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Being Healthy & Looking Lovely: Upcoming Tips for Your Pageant Interview

Hello Pageant Contestants,

If you are like me, your life may seem like it is just getting busier. As you are preparing for you pageant it can feel even more that way!

Remember, when you are feeling busy it is okay to say “no” to some things. It is okay to say
“maybe” or  “later” too, depending on the situation. Once in awhile we have to let things go, or just accept not everything will be perfect but “go for it” anyway and have fun!  Sometimes it helps to take stock and sort out where you can use more support and then ask for help.

For me, it can be a challenge to keep up with writing–I have so much I’d like to share, but so little time. So I’ve sought out support to help with this blog. I’ll still join the mix now and then to share insights on how to prepare for interview effectively and how handle pageant interview questions like a pro, but I’m adding some folks to the team to contribute more regularly to help you in related areas.

Thus, in the coming days we’ll have a team member begin writing about beauty and fashion to give you ideas and resources. Her tips and tricks will inspire and educate. They’ll likely also save you time (and maybe some money). They certainly will help you look your best at your pageant interview, and at all other times!

Another team member will write about staying healthy as you seek your goals. A healthy body and a happy mind are more important than any crown. And you can have all three if you approach your pageant preparation with healthy attitudes about self, beauty, food, and fitness. There are certainly differing perspectives and lots of info out there (and you should always check with your physician if you feel poorly or before any serious dieting, of course), but hopefully the tips pulled together here will help remind you of some simple, healthy, and reasonable ways to approach finding balance in this arena.

So bookmark this page or sign up for the RSS feed and see how things unfold. :-)

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What Do You Do for Your Community? Approaches to Pageant Interview Questions When Perhaps You Haven’t Done Much (or Lately)

As an Arizona resident, I find myself feeling sad and more serious this week due to the recent death of 19 firefighters from Prescott Arizona who lost their lives fighting one of the awful wildfires. Does it take 19 firefighters dying in one fell swoop for us to stop and appreciate what we have? To stop and think about how others help protect our lives, property, and ways of living? To stop and think how we contribute to (or detract from) our communities?

As a pageant contestant, your success with pageant interview questions will be enhanced if you operate from a position of gratitude and awareness. Most pageant titles include a locale—they are attached to a place. So ask yourself, “What do I know about that place?” and “What do I do for my community?”

What if a judge asked you that “What do you do for your community” question?  Or maybe not a judge, but let’s say you win your crown and someone from the media or an audience member at a public appearance asks you something like that? How would you reply?

Surely most pageant contestants already have this covered as most of you are involved in many exciting ways and/or your pageant requires a platform that has you thinking about such things.

But your pageant may not require community service, you may not need a platform, and volunteering just may not be your thing. If that’s the case, I’m certainly not suggesting that you need to make as big a contribution as the police and firefighters who put their lives on the line for us so often.

But I am suggesting that you start thinking about your role in the grander scheme of things. Start with simply thinking through “What kind of citizen am I? What kind of neighbor?”

Not all of us have the interest, time, talent, or skills to be a firefighter, police officer, paramedic, or military service person. But how often do we pause in the busy-ness of our days, our lives to be grateful for what these folks—and countless other public service people from trash collectors, to mail carriers, to traffic light engineers—do for us? Being a good neighbor, a good citizen starts with doing our small part to help the other people who have made a career out of serving the public. What can we do to help make their jobs easier? Complying with rules and requests (or using proper channels to politely challenge them) is the right thing to do and it helps keep the world we love safer, cleaner, and more functional.

But if you are in a pageant, saying “I obey traffic laws, follow the recycling guidelines to the letter, and am careful about campfires and stray matches” may not sound like “enough” or the right kind of answer to give if anyone ever asks you a “What do you do for your community?” kind of question.

It depends on how you handle it, the context (what other kinds of questions have you been asked, etc.), and remember to listen for the question “behind” the question. That is, often when you get a pageant interview question like this it could be because someone is trying to sort out if you are just about evening gowns and pageant dresses, shoes,

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Rewind: Answer the Question, Learning from Miss Utah USA

Thank you Marissa Powell for the courage and accomplishments that brought you to wearing the crown for Miss Utah USA. You had one rough patch last night at the Miss USA pageant with your final interview question, but you still rock and a bright future awaits.

