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Pageant Platform Perfection

Some pageants require a platform.  For those who do not know, a platform is a topic or organization that a contestant chooses to support and advocate for.  There are all different types of platforms ranging from promoting girl scouts to appreciating the elderly to feeding America’s children to strengthening the family to promoting STEM to promoting the arts, etc… hopefully you get the idea, the options are seemingly infinite.  If you do choose to compete in a system that has a platform, you will surely be asked about it in your interview (which we all know is the most important part).  If you are going to take the time to prepare for your interview with the books, it is worth your time to choose your platform wisely.

So you’re wondering how in the world you are going to pick one platform issue.  Easy! Follow these tips to find a platform that you will be able to articulately discuss in your pageant interview.

 

Just like they say “location, location, location” in Real Estate, in pageants, we say “Passion, Passion, Passion”.  The most important thing you can do for your pageant career concerning your platform is picking a platform that you are passionate about.  What is something you will not mind waking up early on Saturday morning to promote?  Hopefully, when you are picking your platform, you are thinking long term.  So think about if this is a platform you will want to be promoting in a few years.

Make it personal.  If you decide to pick appreciating the elderly as your platform and a judge asks you why you chose your platform and all you have to say for yourself is that you saw the idea on the blog, you might as well just not interview at all- because you are possibly the most boring contestant of all time.  Come on! I’m sure you can think of a time in your life when you saw an elderly person being underappreciated.  Think of a story that pertains to your platform.  Get really good at telling it.  That’s half the battle in your interview.

Next, think of a creative name.  Maybe even think of a pun!  For example, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2016, Allie Nault’s platform is Making Sen$e.  Rather than her platform title being something like teaching America’s children to be fiscally responsible, her title is far more interesting.  Don’t call your platform exactly what it is- give it a fun name.

Next step: pick an organization to partner with.  This will be so useful to have in your pageant interview.  It will give you mentors, events to attend, and connections to make.  If I could give my younger pageant self a piece of advice, it would be to pick a platform that has an organization I can connect with and work with.

Goals.  As with every area of competition, make realistic and achievable goals for your platform.  If you are not sure where to start, ask yourself, “what do I want to be able to tell the judges I have done with my platform?” The answer to that question leaves you with a great place to start.

Lastly, it’s time to get out in your community and make a difference.  Cliché, I know.  But it really is true!  Create a Facebook page, put on an event, attend an event, and chase after your platform goals whole heartedly.  This passion and dedication will come across to the judges in your interview and get you one step closer to the crown.  Want to learn more?

Read this book  for extra pointers when it comes to picking your platform.

 

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Find a Pageant Swimsuit that Suits You

Okay, it’s pageant day! Maybe you have been hitting the gym and watching your diet for the past 6 months and maybe you decided to compete only a few weeks ago (I have personally been in both places!).  Regardless, picking the right pageant swimsuit can make the difference!

When most people watch the swimsuit portion for the first time, they usually are confused by the swimsuits.  Although atypical, these swimsuits work wonders for someone’s figure.  The usual pageant top is padded and cupped (very different from the string bikinis that are popular today).   They are very structured and some even have jewelry incorporated into the suits.  The bottoms have good coverage.  The side panels of the bottoms are very thin and are high up on the hip to give the illusion of longer legs.

You would never wear your everyday swimsuit to a pageant.  And you will never wear your swimsuit pageant to the pool.  If you are new to the pageant arena, the sooner you accept this fact and understand that a pageant swimsuit is different from an everyday swimsuit, the better off you will be.

Let’s start off with what NOT to do:

Please please please please please! Just because you normally wear a size small bottoms when you go swimming, do not assume you will wear a size small for your pageant. Pageant swimsuits are an entirely different creature.

Also, your suit should not be worn outside of the pageant because chlorine and the sun will ruin them.

Lets talk about what to do:

Buy a pageant swimsuit.  You do not need to purchase a $700 suit like some girls choose to do.  I bought my suit at target for $30.  You just need to buy one that looks like a pageant suit.

Butt glue.  It’s a harsh reality.  But it’s a necessary evil.  There is nothing more painful than when a contestant comes on stage and (excuse my blunt language) her butt is hanging out.  Don’t be that girl.  Buy butt glue and use it J I am sure there will be a hostess backstage who is more than willing to help you apply it just right.  For those who do not know, butt glue is essentially glue in hairspray form and is sprayed on the inside of the back of your bottoms to adhere your suit to your skin.  This prevents them from riding up when you walk and from having to adjust it while on stage.

It is also crucial to pick a suit that complements your skin tone and hair.  Secret tip: When buying your suit, don’t forget that you will have a tan for the actual pageant so pick a color accordingly.

Also, you need to take a honest look at yourself in the mirror and decide what part of your body is not quite up to par with the rest of your beautiful self.  My body, like most other women, likes to store any excess on my legs.  This means that my pageant swimsuit should have a little bit of bling or some sort of extra embellishment on top to distract from my bottom half.  Say your arms aren’t where you want them to be? Add some bling to those bottoms! Have fun with it.

Finishing up, it is important to know your pageant system.  Just like you did when picking out your evening gown, look at how the top 15, 10, 5 and even the winner were dressed for swimsuit.  There is no need to reinvent the wheel twice.  Visit this video for some health and beauty tips.

In swimsuit confidence is key.  Not only confidence in the way you look but confidence that you are ready for the job.  Feel like you need an extra boost?  If you feel prepared for interview, you will feel much more prepared for the remainder of the competition as well.  Read this for help in handling all types of questions.

And lastly, before I end this post, I want to stress the importance that regardless of your size, weight, or muscle tone, you are beautiful!  The judges are looking for someone who is confident in their own skin.  You just need to walk on stage and be shamelessly you.

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