Pageant Problems, Candidates, & Coaches

Problems of Candidates

Pageant problems are not really in nature cause by pageant itself. But it is because of some people around it that make it so. Beauty pageant coaches or pageant trainers, have to protect their pageant candidates from problems and dangers that lie ahead that candidates may not know because of their young minds. Let us say they are young in a sense that they do not how to avoid or what to do when encountering some beauty pageant problems.

If you are a beauty pageant candidate, you become exposed to the public and become a public figure. You are in a hot-seat when you become part of the entertainment industry. You lose your privacy and you become a topic – a buzz of conversation to people and eventually a target of the bad elements of the society.

Problems and Coaches


This is one of the advantages of having pageant coaches or pageant trainers who are somewhat known to the public and have established their names. Though influential people may have the power to do things they may like to, at least in some way these people may also consider who is the person behind those beauty pageant candidates they intend to abuse their powers.

However, before that happens and things get complicated, pageant coaches should have already advised their candidates to avoid such things and if it’s unavoidable, should have already prepared them on how to act on such scenarios.

Contact Numbers

Sometimes, I asked my pageant candidates to give my contact number instead of theirs when somebody from the pageant industry is asking it. The trick is, they can easily explain the next day that all negotiations and offers or any communications they have to do must have to pass through their pageant coaches or pageant trainers. Plus, the phone they are currently using are provided by the same as stated in their service agreement and contract. In this way, they are able to lessen some miscellaneous or unsolicited text messages because these bad elements are somewhat and oftentimes intimated with the process of formality. They too, fear being exposed to the public as perverts by persons who may have the power to do so.

Indecent Proposals

One of the very common pageant problems a beauty pageant candidate will encounter will be indecent proposals. It comes in different forms: by light intimate conversation, by intimidation, by offers in exchange of favors, and the most dangerous of them all – by force.

Another way of effectively avoiding beauty pageant problems like indecent proposals is to never accept invitations especially if it is a house party, a coffee or a tea party. You should realize that oftentimes, these are baits intentionally done just for you or for the other pageant candidates. This is what I call “Delayed Indecent Proposals”. The person tries to get your trust first and make you comfortable in his own ways until he gets to the execution of his vain plans.

Selecting Coaches

But being one of the pageant candidates, sometimes you have to accept invitations. Your pageant coach or pageant trainer must have already enough knowledge about which one is not a bait. Your task however is to choose who among the pageant coaches or pageant mentors is the one you can trust. Plus, your courage not to allow and entertain beauty pageant problems or pageant dilemmas like indecent proposals will surely help you stay away or out of the many common pageant problems.

Miss Gay Contestants Deserve Respect not Insults

Miss Gay Pageant Celebrates their own Sexuality

Somewhere along the way, something went different. Someone was different enough to be misunderstood. As it seems, ideas and practices are very much capable of reproduction. Where there was one, now stands many and more is expected to join the dance as the world and everyone in it continue to age and grow. With the vitality and excitement in a beauty pageant born out of the purpose of having the world realize its women more, it really is no longer any wonder why our homosexual friends wish to be seen as a beauty worth parading in a gallantly decorated stage; in a miss gay pageant that celebrates their own sexuality and uniqueness.

Miss Gay Contestants Receive Insults to Clueless Crowds


Miss Gay contests have marked festivities for so long they have become a welcome tradition. And as the date nears, the candidates and their own band of loyal friends, makeup artists and wardrobe managers gather in lively preparation – hopeful to be the stars of the show. And there, on stage, they are queens of their own kingdoms. But what is to be a celebration of a unique kind of beauty is trampled upon and openly regarded as an extension of an inside joke; a well-lighted ceremonial insult; a richly decorated comedy performance w here the candidates are part of a cruel mockery set by the unforgiving, clueless crowds.