Thank you, too, for the opportunity that rough patch gives the rest of us to self-assess and grow. If you ever read this, please know that this analysis using your pageant interview question and answer situation is well-intended for a larger good, even if it might accidentally hurt you a little. I’m sure you will be resilient to all this attention you are getting and make the most of it.

In a previous post today (called Should Pageant Interview Questions be Easier? No) I started to mention how important it is to listen well to get to the core of the question. When we listen well, we are in a better position to make choices about how to answer. This is something you definitely can learn to do every day and under pressure too! Let’s rewind last night and see what we can learn.

Here’s the pageant interview question Miss Marissa got: “A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children women are the primary earners but women continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?”

Let’s start with the components of the question:

– Size of the statistic (40%)
– Families or heads-of-household (not single people)
– Gender gap (men usually earn more)
– “Society”

Tip: If Miss Utah had picked any one of those key components and actually started her answer with a reference to that component, rather than to the non-present “education”, she’d have started off on a stronger foot. She would have

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Should Pageant Interview Questions Be Easier? No.

I saw it suggested on Twitter last night after the Miss USA pageant that on-stage pageant interview questions should be more “direct” because the girls are under pressure  and can’t “absorb anything” when faced with the big crowds, the excitement, and the lights in their eyes. I couldn’t disagree more.

And this is worrisome because the suggestion came from a group of women who care deeply about pageantry and contestants. In fact, they posted it be supportive but, oddly, it had the side effect of accidentally putting down pageant girls (in my opinion). To be clear, this came up around the Miss Utah USA answer that was, let’s admit it, far from ideal.

Let me say first, then, that I hold the gorgeous Marissa Powell in high regard and we all should. One bad answer doesn’t mean she’s not a smart and capable woman. That answer very likely cost her the crown, yes, but she might have just had a crazy wave of nerves hit her and we can appreciate that. It could happen to any of us.

But I think that’s where our offering reasons, or making excuses, for her should end. And I certainly don’t think it means pageants should ask simpler questions.

Why?  Keep in mind a few things:

  • Get Real. Most pageant contestants already have or want careers that involve excitement, bright lights, and crowds so they’d darn sure better get used to “absorbing” information and thinking on their feet in those situations. The skills we learn and practice in pageants transcend to all areas of life.
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Supporting You With Your Pageant Interview Questions

Hello Pageant Lovers,

I’m back in the saddle again. Or should I say I’m back in my crown and my high heels?  :-)

Sorry to have been away for a while. Family demands and other work demands being what they are I just needed to use more of my time for other things for a while. But I was still working on things behind the scenes…

Starting this week I hope to post a new YouTube video at least once a week.  This week we start with a brief “hello again” video–it’s up there already if you want to check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGzA8rm8Dwg .  After that we will post brief videos dealing with how to handle pageant interview questions, and sometimes pageants themselves!

Some of the videos will be information that is a good review or reminder for you in regard to pageant interviewing, but surely some of them will be new information for you—perhaps things you’ve yet to think about.  Each individual is different, of course, based on her experience, but stay tuned as you never know which video will give you the tip YOU need to learn to help you win your crown.

In addition to the weekly or better YouTube videos (channel = PGNTInterviewQueen), I intend to start posting to my Pageant Interview Queen blog once a week again (see here for my previous posts http://PageantToPhDBlog.com/), and get back into Tweeting (PGNTIntrvwQueen) and FaceBooking  (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pageant-To-PhD/197105456997047) on a near daily basis. Step by step I’ll get used to my social media shoes again. :-)

So please subscribe, follow, or check in on whatever channel(s) work for you stay in touch. I’d love to see you have an optimal pageant experience—after all, a pageant is just the beginning and the skills you learn or practice there will translate into other areas of your life. You are all beautiful so how you interview is the key in setting you apart from others.

