Monday, January 29, 2018

"Pageant Life" by Stephanie Welter


     It’s hard to put into words the experience of being crowned a title-holder, a.k.a. A “Queen” and someone who’s been embraced by this amazing sisterhood of accomplished women. To say it’s an “honor” is the understatement of the year!


     I’ve had the opportunity to meet and befriend so many strong, powerful women including former and current title holders that continue to carry the torch forward in life and make a difference for our communities in any way they can. So, when I was introduced to the new website, and asked to be a featured title-holder and a spokesperson for the site I was blown away. What this means is that my platform of Understanding the Puzzle of Autism would be broadcast around the world in dozens of other languages! What an incredible opportunity!


      The idea behind the website, is to create a community for women and girls in pageants to access former and current title holders and other experts in the industry for input, insights, coaching, guidance, advice, feature articles and resources that would connect them with everything they need to be successful to win a crown. But MUCH more important than “winning a crown” is actually BEING a titleholder. Remember, there are lots of variables that go into winning a crown, but to BE a titleholder, a “queen” means giving your time, energy and talents to being a public servant. It’s not just a “job” for a year. It’s a lifestyle. It means making appearances, and going above and beyond the call of duty to help raise awareness for and support the causes you believe in and are passionate about.


     As a spokesperson for this new resource in pageantry, I am most excited about being able to connect with others that aspire to take their dream, no matter how young or old, no matter how much experience (or lack thereof) and step forward into something that will push them, challenge them, and grow them in ways they would have never imagined as it’s done for me. I am living proof that you don’t have to be an experienced “pageant patti” to win a pageant - to win your FIRST pageant in fact! Honestly, I had never even BEEN to a pageant before I entered into and won Mrs. Minnesota International. But here’s what I had...I had a vision, I had an amazing platform that I have LIVED for 20 years, and I was willing to learn from a coach and those in the sisterhood that were willing to gift me with their time and invaluable insights.

What more do you need?


     I am grateful to get the chance to share my platform with the world through this new venue, and I am excited to connect with those who are looking to join the sisterhood!

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