National American Miss princess court 2017-2018. Photo: Rod Aberegg
The questions asked for the Princess Division are typically appropriate for girls ages 3 to 6.
National American Miss has their Princess Division for contestants 4 through 6.
Miss America Coed has their Princess division at ages 3 through 6.
Other pageant systems may identify these ages groups as Petite, Tiny Miss or Little.
The ages can also vary. Some pageants have these divisions split as ages 4 through 5, while another age division for contestants 6 through 7. Every pageant is different. The questions asked in interview for younger age divisions tend to come from two places. They are either personal to give the judges insight into the contestant's or come from the contestant's paperwork. The questions are phrased simply to not overwhelm the younger girls while they are on stage. (Read: How To Answer Difficult Pageant Platform Interview Questions)
1. What is your favorite subject in school?
This question is on the paperwork for this division regardless of the system a contestant enters. Pageants want to encourage young women to achieve their educational dreams. Regardless of the age division, a young contestant with a passion for learning is always a great quality to have in a titleholder.
The great part about this question is how simple it is to answer. Girls in this age division do not have to worry about forgetting the answer because every school subject, except social studies, is one word.
An older contestant in this division may be asked why, since a six-year-old has more communication skills than a three-year-old. However, the why does not have to be long. A simple one or two clear sentences will do the trick. (Read: Pageant Interview Questions For Kids)
2. What do you want to be when you grow up?
This is another question that comes straight from the paperwork. It is also one of the most interesting for contestants to answer. Let's be real, it is really hard to watch a child answer they want to be a rockstar and not smile. Again, older contestants in the division may be asked why. It is important to remember that there is no wrong way to answer an interview question, especially for younger contestants. If their honest answer to why they want to be a rockstar is they saw a funny photo of their parent from the 80s, there is nothing wrong with the contestant answering this way.
3. What is your favorite color? This is another one of many popular questions pulled from the contestant's paperwork. It is also another very simple one to answer.
The only catch to this question is to make sure the color contestants have on their paperwork is the same one they say in their interviews. Since most of the script for the pageant comes from the paperwork, they will probably say their favorite color at some point during the fun fashion or evening gown round. If the contestant says a different color than the one on the paperwork, it can have a negative impact on the contestant's score. While there is no way to know what the question will be, if a contestant is asked this particular one and happens to be wearing an outfit in their favorite color, it can leave a positive impression. (Read: 5 Ways to Show Your Charm in Interview)
4. What is your favorite TV show?
With so many shows geared towards kids, judges will be curious to know which shows interest which contestant. It is also another common question on paperwork. There are two things to avoid when answering this question. First, do not say "Toddlers and Tiaras." It is an overused answer. The show has also caused controversy in the past, so it may have an unfavorable impression on the judges. Second, make sure the show is appropriate. No explanation needed.
National All-American Miss Princess 2016-2017 Addison Wells. Photo: NAM Facebook Page
5. What is your favorite thing to do?
This is an example of a more personal question that would be asked to give the judges a chance to get to know the contestant better. While paperwork asks for generic things like a favorite color or school subject, questions like this are typically saved for the interview. This question can be phrased in a lot of ways. This version is very broad and open to may answers. Instead, a contestant may be asked about their favorite thing to do outdoors or with a friend.
6. What is your favorite toy?
This is a fantastic question for this age division, especially for the younger contestants. Toys are a huge part of how children learn, entertain and cope with the world around them. This question is one of the most unique ways to show the judges a glimpse into the everyday life of a contestant. Since toys are a huge part of life for this age division, it is possible a contestant of any age could be asked why. However, it is a toy. Children will always have a reason for why a particular toy is their favorite.
7. Tell me about your favorite pet.
This question may be asked in a pageant that selects the questions for the contestants ahead of time based on their paperwork. This is not a question that would be asked to a contestant who did not indicate at any point they have a pet. This is also a question that is reserved for contestants on the older side of the age division. This is because children around the age of six or seven will have a pet they can identify as their own.
8. What is your favorite food?
This is another generic question taken from paperwork. Since the answer is rather simple, it is reserved for younger contestants in the category. However, as with other questions, older contestants may be asked what their favorite food is and why.
9. Why do you like pageants?
This is definitely a question that is always on the table to be asked. It really gives judges an insight into the contestant. There is a stereotype that contestants in this category have "helicopter moms" that are trying to push their children into pageants. A judge may ask this question to gauge whether the contestant really is enjoying herself or if she is there because someone else wants her to be. (Read: 10 Reasons Why Pageants Promote Girl Power)
10. What is your favorite thing to do with your mom/dad?
This is one of the best examples of a question that would be asked to give the judges more insight into a contestant. For example, Lily Bunkley, Little Miss Hamilton County Teen Dream USA 2016, was asked at the 2016 Miss Teen Dream USA National Pageant, "What is your favorite thing to do with your dad and why?" She responded, "My favorite thing to do with my dad is to have daddy/daughter days because we do things like get ice cream and have a lot of fun." The answer drew a huge round of applause and tons of "aw's" from the audience. Considering Lily walked away as 3rd Runner-up in her first national pageant, you can the say the answer was a hit for the judges! In conclusion, the Princess division will never ask a question a contestant cannot answer. As long as a contestant is true to herself, she will shine in her interview and leave a lasting impression on the judges.
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