Miss Gay Contestants aren’t Comedians to Laugh at

Everyone needs to be regarded as beautiful and worth parading at one time or another. And though gays are not entirely women who could painfully force the masses to regard them as soft, sweet and beautiful goddesses, they ARE beautiful; talented and humor abundant, alive and very much human. Must they be so easily handed over to an audience that happily throws away sarcastic comments, insulting puns and sharp remarks like bullies towering over a cornered clown because somewhere along the way, they were the ones different enough to be misunderstood? No. It is human aberration to make them laughingstocks just because you can.

Miss Gay Pageant is not Immoral

A moral tradition can very much be gay pageants – to entertain, to celebrate the beauty and art of being gay, to crown them as beauties in their own well-deserved space. What makes such ‘tradition’ immoral is the far from classy and derogatory approach of this world’s society to its existence.

Crowned Gay Pageant beauties, not Crowned Comedies

Pageants are created for many positive reasons. They are held for many honorable and dignified beliefs. Should you hold a gay pageant – organize so as to make it beautiful and worthwhile; call for participation so as to make sensible and reasonable fun. In their own stage, in their own pageant, under their own limelight, our gay friends must be given enough importance – crown them so as to make them crowned gay pageant beauties, not crowned comedies.

Pageant Practice

Developing girls and helping them to achieve their dreams while they are wearing their heels will take more than what you thought when we heard about the phrase pageant practice.

Pageant Practice


I check first how a candidate walks and how she presents herself because this is what the public sees right away. Ramp styling includes posture, t-stance, catwalk, twists, pivots, routines, turns, blockings and angles, inner and outer ambiance, hip and head movement, heels and footwork, balance and signature or personal walks and many more to consider and mention will always be part of ramp lessons. But hey there, it is not the only thing when we say we have a pageant practice; it’s only a part of the whole project.

While the candidate is undergoing ramp styling with me, every after ramp session, there is a basic thing about fashion and social manners as a reminder to the candidate. Discuss about the pageant she is into and what the pageant committee is giving much importance. After the pageant system familiarization, I will have to discuss more on how to win a pageant. I also tell where the candidate stands so she knows what to work onto in order to win. I do practice a candidate on answering pageant questions. The knowledge and skills she gain from her pageant practices make her sure about herself and make her confident.

Sometimes, I still even have to develop the personality of the candidate. However, that is still manageable for me as long as she listens to my advices. The bad thing is, if she has the capital “A” the Attitude and her Capital “O” her Old Ways, I think she won’t be able to make it in a competitive and prestigious beauty pageants. And if she will not change for better, I have to dismiss her in the camp and advise her to find another trainer.

Problems in Pageant Practices

When you practice, teach, or coach girls in beauty pageants, most of them are good dreamers. They have the greatest desire of all but they have less determination and less and less discipline. It is really hard to coach or mentor when all or one of the 3D’s is missing. If it happens that I, being the mentor is the most eager for them to win and not them is mind torturing and unfair. I wish I never knew or met the girl then. But I also have to mention that some are really determined to make it and that is good.

If you are a coach, I always believe that No Rejection Policy is necessary just like the Kagandahang Flores Beauty Camp. Everybody deserves a chance. But of course, after a few, or worst, several meetings, then I can decide if I have the right girl or not. And it is expensive to waste time over a girl who is only a dreamer.

When you do practice beauty queens or candidates, it does not give you a lot. Swear. Some people taught that it is just all about walking. So they would not appraise your service that high. Sometimes you even try to be a talent manager too where you have to spend your own money for the development of an ungrateful talent. What a sad story. LOL. Here is my sample program that I follow when I practice candidates:

Pageant Practice Lessons


I. How to Answer Pageant Questions

II. Types and Sources of Pageant Questions

III. Pageant Tips and Tricks, Reminders, Facts, and General Things To Do

IV. How to Win and Act in a Pageant from Screening to Awarding

V. How to Prepare Plus Systems of Beauty Pageants

VI. Beauty Pageant Code of Ethics

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VII. Past Question and Answer Segments

