With pageantry still growing in Australia i often get asked the question "why should i enter a pageant? What will i get out of it?"
Another common phrase is "I'm not pageant material"
Well, guess what ladies, you ARE pageant material! Everyone is pageant material!
There is no 'mould that you need to fit and with a large selection of pageants to choose from you can be guaranteed to find one that suits your needs!
So why should you enter?
1. Crowning Glory!
It's most little girls dreams to grow up and become a princess. This can come true! It doesnt have to be a fairytale!
Now, of course the crown and sash are materialistic items from your competition but with the crown comes the title itself and with that title you can change the world through small acts of goodwill and kindness! The important thing to keep in mind as a titleholder is that you define the crown, the crown does not define you.
Our futures are controlled by no-one else other than ourselves so if we want the life we deserve then we need to fight for it! We need to make opportunities happen for ourselves and that crown and title will open the doors to endless possibilities!
2. Self Discovery
There is no better way to find out who you were destined to be other than stepping outside of your comfort box and doing something a little different. Take a journey that enables personal growth and opportunities.
You will discover and develop your communication skills, you will learn the importance of team work and of leadership. Opportunities will arise where you can give back to your community and learn about its people. You will see the best and the worst of yourself and you will love every second of it.
3. Confidence Builder
There is no feeling more empowering than standing on a stage in front of a room full of people and having them cheer you on. For me personally, it was my first ever on stage moment that gave me the confidence to get back out into society and take on the world. I knew after this pageant that nothing could or would hold me back.
I was now able to hold my head high and look people in the eye knowing that the world was my oyster and it was onward and upward from there.
I didnt need wings to fly, i simply needed the confidence to believe in myself!
We each create the future we want for ourselves and during life we need to take opportunities as they present themselves.
Pageantry is one opportunity that is available to everyone and from it a world of possibilities becomes available! Did you know that Oprah was a pageant girl?! What about Brittney Spears and Halle Berry? Pageantry can open the doors to a number of industries including entertainment, music, acting, modeling, philanthropy and much more!
Making the simple choice to compete will be life changing afterall, you never know who is watching and who is on that judging panel! A talent scout perhaps, a modeling agent or even anmovie director... you may just have what they have been looking for!
Contrary to popular belief, Pageants arent about backstage catfights and bitchyness. We dont go around sabotaging another contestant so we can get ahead. Pageants are a sisterhood. We are loyal, supportive and encouraging to one another.
Some of my best friends in the world are friends i have met through pageantry and i am so thankful to have them in my life. You will find that during your competition week you learn and share more with your co-delegates than people you have know for years. You will go through ups and downs with them and you will develop a bond that is so strong nothing can break it down.
Something to remember when competing is that you are not in competition against these other women, you are in competition with them. You enjoy the experience together.
Leaving a pageant with new friends is more rewarding than winning the competition itself.
So tell me, are you ready to start your journey?! Are you ready to fight for the future you deserve?!