She already had one child at the age of eighteen. It was a beauty pageant. At least that’s how she speaks about her contest, which she would even breathe for. In an interview for Luxury Prague Life, Taťána Makarenko talked about her plans with the Miss Czech Republic pageant and why the wedding and baby have to wait. With a rather guilty conscience, she admitted that she somewhat neglects her partner Zdeněk Bahenský.
We are launching our ninth year, so those eight years that I’ve spent working on the pageant are a sort of gratification. But above all, the contest must be of good quality.
I haven’t received anything at home, my lawyer hasn’t received anything and neither have my patent attorneys. I am not foolish enough to do something I know I can’t. The steps I have taken are not rash; they are substantiated by my lawyers. I don’t think I am in breach of the law.
Of course they are afraid of competition. Everybody is afraid of competition that is working its way up. I’m not saying that we are in the limelight, others must judge that, but we will see this year and in the coming years which Miss pageant was the good one. Logically they are concerned. I would be concerned too, in their place. They bought something they wanted to elevate and when they are not managing and the competition is faring better… I have done nothing to prevent them from succeeding. But when somebody is going down, they tend to fix their attention on somebody who is their most likely successor.
My view is that when I was eighteen, I created a pageant and it was something I liked to do and now I’m pursuing it further. I do something I understand and have devoted my entire life to. I competed from the age of sixteen, twelve pageants in the Czech Republic, four international ones, and so on. I am generally barely ten years older than the contestants, so I really understand the girls.
I want to maintain the same spirit. I am glad people have become aware of the pageant, despite the fact I’ve never had much money for massive promotion, because it costs money to buy billboards or television advertising. Many people say that it’s going to be confusing now with two beauty pageants. But I don’t think so.
I am negotiating with television stations. I already had two years ago. We are currently considering which station to join. I mean, among those we are dealing with.
It would be foolish of me to say something when nothing has been signed. Until it is black on white, then I would just be building castles in the air. What I would like is one thing, what the television would broadcast is another, and finances yet another. Many people don’t realise that the pageant pays for the production, and I am not subsidised by the state. The private entrepreneur has to pay for it, and that’s me. We’re talking millions or tens of millions and procuring such a sum for a two-hour broadcast is very difficult. Hence, there is a single obstacle, which is whether we can get the money.
I haven’t taken the contest to Nova, or Prima, or CT1 for the past eight years, so we simply wouldn’t be there for the ninth year either. What is important for me is to take gradual steps. I’ve always done it this way. Gradual but stable steps. I don’t like taking sudden steps, because Czech viewers would never forgive me. People want to see quality and they don’t know how to forgive. I can’t afford to miss a step, even with respect to myself or the media, which have immense power.
Humility is important in every business and not just in business. I think I am humble.
I don’t think they didn’t believe in me. I’d travelled abroad from the age of fourteen, so I think it helped me mature quickly. I learned to manage money, and that I can’t trust everybody, that I have to rely on myself. It is one thing to create it and another to finish it. It is important to persevere and believe in the idea, and not to cheat. I believe in decency. Perhaps people didn’t take me as seriously then as they do now. I was quite young, blonde (laughs). But overall, I think this kind of categorising is pointless. We have plenty of beautiful women here, who are of great quality, and people keep claiming that women are less than men.
I do. There are positions which are always held by women. For instance an assistant. An assistant is always a woman because it is inferior for men to be assistance. It’s the same in politics. Or a female president! We’ve never had a female president because people here aren’t used to the idea.
About the same as now. Have the same partner I have now, but we would take it a step further with a wedding or child. A child within the next five years. I think I would definitely like to have a baby by the age of thirty. It’s nice, so why postpone it.
I’m not ticking, but it’s because I have a lot of work. The pageant still needs me and it’s not independent, it’s not a proper adult. It’s still a child that needs a mother.
It’s not really a matter of whether it needs me or not, but I need to have a stable, high-quality team of people around me, because it is difficult to pass the baton to somebody after a year and trust them. For now, I want to be there for everything, I want to know who we are choosing. I interfere with the jury quite a lot, because I think I know the girls best. It is important for me that the one that deserves it, the one that has what it takes, wins. Because not everybody has what it takes. This is why we follow them for half a year, and we’re with them all the time – to discover who is really capable of making it in the world of show business.
I sometimes feel like I’m the one wearing the trousers, because I am o used to deciding everything from work. At home, I can be the one who guides the partner on the right track, but I do like it when a man is a man. I wouldn’t want a man who would let me shout at him. I definitely never want the man to be a doormat, because the guy doesn’t deserve it and I think it would make be a bad girlfriend. I wouldn’t respect the relationship or my husband, I couldn’t bear his name and boss him around at the same time. But many guys don’t know how to do it – to be a man – and require the care, decision-making and dictating of the woman. I think we have found the right balance. We always discuss things diplomatically, and take turns deciding. When he doesn’t like something, he knows how to put his foot down. I’m no housewife, so he subordinates himself to me in many things, but it’s only because I have a lot of work and little time. But that doesn’t mean I dictate. I do have some free time, but we haven’t been on vacation in two years. We simply haven’t had time.
He complains a bit. He complains a bit more (laughs) because the Miss pageant is my baby and my partner and it dictates everything. If we were ever to think about pregnancy, I know I wouldn’t be able to give birth or be in my ninth month in September. I wouldn’t manage the final. Everything is subordinated to the pageant, even the wedding.
We talk about it, plan that we would like to do it next year, as I won’t manage this year. This year, the contest needs me more than I need a wedding. The wedding is a bigger step for me, because Zdeněk has already been married once, and would even give it up. But he does want a child. I would like the wedding first and then the child. It depends on my desires, he respect them. So the wedding in 2019 and children immediately afterwards. I have to work it out. I will probably be the type of mother than brings her child to work, and I feel a bit bad about that because I will want to take care of the child, spend as much time as I can with it. But I think it can be managed.
Exactly. I will give birth, spend 14 days at home and then go to work and return home to breastfeed. I think it can be done when you have grandmothers or a boyfriend to babysit. I will have meeting around the house and will return home regularly to breastfeed… But of course I don’t know, because I haven’t been a mother yet.
(laughs) It might not be like that, but I know plenty of mothers who have been on maternity leave for at least two or even four years, and that is not my case. I could get bored and think up silly idea. I know it already. I need to realise my thoughts, because if I don’t, then I get stressed out. A baby is beautiful. It will probably change my life and I will reassess my priorities. Right now, my greatest priority is the Miss pageant. Then my greatest priority will of course be my child, but I don’t think it’s impossible to have a partner who I love, a family and a child who come first, but also to have the work. It is one thing to be employed, and another to have a project. I will want to devote more time to my project than to working for somebody else. I will try not to sink it. It is all in the stars, but I would like to plan it so that I manage and the baby doesn’t hold me back too much in developing the Miss pageant, because I can do that until I’m sixty.