VIII. Dealing with Different Questions

  • Casual Interview
  • Most Common Questions 1
  • Most Common Questions 2
  • Most Common Questions 3
  • Questions on Important Fields
  • Things You Should Know
  • Describing Places
  • Your Roles and Contributions
  • Timeless Issues
  • Are You In Favor Questions
  • If Questions
  • Environmental Questions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Hard Questions
  • Definition Questions
  • Current Issues
  • Emergency Phrases

IX. Special Lessons

  • Beauty Pageant Program
  • Beauty Pageant Criteria
  • Does Skin Color Matter in Beauty Pageants?
  • Losing a Pageant: Sacrifices and Benefits
  • Pageant Problems, Candidates, and Coaches
  • Ugly Side of Beauty Pageants
  • Transgender in the Miss Universe
  • Miss Gay Contestants Deserve Respect not Insults
  • Pageant Mistakes
  • Why did Janina San Miguel Win Bb. Pilipinas 2008?
  • Dealing With Colors
  • Diet Tips

X. Personality Development Sessions

  • Fashion Sense
  • Psychology of the Public
  • Exposure


I. How to do the T-Stance

II. Setting the Tone for Self-Introduction

III. Blocks

IV. Pivots, Twists, and Routines

V. Introducing Catwalk

  • Swimwear Walk
  • Gown Walk

VI. Polishing Sessions

Effects of Beauty Pageants

A beauty pageant is a competition for the candidates and a show for the director and the choreographer. Despite the difference, a candidate must have equal exposure to the other ladies to give respect to the idea of equal footing on the judges.


However, in any contests, there would be some who will be chosen as finalists and in it, one will emerge as the grand winner. The feeling of not making it to be one of the finalists compared to the feeling of those who made it up to the top 5 and became winners is really quite different.

I have been a mentor of a number of candidates, and I will admit it that some were not able to make it even in the semi-final round. Different reactions and different escape to show one’s heavy feeling are but common during the end of the pageant. Some cried. Some are quiet. Some wore pretentious smile. Some felt like it’s not yet over. Whatever their means of accepting the results, as a trainer and their number one fan, I must respect their feelings and give them a time to reflect for a moment.

It will take time to get over of losing a pageant depending on the sacrifices and efforts one has laid for the contest. Some stopped for a semester; others have made a lot of effort in trimming down their figure; many prepared well to answer pageant interview questions, and others have joined the pageant because of social pressures and most of them, because of the benefits of joining a beauty pageant like the prizes at stake, the career opportunities that may arise, and the popularity and exposure one may gain.

Truly, it might have been a lost for that night and the following. But as time heals the wound of losing, you will see the benefits of joining a beauty pageant. The friendship, the memories, the confidence, the self-esteem, the pride, the honor, and the lesson you have learned are immeasurable gains. And that is the reason why, you see the same ladies who join pageants because it is irresistible to decline another offer when one has a memory of it regardless of winning or losing the previous one.

Positive effects of beauty pageants

More Gorgeous

I have never seen a woman who joined a beauty pageant and have seen her less gorgeous after it. Based on what I have observed for years, a teen, a lady, or a woman whatever you may call her would always look better on her physical appearance after seeing her joining a series of beauty pageant contests. You may believe me or not, I would not convince you for that. Maybe because they have perfected already and figured out what best compliment their body when it comes to fashion or clothing, hairstyle, and how they do their daily make-ups.

A confidence and personality that shines.

Girls who have been long in the pageant industry have an observable improvement when it comes to their language ability. Most, if not all of them can converse and can talk to anyone. They are strongly opinionated and will shine in any crowd they are in. They know how to carry themselves and they know how to deal with awkward situation like indecent proposals. They are gregarious people.

I think fitness matters now.

Not really all but some beauty pageant candidates will learn how to value good health. They will learn to visit the gym to maintain their figure. They are conscious on what they eat. They join health activities like fun run and zumba.

