When you are preparing for a pageant, you always want to set yourself up for success and you can't do that unless you have a positive self image. To figure out the best way to develop that winning self image, I talked to the coaches with The Tiara Pageant & Model Training Studio.
The Tiara Pageant & Model Training Studio is based in India and offers a wide range of services, pageant application and personal information sheet review, image consultation, poise and appearance training, makeup application, comprehensive interview training and public speaking training, to name a few. (Read: Etiquette Rules That All Pageant Coaches Should Follow)
"A winning image starts with a good self-image," The Tiara coaches said. "A good self-image doesn’t follow success – it precedes it, as Robert L. Shook says in his book Winning Images. Someone saddled with a poor self-image may fool some people some of the time, but eventually he’ll fail, unless he comes to grips with his basic self-image."
A good presence sets you apart
We've all seen the competitor that you know is going to win. As soon as she walks into the room she has a certain energy and star quality about it. The presence that a winner brings to a room is undeniable and you can't help but look at her in admiration. "Presence is a very rare quality," the Tiara said. "It can make people with otherwise plain or somewhat unattractive faces look intriguing or even strangely beautiful. Once you have presence, people will notice you more. Do not be afraid, they are just admiring you."
Miss Indonesia contestants. Photo: Instagram via @officialputeriindonesia
Not only do fellow contestants and pageant staff notice a positive and strong presence, but the judges recognize it immediately as well. From the moment that contestant steps in the room, the judges know she has what it takes to be the next titleholder. Now that we have established the incredible importance of this star quality, how do you create it? (Read: 5 Coaching Secrets You Need to Win the Crown)
How do you develop that winning presence?
As soon as you think of that star quality or it factor, you can remember the first time you noticed it in someone else. It is instantly recognizable and sticks with you forever. The question then becomes, "How do you create that quality in yourself?"
1. Know yourself
The most important thing you can do to develop that star quality is get to know yourself and be completely comfortable with who you are. One distinguishable quality between a winner and an unplaced contestant is a complete understanding of one's self. When a contestant knows herself, she is able to talk about her strengths, values and goals in a way that comes across very clearly to the judging panel. Once you know yourself, the interview competition becomes a breeze because you know exactly how to convey who you are and what messages you want your judges to know. No matter what the question is, you know how to tell the judges your messages and values. Once you get to know yourself, you will also learn how to best play to your strengths. Whether it is posing a certain way to highlight your features on stage, wearing a certain color to bring out your eyes or making sure to mention a personal detail during your onstage question, you can bring out the very best version of yourself.
2. Be comfortable with who you are
While getting to know yourself is the most important first step to take, you really develop a presence when you become comfortable with yourself. So frequently, the media and society put pressure on us to be and act a certain way, which makes us feel inadequate or inferior when we don't meet those standards. Every single pageant contestant has felt the urge to compare herself to her fellow competitors or the outgoing queen. The next winner does not spend her time comparing herself to anyone because she is confident that who she is is more than enough to take home the crown. She has the confidence of a queen and everyone can see it.
Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Photo: Instagram via @missuniverse
3. Work on your image
Part of what makes a winner, a winner is how she looks – not her physical appearance but rather that she's polished. Her look is entirely planned out from head to toe and everything is in its place. It doesn't matter if you have the confidence and ability to take home the crown if you show up to your interview in sweatpants. (Read: How to Build Up Your Pageant Brand)
Take some time and be intentional about how you look during pageant week. Make sure your look matches your brand, whatever that may be. If you say you are a "type A" person in interview, don't show up in an ill-fitting, inappropriate outfit 15 minutes late to rehearsal. Your look is part of your star quality so it deserves the same time and attention you put into preparing for the other areas of competition.
4. When in doubt, get a coach
While you can develop your star quality on your own, having an experienced coach can make it so much easier. An experienced coach can help you with personal branding, from interview preparation to your walk to your wardrobe throughout the competition week. A coach is another voice to help you stick to your personal brand and make sure you look your absolute best during pageant week.
"Pageant coaching helps you excel in pageants and walk through the various competitive rounds with élan and ease," said Ritika Ramtri with The Tiara Pageant Coaching. The Tiara pageant aspirants have phenomenal presentation skills because they are taught how to be in control of their environment, and how to communicate effectively with the judges and audience members while communicating the type of titleholder they will be. The Tiara’s techniques will help to eliminate any fear or nervousness that they have about competing in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. The Tiara can help with a winning walk, stance and attitude! If you're in India, make sure you check out The Tiara for the pageant training you need. At your next pageant, do you want to watch the star walk into the room or do you want to be the star that everyone is watching? Think about it!
Her tip is: "Never compare yourself to other contestants!"Learn More