First Beauty Pageant: Tips for Kids

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If your little diva is itching to be in toddler beauty pageants, there are many things you need to consider before filling out that entry form and sending in the entry fee. Glitz pageants - even small local ones - are often highly competitive. National winners sometimes use local pageants as practice sessions. Also, toddler beauty pageants - or any other type of pageant - are not cheap when you include everything you'll need in order to be competitive.

You might even want to start earlier than when your child becomes a toddler. Baby beauty pageants are popular, and entering a baby is a lot less stress on the parents, time wise and money wise. With baby beauty pageants, you won't have to go through the bother and the expense of things like tanning, makeup sessions, modeling, flippers, or intricate pageant hair-dos.

Think of your first pageant as a trial run. You'll get an idea of whether or not your daughter still wants to do beauty pageants after she's actually experienced one. You could luck up and actually win your first pageant, but the odds are not on your side, especially if you're competing against seasoned girls.

Before your little girl's first beauty pageant, build up the excitement. Play up the fun. She doesn't even need to understand that she's actually competing against others. You don't want to put any pressure on her. The main thing you want her to do is to have a good time.

For small children in toddler beauty pageants, stage personality is very important. If the judges see that she's having fun, she'll get a higher score. Let her be a little silly on stage if she wants. Some natural silliness is better than a stiff, robotic performance. I've seen personality beat natural beauty and gorgeous dresses!

There's usually a lot of wait time backstage, so be sure to take things to entertain your little girl. Story books, hand-held video games, and coloring books and crayons are all good ideas. DO NOT take markers. She'll end up with marks on her hands and arms.

Rent or borrow a dress for your first pageant. There's no need to plop down $1,000 or so for a drop-dead dress until you know that beauty pageants are something you and your daughter want to continue doing. If you don't want to rent a dress, purchase one of the non-glitz pageant dresses for sale on ebay and stone it yourself. We did this for our first pageant, and we not only won prettiest dress, we also won the pageant - over numerous seasoned girls! I have a link below to my article on stoning a dress, along with some great deals on Swarovski stones you'll need.

For shoes, you'll need plain white Mary Janes with a matte finish - not shiny patent leather. You'll need white socks with a couple of layers of lace, but don't get the ones that have numerous lacy layers. You don't want your DD (darling daughter) to end up looking like a poodle. You might want to add just a FEW small Swarovski stones to the socks.

For hair, you can use an updo or have her wear it long. Most of all, her hair must look neat. The can of hairspray is your friend! If you decide on an updo, tease the top a little and have a strand of hair framing her face. If her hair is fairly short, pull it up to her crown and secure it with a rubber band. Around the ponytail, place one of those scrunchies with curls. These are available at wig supply stores for just a few bucks - a lot cheaper than a real wiglet, and they'll be fine for a first pageant. If your DD wears her hair down, pull it back from her face. You can curl it into ringlets, or simply turn the ends under. No matter which style you use, you'll need to add a hairbow that matches the dress. Don't go overboard with the bow. You don't want it to distract the judges from looking at your DD's face, but you do want to add a few Swaroski stones to the bow.

Do not put her dress on her until almost the last minute. There are just too many things that can happen. She'll need a button-down shirt to wear backstage so it won't have to go over her head and mess up her hair. Just before she walks out on stage, "fluff up" the skirt portion of her dress and look for any dangling strings.

If you're in a lineup for the prettiest smile optional, there's a trick I used that very often worked. Kneel directly behind your daughter and whisper something funny to her. Lightly tickle the back of her neck, too. She'll likely respond with a full natural smile that the judges will love.

Having a partner in the audience is a good strategy, also. Have him or her sit directly behind the judges, several rows back, holding up a hand puppet. This will get your DD to look in the direction of the judges and will help elicit a natural smile.

For a first pageant, walk out on stage with your little girl. You'll probably lose points if she's over four or five, but that doesn't matter. Remember, you're not really trying to win this one. You're just testing the waters.

Most beauty pageants give a small trophy or some other token just for participation. If your DD doesn't win one of the big trophies or crowns, make a fuss over her participation award. Display it proudly in her room. This will give her a feeling of accomplishment and will add a boost to her confidence.

Read the articles below for more about pageants. Also, you'll find lots more information about pageants and beauty pageant tips by clicking the above links.

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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I believe that this type of "competition" is detrimental in more ways than one. It sends out a message that beauty is more important than other more subtil and less visible qualities.

It sets unrealistic standards for most girls and creates a sense of feeling inadequat, unless "you are pritty, slim, cute and have the money to get the right dress".

I also believe it is more of a reward for parents than for the little ones that are being druged from place to place.

The absolute last thing in the world that I would like for my adorable grandaughter (that everybody says looks like a movie star) is to have her compete in beauty pageant or do commercials on tv (got plenty of offers since I work in a related business that puts me in contact with the movie industry)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Petra, you don't understand! In the pageants we do, personality will trump beauty any day! I agree that sometimes moms force the kids into pageants, but that isn't the case with us. My granddaughters and niece BEG us to let them compete! We haven't done a pageant in a while, and the girls are constantly pestering me about doing another one.

They have a blast at the pageants. They love playing "dress up" and making friends with the other little girls. They've won all kinds of stuff: savings bonds for college, cameras, bicycles, cash, jewelry, toys, furniture, and clothing. It's definitely helped their confidence, too.

Older girls are judged not mostly on their appearance, but on their interview skills, questions, speeches, and their platform. They have to be engaged in a cause like teenage pregnancy, stopping violence against women, breast cancer awareness...the list goes on and on.

I don't think you should judge pageants until you know more about the good ones. As with anything else, there are bad pageant systems and bad pageant moms!


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Dear habee,

My comments are by no means directed at your personal experience; they are the result of my experience with people involved at different levels in such activities (from competitors to organizers).

I believe there are exceptions to any rules and I do believe that some pageants may be better than others (as the ones you are taking your little girls to).

However, my general feeling remains that all of them put the emphasis on an ephemeral natural gift (call it a blessing) rather than long lasting qualities developed in time.

Even when pageants take into consideration other parameters (as the ones you mention), they are still primarily based on looks and reinforce the one dimensional characteristic that in most cases becomes limiting in terms of further development. (Sarah Palin is a good example of great potential never developed)

In my opinion, judging a person by their look sends the wrong message to the rest of the girls that become obsessed with appearances and put themselves through unreasonable torture (weight lost, plastic surgery, etc).

The adult beauty pageant competition is in effect a parade of “who is who” in the world of plastic surgeons and all competitors look more or less the same (which may be very different for little girls that compete on their own and without intervention from plastic surgery)

As long as your little adorable ones are enjoying the experience and you feel it contributes to their future development as well adjusted adults, by all means help them achieve their dreams.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Petra, I understand what you're saying. We've learned which pageant systems to avoid. And believe me, I've seen a couple of BAD pageant moms! I wanted to slap them for the way they treated their little girls! Lexi has learned a lot from pageants, like how to win and lose gracefully. In one pageant, she was crownded AND she won every optional! She was actually a little upset because she won everything - she wanted her friends to win.

Lexi is very pretty, but that's not why she's won so many pageants. It's because of her personality. Judges can tell when a kid wants to be there and whether or not they're having fun on stage. Lexi is a real ham. She hasn't had any formal coaching - she's just her silly self on stage!

She won her first two pageants in a $50 dress, against kids who were wearing $1200 dresses! This was because of her personality. She was having a ball, and it was obvious to the judges.

Pageants are very popular here, and many are fundraisers for charitable organizations. Those are our favorite ones to enter!


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I am so glad to hear some first heand experience about possitive beauty pageants. I can tell Lexi is sweet and graticous and for her to want to share the joy and reward of winning with friends is exceptional and generous and mature and wanderful.

I also like the idea of fundrsising for charitable cases and it gives new and valuble mening to the competission as it teaches the little ones compation and understanding.

That is a totally different ball game and I can see real value there.

The best of luck to them all and keep us posted


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Petra, I'm so glad you came back to read my last comment! I'm not saying pageants are for everyone. I don't like cut-throat competition or moms who force their kids to compete. Pageants should be fun and rewarding! There are plenty that we totally avoid. Glad you have an open mind!


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Hi habee that was a great hub on a most controversial topic. It was nice to read on a more natural fun type of pageant it certainly takes the stigma away from what most people see them as.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, BP. The natural pageants are fun because they're stress free!


