Frequently Asked Questions

Beauty pageant FAQ

What will the pageant judges ask me?

  • Should a titleholder who is religious share her faith in public on appearances?
  • What makes you angry?
  • What makes you cry?
  • Have you ever had a boyfriend reject you? How did you handle it?
  • Who is Vice-President of the United States?
    Tell us about your family...
  • Who is your family's "black sheep" and why?
  • If you were married and caught your husband in adultery, how would you handle it?
  • If you could spend a Saturday reading a novel or playing a sport, which would you pick and why?
  • Describe your community.
  • Why would anyone want to visit your community/state/country?
  • How do you relax?
  • What did you do to prepare to enter this pageant?
  • Do you think young women who have cosmetic surgery should be allowed to compete in pageants against
    contestants who haven't had surgery?
  • Is cosmetic surgery an unfair advantage in pageant competition. Why or why not?
  • What do you look for in a friend?

What is the difference between Miss Universe and Miss World?
The similarities between the two pageants are many. Just to name a few: both started out primarily as beauty pageants that have now evolved into huge, profit-making companies. Each organization has its own charitable alliances and goals. The winners become important figures in their countries and earn the respect and admiration of their people. The representatives for either contest have to be elected via a national search (though Miss World has made a few exceptions with the U.S. delegate who is usually hand picked.) Both pageants have been held outside their place of origin (in Asia, Africa, North America and Europe) and attract millions of television viewers. And of course, both organizations elect beautiful women to promote their respective causes.

However, certain differences need to be noted. Miss Universe is American-owned whereas Miss World is British-owned. Miss Universe has never been held in the United Kingdom (where Miss World was born), whereas Miss World has been held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991. For many years, Miss Universe allowed the three geopolitical divisions of the United Kingdom to participate (England, Wales and Scotland), but no longer. Miss World, on the other hand, only accepted a "Miss United Kingdom", but this policy was changed in the late 1990s as to include England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and other British territories. Miss Universe is now the biggest branch of a megabeauty triumvirate that also includes Miss USA and Miss Teen USA - all three are owned by Donald Trump and NBC. Miss World remains an independent organization that also runs its male counterpart, Mr. World.

How are the candidates judged in the evening gown competition?
Almost every pageant has three categories: interview, swimsuit and evening gown. In the interview portion, the candidate is judged for her eloquence, delivery, substance and personality. In the swimsuit portion, the candidate is judged for her physical fitness and sexiness. In the evening gown portion, the candidate is judged for her elegance, poise and sense of style.

In recent years, the evening gown competition of the Miss Universe and its sister pageants, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, has been placing an emphasis on the candidate's runway or catwalk skills. Since some of the major sponsors include clothing designers, it is not enough that a beauty queen wears the designer's clothes; she must also know how to carry it in the way that the designer intended for the clothing to be worn. After all, a beauty queen is a walking billboard, and if she does not use her magic, she will not be able to sell the product.

An observant pageant fan noticed that in this year's Miss Teen USA pageant, the candidates were not judged at all on their choice of gown, but rather on elegance, poise and runway skills. The argument is - since all the candidates had elegance, poise and runway skills, what exactly set them apart if their choice of gown was not even a criteria? Many national and state pageants include gown selection as a significant criteria, and that is why they present a Best in Evening Gown award. The same question can be asked with the interview and swimsuit portions: if all the candidates were equally articulate, coherent and sexy, then how do you pick the best? Well, we've all heard of the infamous X factor - that indescribable quality - you can call it spark - that a candidate possesses. We do know that judging is purely subjective, and much of this subjectivity is influenced by our cultural, educational and social conditioning.

Walking across a stage in a swimsuit in heels is not exactly the easiest thing to do-that's why you have to make it look easy. While judges are looking for overall fitness, poise and grace are of utmost importance. Walk smoothly and carefully, just as you would in evening gown competition, but show a sense of well-being in your face. Your eyes and your smile are very important elements in this competition because they say you have confidence and can face any situation! And, that's what judges want in a title holder. Choose shoes in tan, beige or clear with a heel that will make your legs look longer. When tanning, use caution. Tanning beds can be dangerous, so you may want to opt for a self-tanner to give you that glow you're after. Use common sense when selecting a shade. A redhead with pale skin probably wouldn't look very natural with a dark tan. Right?!

Evening gown
Contestants seem to think that white gowns always win. That is simply not true. You should pick a gown that best complements you skin tone and overall physique. Practice walking in heels before you leave the shop so you'll have an idea of how the dress feels when you're in motion! Ask the store associate about tailoring for length. There is almost nothing worse than a gown that is too short or too long. Styles are changing-the pageant gown is becoming more versatile-less restricted. Contestants are no longer expected to wear only sleek, traditional, fitted gowns. You may opt for a free flowing skirt with a wrap or neckpiece. Try on many different styles, but select the one you feel most comfortable with-after all, the judges are not only looking for elegance, but the confident girl behind the gown as well.

Enhance your best features-don't cover them up! Don't over-do concealers, especially creams, because they can cake and flake after applying your powder. Apply your foundation first, then your concealer on areas that need a little extra help. Accent pale skin and dark hair with deep shades of red and brown tones on lips with browns, grays and charcoals on lids. But always be sure to match your cheeks and lips with your outfit. Blonde hair and darker skin look best with neutral shades of browns, pinks and peach. Light brown hair can wear either depending on skin tone. Skin tone is very important when choosing a foundation. Match the color with your jawbone and blend in upward strokes. Contour just under your cheek bones, along jaw line (lightly!), in temples, and if you wish, on sides of the nose to make it appear smaller. Don't overdo blush as you don't want to look like a clown. For eyes, highlight with a light color just under the brows to bring them out. Remember, dark colors make a feature look smaller while lighter shades open and highlight. An eyelash curler does wonders for opening up small eyes. If you're daring, you might try false eyelashes and match them with your natural lash color. Follow with brown or black mascara and your eyes will be sure to leap out on stage. Remember, above all, to blend, blend, blend.

When being asked questions, honesty, sincerity and simplicity are the key. Don't give answers that simply indicate you agree or disagree with a subject. Rather, expand on your answer and explain why you agree or disagree with the issue. Most importantly, be firm in your answer. Judges look for contestants who are confident and comfortable with their opinions.
A good answer should have 4 parts. 1) Count to three before answering 2) Have a lead in sentence, like, "I honestly believe that..." 3) Answer the question 4) Summarization, "So overall I believe that "X" is the reason that...."
Sample Pageant Questions:
Who is your role model and why?
What qualities do you feel a good role model should possess?
What do you feel is the most challenging issue facing teenagers today?
Why do you want to become Miss "______" ?
Why did you enter this pageant?
What are your future plans?
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
What are your plans for education after you complete high school?
What are three words that describe you best?
What is your favorite color and how do you feel when you wear it?
What are some things you did to prepare for this pageant?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Do you have a favorite sport?
What can people do to help the homeless?
If you could meet anyone in the world (living or not) who would it be any what would you say to them?
What is your most prized possession?
Who is your favorite actor or actress?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What can we do to stop gang violence?
How would you try to improve racial relations among people?
If you could live anyone else's life, who would it be and why?
If you were elected President of the United States what would be the first thing you would do?
If you had only one wish, what would it be and why?
if your pageant title was threatened because you had gained weight, how would you feel and what would you do?
If you could give $50,0000 to any charity in the world, which one would it be and why?
If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
What does the word "loyal" mean to you?
These are only a sampling of questions you might encounter during an interview. Remember to practice in front of family and friends for your special event!! Remember to always smile!!

Important Pageant Tips
Pageant definitions
Definitions of pageant key terms.
Pageant gown tips
Tips for pageant gown selection.
Pageant hair tips
Pageant tips for hair style.
Pageant interview tips
Tips for the pageant interviews.
Pageant makeup tips
Makeup tips for pageant contestants.
Pageant swimsuit tips
Swimsuit selection and style tips.
Pageant talent tips
Pageant tips for the talent portion.
Pageant travel tips
Tips for traveling to pageants.
Pageant walking tips
How to walk in a pageant tips.

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