Negative effects of beauty pageants

Our bragging starts from here.

Some girls; (I mean some) take it too much if they were able to join one. They take it that they are prettier than those who do not join pageants which I think is a hasty judgment. They feel so unreasonably confident about themselves and turn into being aloof and braggart. They can be proud of but they do not have to brag it that they have qualified.

They became talkative.

They think that if they have the ability to talk well, they can talk on anything they want to. Yes you may!? But your right to express ends when you bump on somebody’s feelings already. Talking a lot does not mean you are right. Sometimes, whatever the situation maybe, most of those who knew the matter at hand have their own opinions and contentions already. Even if you would not talk, or the other way around, the real story does not change.

Their popularity has started.

Candidates might be known because of advertisements, news, or any social appearances where they get to be introduced or they do it by themselves. However, not because people heard about you and people know you by name do not also mean that people are glad to meet or know something about you. Some are not really interested and do not care to know anything about you.

They go party, party!

Beauty queens are not party girls. They are sociable because it is a part of their work or responsibility to attend significant gatherings. However, candidates who did not make it to be winners often lead to a lot of partying because of invitations from people who would love to be with them maybe for a date. I think it is one way to sugarcoat losing a pageant that everything is fine now.

Beauty Pageant Program

Check out a simple, effective and professional beauty pageant program on its system, mechanics, and sequence you can use for your show.

Beauty Pageant Program: system and mechanics

In the elimination part of this beauty pageant program, the candidates will be judged according to the following criteria:


(face value and voice),


(figure and complexion), and


(elegance, poise, grace).

The candidates will be scored 1 being the highest and 10 being the lowest in each of the categories mentioned above. The scores of the candidates on these categories will be summed up and averaged.

Pageant Program I

Production & Introduction

Reading of the Mechanics

Introduction of the panel of judges


Awarding of first set of minor awards


Awarding of the last set of minor awards

Intermission number

Only five candidates with the lowest average will then proceed to the final round with two categories called

The Pageant Questions and Answers Portion

to test their beauty and poise under pressure and

The Final Look

to parade again in their swimwear

This beauty pageant program follows the standard scoring. The candidates’ scores in the previous round will be back to zero. The same type of scoring will be applied; one being the highest and 5 being the lowest.

Judges will use fractions of a point in scoring to avoid having tie in the results.


Pageant Program II

1. Prelude


National Anthem

2. Opening

Audio-Video Presentation I

Production Number

3. Acknowledgement

Committee and Sponsors

Introduction of the Panel of Judges

Criteria for Judging

4. Announcement of Semi-Finalist

5. Swimsuit Segment

Swimsuit Fun shoot Audio-Video Presentation II

Swimsuit Competition

6. Awarding

Awarding of Minor Awards.

Awarding of Best in Swimsuit

7. Gown Segment

Gown Competition

8. Awarding

Awarding of Minor Awards

Awarding of Best in Gown

9. Intermission Number

10. Announcement of top 5 Finalists

11. Farewell Walk of the Past Winner

12. Announcement of Winners

Why Did Miss Janina San Miguel Win Binibining Pilipinas World 2008?

Why Did Miss Janina San Miguel Win Binibining Pilipinas World 2008? is most intriguing question in Philippine Pageants. Here are the reasons why.

What is a beauty pageant?

First, a beauty pageant is a celebration of beauty. It is an act of acknowledging and giving honor to the beauty that God has given onto us. This beauty constitutes cleanliness of body and spirit, pureness of heart and soul, and goodness of actions and deeds; God who is the source of all things beautiful serves as a perfect point of reflection of the definition of the word beauty. With this alone, if the creator of beauty Itself will chose a good role model to the people, would not ask a question to measure one’s intelligence and declare her as the fairest of all.