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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Hi Habee! I'm so glad to read about the "other side" of pageants. I don't know much about them, and I guess the only thing I've ever really seen of pageants was on the show Toddlers & Tiaras and it made me want to vomit! So glad to hear there are pageants that judge on more than beauty and that not all pageant moms are nut-cases! Great Hub :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Lol, rkhyclak. some of the moms ARE nut cases - but not all of us!


Emmysmommie05 6 years ago

Hello Habee, I have a couple of questions for you and I would love to get the answers from someone who knows their stuff and doesn't go overboard with the craziness of being to aggressive with these pageants. I have been making Glitz dresses for friends here and there for about the last six months or so. I have one little girl and she is my world! She's 4 years old and has a personality that you wouldn't believe! She's absolutely beautiful to me but,of course she's my daughter and I'm gonna say that right! LOL! Although, she's not fat she is a little on the chunky side and tall for her age. She's not a tiny thing like the little kids I've seen compete in her age division. She is a size 6x and wears a size one shoe. But, her face is to die for she ( of course, I'm very lucky she has her father's looks)! She has beautiful blue eyes, beautiful hair, and a beautiful smile! I would love to put her into one of these pageants, not because I would be forcing her but, because I know it would be right up her alley! I make childrens clothing and I do embroidery. So, you can imagine how much I make her clothes. Every time she puts on one of these outfits it's like the model comes to life and she constantly looks at herself in the mirror, which is vain I know but, it's like she can't help herself! My husband and I laugh at her constantly! With all of that aside, I was wondering how I would go about finding these pageants and how i would go about teaching her how to walk on stage. I live in Aiken, South Carolina and I wouldn't even know where to look for these types of pageants. The local pageants to me are completely and totally politics! These are the pageants that I make the glitz dresses for. About two years ago when Emma my little girl was two I entered her into one of these pageants! Just for fun of course! This was suppose to be a very natural pageant, the entry form stated Sunday dresses for beauty, natural hair and make-up. So, that's what we went with. Now being a mother who sews and is crafty, I added a couple of things to it of course. I mean my sewing is different and I like different looking clothing for children.I use most often wild colors and patterned fabrics. But, I followed the rules completely. Well, the pageant was held Emma did wonderful to me of course with not ever being in anything like that before. But, most of the girls in her category had Glitz dresses and glitz photogenic pictures, etc..... Guess who won? The girls that were dressed like that "Glitzy". I was confused of course until I was told later that all the girls who when, win it every year because they are in the inner circle.Being good friends with the director, judges, and so on. I was completely heart-broken win she didn't place and that wasn't because I am a bad sport at all. But, Emma saw what the other girls got and she asked and asked me why she didn't get the special trophy and crown. That's what breaks your heart into pieces.I felt awful for doing that to her and I didn't want to subject her to that anymore! So, I haven't put her in another since. I have completely thought since then that all of these pageants are rigged!But, now Emma is seeing these beautiful dresses and hearing about the pageants and wants to do them. Can you please elaborate a little more on these types of pageants and how to weave out the political ones. Thanks a lot Habee! I appreciate you taking the time to read my post! Sincerely, emmysmommie05


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Emmysmom! My advice to you would be to continue with the local pageants until she's ready for a national pageant. Even if she doesn't win the locals, they'll give her a lot of experience and will get her name out there. Talk to pageant moms about which pageants/directors in your area are fair. Are you interested in natural or glitz pageants?? Let me know, and I'll provide some more advice, depending on your answer.


Tyra 6 years ago

wow that is helpful...especially for my first pageant


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Tyra, so glad you found the tips helpful. Good luck and just have fun!


NaturalPageantmomof3 6 years ago

TY Habee for your words it is nice to know I am not alone. I hate the pageants they show on tv because it portrays every pageant mom out there as a monster who won't let her children be children. When that is not the case. I have no boys and 3 pageant girls. They go around telling people they are tom boys, because they ride four wheelers, run barefooted and go fishing, but they also love pageants, barbies, t-ball, cheerleading, and numerouse other activities. I love it when people see my facebook pictures of my girls, because in one you will see them with mud all over them with smiles are there faces, then you click to the next album and see 3 little princess. We also, dress natural no fake anything and no short dresses. We love them! Thank-you for speaking up and letting people know about us NATURAL pageant moms that go to pageants that is mainly judged on talent and interview.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I agree Pageantmom, it seems the TV show looked for the worst pageant folks they could find! The show is NOT representative of pageant moms I know - thank goodness!


