How to Win a Pageant

Learn the tips on how to win a pageant now or lose the chance of being crowned!




 

Before or even you are already in a beauty pageant competition, you will always find yourself searching and asking these questions; “How to win a pageant?”, “What are the things that I must do to win a pageant?”, “ What are the things that I must know to win this pageant?” or “How could I win this pageant?”.




 

Below is a very long article to answer your questions. Because there is no shortcut or no short answers to these questions. It is a comprehensive article containing tips on how to win a pageant.

A) Consider Things Before Joining

  1. Do the reporting at school whenever there is a chance. This is a good avenue for you to develop your speaking skills.
  2. Join the student government in your school. This exposes you to great personalities to whom you can learn from.
  3. Take good care of your health and beauty. You will never win without that.
  4. Join a dance or performing arts group. This enhances your body movements which will help you improve your poise on the stage.
  5. Attend as many social gatherings as you can. This will test you how comfortable you are in carrying yourself within the crowd. Make it sure you stand out of the rest as if you are competing against all of the people there.

B) Things You Must Have

Before joining a beauty pageant, it is necessary to meet some requirements or standards before pushing into it. Or else, the other candidates will be ahead of you from the very beginning or worse, you will regret why have you not discover this article long before. Here are five must-have to be a beauty queen:

  1. Do you have the beauty?

Physically, you really have to be more beautiful or prettier than the other girls. I know that you know how you stand in the presence of the other candidates. You can see that, feel that, or hear that from what other people are talking about. It does not matter if you have a fair-skin or dark-skin.

Once accepted and seen your fellow candidates or learn about who would be your competitors, evaluate right away if you are going to push or withdraw your application. Be honest to yourself.

  1. Do you have the confidence and the intelligence that both stems from knowing yourself very well?

Know yourself. I mean can you answer all questions that ask your opinion? Are you that strongly opinionated in all matters? If yes, then you are almost ready to win. Confidence and intelligence is greatly caused by being strongly opinionated in all issues be it about yourself, (Who is the most influential person in your life?) or about others (How can you help women advanced their rights?). Confidence and intelligence help and add your physical beauty to be more stunning out of the rest of the applicants.

  1. Can you follow a dance step very well under time constraint?

Pageant is known to be grace and poise under pressure. You have to look fresh in all angles even after a dance. So, can you manage to genuinely smile even right after the end of your production number? If you look tired, does it show or you can greatly hide it? Well, it would be better to have a good stamina then to do and finish the different routines, pivots, and turns. Do exercise like jogging so you don’t get easily tired and look tired as well. In that way, you do not have to pretend or hide anything. And usually, those who can dance well can walk well.

  1. Do you have any talent ready to be presented?

Rush practice lowers your chances to making impression. If, you have joined a pageant that requires and assumes that all of their candidates are kind of a singer, dancer, violinist, pianist, magician and other some tricky and entertaining personages, well, good luck to you. (LOL)

  1. Do you have enough budget to make it through?

Joining beauty pageant is expensive. It can make you broke specially in small pageants that do not draw attention of sponsors. You will end up renting or buying your own clothes. My advice? You do not have to win small pageants in order to win big pageants.

As what I have observed, there are three types of candidates who always find place or slot for the semi-final cut-off i.e.

  1. The candidate who can best expressed herself compared to the rest of the contestants;
  2. The candidate who has or who shows the greatest interest or determination to the committee that she would really do everything to make it to the top; and
  3. The candidate who appeals to be the most kind and down-to-earth among the rest. Remember, when all the girls are beautiful, the most kind will seem to be the most buoyant among the candidates.

My advice, be all of them. If not, be one of the three.

C) Five Questions to Answer

Before joining a beauty contest, you must be able to honestly answer the following pageant questions and answers:

  1. Why are you joining this contest?

If you cannot answer this yet, think about it. Why are you really joining this contest? I am sure you have many reasons.

  1. What is your edge over other applicants?

If you know the role and responsibility after winning the pageant you’re into, is not that a good advantage or edge over the other candidates? Being sure of what your joining and aiming for? What about your college course or your profession? Can you figure it out on how to make it an advantage over the other candidates?

  1. What do you think would be your role if you win the title?

I would not like an applicant who do not have any idea of what would be her role if she wins. Candidates who do not have time to know about the pageant but only after prizes, popularity, and exposure.

