While on stage, hold your head high and pretend that crown’s already on your head.
Scan the judges, scan the audience, then once again, scan the judges.
If you find it difficult to look the judges in the eyes, look at their foreheads.
Remember – it isn’t the most talented girl who wins the talent competition. It’s who has the best stage presence.
101 Beauty Pageant Tips - Smile, smile, SMILE
Don’t compare yourself to other girls, because you’re only being judged on you.
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get a pageant winning dress. Search eBay or your local mall for sales. If it is elegant, sparkles on stage, and it makes you feel like a queen, then it could be your winning gown.
Swimsuit isn’t about who is the hottest girl on the stage. It is about who has the most confidence walking out on a stage in what can feel like underwear.
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Most pageant winners have competed before, often many times.
It is good to exercise and eat well before a pageant, but there is no need to starve yourself because no matter what your size, your confidence and poise is what will take you on to the next stage of competition.
It is good to exercise and eat well before a pageant, but there is no need to starve yourself because no matter what your size, your confidence and poise is what will take you on to the next stage of competition.
Be true to yourself. The judges want to see girls who are real, not the ones who sound rehearsed.
On your fact sheet, don’t give it all away. Make statements somewhat vague so the judges have something to ask about!
Practice, practice, practice. The more you practice, the more prepared you are, and the better you’ll do.
You need not to have perfect grades or have something super impressive on your fact sheet to impress the judges. What will make you stand out is something unique that not many people have done or can do. Play the accordion? Race go carts? Breed hamsters? Write it down.
Have someone proofread your paperwork before you turn it in.
Perform your talent for as many people as you can. The more advice you can get, the better your performance will be.
Choose a platform that really means something to you, not just something you think will impress the judges.
Know your current events and important issues that are being discussed in the news.
Even if you don’t get the crown, you’re a winner just for competing so if you don’t win, don’t feel like a loser.
If you want to begin to eat healthier before the pageant, do some reading on proper nutrition. Surviving on tiny salads and diet soda will only slow your metabolism and you won’t lose fat that way.
Cover any and all tattoos and remove any piercings other than the two holes in your ear. You aren’t supposed to be judged on such things, but unfortunately, some people will. Sure, those people might be stupid but there’s nothing you can do about it.
You don’t need to hire some expensive pageant coach to win. Anyone can do the same job, and with a little reading and some research, you can learn all you need to know about pageants.
101 Beauty Pageant Tips - Show your personality both in the interview and on the stage.
If you don’t feel confident on stage, try to get some friends and family to be your “cheering section”. This will definitely give you a confidence boost while on stage.
In order to create a natural smile rather than a “plastic look”, think of something funny before you go on stage.
The interview isn’t an interrogation, but rather a conversation where the judges can get to know you better.
Know your platform inside and out. You never know what you’ll be asked.
Be sure you understand just what the responsibilities of the title holder are. You don’t want to win and discover that you can’t handle the job.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions in the interview if you don’t understand. The judges will be glad to clarify for you.
Try and think of all your positive traits first before you write your paperwork. It’ll help a lot!
Never portray yourself in a negative light in any part of the competition. You want to be confident, not self-depreciating.
Make sure your talent is not too long. If you have to change it the day before the competition, you might not perform very well.
Form opinions on EVERYTHING, from your opinion on the death penalty to what your favorite
color is.
Use the bathroom before the interview and before the show. Trust me, you’ll appreciate it.
Keep your clothes organized and hung up so you can find things and they remain unwrinkled. When you have to change fast you won’t be stressing out about where you put your strapless bra or that your suit is wrinkled.
Don’t drink any carbonated drinks on competition day to prevent bloating.
Always maintain excellent posture. Shoulders back, chin parallel to the ground, and back straight, whether you’re sitting or standing.
Keep your walk slow and elegant during evening gown. Remember, it’s at this point the judges will be able to see who that crown will fit on best.
make sure you Search online for a good “pageant hairstyle”. Look at pictures of all the current Miss America or Miss USA contestants for ideas.
Don’t fuss with tons of jewelry. A large pair of rhinestone earrings can be all you’ll need. Search stores like Icing or Claire’s for cheaper accessories because when they have sales, they mark some gorgeous jewelry down for dirt cheap.
Make sure your gown fits perfectly. This, sometimes, means waiting until a month or two before competition to buy it because if you lose or gain weight in the meantime, it may not fit right and you don’t want to find that out two weeks beforehand.
You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars for a “pageant swimsuit”, either. Stick with solid colors that complement your skin tone and hair color. Something that has a touch of sparkle to it will look great.
Your evening gown shouldn’t look too much like your typical high school prom dress. Look at the type of dresses Miss America contestants wear. They are elegant, often with long trains, and they have at least a touch of sparkle. You can find these gowns among the many prom-type gowns but it can take a lot of searching to find the perfect one.
Do your research. There are lots of good pageant resources online, but finding them can be tough. Google will be your friend.
Talk to the current title holder about what she does to prepare for competition. She has already done it, and so, she’s bound to have some excellent pointers for you.
Don’t do a pageant just because someone else wants you to. You won’t win and you won’t be happy. You have to want it.
Want a pretty crown? Buy one on eBay. Being a title holder can often be a big responsibility, so be prepared.

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