I was at the Emerald Cup bodybuilding and bikini competition on Saturday from about 11 to about 1. I saw some people in some booths and some of the bikini classes and also met one of the competitors who said she was 5th in the national competition her class last year. Her name was Rachel.
There are lots of photos and I have decided to divide them into 4 parts . . . This is part 1
Here is another summary of my time at the Emerald Cup.
Several times a year within King County there are bodybuilding contests and these bodybuilding contests include within them bikini competition divisions.
The major various and national organizations that created bb contests did not include at first bikini divisions or classes, but several years ago all of them started including bikini divisions or classes in their competitions. The meaning of the bikini class is 1 of 4 types of competition for the women, in different degrees of musculature. The bikini class or divisions is the softest of the 4, meaning that developped muscles are less prominent or less obvious than in the other divisions.
So, a bikini competitor is attempting to a nice shape, rather than strength or a well-defined muscle.
A bikini competitor is still likely to work out in various ways or required to work out, if she expects to win, because some basic or low-level working out gives the ladies a nice shape.
Within King county there are at least 4 different groups that organize their contests. Each contest has a different personality according to what the organizers require, allow and permit.
This Saturday there was in Bellevue the Emerald Cup. I was very briefly at this cup a few years ago and then I missed one or two years.
I was at the Emerald Cup in 2018 from about 11:10 to 1:05 or so.
The two clear differences of this cup with the NW Royal Natural bb competition seems to be:
1) at NW Royal there is a lot more audience cheering for their favorites, if any;
2) this competition is very large in terms of number of competitors and audience;
3) some of the gals wear thongs, although thongs are supposedly not per the rules, perhaps being interpreted to mean not a g-string, I think; no competitor is in a g-string but for a number of the competitors are in a suit that fits within the gluteal cleft in part;
4) the posing done at the Emerald Cup is in a slightly different form and does not include quarter turns;
5) the judges at Emerald Cup may be more liberal in terms of allowing a forward lean when the gal has her back to the audience. Some NPC local groups forbid and some maybe allow a “biker’s pose;” supposedly Washington state NPC forbids it, but allows a forward lean.
Three other things were of interest . . . there are women who go to these things and who take photos of some of the bikini competitors, as well as men.
I had a funny experience with a booth that was selling some items. This booth or had 3 or 4 sales persons or demonstrators. One of the women of the demonstrators at this booth was in a sports bra top, or “crop top” with most midriff showing. Tis not what we see in most retail places, but not particularly out of place where competitors are in bikinis.
I thought she was of interest in terms of taking a photo and I pulled back and took a photo and as I did so, she raised her thumbs up. My first photos did not include the thumbs up and so I asked if I could take her again with the thumbs up and she agreed and I did so.
People have different reactions to being photographed candidly or semi-candidly. Hers was appreciative and then she asked to see how the photo turned out and I showed it to her and her co-worker.
When I first went I, I passed by a gal in a robe, meaning that she was a competitor at some point. I asked who she was and in what division or class. She said her name was Rachel and she was in bikini G. She says that last year she came in 2nd in her class at the Emerald Cup and then 5th in National competition.
I left for other projects at 1:05 or 1:10 and I don’t think her “class” or division had shown yet, so I missed seeing her . . .
Bikini classes are divided up by ages, and then also, by height.
I think I left during bikini D and it goes to bikini H. So I probably missed “E,” “F,” “G,” and “H” and I will do better next year and try to see them all!
I think that komonews in years past has covered the Emerald cup, but I did not see anything at komo this evening on the Emerald Cup.
It seems that I have a lot of photos from this year’s contest . . .
My camera was successful in taking most of the photos it seems. I’ve been at NW Royal natural and because of the lighting, some photos did not turn out well. But the first of the photos I have seen so far all look good.
I think I have so many photos that it will take 1 or more hours to choose and cut the ones I like . . .
News organizations should cover this kind of event cause it is a kind of art creation and art apprecation, I believe.