Although beauty pageants are very multifaceted, there are four basic categories that a contestant must master in
order to even be in the running! Those four basics are: Modeling, Interview, Talent and Attire. If any one
of these are weak, it will tremendously reduce the score. Having competed, and also having judged local and state
pageants from Boston to Florida, I have a comprehensive understanding of the qualities that make a difference.
Those qualities are universal and change only slightly over time. With more contemporary pageant systems, just as in
almost any other area of life, fads come and go; but in the solid basic pageants with quality judges, beauty is beauty...whether
it is modeling beauty, speaking beauty, talent beauty or clothing beauty! Stick with the basics. They will render
you success, and maybe even cash or scholarships! ~Rita
There is quite a difference in pageant modeling and runway modeling. There is a basic footwork in pageant modeling
that is not confusing and is simple to learn. Shoulders, hands, breast bone, and foot placement can create an air of
elegance or farm life! The timing of the head turn even matters! After learning modeling for a pageant, you are
so much more confident in everyday life! You don't feel like that bull in a china shop I spoke of in my Personal Development
The goal of a beauty pageant is not to simply see who is the most beautiful physically, but rather to see who will represent
the title in the most beautiful, complete package. We ladies in the south have a fascinating accent to those who are
not from the south, but many pageants do not want a winner who has a heavy southern drawl, especially if the pageant system
is a national system. They also want a winner who is somewhat familiar with current events, local happenings and even
some history. I have over 500 interview questions that have been used in actual pageants. We will not only work
on the way you answer the questions, but also on the content of your answers. If you don't leave the interview as a
knowledgeable breath of fresh air to the judges, they probably won't remember you! ~Rita
About to enter a pageant??
Don't be fooled!
Expertise does matter!
Most pageant systems do include Talent. The talent you choose is important, but not nearly as important as your
execution of it. I have told my students for years that you can find many people who can sing a beautiful song, but
they are few and far between who can reach in and squeeze your heart for three minutes and leave you feeling as if you have
just visited another place! That's what talent is all about!! I have attended many pageants where I knew that
the judges had very little musical ability or understanding. Guess how they chose the talent winner? That's right!...the
one who impressed them the most! ~Rita
Clothes do matter! It matters how they hang on your body. It matters how well the color compliments your
features. It matters how they move when you walk. It matters where they pull when you sit. It matters if
your clothes are an extension of you! It matters!
What many call talent is nothing more than doing continuous hard work in the right
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