Participating in pageants is different than what I thought it would be. It was life changing.
Some may think it’s silly or dramatic to say that, and I would have thought it was extreme if someone had told me that. I entered Miss Tech to represent our school and make a difference. I met 18 girls out to do the same.
A stereotypical pageant girl is often called ditzy and even cutthroat, but that isn’t true. Each contestant was invited to activities the week of the pageant. We had a free-modeling session, spa night and practice. At the free-modeling session, I was able to meet most of the girls and get to know them a lit bit.
When we went to spa night we began to bond. We paired up and put facials on each other, talked about skincare and shared tips. I myself don’t wear makeup, and the girls found out and were willing to help me. I knew right away I was making friends. It didn’t feel like we were competing with each other.
At practice, we got to see talent performances. When it came time to squeeze into two little rooms to get ready, it didn’t feel awkward. We helped each other zip dresses, and I even helped someone put on shoes when she couldn’t bend down in her dress.
It was comforting to know that even though we couldn’t all take the crown, we were all cheerleaders for one another. Without the other contestants I would have been nervous, but I had a lot of fun. I am truly grateful for each girl I met, and I am glad to say that I have 18 new friends.