, what things to do and avoid and even what direction to sleep in at night! According to the Feng Shui expert, after looking at star charts based on her birth date and time, Nicole Schmitz has luck on her side as she competes for the Miss International 2012 title.

Bb. Pilipinas International 2012 Nicole Schmitz with blog author Joyce Burton Titular

Nicole Schmitz’ message to all her followers:

Thank you for the support! All your positive energy is really helping me now. Remember that I want to do well for all of you, so wish me luck!

ABQ wishes Nicole Schmitz more than luck; may the favor of God be upon her and the Philippines as she represents our nation in the Miss International 2012 in Okinawa, Japan. Keep her healthy and give her wisdom, oh Lord! Shine Your light on her and give her favor in the eyes of the organizers and judges. May love go and grow where ever she goes. Father, I pray for that crown to find it’s way to her on coronation night, Oct. 21. Make the Philippines shine, AGAIN!