This weekend I competed in my first pageant associated with the Miss America Organization. Does this make me a pageant queen? I don't think I'm on that level yet, but my experience was awesome.
Why did I compete in a pageant? Mostly to try something completely different. I'm pretty comfortable with the agriculture industry, and I'm getting used to the whole college life, so I thought I could mix up my life a little bit. And mixing it up was defiantly what I did!
A Miss America Organization pageant consists of the following: interview, opening number, fitness, talent, on stage question, and formal gown. I also had to get a photo of a headshot along with come up with a dance solo after two years of retirement. Thanks to a few awesome people, my papers were completed and the dance was finished. I was ready to compete!
The butterflies were real last Saturday, when I arrived at the auditorium. I soon met the ladies I would be competing against, and everyone seemed nice and friendly. The nice girls soon became good friends, as we spent all day practicing talents and getting interviewed by the judges. Many hours were spent as curling irons and hairspray was used to get the perfect on stage look. And then the show started.
I was told if you can walk on stage in a bikini and heels, you could do anything. I now truly believe that and I feel like I can conquer the world! Throughout the whole night everyone was supportive and helpful, assisting with hair, make-up, wardrobe, even sharing a few jokes. I was also once told that confident women do not have to tear others down in order to be confident. Each woman I competed with was not only beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside.
Thank you to my family and friends for supporting my adventures!