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Showing posts with label Valsnia. Show all posts
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Sunday, October 17, 2021

MEET ROYALESUN LUXE Paris LOOK of the YEAR Second Runner Up


“Everyone thinks of a cruise ship when they hear my name,” exclaims RoyaleSun, laughing. 
The reality is so much more romantic and so LUXE Paris! The second grand finalist of the prestigious LUXE Paris LOOK of the YEAR competition was born in Paris to a true French count and a half French, half British mother.

''My father was a count and a decorated pilot of the French Air Force ”, continues Royale, generously sharing much of her real-life with us. '' My mother served with the Red Cross during WWII and she met my father on a blind date in Paris. My parents were always entertaining and their children were included. We had to know how to talk to anyone on any subject and dress appropriately... already whether it was for a prince, a king or a neighbor ''.

"It was an exciting world full of courtesy, something rare these days "

Royale's family moved to America when she was 3, but, it didn't really change their lives she says, because of her father's work.

‘’ I think the look of my avatar comes from this lifestyle and from my mother in particular, who was always elegant, with simplicity and classicism", adds Royale.

Valsnia: Wow! I didn't know I was talking to royalty! Have you met famous personalities?

Royale: I have met quite a few dignitaries from many other countries, many whose names would mean nothing to you. Better known, there are Prince Pierre of Greece and General Charles de Gaulle who come to my mind.

Valsnia: Is there something from this life that you would like to bring to the world today?

Royale: This world was exciting and full of courtesy, which we miss deeply these days. People genuinely cared about others and their well-being. We don't see that much anymore either. Technology is great because that's how we met, Valsnia, but it shapes the world that we are living in today ... One of my favourite sayings is "Anonymity breeds bravado!" We see examples of this several times a day. If I had a magic wand I would restore civility in our society ''.

Valsnia: This piques my curiosity, have you ever considered hosting an event in SL to promote your cause?

Royale: Yes, but it takes an enormous amount of time to organize something like this. I am my mother's caregiver, which takes me a lot of time. She will turn 100 in October, it's amazing! However, this is something I have in mind and maybe I will try to do next year.

‘’In real life, everyone tends to run in jeans and t-shirt while in Second Life you can express yourself ’’

RoyaleSun came to SL because she is interested in art... in all its forms. She was already using DazStudio, Vue, Modo, and other artistic creation programs. So she was about to open an art gallery in SL when she met a girl who was a model and convinced her that she should try that. Quickly became a top model in demand, Royale remains passionate about her virtual profession, nine years later.

Valsnia: What keeps you going?

Royale:  In RL everyone tends to run in jeans and a T-shirt, while in SL you can express yourself with the clothes and the look you wear. What keeps me moving is that passion and I love helping others achieve their passions too.


Valsnia: You own a free modeling academy, Soleil Modelling Academy! What is the story behind this school and why this name?

Royale: There are many in SL who would love to become models, however, modeling schools tend to be out of their financial reach. I remember how hard it was for me 9 years ago so I decided to offer free classes. I don't sugarcoat the life of a model. They have to know up front that they aren't going to make a ton of Lindens, that it is mainly out of pocket, and the hours they will have to spend perfecting their editing and their look and style. It tends to weed out those that are just looking to make money in SL. As to the name, Soleil is French for Sun. Many of my friends call me Sun so it seemed fitting.

Valsnia: Your favourite memory from the LUXE Paris LOOK of the YEAR contest?

Royale: I have several great ones and an embarrassing one. Let's begin with the embarrassing one. Our first meeting was the Brunch with the Judges. Rehearsal was cut short as we ran out of time, so I never saw the tables where we were to sit. Then I was so nervous as Frolic Mills chose to ask me questions that when done with questions, I walked to the right, as directed, right into the water fountain! After that refreshing dip and sodden shoes, I finally found the table and just tp'd to a chair. Not my best ever moment!
As to favourite memories, one has to be the day we accidentally met at Posesion. We were both looking for poses. We struck up a friendship that has carried us through the competition and even to this day.

Valsnia: Awww... It is my favourite memory too! Did I tell you I was really intimidated by you? I still am by your talent but as a person I really love you.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Spotlight on LUXE PARIS LOOK OF THE YEAR 2021 Winner Valsnia


The Annual LUXE Paris LOOK OF THE YEAR Competition is a fabulous event with some of the most beautiful models from across the grid competing for the crown and title of Ambassador of the LUXE Paris brand. It was a very tough competition. Each contestant goes through rounds with weekly themed photographs viewed by a panel of judges. 

