Beauty Pageants Preparations: This book on the topic of beauty pageants preparations make for a great read. I like this book because it serves as a great resource for both new and seasoned pageant moms and dads, it provides behind the scenes tidbits, and gives those who are reading this book an advantage over those they are competing against. The name of the book is The Crowning Touch : Preparing For Beauty Pageants Competition. Here is an excerpt:
To be born woman is to know — although they do not talk of it at school — that we must labor to be beautiful. ~ William Butler Yeats
Like many girls, you have dreamed of winning a pageant. Walking down a runway with a crown on your head is a dream that can become reality if you really want it and apply yourself. Just remember that most pageants are not really “beauty” pageants. They are contests for girls with poise and personality. Add to this a winning attitude, and you are sure to be a winner. Annually, millions of girls enter pageants to derive the benefits of competing. For many, participating in pageants gives them self-confidence and teaches them poise. Pageants offer them insight into how well-prepared they are to face life, with or without that ultimate crown.
Very few girls become Miss America, but what’s wrong with success on a local or regional scale? Success, after all, is being happy with where you are and what you are doing. Pageants are good for helping girls to overcome shyness. Everyone realizes that it takes willpower to fight shyness, so those of you who are shy are to be commended for entering your first pageant. Kelli Lee, Miss South Texas Teen 1985, did not overcome shyness for her first pageant, but used her first pageant to determine whether she wanted to continue competing. Notes Kelli, The fact that I was shy was the reason for entering the pageant, and from there I had to decide whether or not I wanted to be less shy and meet other people. Overcoming shyness comes with continued exposure.
Pageant Review suggests these potential benefits of pageant competition: Career opportunities Gaining confidence and determination Learning to set goals and achieve them Learning positive ways to react under stress Learning to speak in public Learning to find and develop your best assets Learning poise and testing it under stress Learning how to receive constructive criticism Developing a sense of competition for future life situations Learning how to present yourself on stage Learning how to win and lose gracefully Pageants encourage women to “reach their full potential and be all that they can be,” says Miss California 1988, Marlise Sharlene Ricardo.
Pageants teach women to project a professional image that allows them to get ahead while, at the same time, learning to be physically attractive. Girls participate in pageants so they can learn to market their future business. Mary Elizabeth Haroth, Miss Maryland 1984, a 25-year-old dental student, entered pageants to learn how to market her future practice through positive public relations. For Kelli Lee, pageants have strengthened her and taught her how to handle rejection as well as success, thereby allowing her to handle that aspect of the entertainment business: Even if a girl is not inclined toward the “business,” I feel that the Interview portion of pageant competition prepares a girl for job interviews, scholarship interviews, and meeting people in general.
Looking Beautiful Benefits Looking beautiful has psychological, social, and emotional benefits. Self-enhancement improves the way others see and respond to you, improving your relationships with them. More importantly, looking good improves your self-image and self-esteem. If you know that you look good, you begin to feel better about yourself. With a little outward confidence in your appearance comes a whole new inner confidence in your intelligence. Pageants are good for girls because they usually motivate them to improve themselves. Pageants give girls confidence and teach them determination and responsibility, allowing them to develop their personality.
Pageant coach Mary Francis Flood advises, Participation in a pageant teaches a girl determination and responsibility. You do not necessarily need that prior to entering a pageant; it can be developed. Pageantry Builds Confidence Many Pageants attract contestants by presenting pageantry as a vehicle for building confidence. In this context, prizes are viewed as the “icing on the cake.” This rewarding experience is cited by pageant winners and is the result of a new respectability in beauty contests. The prettiest girls do not always win. They soon find that judges and pageant officials stress poise, speaking ability, goals, and last, but not least, an amiable personality as essential ingredients for a winner. It is the survival of the fittest mentally. It is the most humbling experience contestants go through. They learn of what they’re made. They learn to reach down and really pull from inside.