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How To: Be A Beauty Queen Without The Crown

I assume many belles out there tuned in to see Miss Angola become the new Miss Universe on Monday night September 12, 2011. And I bet many of you were wondering what does it take to win a beauty contest, is it a battle of looks or a battle of personality? And if you weren’t asking yourself this then you were at least wondering how those girls manage to look so comfortable in their bikinis and stilettos. Well with these fun tips I’ll get you ladies in tip top pageant form, or at least for your next Saturday night out!

Confidence: Confidence is number one when it comes to pageantry. Being confident however is something you can fake, as long as you practice! Remember to forget all the other gorgeous leggy girls behind you and just focus on the positive aspects of yourself. Remind yourself of the accomplishments that set you apart from the other women. Even at a basic work function or an interview any woman needs to at least possess confidence if she wants the job or wants to stand out. Pageant girls need to stand out and confidence is what separates the girls from the queens.

Smile: Your best bet always, whether you trip, fall or have a wardrobe malfunction is to just remember to smile and quickly pick yourself or your gown off the floor. If something like this occurs on stage or in the real world one might be quick to get overly emotional and cry or run away but a seasoned pageant girl can laugh at her mistake and maybe even use the faux pas to her advantage. Hey they definitely won’t forget the girl who flashed… her million dollar smile that is!


Stand up straight: Slouching is a dead giveaway that someone is uncomfortable on stage or lacking concern with their appearance. Slouching in the workplace, at school, walking down the street, we’re all guilty but a queen would never admit it, so why would she do it on stage, that’s right she wouldn’t! And if the queen wouldn’t do it neither should you. Standing up straight is something that’s forgotten so often in the pageant world and the real world that when someone does have perfect posture you can’t help but admire their gracefulness.

Wardrobe: So often do the first time pageant girls walk away with the title that it leaves the other competitors wondering “what the bleep were those judges thinking?” Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret, you don’t need to be a full-time pageant girl to win and you don’t need a thousand dollar wardrobe either. The judges are usually people who are just like any other lawyer, policeman or choreographer out there with shiny personal opinions. But what they are looking for in a girl and her wardrobe is not how much money she spent or whether she has the latest Versace gown but how great she presents herself while wearing it. You can rock a $10 swimsuit on stage and still walk away wearing a crown as long as you strut your stuff. You don’t need to spend a million bucks to feel like a million bucks. The mind is a powerful thing, especially in competitions, sports or beauty! So wear your $10 outfit, thrifty belle it’s a recession after all!


Strut: Strutting down the runway is something only models get to do on the daily so it’s important for mere mortals to practice walking like a model if they want to posses the same bad ass attitude on stage or in life. Now I’m not saying women need to use the streets as their catwalks but they just might like it. First let’s figure out how to get that bad girl walk. Keep your head up and shoulders back look straight ahead and don’t trip. Remember to place one foot in front of the other so you can add slinkiness to your strut. And of course practice belles, it sounds easy but it takes finesse but don’t give up! Practice every day for at least 10 minutes just to get the hang of it before you hit your neighborhood catwalks… pedestrians beware!

You’re a winner: So you just lost, or you just won, whatever the case you’re still great so don’t beat yourself up if that girl from Orange County walks away with the crown. As long as you put your best foot forward and gave it your all you have nothing to be ashamed of. Many past Miss America’s and Miss USA’s have been losers in other pageants but it’s the determination and perseverance that enabled them to continue pursuing their goals. And it’s this sort of resilience that any woman could use a little more of. So a very special thank you to all those beauty queens out there who continue to inspire and encourage women everywhere to follow their dreams! We know you want world peace and all but hopefully when you read this you’ll smile your megawatt smiles and be proud of yourselves for making little girls and women everywhere want to be more beautiful, inside and out!


About Alexandra Palmer

Alexandra is a native New Yorker who's always had a keen interest in news. She was drawn to the industries fast paced and deadline driven environments. She recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in multimedia journalism from New York University, where she specialized in video production, reporting, and editing. Some of her most prominent accomplishments include an investigative piece on campus sexual assault her and fellow NYU student Rajeev Dhir published in Al Jazeera America in February. Alexandra has also interned at several prestigious news outlets, including MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily Show, and Us Weekly. Alexandra's interests outside of journalism include, acting for film and television. Alexandra recently wrote and starred in her first one act play this August. The piece was selected as a semi-finalist in the New York New Works Theatre Festival. Writing is Alexandra's first love. Alexandra is also graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and World Literature, and a minor in Hispanic Studies.

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