Hailing from India, Valsnia found her way into Second Life attracted by Machinima and realized Second Life was much more than a game, but an extension of herself. Valsnia is confident, beautiful, and poised with a passion is for fashion. She will be an excellent 2021 ambassador for this very prestigious brand. Meet Valsnia, LUXE Paris LOTY 2021 winner!

Interview with Valsnia

SLE: We love that SL is a global community because we get to meet people from all over the world. Where are you from and how did you discover Second Life?

Valsnia: First of all, thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed by your amazing establishment. It's truly an honor. You are not understating when you told SL is a global community. I think at this point I know at least one person from every country and that would not have been possible without SL.


I am from India and the story of how I discovered SL is somewhat funny. So, I was watching Pixar shorts on Youtube (I was around 18 that time) and the auto-play was on. So the next video that played was this SL Machinima short film named The Date. Mind you, I had no idea what a machinima was and I was curious to see what other films this "Machinima" production house produced. And from there, my rabbit hole of research landed me in Second Life.

SLE: The pleasure is ours. What an interesting way to find Second Life. Machinima is definitely an art of its own. Would you consider Second Life an extension of your real life or just a game?

Valsnia: I, for sure, consider Second Life to be part of my real life. That's another reason why I don't date in SL. Second Life to me is a beautiful land where you get to be anyone and anything you aspire to be that your reality doesn't allow. Imagine the happiness a physically challenged person would feel when they can experience walking even if it's in the form of a virtual avatar. The feeling is truly unmatchable.

SLE: We couldn’t agree more. How did you get involved in the fashion/modeling industry in Second Life?

Valsnia: Well, as I said, I joined SL after seeing a machinima film. And immediately after I wanted to learn how to do machinima. One led to another, and I was there working at Mimi's choice as an in-store model. From there I got the link to join a modeling institute named FMU led by Hermoine. And that was just the first start of many starts.

SLE: Those are great references in the SL fashion world. Who inspires you the most in Fashion?

Valsnia: The people. I will never forget this party I went to, couple of years back. It was not like a fashion party or something. Just a birthday party of my friend, full of SL farmers. And I wasn't expecting anyone to dress up. I could not have been more wrong. The party was full of amazing styles and products from stores that are not much mainstream to models. I still remember many styles like a photograph. And that's what inspires me even today.

SLE: How would you describe your personal style?

Valsnia: I tilt naturally towards edgy haute couture and street style. But during the process of LUXE Paris contest, I had been flirting with chic and couture.

SLE: Congratulations on winning this year’s Look of the Year (LOTY) contest. It was a tough challenge. What were your thoughts when you realized you had won?

Valsnia:  Thank you. Honestly, it was a roller coaster ride. I know it's a common statement every winner says. But, hear me out. My wedding was planned for July 15th and my birthday was on July 10th. So I already had a pretty packed week and the finale was on July 11th. I did prepare ahead and made arrangements so everything goes smoothly. But the universe decided differently. My friend's gang came to my home to give me a surprise bachelorette party just 30 mins before the contest. You can imagine my state of mind. I couldn't focus and was shivering. I don't even remember how I managed to do the walk. So, to think I actually won! Wow, honestly, unbelievable. The best wedding gift SL could have given me. It is a dream come true.

SLE: Congratulations on your wedding,  we wish you the very best!  What was the most challenging for you while competing in this very prestigious role as an ambassador to the LUXE Paris brand?

Valsnia: As I said, I am a naturally edgy stylist. But LUXE Paris is a brand that focuses on reiterating elegance in the SL fashion world. So, it was a big learning experience and an even bigger challenge to refine my styling sense and be the girl LUXE Paris deserves.

SLE: Now that you wear the LOTY crown. What will you be doing to represent Luxe Paris in Second Life?

Valsnia: We have some big plans. You will have to wait for the official announcements. For now, you can expect some designs that celebrate Indian culture.

SLE: We can’t wait to see the new designs. What advice would you give models who want to compete in the next LOTY Competition?

Valsnia: Keep learning and extend your hand for sisterhood. And obviously, have fun.

SLE: That’s right never forget to have fun. How will you use this prestigious winning to further yourself in Second Life, be it a business or modeling? Or do you see yourself branching off to something completely different?

Valsnia: I am definitely not branching off the SL fashion world. I will stay in the SL modeling universe one way or the other.

SLE: As a Model, what other fashion-related events do you see yourself getting involved in in the future?

Valsnia: I will take part in any event that aligns with the interest of me and LUXE Paris fashion house.

SLE: Fair enough. Besides modeling in SL, what other activities do you like to do on the grid?

