Chalita Suansane, Miss Universe Thailand 2016 answers a question during the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationOnstage question. While the shortest phase of the competition, these twenty seconds ultimately decide a contestant's fate. A source of many...interesting...answers in past years, it is important to always prepare and educate yourself on world events and issues because anything can be asked on the stage. However, you can study every issue under the sun until your eyes bleed and then it happens. You walk on stage, pull your question from the fishbowl and hand it to the emcee. She reads the question aloud and it is the one issue you did not catch, the one opinion you did not form. You do not have an answer ready. In this moment, when you are in a beautiful dress, hair and makeup absolute perfection and have worked so hard, how do you eloquently give your take on something you do not know? (Read: The 10 Toughest Pageant Interview Questions and How to Answer Them)
Giuliana Rancic looks on as Marissa Powell, Miss Utah USA 2013, answers a question from a judge during the 2013 Miss USA Pageant. Photo courtesy of North Country Public Radio.Avoid Rambling Never, never, never, I will say it again, never ramble. There are tons of examples in recent years of why this is a horrible idea. Rambling never ends well. There are videos of "pageant question fails" on YouTube that live there forever to serve as a reminder as to not do this. (Read: What To Do When You Start Rambling During Your Pageant Onstage Question) Miss Utah USA 2013 Marissa Powell is one of the most infamous onstage question ramblings in all of pageant history. At Miss USA 2013, she shined throughout the final night of competition. She was favored by many prediction boards to take home the crown. After killing it in swimsuit and rocking her evening gown, she was called into the Top 5. Then, it happened. Judge Nene Leakes asked her, "A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners. Yet, they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?" From the beginning, it was a train wreck. The resulting answer went viral in minutes with headlines quoting the most infamous part when she said, "create education better." The flub is still talked about today nearly four years later. See Marissa's full answer here. "You can answer the question with the question," Crews said. "For example, if you are asked, 'If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and why?' Answer, 'If I could have lunch with anyone, I would say it would have to be Rosa Parks. I would love to hear her tell the historic story from her view. Thank you." Regardless of how you choose to handle the question, remember that the key to winning any pageant is confidence. As long as you are sure in what you say and how you say it, you will do well. Best of luck, ladies!
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