Letter To A Pageant Girl
My darling Sofia,
I’m proud of you today. Your first BIG title! Ultimate Grand Supreme. You’ve always been supreme to me:)
I had such a positive experience with pageants. When I was 7, I begged and begged and begged to do a pageant. It took me 2 years to wear my mom down. She never really understood “beauty” pageants; but she always believed in me.
Soon, I found out how to borrow dresses from shops in exchange for advertising. I learned how to get company sponsorship for entry fees. Since my mom wasn’t fashion-y, (or rich) I even learned to sew a little bit.
And after a few wins, scholarship money started coming in. (I think there were some pity votes…You should’ve seen some of my 80’s prom dress refashions!!)
You’re going to think I’m crazy…but pageants prepared me for life.
Pageants taught me how to lose gracefully, and win humbly. I learned that failures are just the path to success.
I learned to walk with my back straight and sit like a lady. How to speak into a microphone. And how to interview.
You’d be surprised how valuable it is to be comfortable at an interview. Knowing how to answer questions confidently, get your point across quickly, and speak effectively. And of course, how to recover if you mess up!
You know Sof, in my adult life; those skills have helped me get chosen for jobs, be promoted, get elected, fundraise, plan, build, and earn.
What I really learned in pageants though, dear niece; is that the “prettiest” person doesn’t always win. Looks can only get you so far in life. The crown goes to the one who is the most determined to have it. The person who is willing to work the hardest. Anything worth having…it’s worth working for.
Baby pageants; they really are silly. Right now you’re too little to get much out of it, except attention. And that’s okay with me. As long as you’re having fun, we don’t care. But if you’re still begging your mom to do pageants when you’re bigger, look out world! A pageant girl is a force to be reckoned with!
Your biggest supporter,