Valsnia: I love to do photography. That's my second favorite thing. Apart from that, I love creating textures and retexturing full perm outfits for myself in SL.

SLE: Valsnia it was a pleasure to interview you. Again, congratulations on your new life as well as your Second Life journey. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Valsnia: Do stay safe and get vaccinated. And visit LUXE Paris whenever you get the chance.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021



Valsnia, from India, won the prestigious LUXE Paris LOOK of the YEAR title and the nice sum of L $ 50,000 in cash that came with it!

Also shining in her wake were Becky Kenaan, 1st runner up, and RoyaleSun, 2nd runner up.

PHOTOS: Monica Querrien

The grand final of the competition took place on Sunday. In a grandiose production by One On One Agency, the twelve finalists walked on the theme '' A Ball to Save the Planet '', presenting what they considered to be the ideal LUXE Paris outfit to participate in such an event, in tribute to Greenpeace and its benefactors Elton John and Stella McCartney.

Valsnia, Becky Kenaan, RoyaleSun, Annough Lykin, EleanorJean, Hunipet Delicioso, Imogen Spark, Jude Tatham, Ksenia Jovinavic, Laycie Pearl, Nonoya, and TaraAers all brilliantly rose to the challenge, competing in imagination and elegance.


Valsnia, however, stood out with a look inspired by her country's sun goddess, Sakthi. Wearing the LUXE Paris Emeraude ball gown and adorned with Zuri jewels, she also enhanced the ensemble with a headpiece in the shape of the sun.

"In India, only 56% of the total population has access to electricity," Valsnia told judges and the public.

''It breaks my heart to think about that. Why I get to keep this privilege and another girl cannot. Why do I get to read my books with controlled temperature and light at my fingertips when another child has to walk miles and miles to access a streetlight for his education?

''The only way to move forward and make sure energy is available to all is by tapping into a resource that is universal, nondiscriminatory. I chose to dress as the Indian Sun Goddess, Sakthi, to insist that we move towards solar energy and achieve one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.''

Becky, for her part, chose to wear a gown from the LUXE Paris Brewin collection, made from the artwork of the RL Canadian painter Dave Brewin. ''Entitled New Beginnings Through Change, the artwork which infuses this dress exemplifies nature's wonderful biophilic beauty and the delicate eco-diversity of our planet'', highlighted Becky.

Also wearing a LUXE Paris Brewin dress, the Above, Royale honored our oceans and the marine life in her styling. ''The scales tattoo represents the many varieties of fish found within our oceans'', explained Royale.  ''Without them, the many nations who depend on our oceans for food would perish or have their lives forever changed.''


Carrying an important message for the future of humanity, the final show of the competition '' A Ball to Save the Planet '' was also very moving. Avalon Chrome, LOOK of the YEAR 2020, delivered a farewell speech filled with passion and with a voice sometimes broken by emotion, sad to lay down her crown but very proud to continue her collaboration with LUXE Paris, now as a designer.

Valsnia was also deeply moved by her victory, reporting that her fingers quivered on the keyboard as she addressed the judges and the audience via public chat.

''Wow! I can't believe it'', she exclaimed as the crowd cheered her on.

''I feel like I am dreaming. Never the moment I entered this contest, or during the process of this amazing journey, I thought to myself that I would be LUXE Paris Look of the Year!

''I mean, look at these amazing ladies! There is no one who is less than the other.

''But today, standing here, I feel as if I have achieved one of the best things I ever wanted from SL. Being part of a movement! The feeling of completeness fills me because LUXE Paris is more than a brand.

''I will do everything in my power to fill the big shoes Avalon Chrome is leaving.''


Valsnia, Becky, and Royale were elected among twelve finalists, themselves selected among 340 submissions.

The finalists were evaluated by a jury composed of 12 personalities from the fashion industry and the media world: Parisian Skytower and Mika Palmyra, LUXE Paris owners-designers, Frolic Mills, founder of BOSL and Miss Virtual World, Ponchituti Boucher, co-owner of One On One Modeling Agency, Avalon Chrome, LUXE Paris LOOK of the YEAR 2020, Naar Rexen, owner of In-Nova Modeling Academy, Adonis Lubomir, owner of Swank Event, Ahn Amore, owner of the Womenstuff group, Nany Jurado, owner-designer of Bon Amour Hair, Chemak Kamala, owner-editor SL Confidencial, Orion Baral, Chief Operator at The SL Enquirer, and Laura, representative of Zuri Jewelry.

A video of the final, captured by Villa Media, is available on YouTube at