It's pageant day. Your favorite contestant is about to grace the stage and wow the crowd, but you know how her nerves get to her. You want to support her. But how? How can you support her from the audience? From home? Weeks before, or on pageant day? The Pageant Planet knows... and we want to share our knowledge with you so you can be the most supportive person in your contestant's journey! Support her monetarily. Anyone in the life of a pageant girl knows that most pageants are not cheap. So, support her by making donations towards her entry fees, wardrobe, hotel, hair and makeup, or other pageant things.
Be personal. Write her handwritten good luck messages and send them to her before her pageant. Let her know how much you care about her, and the burden of her nerves will instantly melt away.
Be unique. Are you a little crafty? Make her a handmade gift to boost her confidence! Are you a great cook? Make her her favorite dinner before pageant day. Do you know her sense of style? A new scarf, sweater, or a pair of shoes always help in boosting spirits. Even making signs with her face on them might seem a little silly, but she'll love it. Be THERE. Showing up at her appearances to flash a smile and share a hug, or going to her preliminary competitions or pre-finals nights show her that you support her win or lose. (Of course, go to finals night too! Don't you want to see her win the crown?!) Be social. Show your support via social media -- Post good luck statuses and pictures on social sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where both your contestant and your friends will see... and maybe they'll comment wishing her luck as well. Did you know the Pageant Planet does Good Luck Tweets? Be a little crazy. Manage to be THE LOUDEST cheer in the audience. Maybe you have a signature whistle she'll recognize while she's on stage! (I know my dad does!) Does she have a nickname that you call her? Yell it from the audience! Though you might embarrass her for a second, her happiness and recognition will light her up on stage.
BE YOU. My family likes to watch inspirational movies with me the night before the pageant. I've seen girls who have traditions like getting a certain candy from the store with each other, or going out to eat at a certain restaurant pre-pageant. No matter what you are, be it. Quality time with your contestant builds an unbreakable bond that everyone will notice, on stage or off. What is your favorite way to be supportive? Let us know in the comments below!
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