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!