  1. How can you promote us?

Pageants are there to search for somebody who can serve as official representative or promoter of a certain sponsor or state. Not knowing who is behind the pageant’s existence is not a good impression to those who would be screening you who are usually official representatives of the pageant financers or sponsors.

  1. Can you tell us something about yourself; your character, ambition, hobbies, interests and your family?

This is supposed to be the easiest. It is all about you. How can you not answer this well? If you cannot, maybe it is time for you to think if you are really sure if you do want to join the pageant and win. If yes, then please make sure that you have passed the first five questions I have posted on B) Things You Must Have to Win a Pageant.

D) Know the Criteria

Knowing the pageant system, sequence, program or whatever they may call it is one of the requirements for you to know to help you win a pageant. These systems are actually based on what we call beauty pageant criteria. These are some considerations that the judges are looking into when choosing the winners. I have observed these in general and are arranged according to importance.

To win the semi-final round:

There are two usual ways on how pageant semi-finalists are chosen. These are the pre-pageant, no-make-up, closed door interview a week or even hours before the pageant, and casual interview on the pageant night or sometimes during the talent night competition.

  1. Maturity or content of your pageant answer.
  2. Beauty which comprises facial attributes, complexion, figure and voice.
  3. Your fluency in English which includes manner of delivery and confidence.
  4. Ramp skills and stage presence that makes you buoyant among the pageant candidates.

To win the final round:

  1. Beauty which comprises facial attributes, complexion, figure and voice.
  2. Maturity or content of your pageant answer during the question and answer portion.
  3. Your fluency in English which includes manner of delivery and confidence.
  4. Poise and bearing during the gown competition.

Any other criteria that will be added will depend on the pageant you are into. You must mind asking a copy of the criteria and the pageant sequence and system they are going to follow as part of your pageant preparation checklist.

Getting the criteria gives you idea where the fight is. Is this pageant giving much more points to ramp skills and confidence? Or is it mainly on one’s intelligence? Do they prefer fair-skinned candidates? Do you really have to be that tall?

These criteria or factors on how to win a pageant might have been itemized, but the presence or absence of each item could not be underestimated on its effect. The judges are looking for someone who is a complete package to be able to serve her roles and responsibilities well as a title holder.

E) Important Suggestions:

  1. Hire a pageant coach for consultation a year before.

Pageant coaches are expensive. That is what they say. Would it be expensive if they offer services that are worthy or maybe more than the worth of every penny you will spend? Practice right with the right beauty queen maker.

Do not go with spoilers who would promise you to provide or will take care of all these stuffs. Is there someone who has a talent in doing your make-up, your dance number, your answering to pageant questions, your ramp skill polisher, and your wardrobe designs all at the same time? Those who just focus on one thing or two are most likely better than those who has a knowledge on all the things that you need.

  1. Watch the pageant a year or years before the season you are joining.

Being there even as an audience will give you a feel and insight of the actual pageant.

  1. Practice before the screening not after the screening.

To ensure not to get rushed, it would be better to start early than late. Practicing after the screening would not amount to much. This is because the pageant you will be joining will have a strict and hectic schedule too and you really do not have much time to improve yourself. You got no time to focus specially on dealing with Pageant Interview Questions. This lesson entails time and focus to master it.

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The PDF Pageant Questions and Answers Reviewer and Manual covers 175 pageant questions listed below and a 257 sample winning answers which means that some questions have more than one answer. However, there are 3 unanswered questions on the copy for they are on a case to case basis.

I have included 14 portraits (Pictures) and 18 symbolic things and sample answers on how they are to be perceived and interpreted since beauty pageant now sometimes uses these instead of the usual pageant questions.

More than the questions and answers, there are 26 pageant articles giving you pageant tips, secrets, tricks, lessons and guides on how to win any beauty pageant.

