Beauty Pageant Tips: Advice For Your First Teen Pageant

Teen pageants can open worlds of wonder for young girls. These tips will help you be better prepared.

Teen beauty pageants have long paid the college tuition of numerous young women throughout the country. For some, the pageant became the catalyst for a lifelong career or talent. For others, it will long be remembered as an exceptional experience--one that challenged not only the mind, but the body and soul as well.

Pageant preparation should begin long before filling out that first pageant application. Each prospective teen beauty pageant contestant should ask herself the following questions:

1. Am I afraid of hard work?

2. Am I honest?

3. Am I ready to commit to a schedule created by someone else?

4. Am I able to set a good example for others?

If a young teen woman answers "yes" to these questions, she may in fact be ready to approach the next phase in pageant preparedness--filling out the application.

The application sounds simple, doesn't it? After all, most applications require some vital information and a signature. What could be so hard about an application? This is one of the main parts of teen beauty pageants. The information on your application not only determines your acceptance into the pageant or its preliminaries--it is typically read in depth by the judges, and offers them their first all around impression of you.

Beyond statistics, the pageant application wants to know exactly who you are. What do you study in school? What awards have you won? What feats have you accomplished? Many pageant contestants slip up during the application process, and often potentially eliminate their chances of scoring well in the pageant. For example, if Jane Jones fills out her application indicating she is studying college preparatory subjects as a sophomore in high school, has won no awards, and considers herself too young to have accomplished any feats, her application is going to be pretty boring. Judges are likely to breeze over it quickly in favor of applications with more substance. If Jane Jones had instead suggested that in addition to standard sophomore curriculum, she was learning how to improve her study habits and make more effective use of her time, she would appear more in tune with the judges thinking. Had she mentioned the broad jump award she received over the summer at her city's recreation department games day, it would have indicated to the judges that she is involved in her community and that physical fitness is important. And had she recognized such simple but meaningful feats as completing a Red Cross Babysitting Course or being asked to serve as a junior deacon at her church, she would show signs of a well rounded and productive life. The key is to examine your life and activities closely, and ask yourself how they reflect on you as a whole person.

Beyond the application, other steps to prepare for a teen beauty pageant include good grooming and physical fitness. Eat healthy foods and get a reasonable amount of exercise. If you don't care for sports, ride your bike or take a walk at least five times a week. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. This improves your weight, your skin, and your overall health. Stand up straight. Good posture improves your overall appearance.

Good grooming skills include finding a hairstyle that is easy to maintain and that looks good on you. Schedule regular haircuts to keep your look neat and tidy. Learn the basics of makeup application. Most teens look nice with a little blush and lip gloss. Don't overdo your makeup during the daytime. Daytime makeup is what you'll wear when you first meet the judges during your interview process. Wear just enough makeup to enhance your own good looks. Save the eye makeup and darker lipstick for your evening gown competition.

Many teen beauty pageants have a talent competition. Some teens have had music lessons, dance lessons or have sung in a church choir since their early youth. Play upon these strengths when deciding what your talent presentation will entail. If musical abilities aren't your strong suit, consider doing a dramatic reading or exhibit your skills in sign language, karate, or some other favorite activity.

Keep up your grades in school. Whether you attend private, public or are even home schooled, it is important to have solid grades. Even more important are the recommendations that may be required from your school. It is fine for a teacher to report, "Jane Jones carries a C+ average in math, but works hard daily at improving her skills. She participates in class discussions and volunteers to stay after school when needing extra help." This shows willingness to achieve. Not everyone is gifted in every subject, but everyone can willingly try hard with a good attitude.

Practice speaking in front of others. Reading aloud to your classmates or younger siblings is a great way to do this. Practice reading aloud to yourself in front of a mirror. Practice making eye contact with others during one-on-one conversations.

Teen beauty pageants can open numerous doors in a girl's life. By taking these simple steps to prepare, you can be sure you've done your very best at getting ready for one of the greatest experiences of your teen years.

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