There are hundreds of pageants available. They range from local festival pageants to state, regional, national and international competitions. There are pageants that require community service and talent in order to compete, and those that strictly judge on beauty, modeling skills and wardrobe. There are youth pageants that are "natural" and those that are " glitz." So how in the world do you choose?
There are many questions you should ask yourself:
- What is my ultimate goal in competing and what matters the most to me?
- Are you looking for public recognition, cash prizes, tall crowns, scholarship money, or all of the above?
- Can you afford the entry fees and wardrobe expenses if you do not have sponsors to help cover some of your costs?
- How much time do you have to invest in getting ready to compete?
Answering these questions will help you to determine the right pageant system for you.
What to look for in a system:
- Reputation Reputation Reputation! There will always be sore losers who may tell you that a pageant was "fixed" or not fair, but that should not be the basis for judging the credibility of the pageant's system.
- Credentials of the directors - Are they the type of people who run well-organized pageants? If it is a new pageant, do not be afraid to call the directors and get to know more about them before you decide to invest your resources of time and money in their competition.
- Support - Does the pageant have a long history of working to support their contestants, and later, their winners?
Also consider what level is your goal in pageantry. It may be winning your local fair pageant and representing your area at the state pageant level. Great! Or perhaps you want to win your local preliminary pageant so you can compete at the state level, and then with success compete at the national level. Whether you decide that your goal is to be your Miss Home Town or keep on competing until you reach the stage of Miss Universe, there is a pageant for you!
Check out this sample listing of pageants to get started:
- Miss America: missamerica.org
- Miss USA: missuniverse.com/missusa - also listed Teen pageant
Miss United States: missunitedstates.com - also listed Teen, Jr.Teen and Ms. pageant
- National American Miss: namiss.com
Mrs International Pageant: mrsinternational.com - also listed Miss and Teen division
- Mrs America: mrsamerica.com
Cinderella Scholarship Pageant: cinderellapageant.com - many age divisions available
- Galaxy International Pageants: galaxypageants.com
Miss High School America - americashighschoolpageant.com - also listed Junior High and Collegiate levels
- Miss American Co ED Pageant- macpageants.com