175 Pageant Questions Answered!

What is the relevance of a beauty pageant in a society?
In what ways do beauty contests help the women?
Why did you join this pageant?
How do you see yourself fifteen years from now?
Who is the most influential person in your life?
Who is that one influential person you want to meet and what do you want to learn from him/her?
If you won in a lottery for millions of pesos, what would you do with it?
If you had to live your life all over again, what part of your life would you change?
If you were given the chance to live again, what would it be?
If you were given the chance to change something from the past, what would it be?
If you have a magic wand, what is the one thing you would ask for, and why?
If God will grant you one wish, what would it be?
What is your edge over the other candidates?
What skills do you have that can help the society?
What can be your greatest contribution to the community?
What will be your contribution to mitigate global warming?
What do you like most about yourself?
How would you describe your own personality?
What is your philosophy or value that you hold dearest in life?
To whose famous personality do you find yourself parallel with?
What do you think is the essence of winning this pageant?
How could you convince the audience and the judges that you deserve the title?
If you will be winning the crown tonight, what will be the very first thing you will do?
What do you think is the greatest environmental problem today?
What is the essence of a woman?
What constitutes true beauty?
Describe a beauty queen?
What is “success” for you?
What is the most important lesson your mother has taught you?
If you did not make it to this contest, what would you do?
What has been your greatest achievement?
What is the best thing that happened to you?
If there is one thing you can do to change the world, what will it be?
What are the sacrifices you have made for this pageant?
What is being “simple”?
What bothers you most about what is happening in the country today?
What is your favorite body part?
If you will make an instant change to our planet, what would it be, why?
If you would (invent one thing) be a thing, what would it be?
Who do you think is the sexiest man alive today?
What is a “winner” for you?
If you are a leader, how will you make a difference?
How will you make a difference in this world?
If you are given the chance to be a leader, what do you think is the best project?
If you would be isolated in an island, and given the chance to bring 3 things, what would it be?
Who and what inspire you to join?
What would you do if you were crowned?
In your own way, how can you help in our government’s programs?
How can you promote conservation of the environment?
How could you save mother earth in your own little ways?
What is your role as a youth in today’s crisis?
What can you say about the ongoing crisis that the world and the country is facing today? How do you think in your own little way, should you help to handle the situation?
What advocacy do you want to promote to the society?
How could you help the youth today?
What is the biggest challenge to the youth today?
How would you promote tourism in our country?
How would you promote tourism in____?
Given your experience in this pageant, would you join again if given another chance? Why?
Would you rather be smart or sexy?
If you are given the chance to talk to Mr. President, what would you say?
If you are given the chance to talk to the whole human race, what would you say to them?
If you are to time travel where or when would you go and why?
If you were the last person on earth how can you make your life worth living?
If someday you get married, how do you see yourself; a full-time homemaker or a career woman?
If choose among the 3, Miss International, business woman, or a law-maker?
If you will rank the following, namely wealth, health, and family, according to their importance, how will you rank them and why?
Given a choice, which among the following will you choose – wealth, beauty or talent?
What is more important to you, a successful career or a happy family? And why?
Which do you prefer, a male president or a female president?
If you would be a gem, what would it be?
If given a chance to be one of the judges in the Miss Universe beauty pageant, what question would you ask to the candidates?
On the night of your honeymoon, your husband confessed that he is a gay, what will you do?
What have you learned from this pageant?
To a student like you, what is the importance of a pageant like this?
What is/are the most important lesson/s you have learned in this pageant?
What is that one trait of (name of a race) woman that you want to share to the world and why?
Among the candidates, who do you find a major threat to you?
What is your failure in life?
What makes you beautiful?
What would your advice to a 7-year old child who wants to be beauty queen someday?
As a teenager, what do you think is your top most priority?
At your age, what is the biggest problem you have encountered and what did you do to overcome it?
Do you consider yourself to be a giver or a taker?
How can we attain world peace?
Who do you think is more powerful, a man or a woman?
If you receive an indecent proposal during the pageant, what would you do?
When you woke up earlier, what was the first thing you prayed for?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of gadgets to the youth?
What is the role of beauty in this time of technology?
How important is being good-looking to you?
How does our OFW’s contribute to our economy?
As a youth, what can you learn from celebrating (name of a celebration)?
What can you say about homosexuals?
How would you describe the color yellow to a blind man since birth?
What is the most important value of a leader?
What are the 3 qualities that a leader must have?
What can you say about the economy of our nation?
What is a socially responsible entrepreneur?
What is the biggest problem facing our educational system?
What is the importance of internet? Technology?
Are you in favor that sex education be integrated in our school curriculum?
What can you say about cyber education?
Are you in favor of pre-marital sex?
How would you help in stopping drug addiction?
What is wrong about abortion?
Are you in favor of gay marriage?
Do you think wedding/marriage still important to you?
Is chastity still important to marriage?
How could we help the out- of-school youth?
If given the chance, would you join a fraternity?
What should we do about prostitution?
What can you say about the presence of pornographic materials in our society?
Are you in favor of prohibiting the use of cellphones by the students in schools, why?
Are you in favor of sex change?
What is your stand on transgender being allowed in the Miss Universe?
Should plastic surgery be allowed in beauty contests? Why?
Do you think plastic surgery is an option for those who are less fortunate in the looks department?
Are you in favor of cloning?
Are you in favor of the Reproductive Health Bill?
Are you in favor of early romantic relationship?
In your own opinion, when is the best time for a lady to have a boyfriend?
What is the best quality of a person to become successful in life? Why?
What does a contemporary woman need to have to be at far or better than her global counterpart?
At what point does a girl become a woman?
Do you want to be different or do you want to be belong?
What can you say about love?
What is “sportsmanship” for you?
What is “skill” / “talent” for you?
How do you make yourself physically fit?
How do you take care of your skin?
What is the importance of a having a good skin?
What is your strength and weakness?
Can you explain your motto?
What is your ambition?
How do you feel right now?
What will you do if you fail the licensure examination? (Business courses)
What is your favorite magazine?
What other magazines do you read?
What is your favorite movie?
What are your hobbies?
What is your favorite sport?
What color will best represent your personality?
You said to us that your favorite colors are green, pink and sky-blue, why do you like these colors?
What makes a complete, healthy and happy family for you?
What can you say about the people who do not believe in you?
Why is science important?
What is your favorite subject?
What are the steps that you do to excel in your studies?
How do you manage stress?
What is your favorite song/music?
It says here that you are doing ballroom dancing, why do like it?
You just turn 18 years old this year, what is the significance of celebrating one’s 18th birthday?
What is the essence of your element fire?
Who among our scientists do you consider the best?
To date, what do you think is the best invention?
If you were to become a laboratory apparatus or science equipment, what would it be, why?
It is said that the language of science is mathematics, explain why.
What if you are a hermaphrodite?
Is the “K+12 program” of the DepEd advantageous or disadvantageous? (Philippine based)
Are you in favor of the reinstallation of the death penalty?
Do you believe that your generation is top selfie-oriented, is it good or bad?
What word describes your personality best?
What have you learned from this pageant?
How will you accept defeat?
What is a Modern Filipina? (Philippine based)
How will you feel if you will not win this pageant?
What is your ideal man?
Are you in favor of live-in relationship?
What are the values of a Filipina woman that you want to preserve? (Philippine based)
Which would you prioritize, Love or Career?
Do you believe that you will win this contest?
What is your stand on Climate Change?
What advice can you give to young people who want to join beauty contests?
What is your ideal beauty queen and why?
In one word, how are you going to describe yourself?

