Balkan manhood will be put to the test when representatives from five ex-YU states will take to the stage in two international contests. While the Balkans has long been well known for its wealth of female beauty, the fine young men of the region sometimes feel that they have been overlooked somewhat. That could all change, this weekend, as the world is treated to not one but two showcases for modern masculinity.
Vanja Grgec (Croatia) and Zlatan Duratovic (Bosnia) will compete in the Mr World contest, which is taking place in Kent, the garden of England. In a series of challenges, the search for the world’s most desirable man has seen national representatives from 48 countries tackling mud-caked sporting trials, as well as revealing their talents for singing, dance and martial arts. All the fun will come to a head on 24 November, when the young men will take to a stage for the final judging.
On the same day, in Thailand, Luka Raco (Serbia), Marko Sobot (Slovenia) and Gjorgi Filipov (Macedonia) will battle it out alongside 35 others for the Mister International title. For a fortnight, these men in their prime of youth have been enjoying all that Bangkok has to offer, including river cruises, fine cuisine and golden temples.
I have spoken with each of these five contestants to get their views on the contests and their chances. Read their stories here in coming days.: