How to Be Confident During a Beauty Pageant Interview

Make the best impression during your pageant interview that will show the real you, make you memorable,

and win you that title!

Prepare for your interview by giving yourself the time to make yourself knowledgeable about:

1. Your opinion on your own beliefs, your platform, current events, and what is important in the

world around you.

- Educate yourself on general knowledge subjects often forgotten such as- titleholders,

organizations, people, ideals, and events that are important to the pageant system you are competing in as

well as government officials and lawmakers pertinent to your community, state, and country.

- Fill out your platform and interview application with great conversation starter topics and facts

about you. The more you include, the more the judges will want to get to know you and choose you as the


- Above all, plan to go into your interview to be honest, be yourself, and with the notion that

"People may not remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel."

2. Easy does it. Remind yourself that this interview, while important, it not a life or death situation.

Many times a girl who is usually very at ease and extremely personable allows nerves to get the best of

her and take over the interview. To achieve the most relaxed, focused mindset, allow yourself 10-15 minutes

before you enter the interview room to mentally prepare. Take this time to slow your thoughts and quiet your

mind. Allow yourself to breathe slowly and collect yourself. Remind yourself that you are in control of what

ever is about to happen during your interview and although you may not have all the answers, you are going

to relax and do the best you can.

3. Upon entering the judging room, smile and make eye contact with every judge. You want them

to remember you and ultimately, the impression you are about to make.

4. Answer questions honestly, concisely, and to the best of your ability. For example, should a

judge ask you: "What have you done to advocate your platform 'Save the Green Turtles' to your community?"

Don't say "I did a lot of things to raise money and let people know it is a problem and stuff." Say: "I was so

excited to have raised $400 dollars to the Green Turtles Foundation by holding a car wash in my hometown

and spoke at our high school's biology club meeting about preserving the turtles' depleting habitat. I hope that

holding the title Miss So and So will help raise more awareness about this pressing issue to our local law


5. Never lie. If you don't know the answer to something, that is not a crime! Don't try to hide it. Instead,

say something like: "I would love to form an opinion on that issue if I were more knowledgeable on the facts.

I honestly don't have an answer for you."

6. Take "vanilla" questions, i.e. "What's your favorite color?" and other not so intriguing questions

and turn them toward a topic that you are knowledgeable about, your platform! For example, you could say,

"My favorite color is green because it reminds me of the gorgeous world around us and how important it is

to take care of it for future generations and animals, such as the Green Turtle...etc. etc."

7. Try to let the real you shine. Act like you are talking with your best friend's parents. You want to

act mature, responsible and be a good influence, but still be yourself. Laugh, smile and even joke a little.

8. If you prompted to give a closing statement, take advantage of it! Have in mind a short

(three sentence maximum) statement that summarizes your goal of being Miss so and So and why you

should be chosen. Something like "It was wonderful getting to speak with you more- thank you for your

kind attention. Being Miss so and so is an honor that I aspire to. If chosen, I plan to make the most of

every moment and use it for a greater good. Please choose me as your Miss So and So and make my

dream come true. Thank you." Take that moment to find a genuine "you" statement and let it be the

exclamation point to your interview!

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