As a beauty pageant critic, I do not find any reason for Janina San Miguel not to win the title that night. Why did Miss Janina San Miguel win Binibining Pilipinas World 2008 then?

What is the purpose of the questions and answer portion?


The pageant question and answer portion (in international pageants) is not made to measure one’s IQ or Intelligence Quotient and I think that is one of the misconceptions of the society.

The Q&A portion is there to measure not the delegate’s intellectual capacity but the candidate’s EQ or Emotional Quotient. A pageant is never an intellectual competition. It may not even a competition itself for some. Beauty pageants must not be taken lightly.

The Q&A portion is there to measure one’s personality: one’s attitude, so that judges will see and will have basis aside from the skin-deep beauty of the delegate. The judges have the need to see the beauty within – the beauty beneath the skin deep – the content of one’s character plus (and weighed against) the beauty outside which exemplifies Self-Discipline and Self-Control when one maintains and enhances her physical appearance.

It may be inferred then that pageant interview questions should be character revealing and extract the real ‘you’ of the candidate and so the invited judges are expected to have this certain skill in asking questions.

Why did Miss Janina San Miguel Win Binibining Pilipinas World 2008?

The audience that night laughed as Janina displayed the human speech that is naturally full of mistakes – and that is true. That is acceptable. The courage to face and be real to oneself and to other people in the global setting and the confidence that Miss San Miguel portrayed are unequaled by the other delegates. Her external beauty too has already gained advantage for her as she topped the Swimsuit and Gown Segment.

For reference sake, here is the criteria of Miss Philippines:

Beauty of Face: 50%


Figure: 30%

(swimsuit segment)

Poise and Personality: 10%

(gown competition)

Intelligence: 10%

(interview portion)

I hope you have a clear definition of the word “Intelligence” above.

Beauty Pageant Judging Criteria and Scoring Systems

Beauty Pageant Judging Criteria and Scoring Systems discusses the winning factors in any beauty contest. Come and read now!

Here is a sample criteria I have composed. The beauty pageant judging criteria is important since it determines who would you like to be a deserving winner. It realizes and defines your “would be” official representative of the company, state, or country the pageant title is serving. The criteria will also affect the conduct of the show or the pageant program while the scoring system will materialized it. There are four scoring systems I have discussed on last part of this article and feel free to choose whichever you want.

Sample Criteria


  5 points – height

20 points – beauty of face

10 points – skin and complexion

10 points – figure

10 points – intelligence

After the screening, all of the candidates will be on equal grounds since the scores will be back to zero. Thought height is still present as one of my consideration, there will be a re-measurement.


10 points

height – measurement

20 points

beauty of face – no makeup

10 points

body proportion – swimwear

15 points

skin and complexion – swimwear

10 points

discipline and breeding – practices and activities


It would always be advisable to have a pre-judging and have a set of finalists. It is the organizers and the committees who meet the girls everyday and can tell who really performs very well and have a natural beauty. With that, you are also helping the pageant night judges to have the right pick and would make the pageant night result credible. Not having a pre-judging may give way to undesired results. Once the girls are out on the stage, they are all equally beautiful because of their make-ups and because of the lighting effects.


20 points

beauty of face – no makeup

15 points

figure & catwalk – swimsuit competition

10 points

poise & bearing – gown competition

15 points

intelligence – question and answer

The pre-pageant scores will be added to the pageant night scores to determine the final winners right away. There will be no more back to zero. But if you would like to have another phase of the pageant for that, it is alright but then, it will surely extend your targeted time to finish the show.

Binibining Pilipinas Criteria

For reference, here is the beauty pageant judging criteria of Binibining Pilipinas.

Beauty of Face: 50%


Figure: 30%

(swimsuit segment)

Poise and Personality: 10%

(gown competition)

Intelligence: 10%

(interview portion)

Universal Criteria

Scoring Systems



A pageant is a parade and celebration of beauty with a set of candidates and a set of beauty pageant criteria as basis for selection. In prestigious one, with hundreds of applicants, you will find the official candidates equally beautiful making the choosing of winners difficult if we are just going to base the selection on their physical appearance. Beauty then is not the only criteria that set winners apart from the crowd. Their personality plays a vital role then.

