Entering a beauty pageant can be an exciting experience for any young woman. Upon winning the coveted title of her country’s beauty pageant and then proceeding to the international competition, the winner becomes an ambassador for her country, having to always remember that many eyes are watching. She will have to start displaying or developing the characteristics of Miss Universe in her everyday life.
Making the grade at beauty pageants
I decided to do some research on the characteristics that judges at an international beauty pageant look for in contestants to award high scores. Many of the contestants will be savvy, goal-oriented and aware. They will have extremely impressive bios, coming from various backgrounds with unique and inspiring stories, some pursuing a top education, many will have lots of volunteer experience in their community and around the world. Therefore, almost all of the girls will carry themselves well, be well-spoken, very personable, beautiful and very intelligent.
There will be judges who will know what it takes to be the best and will be able to recognise personal motivation and drive when they see it. One judge indicated that during the one-on-one interviews at a beauty pageant, he scored based on the quality of the girls’ answers, their presence, confidence, and speaking ability. After all, the girls are all beautiful and he wanted to make sure that the winner was driven and intelligent. There were a few that impressed him as well as the other judges, who stood out with their presence and positive energy atop everything else.
Listed below are other comments from judges who have judged international beauty pageants:
• There was concern that one contestant was too skinny therefore she did not make the finals. Physically fitness is very important as well as being healthy.
• Although contestants will flourish during the telecast, they cannot be shy.
• Contestants have to be very real. Judges can determine this by looking into their eyes during the one-on-one interviews. The contestant has to remember that the judge is not her friend.
• A contestant should be someone who has that “it” factor. This will make her stand out from the other contestants.
• Contestants must be natural and comfortable, not overly coached. Not that coaching is bad, as long as it helps the contestant to get in touch with her own personality. She should not be obviously reciting what someone told her to say and is not 100 per cent comfortable with what she is saying.
• The preliminary is a chance to get a feel for personality and the things a contestant is passionate about. She must speak from the heart; truly believe in something and be willing to back it up with why she feels that way. It will come across to the judges. A contestant should really work on how best to get their point across. Try to think and speak concisely. Also, in this day and age, people really overuse the word “like.”
• Being on stage is an opportunity to see how the contestant performs under pressure.
• One of the most important qualities in a winner is that she remains humble.
During the questions and answers, both in the one-and-one interviews and the finals, I would like to add that if a contestant gets a question on a particular issue that she has “taken a stand” on, she must give a diplomatic answer (this ability will need to be developed) but still be passionate and express herself well. The judges will evaluate each contestant on her comfort with speaking in front of a large audience, her response time, and overall answer.
Beauty contestants need to communicate well and do a lot of public speaking as a title holder. Judges are not only grading contestants on their self-confidence and beauty, but also their poise, charm, content and speaking skills. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published Sunday Guardian: Sunday, November 4, 2012