14 Portraits

Church
Park
Municipal Buildings
Senior Citizen Building
Police Station
Sports Center
People of (certain place)
Sunset
Rice Fields
National High School
Street Children/Poverty
Business Establishments and Market
Plaza
Delicacy Product

18 Symbolic Things

Holy Bible
Bulb
Watch
Crown
Shoes
Dress
Computer
Trophy
Television
Cellphone
Book/Ballpen
Mirror
Ladder
Wheel
Bag
Key
Money
Door

26 Guide Articles

Beauty Queen’s Code of Ethics
Beauty Pageant Tips from Screening to Winning
General Pageant Tips
Pageant Reminders
Pageant Facts
General Things to Do
Pageant Walk
Pageant Questions Categories
How to Answer in a Pageant?
How to Win a Beauty Pageant?
Beauty Pageant Judging Criteria and Scoring Systems
How to be Confident in a Beauty Pageant
Sample Beauty Pageant Program
Pageant Practices
Does Skin Color Matters in Beauty Pageants?
Talk the Talk: How to Get an a in Q and A
Why did Miss Janina San Miguel Win Binibining Pilipinas World 2008?
Transgender in the Miss Universe: A Gender Equality Issue
Miss Gay Contestants Deserve Respect not Insults
Positive and Negative Effects of Beauty Pageants
Pageant Problems, Pageant Candidates, & Pageant Coaches
Ugly Side of Beauty Pageants
Pageant Mistakes
Pageant Smiles
Local Farewell Addresses
Local Philippine Pageants

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Gau Callanta Jr. is a beauty pageant walk and talk trainer. He teaches proper walking posture, speed & ambiance, head & eye movements, stage strategies, and on how to answer pageant questions. Contact him for training (Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines.) or purchase his PDF pageant question and answer reviewer and manual by texting at (+63) 920 236 7033.