Personality matters. Most beauty pageant selection committee would deem this one as an important factor. They would not like that their chosen winner to represent their institution would be someone with a beautiful face and nothing more. They want someone who can talk. Someone who is respectable because she respects herself and that reciprocates respect from others. Someone who can carry herself very well and dress herself very well too. Someone who has a good reputation in the public including the reputation of her family and relatives believe it or not. Someone who has discipline and knows responsibility. And someone who is mature enough regardless of her age. The committee do not like a little girl, they need a lady, a woman.


A beauty pageant is not just about being yourself. That is easily spoken when you have won already. A pageant is a show according to beauty queen maker Jonas Antonio Gaffud of Aces and Queens. He continued

“…it is a show, so you have to show something.” And from that, you need confidence.”

Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013 once told,

“If you have confidence, you can show your personality. You can have a beautiful face, and beautiful hair, but if you’re not confident, you cannot show your personality. If you do not believe in yourself, nobody will believe in you. So, be confident and enjoy the moment because it’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Ariella Arida, Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up also affirms,

“Beauty pageant is not about being perfect. It is about confidence. It is about bringing out the best in oneself and being who you are.”

Same is true with the statement of Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago,

“Beauty pageant is not about face and figure. Usually the ones who make it are not necessarily the prettiest, but the most confident.”

With these statements from beauty queens and premier pageant trainer, a great personality then may not be notice or it would useless if you do not have the confidence to show it.


Beauty pageant intelligence has something to do with knowing yourself. It also encompasses maturity of your thinking and how socially responsible you are basing on your answers. Intelligence also includes your language skills i.e. fluency, pronunciation and expression. Intelligence may also contribute to one’s confidence. Knowing your answer in each and every beauty pageant question may give you the confidence to win the pageant. You cannot be totally confident without knowing to yourself that you can answer any question that will be asked to you.

Beauty of Face

A beautiful face gives you oftentimes a temporary advantage over the other candidates. You get easily notice if you have one. It can even help you to be the judges’ bet. But more than a pretty face, beauty pageant is not all about it. You better have more than that to get it onto the top. Without personality, confidence, intelligence, and a competitive figure, winning the contest may not be within your reach.


The absence of one of these major criteria in beauty pageants will not complete a confident and winning candidate. In prestigious pageants, figure has a lot more points than poise (gown competition) and is graded during the swimsuit competition. An unflattering figure is one of the most common reason why a candidate was not able to join the final cut despite being able to hurdle and join the semi-final round.

For me, these are the four common ways to interpret or score a pageant criteria.

I call the first one as the International Standard System. The system removes the highest and lowest scores of the candidate respectively and average what is left to avoid bias.

The second was the International Standard System with Pure Ranking. The same system with the first one. However, it is not the total scores that you sum and average but the ranks of the candidate without the highest and lowest ranks a candidate garnered from the judges. This is the fairest scoring system for me.

The third was the Local Averaging System we often used here in our local pageants. We just sum and average the scores and that’s it. The result may easily be manipulated by a judge who favors a candidate by scoring the candidate she prefers way far higher than the other girls. And hence, will surely affect the general and final scores and averages. That is not possible in any of the two International Systems I have mention.

The fourth one I have discussed to her was the Local Averaging System with Pure Ranking. On this scoring system, you average the rankings of a candidate from the different judges after you have sum the candidates’ scores respectively on a judge’s scoring sheet.

These four scoring systems do not have much differences when it comes to their validity provided no one among the judges favors a candidate or scores a candidate way too low or too high in the Local Averaging Systems.

The importance of knowing the beauty pageant criteria is discussed in How to Win a Pageant.