Beauty Pageants Contests Types
Beauty pageants contests are varied across the board. These beauty pageants contests are held in NYC every year right around the Summer time. They are also being held across the United States as individuals in excess of more than 100,000 in the United States alone participate. These beauty pageants contests range from local competitions designed to draw more people into a retail sales store, to county fair queens, to product promotions at a national level. They include major national contests such as the famous Miss America pageant all the way down to online photo contests for babies.
Child Beauty Pageants or Beauty Pageants for Kids
Beauty Pageants aimed at children and babies came into existence during the 1960’s and the latest estimates suggest that today 3,000 pageants attract 250,000 children per year.
Most beauty pageants for kids break competition levels out by age ranges. Category titles differ from pageant to pageant but generally fall into groups similar to this:
Babies (from the time a child can sit up independently until age 2)
• Toddlers (ages 2 – 4)
• Little Miss (ages 5 – 7)
• Junior Miss (7 – 9)
• Pre-Teen (10-12)
Natural vs. Glitz
There are two different kinds of child beauty pageants contests each with a different image and emphasis.
Beauty Pageants which could be categorized as “natural” emphasize a family orientation and encourage participants not to use heavy make-up, hair pieces, tight costumes or talent performances inappropriate for the child’s age range.
Beauty Pageants which could be categorized as “glitz” emphasize a glamorous orientation and encourage participants to utilize beauty aids such as makeup and hairpieces, rhinestones and jewelry, mature costumes and talent performances to show off the child’s appeal.
Most national children beauty pageants have a presence on the World Wide Web and can be located by entering “child beauty pageants” into any major online search engine.
Teen Beauty Pageants
Teen pageants are similar to Adult pageants with the exception that some of them have a “scholarship” component and contestants are required to submit a transcript of their grades and/or write academic inspired essays.
Generally scholarship pageants do not have a swimsuit category included in the competition.
Most of the pageant tips included in the remainder of this book can be applied to winning a teen pageant as well as an adult beauty pageants.
The evening gown competition for teens generally calls for a dress that is not as glitzy as a child’s pageant dress and yet not as sexy or mature as an adult gown. Thus, teen pageant gowns tend to be more like very special prom dresses.
National teen beauty pageants that fall into the “scholarship” category and emphasize personal development and leadership include America’s Junior Miss Program, America’s National Teen-Ager, and Miss Teenage America.
‘TEEN magazine’s Miss Teenage America Pageant is a mail-in pageant which judges leadership, community service, scholastic achievement, poise and appearance.
National pageants that could be categorized as “glamour” pageants for teens include Miss Teen USA (which is a part of the Miss Universe pageant system), Miss Teen All American and Miss Teen America.
There are many other pageants out there and most can be accessed through any major search engine on the internet.
Adult Beauty Pageants
The cultures of individual pageants are different. Miss America, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that emphasizes the scholarships that winners receive, tends to choose winners with high scores in the interview, intelligence and “platform” (community service and public speaking) categories.
Miss Universe, a beauty pageant system now owned by Donald Trump which includes the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants as well as Miss Universe, focuses on beauty and swimsuit competition and tends to choose winners who are “sexy.”
Additional pageants which also fit the “glamour” culture of beauty contests include Miss World and Mrs. America among others.