Laura González, Miss Colombia 2017, during the swimsuit competition at Miss Universe 2017. Photo: The Miss Universe Organization
When a pageant queen is asked is why someone should enter a pageant, more often than not, her answer refers to the self-confidence that is gained. By competing in pageants, a girl or woman of any age can learn the tips and tricks of being confident. This confidence can then be used in various areas of life, such as during a job interview, a class presentation or while competing at another pageant. (Read: How to Keep Your Pageant Confidence High During Competition Week)
While competing in a pageant is an efficient and enjoyable way to build self-confidence, it is not the only way of doing so. These tips can be practiced during everyday life in order to gain self-confidence and can help anyone mold herself into the confident woman she desires to be!
The best way to start feeling confident is to begin thinking confidently. Once you acknowledge yourself as the outstanding young woman that you are, others will begin to do so as well. Think back to the compliments you have received and the achievements you have accomplished throughout your life. Hopefully, acknowledging your positive qualities will allow you to start turning this recognition into self-confidence. Many young women struggle to walk down the road of self-confidence because they set up their own roadblocks. It is a common practice to attribute a failure to who you are rather than what you did. For example, a contestant might think she didn't win a pageant because there is something wrong with her or her appearance, but in reality, the young woman who won just had the specific qualities those particular judges were looking for that year. By learning to remove the obstacles you set forth on your journey to becoming a confident woman, this can be achieved with ease.
Look the part
Once you've learned to think confidently, you are part of the way to becoming the confident woman you are meant to be! Translating this inner confidence into confidence that the world can see is the next step to gaining self-confidence. This is why appearing confident is a large component of being a confident woman. Looking and feeling your best is a surefire way to grow your self-confidence. Dedicating a little bit of time in the morning to making sure you look and feel fresh and clean can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself throughout the day. No matter what, when you feel beautiful, you look beautiful. Remembering this can make "feeling beautiful" translate to "feeling confident" in any situation.
Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, getting glammed up. Photo: Miss Universe Facebook page
Facial expressions and posture
Confidence can be seen through more than your overall appearance. Your facial expressions and posture can also influence how confident you appear to be. These confidence indicators can be especially influential during the swimsuit competition and judges' interview. (Read: What is the Best Posture for a Pageant Interview?)
Every pageant girl knows that an engaging and radiating smile is necessary to capture the hearts of the judges. Smiling on stage is one of the best ways to show the judges that you are comfortable and confident in front of the audience. A large, friendly smile also shows them that you are open to engaging with anyone a titleholder could come in contact with, from small children to politicians. Having good posture is important in everyday life, but it is even more important when you are trying to appear confident. Standing up straight with your shoulders back and your head held high will make you exude confidence, even if you may not be feeling the most confident. This trick will always have people viewing you as a confident woman when you walk into a room.
Kára McCullough, Miss USA 2017. Photo: Isaac Brekken/The Miss Universe Organization
Projecting your self-confidence is one of the best ways to be a confident woman. Remember, if nobody can see or feel your confidence, how will they know it is there? Eddia Watts, Miss Northeast Earth United States 2017, has mastered her ability to project self-confidence, prompting her to win high-point interview awards at Teen Miss Earth United States 2016 and Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2017. "If the judges cannot see your true shining beauty and confidence then you will not capture their hearts," Watts said. "Projecting how you feel about yourself is their first impression of who you are and if you don’t believe in yourself then the judges can feel that." Projecting confidence can be done in numerous ways and it may take some time to discover how to project yours. To project confidence, you could actively engage new people, use open body language or convey it with a smile. After becoming a confident woman, it is important to actively project this feeling onto the world.
Who is a confident woman?
Confident women come in all shapes, sizes and from all walks of life. Confidence can be found in every titleholder you come across, from those who hold titles in smaller systems to those who have won international pageants. Siera Bearchell, Miss Universe Canada 2016, became the epitome of a confident woman when she competed at the 2016 Miss Universe pageant and made headlines for being "larger" than the average contestant. (Read: Can You Win Miss Universe if You're Bigger Than a Size 4?)
Rather than attempting to lose a ton of weight in preparation for Miss Universe, Bearchell realized that it was more important to represent who she was in the pageant. "What I came to realize is, even though it's a competition, the judges are judging you for you," Bearchell said in an interview with ELLE Magazine. "You're going to do well based on if you're confident with who you are and you're bringing your best self to the competition because they can see through someone's if they're not confident with who they are."
Siera Bearchell, Miss Universe Canada 2016, after being called into the Top 9 at Miss Universe 2016. Photo: The Miss Universe Organization
Whether or not you are competing in a pageant, confidence is an important quality for any woman to possess. Being confident can be beneficial in nearly all aspects of life, including school and the workplace. Thinking confidently, looking the part, and projecting confidence through facial expressions and posture can help anyone gain self-confidence. Looking up to other confident women like Siera Bearchell can help provide an example of how to project confidence. With these tips and tricks, it won't be difficult to mold yourself into the confident woman you are meant to be!
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