One of the most difficult things one has to survive in beauty pageants is the fact that it is being held onstage and doing the pageant walk. That’s it. That is the major consideration we have to take note since most of the candidates alone have this unusual fear and pressure when they are on the center stage with the spotlight on and with the hundreds or thousands of viewers out there.
Candidates are often concern on how good they do the pageant walk and look on the stage? Well, that is the question. And how could that be answered? Practice. Practice with somebody else who has the knowledge on pageant walking and ask his or her comment on how you are doing. He or she may improve or give suggestions that will make you look more beautiful because he or she knows where you should strike that pose and that perfect angle you might not have yet discovered for yourself.
Ramp coaches also knew how fast you should do your walk in various segments of the pageant. And what are the routines (things that a candidate does when striking a pose) that you could do to spice up your walk.
Aside from ramp coaches, relatives and friends would be the most inexpensive resources that you might want to utilize. They may serve to represent the eye of an average audience seated on the bench without deep knowledge on proper pageant walking may give you an excellent knowledge on how you look to the audience. However, you have to take note that their advises are not like that of a professional pageant trainer. Some of their comments or tips may not be necessarily right.
One key you have to consider onstage is that you must learn how to look perfect in your walk even you know that you have violated some basics of ramp or you are unable to execute your routine very well. It is because this is a contest: a one-time parade in the gala where judges are seated and give you a credit for that particular segment.
Prestigious pageants are judged from segment to segment. Just like the Miss Philippines alone, beauty of face (50%) is being judged during the self-introduction of the candidates and then the score sheets are collected before another segment will start. Let us say, the next one is the swimwear competition where beauty of figure i.e. 30% is being judged, after, score sheets are collected and tallied. This time around 10% for poise and personality is being judged while the candidates are wearing their gowns. Then, this is followed by the pageant question and answer portion equivalent to 10% as to intelligence.
As you can see, prestigious pageants system of scoring is very objective. The judges couldn’t drag a candidate down if she wasn’t able to answer in the formal interview and vice-versa or same thing if she didn’t perform well in a certain segment. The same thing happens too, if a candidate did not perform well in a segment then she couldn’t do anything more about that segment but just hope for the best on the next round.
So as a candidate, you must be very best in any part of the segment. Your pageant walk matters, your confidence, poise, intelligence are oftentimes part of the whole package. And all of these rests on how you carry yourself and do your pageant walk on the stage. Practice. Practice right.
Tips on Pageant Walking
- When learning how to walk, it is easier to learn the other high heels platform when you start practicing from the tallest stiletto to the lowest possible one like 3 or 4 inches tall.
- Wear Weight Strap around your ankle when practicing to make your walk smoother and effortless during the actual performance.
- You will need to do squatting exercises to make your legs strong and eliminate the shaking and to improve your body balance while in heels.
- Duck walking will give you longer strides.
- Perfect your posture first by leaning on a wall then you may start learning how to walk properly. A straight body or posture is the very foundation of proper walking. You can’t start without that.
- Minimize and be conscious of your hand movement, it is still part and it is the one that completes graceful walking.
- Do not forget to turn your head from left to right to front while walking forward and leaving the platform so as not to make your walk boring.
- When you are on the left side of the stage facing the judges then it is going to be “left over right” and the other way around. The forwarded foot must be pointing to where the judges are seated.
- Eliminate bouncing.
- Do not forget that when you walk, they notice your upper body movement most than your lower. So it is important that you have the best smile and aura of confidence first for you to shine.
Try watching this good video on How to do your pageant walk during the Swimsuit and Gown Competition respectively: