Have you been thinking about breaking into the pageant world? If you are not one of the kids who participated in pageants when you were young, then you might need a little help navigating pageant rules and figuring out the best way to win. Here are a few facts you need to know about the history of pageants and why you should think about hiring pageant coaches to help you get ready.
The first modern American pageant was staged by Phineas Taylor Barnum in 1854, but his beauty contest was closed down by public protest. He previously held dog, baby, and bird beauty contests. He substituted daguerreotypes for judging, a practice quickly adopted by newspapers. Newspapers held photo beauty contests for many decades. In fact, in 1880, the first Bathing Beauty Pageant took place as part of a summer festival to promote business in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Beauty pageants are generally multi tiered, with local competitions feeding into the larger competitions. International pageants involve hundreds, sometimes thousands, of local competitions. In the United States, there is now a commercial beauty pageant industry that organizes thousands of local and regional events for all ages for profit, supported by magazines like The Crown Magazine and Pride of Pageantry. Those who participate are generally judged on beauty, physical fitness, poise, public speaking ability, community service, and wardrobe. The public speaking ability portion of the events are usually judged by pageant interviews. If you are worried about the pageant interviews in your event, then you might want to think about hiring a pageant interview coach to help you prepare.
Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. Along with the Miss Earth and Miss World contests, Miss Universe is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national level competitions to participate in the world finals. The Miss America scholarship pageant is a long-standing competition that awards scholarships to young women from the 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winner of the national pageant is awarded the title of Miss America for one year. The competition is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Little Miss America Pageant contest, held in New Jersey in 1961, is considered the first children’s beauty pageant.
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