Kadey Holm, an eighth Grader at Ellendale Public School in North Dakota Interviews Shelly about beauty pageants.
Dear Mrs. Shelly, here is a list of my questions for you.
1. Were you ever in a beauty pageant?
The first beauty pageant I entered was in 1992, The Mrs. Louisiana
America Pageant. The Mrs. America system is catered to the married
woman. I was 27 years old and was hooked on Pageantry my first try!
2. If so, what have they taught or how did they benefit you, if they did?
I learned first hand, how to carry and control a conversation that was
centered on me as the contestant. I developed better interview skills,
broadened my vocabulary as well as learned and discovered what it was
that I wanted to achieve in my life time.
3. What is the difference between glitz and natural pageants?
The Glitz pageants for children are all about putting on a show! It is
Entertainment mixed with beauty competition. The contestants are
expected to have a routine and they sometimes wear fancy competition
dresses, fake hair, fake teeth, false eyelashes, artificial tans. Glitz
pageants can become very expensive for the parent. if the child enjoys
this type of pageant, she is off to the races, so to speak. Both
parent and contestant can have a load of fun together.
Natural pageants are more relaxed in routines. Basic modeling in
beauty is usually expected of the contestant. Little or no make-up is
required. The dress attire may be a fancy dress of a Sunday type
casual wear. The children seem to be more relaxed as well as the
parent. The experience may even cost less. The Natural Pageants are
less intimidating to both the parent and the contestant and usually
ends up being an enjoyable experience.
4. Which do you prefer?
As a pageant director, I prefer hosting the natural pageants for
children. Ages ranging from new born to the pre teen contestants.
Starting with teen contestants, I prefer glamour makeup, hair and
formal pageant gowns. We have divisions starting with Teen
contestants thru Miss, Mrs. Ms. and Classic.
5. If you really want to win at a local pageant, about how much does it cost?
The fees are different is all pageants. Usually a local pageant is
around $75 to $100 for the entry fee. The cost of the gown or dress
can range from $100 to $400 for older contestants and less expensive
for the children if it is a natural pageant. Maybe around $60 to $100
for children’s attire. If the attire is Glitz for children, this can
range anywhere from $400 to $1000 for the competition dresses or if
you can purchase a used dress, this is the way to go.
6. If you have kids, and put them in a pageant, do you think that
benefited them? If so, how did it benefit them?
I put my son is a few pageants when he was a baby and he won everyone
of them. The parents attitude is really important as well as the
support system at these events. The family is who benefits from
pageants when the children are very young to the age of 2 years of
The children that I have witnessed first hand as a director and Emcee
all seem to benefit is some kind of a way. All taking with them an
experience that can lead to positive self esteem, getting over stage
fright, learning to accept loss as well as winning and the art of
The children enjoy the prizes, awards, trophies,toys and the crowns
that are awarded.
Both the parents and contestant will have memories that will last them
a life time.
Yours in Pageantry,
Shelly Winters Black
Wanted to share My Pageant Countdown with you. Enjoy the free gift!!!! Good luck to all the ladies competing for the upcoming Miss & teen Louisiana USA Pageant this month in Lafayette.
Making appearances are vital in developing your communication skills!
Did you know that you can practice your pageant interview skills while participating in local appearances? Suggested tips below.
Practice introducing yourself. You’d be surprised by how many pageant contestants feel a little awkward when introducing themselves to others. It takes a lot of confidence to walk into a situation and introduce yourself to the people you’re meeting. But just by practicing the art of introducing yourself, you’ll gain poise and self confidence that will pay off in the interview room. When at an appearance, make a point of introducing yourself to as many new people as possible. If it’s a small group, make sure you introduce yourself to everyone there. If it’s a larger group, make a goal for yourself based on the number of people there and how much time you have. Say hello, mention your name and title, look at them in the eyes and shake the person’s hand. By working on your introduction skills, your confidence will grow and you’ll feel better prepared to meet your next set of judges!
Try Talking to people you don’t already know. Most of us interact with the same people every day, day in and day out. So, make a point of talking with as many people as possible at your appearance that you don’t already know. This exercise will increase your ability to speak effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds and develop your ability to find some common ground for a brief conversation.
When making appearances as a Queen, wearing your crown and banner is important for both your pageant director and your self. This is part of your responsibility as a title holder. Using the visibility of the crown and banner will open many doors for you on both a professional and personal level. So when making appearances, Wear the Banner Of Opportunity proudly!
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Miss Camellia City USA, Erin Edmiston was crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2012 on October 29Th in Lafayette, Louisiana. Erin represented the Miss Camellia City Pageant which is a prelim to the Miss USA pageant owned by Donald Trump. Page Pennock, Miss Louisiana USA 2011 crowned the new Miss Louisiana. Page is also a former Miss Camellia City winner. It’s Director, Shelly Black says that it is critical to the directors to have the very best coaches, wardrobe consultants and professionals that work in the industry at their disposal. It takes a tremendous amount of effort from the title holder to all that are involved in achieving it’s victory. Thank you to the many folks that were involved in Erin’s win as Miss Louisiana USA. We all look forward to Erin representing Louisiana at the Miss USA Pageant that will be televised from Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2012!
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On my last post I told you about Taylor Trextor, a high school student looking for help for her Senior Project. I suggested she enter the Miss Jefferson Parish Beauty Pageant to get first hand experience.
As a contestant she learned about the preperation process as well as the thrill of walking on the stage in front of the viewing audience.
Not only did she walk the runway but she also won the teenage division.
I am really looking forward to reading her report for the Senior Project. Hopefully she will let us post it here and share it with you.
The moral of this story is to not be afraid to asks questions from people who are leaders in their field. I personally help any one I can who is interested in learning and succeeding in the Beauty Pageant Industry.
Don't hesitate to ask me questions about coaching or directing. You can leave comments on any of the posts on this site and on my other site www.directyourpageant.com
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