If you speak with your hands then you’re pretty familiar that sometimes they seem to have a mind of their own! When you’re preparing at home, make sure you practice where to place your hands onstage so that you’re not looking like a stiff board, but you’re also not looking like you’re trying to land a plane! Here are some tips to find the happy medium:
Practice, practice, practice!
I swear the more you practice your walk before pageant weekend, the less you’ll need to worry about your hands! The more confident you are in your walk, the more your hands will naturally just stay by your side as if you were walking into the store! When you first start practicing, ask someone in your house to watch you. See if they can point out what your hands look like when you’re naturally walking. Are they stiff armed? If so, relax girl! Or maybe you’re walking like you’re in a fast walk race - if that’s the case, then slow down!
DO NOT play with or hold your dress
Unless you’re in fun fashion, do not think that playing with your dress will keep your hands busy enough that it doesn’t look awkward. If anything this looks even worse! Sure you can flick the cape of your gown or the train of your gown at the end of the runway, but you don’t want to be hanging on to your gown the entire time you’re walking. This is a huge tell for the judges that you’re nervous. Be confident, girl! You look great! Now, let go of the dress.
Fold your hands together in front of you or behind your back.
If you’re super worried about grabbing the microphone during onstage question, talking too much with your hands or even knocking out the emcee, lightly fold your hands together in front of you at waist level or tuck your hands behind you.
Don’t clench your hands together too tight though, otherwise it’s pretty obvious that you’re nervous or not confident in the answer you’re giving. By doing this with your hands during onstage question, it’ll also help remind you to keep your posture straight and pull your shoulders back so that you’re not hunched over!
For more tips while you’re onstage, check out this article on the 5 mistakes made during onstage question.
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