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Pageantry is a lifestyle for many girls. Some of us eat, sleep and breathe pageantry, but what about those who are totally unfamiliar to the world of pageants? For first timers we have created a free pageant preparation course that will help you prepare for every phase of competition. Each course is specific to your age division and the date of your pageant. Click, Pageant Prep Course, to sign up :) Here are five tips to help you if you are just getting started in your pageant career.
1. Never underestimate yourself
Just because you don't any previous pageant experience does not mean that you are not qualified or that you are at a disadvantage to win. Previous pageant experience does not necessarily give you the upper hand in competition, and you still have a chance at winning the crown. The beautiful Mamé Adjei’s first ever pageant was her state pageant (which she won), and Miss USA 2015 was her second pageant, at which she placed in the Top 5. Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012, won her state, national, and Miss Universe titles with no previous pageant experience, and so have many others. Don't be discouraged if you are a newcomer!
Many girls dedicate a big portion of their lives to pageantry, so do some research about what pageantry is all about if you are just getting started. Research different pageant systems to understand their unique values and phases of competition, and then decide which system best fits you. (Read: How to Find a Beauty Pageant to Compete In)
You want to have a clear response to people who ask, “What made you decide to choose this pageant system or organization?” There are many resources available to you that will give you guidance to help you. For example, here at The Pageant Planet we have all of the resources that you could ever need. Another thing that helped me get started in pageantry was watching videos of previous years' competition from the system you are competing in to get an idea of what the competition is like. (Free Pageant Preparation Timeline - Learn When and How to Prepare)
3. Power of the spoken word
There is power in the spoken word! Let the experience and your dream crowning moment consume you. Dream about it, think about it, talk about it, etc. until it happens. Think as if you've already won the pageant. For instance think, “when I become” or “when I win.” This will help boost your confidence and put you in the mindset of success. Also, use your social media as a platform to speak your future win into existence. For example, every Thursday instead of posting a "Throwback Thursday" picture, post a picture of a crown for “Think Big Thursday.” By doing so I feel much closer to having the crown on my head. (Read: How to Use Visualization to Achieve Your Pageant Goals)
4. Confidence is key
With this being your first pageant I commend you for having the confidence to even enter. Now it’s time to build your confidence even more in time for your big day. Work on making eye contact. Avoiding eye contact will give off the impression that you are afraid, or trying to hide something. Failure to make eye contact says one of two things: “I feel weak beside you,” or “I feel inferior to you." If that is a fear of yours, conquer it by consciously making yourself look the judges in the eye. Make your eyes work for you. It will not only give you confidence, but it will win you confidence. (Read: How to Prepare for Your First Pageant)
5. Put people into proper perspective
Remember lastly that the other contestants, directors and judges are more alike than they are different. Get a balanced view of the other person. Pageant weekend is going to be a very exciting time for you. You will make lifelong friendships with beautiful and intelligent girls from around the world. With that being said, it is helpful not to compare yourself to any of the other girls. Joyce Giraud, Miss Universe Puerto Rico 1998 said, “If you feel good and look happy you’re also going to be beautiful.” It's better at the end of the day to just be yourself. Do your best, have fun, and know that you yourself are good enough to win!
Here you have the tools to take home the crown. Remember, believe and you’re already half way there! Good luck ladies. Save Save
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