Let’s build some momentum in helping every pageant contestant shine her brightest!  And remember to watch Miss USA this weekend. :-)

I hope you and yours are well,

Dr. Stephanie Raye

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Pageant Interview Question Tips, How to be Politically Sensitive

There’s always some sort of political happening in the news or some sort of “hot-button” issue being debated in the media. Are you ready to respond if a judge asks a beauty pageant interview question that includes such things?

What if you are the queen? Are you a pageant titleholder who can handle any sort of question from the media or from audience members at appearances?

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Not All Beauty Pageants Are Alike—Find the Ones That Fit Best for You

It’s easy to look at a stage full of tall, slender beauty pageant contestants and wonder how you’d measure up. Or you might think that the fun of pageant experience isn’t available to you because you don’t look like them.

While some semblance of beauty is, as you’d guess, a typical feature of a successful beauty pageant contestant, it’s important to remember that there are many forms of beauty. That can be easy to forget if you limit your thinking to just the biggest, televised, or most well-known pageants.

Don’t be like those outside the pageant world, who often think all pageants are the same. Those are the same folks who innocently confuse Miss America with Miss USA, etc. Think broader and research different pageants to find the best fit for you.

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How Should a Beauty Pageant Contestant Handle Conflict? In Regard to the ex-Miss Pennsylvania vs. Mr. Trump’s Miss USA

The 2012 Miss USA pageant was televised earlier this week. The lovely Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo, won the crown. She was thoughtful in her on-stage answer, she was beautiful, and she had a spontaneous, sparkly quality way about her.

But the now ex-Miss Pennsylvania, Sheena Monnin, apparently couldn’t see that. (Click here for a news article on the matter.) Instead of crediting that Miss Rhode Island could have actually earned the crown, she complained the pageant was fixed. She’s under the impression that somehow the winner, or at least the finalists, were determined before the pageant.

If indeed she believes that then one must applaud her integrity for raising the question.

But, on the on the other hand, one must wonder if it is sour grapes—if after all her own efforts she just couldn’t cope well with the fact that she didn’t make it even as far as the semi-finals. Just making it to Miss USA is a huge accomplishment, but some folks can’t accept that as “enough.”

Or we could wonder if she saw this as an opportunity to get her own 15 minutes of fame.

Or, to be fair, maybe she just showed bad judgment in how she approached what she felt was a real problem.

We can learn from anything that happens. So here are some things to think about as we consider pageants, pageant criticisms, and ourselves.

  • Should we look for trouble?  Should we listen to gossip? 
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Learn Pageant Interview Tips from Televised Beauty Contests

Yes, it’s fun to see the dresses and root for the beauty from your state, but if you are a pageant contestant keep your eyes open and your thinking cap on as you watch pageants. If you pay attention you’ll learn some potential “do’s and don’ts” to apply to your own pageant choices, especially in regard to pageant interview tips.

Here are just a few things on which to keep your eyes:

  • Notice when the pageant evening gown outshines the contestant. The pageant dress, and your off-stage pageant interview suite, should help draw attention to YOU, not be the focus itself.
  • Notice if the information that is shared about the contestant (often drawn from pageant application forms and paperwork) seems well-chosen and helpful, or at least neutral, to seeing the contestant as the titleholder.
  • Notice how the contestants handle the on-stage pageant interview question.

This last one is the most important. Why? Because unless you made a truly terrible wardrobe choice, if you make it to the finals and don’t place or win, it’s probably something you said.

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Pageant Interview Tip: Military Holidays — Be Sure You Know “The Obvious”

It’s amazing how much we assume we know or take for granted. We might think it is “obvious” what a certain holiday is for, but not appreciate subtle differences or history. Take a minute to be well-prepared.

For instance, today is Memorial Day. If your pageant was any time within a week or two before or after, there’s a chance a pageant judge would ask you a pageant interview question related to the holiday.

Or, if you are making an appearance as a beauty contest titleholder, an audience member or someone from the media might ask you something about it. After all, if you are aiming for a state or national pageant title in the United

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