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adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

This has a really negative connotation from me.I saw this reality show on TV with kids being forced by their mom to join beauty pageants just because this was the latter's dream and that she was not able to fulfill this. It was really a sight of frustration for me.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I agree - when kids are forced against their will, pageants are bad. When kids beg to do them, and the parents have the right attitude, they can be a lot of fun!


evannah 6 years ago

my little girl just won so happy eidn is so happy


Deann 6 years ago

My daughters and I have been watching Glitz pageants on TV for a while and she has decided she wants to participate in one. Only problem is all the glitz pageant shows we are exposed to focus on the younger girls under the age of 10. My daughter is 13. We have learned some little tips from watching the shows on what we need in general for her to compete and how to pay less but still be at the same level as other girls. However, I am not really certain on what they are looking for for 13 year olds and how to dress her or train her. Is there any difference in how girls should dress or train as a 13 year old in a glitz pageant compared to younger girls?


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Evannah, that's wonderful!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Deann, the older girls don't do the "cutesie" stuff. They're judged more on poise.


1sttimer 6 years ago

Thank you Habee for all the information. My 10year old daughter wants to be in a pageant and I have gone online and found a smi-glitz/natural pageant in my area where everyone walks away with a crown. The problem I am facing is I have no idea how she is suposse to walk or how her hair should be done, ect. Can you point me in the direction of any website that may be able to offer some tips on how to walk?


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Watch some pageant footage on youtube! Best of luck!


brogan 6 years ago

i would like to join a pagent what could i do to build my confidents up?


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Brogan, I would suggest practicing a lot in front of friends and family members! Good luck!


Krista 6 years ago

Habe, I'm thirteen and would like to join a pageant, how do I make that wish happen??


Hope 6 years ago

Thank you for the tips. To me this is no different than boys in sports. Some take to the extreme.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Krista, you need to convince your mon that you have the right attitude for pageants. Good luck!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Hope, I totally agree!


cassie 6 years ago

I've only done two pageants and i've done really well,and I want to do another one, but my Daddy has cancer and we don't have enough money to do another one yet. How can we get more money?


moons 6 years ago

cute! If you really want it. Go for it! :)


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writer83 6 years ago from Cyber Space

Habee, i think this is good tip coming from you. I believe joining a pageant can help anyone to increase self confidence and be a team player. :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Cassie, try to get local businesses to sponsor you. They can use it as a tax deduction for advertising. Good Luck!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Moons and Writer, I really appreciate your readership!


Thatshortgirl 5 years ago

I'm 13 and I really want to get into pagents. I am a preformer, I sing and I have preformed in plays. But my parents don't really like the idea of pagents, they think they are a waste of time and a huge waste of money. I already know that I would need to get a job to help with money How can I convince them to let me enter one? Also, I can't seem to find any small pageants in my area to enter. I live in Red Deer Alberta Canada, and incase you don't know, that isn't in a state


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Sorry, Shorty, I don't know anything about pageants in Canada. With your talent, I bet you'd do well in a pageant that had a talent category! Maybe if you earned the entry fee yourself, your parents would allow you to try a pageant. Good luck!


Thatshortgirl 5 years ago

Alright, thanks. I haven't gotten to talk to my parents about it yet, but I did decide I would want to do a natural beauty pageant because that would be alot cheaper. And I decided I would want to start looking for one in May, after I go on my school trip to Quebec. I still can't find a small pageant in my area yet though


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Shorty, I don't know anything about pageants in Canada. Try looking online for a natural pageant!


AmyO. 5 years ago

Hi. Your article is helpful :) I have a 15 month old girl. I want to enter her in a natural pageant called Sunburst. Are you familiar with it? Any thoughts? Also I was wondering, is there a certain color that judges go for? Het dress is white. But I would love a turquoise one. And what do you suggest for really short hair. She's only 15 months so there's not much to work with and she likes to pull hats off. Sometimes bows. The alligator clip kind is the ones I have.


Amy 5 years ago

I had asked you a question a couple of days ago. I was wondering did it go through? sometimes my phone doesn't work properly


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Amy, we did Sunburst several years ago. As for dress color, if your DD has dark hair and a tan, white is hard to beat. Lexi won a lot in turquoise, too. Hair - headband with bow is about your only choice.


Amy 5 years ago

Thanks :) I'm having a hard time finding sponsors. I'm not a regular at any stores. What do you think I should do? I thought about maybe real estate agents??


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Amy, ask every business in town! All they can do is say no.


Sean Bryant 5 years ago

awesome stuff you have here. thanks for the idea


anonymous 5 years ago

hi habee, i am 13 and did one natural pageant. i didn't win but i got congeniality and model:-) i asked my mom if i could do another and she said yes, so we entered. it is in a few months but my mom thinks it is natural; but it is glitz. i will pay for everything since i got allot of money for my birthday. i dont want to tell her because she said she isn't a real fan of pageants. what do i do?


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

You're welcome, Sean. Thanks for reading!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Anonymous, you need to be honest with your mom about it being a glitz pageant. Tell her you'll pay for everything with your birthday cash, and convince her that you have the right attitude! Good luck!


melissa 5 years ago

does anyone know where to rent a glitz pageant dress for a 4/5 yr old? i think buying a 1200 dress outright is ridiculous! i have my daughter in natural pageants, and the last thing i wanna teach her from these pageants is that she "has" to have the most expensive things in life. thats not always true, and thats why we are looking to rent a dress. thanks for any help!


Karmen 5 years ago

hi im 12 and i always watch todleers and tiaras ive decided to look for dresses but my mom thinls that they are way to expensive weve looked on ebay but theres none in the size of 10-12.do you no anywere i could get a glitz pageant dress for a size 10-12. were competing in the southern celeberty pageant.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Melissa and Karmen, first of all, thanks for reading! To rent a pageant dress in your area, contact a nearby pageant director. She'll probably be able to steer you to someone who rents pageant dresses.

Another idea is to buy an unstoned dress and stone it yourself. We've done this a couple of times and have had great success with it. I have anarticle here on HP about how to stone pageant dresses.

I just started a new pageant guide you might be interested in. I'll be adding lots of info and pics! http://ultimatebeautypageantsguide.blogspot.com/


Kare 5 years ago

I read your stoning a dress portion, do you not recommend the hotfix swarovski stones, that is what I have always used for my 3 year olds gymnastics leotards (shes been in gymnastics since 4 months old) and they seem to stay very very well even with all the running jumping tumbling and everything else she manages to do....... but is there a reason you do not recommend them in your article........


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Kare. I've never tried the Hotfix stones because a pageant pal had bad results with them. Maybe they're better made now, so perhaps we should give them another try!


pageantgirly 5 years ago

i compete in natural pageants in vancouver.i am 12 years old. i've only done one and i got 2nd runner up. im competing in another in April.i think pageants are great confidence boosters. i was really nervous my first time but when i got on stage i had a great time. so if you are thinking of entering your little girl i agree.


asma 5 years ago

be a natural girl


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Denise 5 years ago

Thank you for the very useful information. My daughter, now 3 1/2, has "Played dress up" in 2 county pageants. She has not placed, but has found more confidence. There is another pageant in less than a month. We have a dress and all our supplies needed. My question: What should we practice or work on for this pageant. It is still local and is not advertised as glitz or natural. It's to raise money for Relay for Life. Any advice would be wonderful.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Kare, we tried the hotfix stones several years ago but weren't happy with them. I've heard they're better now.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

PG, thanks for reading!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, asma!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for visiting, Michael!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Denise, go to my pageant blog for lots of tips! It's highlighted in one of the comments above.


sr 5 years ago

Hi. I am looking for some advice for granddaughter who is 16 months old. She is a beautiful little girl but she is very fair, both skin and hair. My daughter has put her in several pageants but she really fades out up on stage. Being in a natural pageant is obviously tough on a fair child and getting makeup on her for a glitz pageant is worse. Any suggestions at this point? I am about to recommend to my daughter she postpone pageants for a few years for her features to darken. Thanks!


soffiesmum 5 years ago

I am entering my 8 month old daughter in her first pageant which is also a theme pageant "Hot August Nights" in Reno NV it is advertised as a natural and Glitz pageant put on by Charmed Pageants out of california any suggestions for us it really would help as I am comepletely clueless she is doing beauty theme wear and outfit of choice


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Gosh, sr, I really don't what to advise. My youngest granddaughter is fair, and Barbie pinkk works well on her.

Soffiesmum, I don't know much about Cali pageants. A lot of girls in the South are wearing swimsuits now for outfit of choice. That would be in keeping with the theme, too.


jacie 5 years ago

these are great tips these will be very useful with everything. and i cant wait to get started!


dreamingofpageants 5 years ago

Hi I work really hard on my teeth. I am 12 an I personal think I do need a flipper. But that's just my opinon.

Plus I. Wanna do pageants SOOOO bad that every time I think about them I go am lock myself in the bathroom and practice my walk. If I tell anyone else I'm afriad they will tell me its stuiped. And say I don't have the skills for a glitz pageant


Monica 5 years ago

What kind of personality does a beauty pageant have? help


Mellisa 5 years ago

I am not so sure about spray tanning my daughter she is 7. And has pale skin


Valeria 5 years ago

Okay i am 14, i live in a small town in arizona, and my mom will be in the chamber of commerce pretty soon and she found out that there is a pagaent for miss maricopa! only problem is i have to be atleast 17!:( i have never done pagaents, ever and i want to get some practice before miss Mariciopa what do i do!?!


Kathy 5 years ago

Does anyone know of or can recommend a pageant for my 10 year old daughter to try for her first time? We are in southern california. Thanks


Kathy 5 years ago

Does anyone know of or can recommend a pageant for my 10 year old daughter to try for her first time? We are in southern california. Thanks


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saif113sb 5 years ago

Very very nice and great information. Thanks


Anna 5 years ago

I find it hypocritical that women protest when a girl competes in a beauty pageant but have no issue with boyscompeting in something like football. Only the athletic boys can excel in sports. What about the poor boys who are fat or slow? Doesn't encouraging a boy to go out for sports teach him that his value is in how fast he can run rather than how smart he is?

Everybody has their gifts. There is nothing wrong with the pretty girls having their pageants.


Sadie 5 years ago

Hi Habee my little girl is 7 and i really would like her to start do beauty pageant but i don't know were to start i live in the UK please help

Many Thanks Sadie x


BiancaMatthews1 5 years ago from England

Hello, I recently emailed you asking you a few questions about your personal opinion about documentaries as child pageants cover a lot of documentary stories nowadays. But just to remind you, my name is Bianca, I am currently studying Media as one of my subjects at Farnborough Sixth Form college in the UK. As one of my projects, I am doing a mini documentary on the views of people on child pageants and for my research I came across your article about whether children pageants are good or bad and a few others which interested me such as this one also. My questions are...

Do you think that documentaries are biased? Do you think that documentaries deliberately make the characters stereotypical?

Your experience and views on this subject matter would be so valuable and would love to hear back from you, with best wishes, Bianca Matthews


Maggiesmom 5 years ago

Quick question..my 5 year old will be in her first pageant this Saturday..it's a local state fair pageant...we bought a dress that is black..with grey and white polka dots..it has black sequins along the chest and straps..matching it with a silver hand band that has a big flower on it..her shoes are silver ballet type..is this too much black for a pageant? Do more people where color? and does the rule for white shoes go for the "sundays best" pageants?? ANY HELP FROM ANYONE WOULD BE AWESOME! thanks!


caitie 5 years ago

To Maggiesmom: personally I've never seen black in a pageant, but that doesn't mean your dd can't win. I'm guessing it's a natural pageant so they probably ask the kids to wear Sunday best. My dd has always worn pink or white and usually wins or is first runner up. My dd did her first pageant as a baby and won it. Then we continued to do a few here and there, all local prelims. She LOVES it now, maybe too much, we just bought a semi glitz dress that I am going to add stones to. But this year she has done two pageants, and this other girl keeps placing ahead of her. My dd doesn't care, she just likes pageants anyway but I care! lol I want to know why this other girl keeps placing ahead of my dd. what do the judges really look for, sometimes I think in the prelims they want everyone to win an optional so they get their entry fee paid to state. It doesn't seem fair. Any suggestions? Do you know how the pageants are scored? I always enter her in all the optionals.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, lace wig!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Jacie, thanks for reading about beauty pageants!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Dreaming, don't give up on beauty pageants. Follow your dreams!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Monica, judges at beauty pageants basically want to see a happy child on stage!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Mellisa, to be competitive in most glitz pageants, you'll need to tan.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Valeria, that gives you lots of time to practice!!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Kathy, sorry, but I don't know anything about beauty pageants in Cali.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Saif, thank you very much!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Anna, I totally agree with your comparison of beauty pageants and sports!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Sadie, I am so sorry, but I'm not familiar with beauty pageants in the UK.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Bianca, did you get the email I sent you?


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Maggiesmom, I think black is risky. A few judges might like it, but most had rather see white or a color on younger girls.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Caitie, every beauty pageant has its own scoring system. Usually, you can find out how beauty pageants will be scored before entering. Good luck!


buttercup 5 years ago

great! didn't know that


Destiny 5 years ago

I think pageants are good as long as the child wants to do them. I do not agree with all the make up and hair pieces, spray on tans, fake eyelashes, etc, however, to each her on. I plan to put my daughters in pageants, but I want to limit them to the natural pageants and want them to know winning is not everything, it is just fun. :) As long as they enjoy it, we will continue. If they do not, then we will stop. :) that is the plan anyway. LOL


Makenzie 5 years ago

I put my daughtor in pagents and she loves it but when she looses it she starts crying i just dont know what to do i try to say winning is not everything and she is not listaning to me


lizzie 5 years ago

Hey im 14 and i have never been to a pegeant can i still get into one ?


selena 5 years ago

hi i am a qeen of qeens you must no me i ame justins girl i love him to bits but we ot back to giller i love him


Kelly p 5 years ago

Thank you for your tips on pageants. My 2 yr old daughter & I are new to pageants. She has done 4 local pageants & one festival pageant which was her 1st on & he placed 4th out of 11 girls!! I was so proud! The problem I have is at two years old she actually loves to do pageants!! She loves to practice, cries to wear her glitz dress ALL the time & asks to do pageants all the time! I have never seen anything like it before! The local pageants she has been in have been mothers choice of outfit, so I put her in her glitz dress. It is hard to keep her off of the stage & she tries her hardest to get back on after her turn!! I hope this will change when she is a little older, because I can never watch the whole pageant due to chasing after her & keep her from crying because she wants to be onstage! She is ALL business when she does get on stage! She just turned two & I really don't even have to tell her what to do or hold her hand, she can now do go to the x's on her own. We just did a pageant & she got princess. I had several strangers say they could not believe she did not get queen! I will not say bad things about the little girls appearance, only that it seemed they mite have felt sorry for her?? I had several moms tell me that she should not be doing

local pageants that I should put her in national ones. Every pageant she has done she has been "pageant" from head to toe and the winners will have on an off the rack dress & hair fixed like I fix my dd fir church. These pageants have not been "natural". I can honestly be objective, if my dd doesn't win I can accept that, but it just stinks when another cuter child doesn't win either. I really don't know

how to get her into the national pageants, do you have any

Suggestions? I am writing this on my phone & am not able to go back & see what I have already written, sorry if I have repeated anything or something may not make much sense!

go about doing that, do you

have any suggestions for us?


shianna 4 years ago

good to know this stuff


Fatima 4 years ago

I really want to be in a pageant, here in dubai we dont have any ! Im 13 and i got crushed when i read that 13 and older have to wear gowns or mermaid style dresses ;') i reaally want to wear a cupcake dress with all the cutessi stuff !! I know everything and all the moves for kids pageants.. What a waste of time !! I practiced the kids one ! I searched online for teen pageants but i never found vids for 13 year olds ! Any suggestions?


frane 4 years ago

hey Habee,my ten year old daughter wants to start pagents,with NO MAKEUP!Should I let her go on wihhout makeup?


Brittany 4 years ago

I want to enter my wonderful, most beautiful, very out going w/ awesome personality 18 month old daughter in baby pageant to put a push towards her future. But as I scrolled down I seen a toddler w/ make up on, is it a must that they put make up on? Thanks dearly Mother


Evette 4 years ago

Soooooooo how do i start


Kiyah 4 years ago

I am very good in beauti pagents this is the day I wanting for eight years.There is a lot of things that it is inportant to me.

Love.kiyah

8years old

8 years


Tony 4 years ago

Moron moms


Fatima 4 years ago

Habbeeee pleeeez help !!!!!!


james adam 4 years ago

Extremely suitable fashions which shows the innocence and cuteness of children if they wear them.

:)

http://www.jellythepug.com


Kick boxer 4 years ago

Hi there, My daughters just participated in their first pageant. THEY LOVED IT!!!! They both won Princess awards, tiaras, and trophies!!!! I enjoyed it as well. We only do natural pageants. They are the only ones I approve of because I do not want my 5 year old looking like she is 15 lol. I do think the Glitz pageants are pretty but just not for me. I love your articles, they have helped me now that my girls have decided to do another. Thank you!


Kate 4 years ago

Fatima, you know even if you can't do the cutsy moves in the beauty part of the compitition you can still have fun modeling routines in other catagorys.


Christy 4 years ago

ok i need help.. i am thinking of putting my 4 yr old in her first pageant, its just a local fair pageant but i have questions about the dress. we found a real pretty turquise ankle length dress but i hear alot of talk that a 4yr old should be wearing short dresses? she is kind of on the short side and i am not sure how that would look, but i dont know if that is still the " rule of thumb" of if that was mainly done years ago, they look kind of old fashioned to me.. plus i am thinking of keeping her hair down and i am not planning on doing lots of makeup.. possibly some light eye shadow and lip gloss... this is my first pageant so i could use all the help i can get/..


taleaha 4 years ago

i think pageants are for beautiful girls but all this fake stuff i just dont like it that much


Catera212 3 years ago

I am 10 years old and I am African American!My friend Reagan and I are doing out first beauty pageant which will be glitz.We are buying glitz dresses from DHgate.com which are about 95 dollars each.Regan and I have different kind of hair because she is Caucasian and I am African-American!Should I wear a hair piece?Like a curly bun.Also,My dress will be yellow to compliment my skin color


Gehad 3 years ago

Hi Shelly,My daughter has done servael pageants (and is still doing them) we love them!!!! I wanted to start my own pageant but had a few questions. How do you decide the pricing? if i wanted to do servael pageants a year (different themed) do i need to register each one with my state? How much money do i need to start a pageant local optionals supreme title maybe 20 contestants? Can they make checks payable to me or do i open an account just for the pageants? What is the best way to advertise the pageant? What is the best way to know how many contestants will be there (so each one gets a small crown) where do iget crowns from, where do i get judges from, where do i get a stage setup from. Please help!!!! thanks Amber


KimberlyS 23 months ago

I also have a daughter (6 years old now) who has participated in multiple beauty pageants since she was 4. Her very first she won Queen over all, which is very rare. She has won scholarships and has learned new talents. She has grown self confidence and doesn't shy away from everyone anymore. Her father and I entered get into her first pageant because she wanted to try it out. Well I can say it had been so positive. I have not seen any pageants that were 'bad'. For that we are very fortunate. The girls that participate in the pageants with my daughter have so much natural talent that I have totally changed my way of thinking when it comes to pageants. The girls raise money for charities, volunteer their time and meet new people that become their friends. My daughter has had many positive gains from being a participant. I am so glad we allowed her to start. At the age of 5 she won her first scholarship and her talent was as simple as poetry recital from memory. She loves to read and incorporated that into her talent. I can agree with Habee, if you find the pageants that truly care about how to help a child grow into themselves, they are worth it! I hope this helps.


Amelia Kellam 23 months ago

So glad I read this. I know nothing about this kind of thing but my 4 yr. Old is a natural. She loves being prissy playibg dress up and being the center of attention. I am more about her having fun than winning anything. I also am more fpr natural no makeup or any of that.


LadyKat 8 months ago

So I am not sure if you are still responding to new post but what are some things to look for to find more natural pageants. I have 3 girls 12, 9, and 2 1/2. My 9 yr old started asking about entering pageants and I have been extremely hesitant because although I believe she is absolutely adorable she has alopecia and deals daily at school with one kid or another commenting on her bald spots or lack of hair. How harshly do judges look at the hair styles. She has worn wigs before but doesn't really like them and wants to show how proud and girly she is even with just part of her hair. I as a protective mom don't want her to be hurt for trying something new.

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