The Miss America crown has more power than anyone would think. When you see someone walking around with a crown on their head you immediately notice that person because it is not something you see everyday. You want to hear why she has a crown on her head and what she has to say. The crown is a tool to promoting and spreading awareness about so many organizations that have touched our hearts and lives. The honor and the knowledge that is instilled by this organization is so powerful and amazing. The impact it has on so many people’s lives is life changing. Here are a few examples:
The Miss America organization is the number one leading scholarship provider for young women. Promoting education more and more women are going to college to continue on to earn a degree.
The Miss America organization has raised over thousands of dollars for The Children’s Miracle Network our national platform. As well as this our title holders are active in the hospitals spending time with the children as well as making life long friendships. We all have our special friends and they are even participants with us in local events.
Lastly the Miss America Organization opens up so many doors for title holders after they are finished competing. With the larger background in interviewing skills as well as talent you will find that many former title holders now hold jobs in talent industries, broadcasting or other dream jobs as well.
On November 11 I was given the opportunity of a lifetime when I myself was crowned Miss Sunrise Side 2012! Overcome with joy and happiness I knew I was about to experience another amazing journey. Representing my hometown as well as promoting my platform all around the area. I will also be representing the Sunrise Side at the 2013 Miss Michigan pageant in June! So here is where the preparing starts. What swimsuit do I wear and what talent do I chose choices choices, but I know with my background I will make the correct choice.
The Miss Sunrise Side Program also has a Miss Sunrise Side Teen as well as a Princess and they are considered my little sisters. They are two amazing young ladies that I am already so proud to call my sisters. Both are hardworking ladies who want to make a difference and be a part of their community. We will have many adventures over our year as we will participate in local parades, events, and fundraisers. Both myself and Miss Sunrise Side Teen will also be promoting awareness about our platforms and getting the community and children involved in the organizations that mean so much to us. We will be setting up meetings in schools to talk to children about the importance of an education and also to young women about how the Miss America Organization can change your life!
U R Not Alone: Outreach for Today’s Youth is my personal platform in the Miss America Organization. A platform is an organization or foundation that you as a contestant want to spread awareness about. It can be Breast Cancer Awareness, Child Hunger, Red Cross or anything else you can think of. It can also be something that you create. My platform is one that I created to help children who need help with everyday life. Whether they just need a friend or someone to help them with homework. We are here to help. My platform is very close to my heart and I cannot imagine doing anything else, I love all the moments I share and here is an example:
As Miss Shoreline’s Outstanding Teen I was attending an event at an intercity school in Muskegon, MI. I had the opportunity to go around to each of the classrooms and spend time helping out reading books and just getting the opportunity to sit with the children. I met one young girl who came up to me and began to just touch my skin, feel my hair and touch my crown. She told me that one day she wanted to be just like me, get good grades, go to college and one day wear a crown on her head.
As a titleholder of the Miss America Organization you inspire and are a role model to so many young women. That is what this organization is about!
Next up on my list is the talent competition. This is by far my favorite phase of competition because I am able to perform a passion of mine for hundreds of people. When choosing a talent it should always be something you enjoy and something that you want to share with others. A talent can be anything singing, dancing, a musical instrument, speech, art, or anything you could possibly think of. It is a blank canvas do whatever you want. Of course Miss America has some rules so make sure you get your talent cleared. As for tips on talent these are what I consider:
When choosing a talent keep in mind that it should be something that shows your personality and what you are all about. That is what the judges want to see!
Make sure put enough time and practice into your talent. Do not expect it to be perfect if you just whip something together a few weeks before. Practice is an important factor in your talent putting an hour everyday into rehearsing can be that small percentage of winning the talent award or even the crown.
Costumes are so much fun to come up with after chosing a talent. It is away to really tell the story and to have fun with it. When performing my talent Phantom of the Opera I wear a half black half white gown that resembles the story of the phantom. Costumes allow you to really be in character and enhance your talents excitement.
In the end talent is really up to you and how you want it to be portrayed for the audience and most importantly the judges. Have fun with it! If you have any further questions feel free to comment!
Okay ladies we all know that if you want to compete in the Miss America Organization you have to wear a swimsuit on stage and it is not always the most comfortable phase of competition for young ladies. So here are a few tips to make it as easy as possible.
Make sure you put the time in to become physically fit. You do not have to be a size 0 to fit in with all the girls but make sure you take the time to tone your body. Run a few miles don’t worry about the time or pace just go and set a goal for yourself. Work on other things as well, 100 crunches a day can do a lot for your body. In the end, you will feel better about yourself.
Picking out a swimsuit you feel comfortable in is a must! If you feel like a million dollars in your suit it will show on stage. Your swimsuit does not have to be the most expensive suit either, it’s what you feel best in and look good in. You are judged on your confidence not how much your swimsuit cost.
Lastly, butt glue. This is KEY in competing in swimsuit and you would be shocked at how many women do not use this. Butt glue is used to make sure your cheeks don’t make any surprise appearances. Nobody wants that! Knowing everything is locked into place will make you feel much more confident and you won’t have that awkward moment of having to debate whether to pick that wedgie or not.
Hope these were helpful in making swimsuit less scary and more fun!
Before I just begin to tell you all the things to do to get ready for a pageant I should probably tell you a little about myself and how my journey began in the Miss America Organization. I competed in my first pageant at the age of thirteen and won my first title in 2009 at the age of 14, Miss Sunrise Side Teen. Over the years I have continued to compete and have won another title of Miss Shoreline’s Outstanding Teen 2011 where both titles allowed me the opportunity to compete at Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen. At the age of 17 I moved up into the Miss division and as the youngest Miss competing I have walked away with many runners-up awards and hopefully one day will walk away with the crown.
As of what I do in competition, I play the flute for my talent and am currently performing Phantom of the Opera in a theatrical setting. It is my favorite talent to perform and has also won many talent awards. My platform is U R Not Alone Outreach for Today’s Youth which is a mentoring program for children and teens who are facing challenges in their lives. My platform is something that is very close to my heart and I love having the opportunity to speak out about it to the public. As for what I wear it changes all the time I love mixing and matching what swimsuit and what evening gown I wear for each competition.
I love and know this organization and I am excited to share everything I know as well as have the opportunity for you to get to know me more!
741 Austrian rhinestones create the symbol of the Miss America Organization, the four pointed crown. Combined of many different shapes and sizes ,this crown symbolizes much more than the ordinary person would think. You spend countless hours working on talent, interview, swimsuit, and evening gown. There is much more that goes into these phases of competition than what people realize. I plan to explore deeper into the Miss American Organization as I share my stories of being a contestant in this fantastic program as well as what it really means to be a Miss America girl!
Other related blogs are the Miss America blog itself of Fourpoints magazine and splash and sparkle. Both sights nail what the purpose of my blog is going to be about. How to prepare for a pageant as well as what a Miss America really does and what she is entitled to do on a daily basis. Fourpoints Magazine blog does a great job keeping its watchers up to date on what our Miss America and Miss America Outstanding Teens are showcasing. Splash and Sparkle is a great way to receive resources and guidance to help you prepare for a pageant and achieve your full potential while preparing for competition. Check out the links I have provided for you!