Growing up, I wanted to be a glam girl walking the stage in heels and whipping my hair like I had a wind machine permanently blowing. I thought this was pageantry.

My first pageant was in Shamrock, Texas on St. Patrick’s Day weekend and was called Miss Irish Rose. I was a freshman in high school. I was overwhelmed and in awe of the senior girls who ended up being the top 5. I wore a beautiful ivory and gold dress that my mom and aunt helped me choose and felt so beautiful, but so out of my element. I was timid and terrified.

Fast forward to my senior year in high school. I competed in that same pageant for the second time and WON! And my best friend was 2 runner up! We had the MOST fun and laughed and met lots of great girls and enjoyed every minute. I wore my prom dress from that year and didn’t overthink it. 

The reason I tell you these two stories? It’s applicable to any pageant you may enter. You can walk in being the ‘new girl’ and totally win. That first year just taught me that sometimes, it’s okay to compete for the experience and the growth. The key to the whole process is simple – relax, enjoy the process, and have fun! 

Here are a few other tips I have found super helpful:

1. Listen to the director. He or she is there to HELP you and guide you, but they can’t be your coach.

2. Read your paperwork. Many questions can be answered by reading this!

3. Be timely with deadlines.

4. Be kind to everyone you encounter. You never know who is watching or who may end up as your judge or co-competitor someday. 

5. Don’t lose your focus and your why. Remember what made you enter and stay true to you! 

I hope this was helpful! For more questions on pageants or my personal journey, message me on Facebook or email me. I would love to help.