WOW! Pageant weekend is quickly approaching, can you believe it? I cannot believe how fast these pat 10 months have gone, nor can I believe that I am already writing a blog about pageant preparations! Seems like just yesterday that it was January 2014 when I spoke on the phone with pageant coach extraordinaire, Cheri Kennedy. She convinced me that this pageant system was the perfect one for me. I contacted the state director, Allison, the next day and signed up for the state pageant. I would like to say the rest is history, but the hardest part about competing in a pageant is the preparation!
1. I am a HUGE advocate for purchasing last year’s state pageant video and watch it over and over again. Learn how the stage is laid out, where you stop and pose on stage and where exactly the judges sit. When I watched the video I would put on that competition’s outfit and practice while the emcees were calling each contestants name.
2. Pack early! I usually start packing a week in advance so that I am confident that I do not forget anything at home. Some small things to remember to pack include: band-aids; blister-blocker; min-sewing kit; Tide stain-remover pen; lint-remover; safety pins; double-stick tape; lotion; snacks; water bottle; heating pads; aspirin; panty-liners to use during fitness wear to prevent the shorts from riding; mini-mirror to bring with in the dressing room because there is limited access to the mirrors; and high-heel shoe pads.
3. Walk in your shoes, a lot. This will help your feet as to not blister and breaks your shoes in. It also helps you to look more comfortable while walking on stage in your shoes.
4. Practice smiling while you talk. This may sounds funny, but I did this in the mirror every chance that I got. You want to look pleasant while speaking in interview and on stage.
5. One tip that I received from Krista Wanous, Miss Minnesota International 2012 and Miss International 2012, is to package the accessories that you are wearing with each outfit in little baggies on the hanger of that particular outfit in which you are wearing the accessories with. It sure saved me a lot of time and kept me organized in the dressing room!
6. If you are planning on spray tanning, I highly suggest you try the spray before pageant weekend. I tried one for the pre-pageant party and looked orange. I am so thankful I tried it that weekend instead of pageant weekend!
7. Find someone to do your hair and makeup. This can be an added expense to a pageant of course, but I competed in pageants as a teen and I did not hire someone to do my hair and makeup. My mom and family friend, Mindy (Rick) Jones would help, but it was different when I competed for the Mrs. MN International title and had hired help. I used Penny Wells for makeup and James Peterson for hair and I am so thankful because it sure took a LOT of stress off of me. I was able to relax completely while they worked their magic because I knew I was in good hands.
8. Start using lotion many weeks in advance. This will allow your skin to look healthy and have that “glow” on stage.
9. I believe the judges are looking for someone that not only knows their platform well, but lives it. Make sure you know everything about your platform and know what you have done for your platform so you can effectively tell that to the judges.
10. Try a teeth-whitener. I have always been told I have a white smile, but I will use crest white-strips before a pageant just to “shine” better.
11. One tip for pageant night: Do not wear nylons/tights. I was told this and I ignored it because I felt that they made me look better and my legs looks nicer on stage. However, after I got off of the stage after introduction and went to change into my fitness wear, the nylons left markings all over my stomach. Thank God there were wonderful women in the dressing room all helping to rub my stomach to get rid of the lines. Good times J
12. The most important tip that I can give you is to relax, be confident and be you! The judges are qualified and smart. They can see through to the young ladies and women that are truly being themselves and that will make wonderful state representatives.
If you have any questions while preparing for the state pageant, please feel free to reach out to me on facebook or via email at 2014MrsMinnesota@gmail.com
Mrs. Minnesota International 2014