First off, let me begin by saying that my parents definitely weren’t excited when they heard I wanted to be a pageant girl. To them, pageant girls were all make-up, tantrums, and bikinis. But even though I did grow up watching Toddlers and Tiaras, I always felt like there was more to pageantry than what’s advertised.
So here I am, 16 days away from my first pageant! The pageant I’m in is called National American Miss (NAM), and it’s nothing close to being about make-up, tantrums, and bikinis. (I’ll tell you a little bit more about NAM later :) )
Anyway, I wanted to share this super special time in my life: 1. Because it’s super special and 2. It’s so exciting!!!!!! So I hope you guys don’t mind diving into this with me!
Why I Wanted to do Pageants
I’ve always wanted to do pageants. I love the public speaking, the elegance, the poise, the dresses, and the opportunity to represent a whole organization! Basically, I like feeling like a queen. (My secret wish-upon-a-star will always be to marry a prince. LOL) I started taking pageants seriously earlier this year, when I switched my career goal from being an attorney, to being a news anchor. I realized that a lot of the skills in pageantry align with the skills in broadcasting. Many legendary news anchors, like Shannon Bream, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, and Gretchen Carlson, were all pageant girls. I felt that pageantry could give me the experience, exposure, and opportunity to display and develop my gifts, just like it had these other women.
Why I Wanted to do NAM
National American Miss was advised to me by a very good friend and mentor of mine, Micaela Watkins, the 2014-2015 Miss Black America Co-ed. She told me that this pageant was different from others because it was about principles like confidence, professionalism, and elegance. Looks and body shape have nothing to do with it. There is no bikini competition (which was the no-or-go.) Even while talking to Micaela, I was looking at the program website. In 30 minutes, I had read every word and watched every video on the whole website! I was so impressed by their beliefs, their queens, and their approach on pageantry. They were big on modesty, friendship vs. the cliche pageant mean girls, and professionalism in everything they did. I immediately thought, "This is who I want to be!"
How It All Happened
Immediately, I went to my mom. As I said earlier, she had not been too thrilled about the whole pageant idea, but she was really interested in this particular program. She told me to call NAM the next day. They were incredibly sweet and helpful! They told me that that very night was my community’s NAM Open Call, which is where you go to audition for the competition and the only way you get in! I had called just in time!
However, I had Bible Study that night at the same time. My commitment to God and my church are huge priorities for me, so I said I wouldn’t make it to the Open Call. Thankfully, they were having another Open Call a few weeks later about 30 minutes away. I was so amazed how everything was falling into place!
Even after going to the Open Call and then getting an acceptance call, I still had not completely decided on whether or not I should do this pageant. I spent a lot of time in prayer, talking to my mom (who was 100% on board), and trying to convince my dad (who was .01% on board!) But finally, I felt that Dad was comfortable with me doing the pageant, so I jumped in!
Everything’s been a whirlwind ever since! I’ve been submerged in writing speeches, raising money, and digging through Pinterest for Natural hairstyles and modest formal dresses. (I’ll definitely be sharing some of my finds with you guys!) I’m so grateful for all the people who have supported me! I am always amazed at the people God puts in our lives and the love He puts in them!
So, now, I'm 16 days from my first pageant, competing for the Junior Teen North TX crown.There is so much more I want to share with you guys! This pageant is not only special and exciting to me, but it’s super interesting! So stay tuned for more!!!
If you're a NAM pageant girl or a pageant contestant of any type, represent by commenting! The world would love to hear you!
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