Pia Wurtzbach, also known as Queen Pia, is arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world today. The former Miss Universe has not only made waves with her beauty, but also with her grace and intelligence.

She signed on with Huawei to be their newest brand ambassador to showcase the P10 Plus’ Leica camera capabilities. There was no doubt that those photos would come out splendidly — and they did.

But what of us mere mortals? Will Huawei’s dual-cam shooters be enough to take portraits as stunning as the Queen’s? I did a quick experiment to find out just that.

Parameters: 

I will try to recreate Queen Pia’s Huawei P10 Plus photos. There are three different sets, and I’ll shoot similar photos to see if they’re in the actual realm of possibility. I’ll only use the P10 Plus to take the pictures and only post-process on the phone with its built-in editing tools.

First Set

Queen Pia sizzles in a white polo. She looks absolutely effortless as she looks at the Huawei P10 Plus that shot this. The window, great lighting, and perfect bokeh have the Queen looking absolutely fresh. This whole set says just-got-out-of-bed (or something to that casual effect), but Pia’s looking nothing short of amazing.

Pia Wurtzbach taken with the Huawei P10 Plus

My best shot

Taking this photo was not as simple as sitting down to smile at the camera and pretending that left shoulder just accidentally bared itself — it didn’t. Hair and makeup alone took me a while, and although I had the help of Pia’s makeup video tutorial, I still struggled. But, in the end, I persevered and managed the hair and makeup all by my non-Miss Universe self.

Sample portrait from the Huawei P10 Plus

The next struggle was attempting that shoulder pose, because as effortless as that may look, I was literally breaking my neck for this pose. I settled for this smiling photo because when I try to do that intense, meaningful look Pia does, I end up seeming confused and it’s not a look that’s hot for me. The bokeh was the real lifesaver here; it gave the photo that much-needed depth.

Second Set

Only Pia can hold a strawberry and look this amazing. I mean, she sits there with food to her face and she is as stunning as ever.

Pia Wurtzbach taken with the Huawei P10 Plus, set 2

My best shot

Smizing is really not my thing. After countless attempts and outtakes that look like I’m either sad or angry, I just, again, ended up with my goofy smile.

Sample portrait from the Huawei P10 Plus

This photo set has Pia working her neck and those shoulders again. This pose was the best I could do, but I gave myself an extra pat on the back since my hair actually matches my prop! Take that, Pia 😅

And yes, I ate all the strawberries after the shoot.

Third Set

Huawei’s signature monochrome camera captures Pia’s simple grace and elegance in these (presumably) quick photos of her.

Pia Wurtzbach taken with the Huawei P10 Plus, monochrome

My best shot

When I looked at this set, I was a little relieved. The shots looked simple enough with less complicated Pia poses — boy, was I wrong.

Sample portrait from the Huawei P10 Plus

As effortless as she looks, the pose was not so simple at all. It takes a certain angle to get it right and unfortunately, I didn’t know what that certain angle was for me. I had my eyes closed in this picture, as I was dreaming of a world where I knew how to pose for portraits.

I did, however, love the monochrome effect on this photo. Everything looks crisp and clean, and it gives the portrait a classic look.

The Verdict

After 200-plus portraits, the question remains: Do normal girls have a chance at taking good portraits with a smartphone?

I came into this photography assignment with that question and came out with a number of realizations: The Queen is the Queen for good reason, I will never be Miss Universe, and strawberries can be pretty expensive in a tropical country.

But, as my dreams of beauty pageantry die a fiery death, I also realize that the photos we took weren’t half bad. In fact, they were pretty good. The Huawei P10 Plus took great shots considering — considering I’m not Miss Universe, I mean.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t take a beauty queen to come up with good portraits. All you need is a good smartphone camera, inspiration (Thank you, Queen Pia!), and a great deal of confidence.

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This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei.