Our pageant interview practice videos get many comments, and the most common is about how to answer pageant interview questions. While there is some advice available out there with sample answers of "how you COULD answer pageant questions" the best way to truly teach contestants how to give answers at pageants is to give them an outline so that they are able to answer ANY pageant questions asked of them - EVER!
The first step in learning how to answer any pageant interview question successfully is to follow this basic outline:
Step 1 - Repeat the Question
Repeating the interview question will buy you a little bit of time to think about your answer. It also makes you sound more intelligent because you are giving a complete sentence, a complete thought, and not just throwing out an answer because you heard it somewhere else before. Think about your answer while repeating the question. Then go to step two.
Step 2 - Answer the Question
As a pageant judge, my biggest pet peeve was when I would ask a pageant contestant a question and she gave me a big long sentence that had absolutely nothing to do with what was asked of her. It was shocking! Part of the reason I wrote the Ultimate Pageant Notebook book series was due to my experience as a judge and seeing how much help was needed for contestants. I honestly wanted them all to do well! So please - listen to the question, repeat the question, and then answer it. It doesn't matter what your answer is, or what your opinion is, or what your major is in college. The subject of your answer doesn't matter as much as the fact that you are able to give an appropriate answer. Because in essence you are applying for a job as pageant titleholder, and we want to know that when standing in front of an audience or the press that you will know how to respond to questions.
Step 3 - Tie Your Answer in with Your Platform
This step could mean the difference between making the finals and winning a pageant. Why? Because not only are you showing you have the ability to answer a question appropriately, but then you are taking this very brief opportunity of time you have been given to show the judges why you should win the pageant. If you master this, you can win the crown. It's that simple.
Now, go back to our Pageant Interview Questions videos and see if you are able to apply these steps to answer each of the questions. Do it one video at a time. Keep practicing! You don't have to memorize your answers, but you need to learn how to take these three steps toward answering every question.
Break a leg! We are pulling for you. We want you to do your best!
Cherie Wimberly is a pageant expert and author of the Pageant U - Ultimate Pageant Notebook book series. Her pageant coaching articles are available all over the web and at www.pageantu.com
In an award-winning documentary film entitled Brave Miss World, Linor Abargil shares her personal story of struggle and triumph following a brutal attack she endured just weeks before winning the title of Miss World in 1998.
The film produced by Cecilia Peck (daughter of actor Gregory Peck) chronicles Linor's journey toward helping other victims who have endured the same or similar events and the struggles that follow. It is now available for purchase and rental on Amazon Prime. The producers also invite groups and organizers to host a screening to inform the local community of resources by speaking out against rape and violence toward women.
The #IAmBrave campaign is growing strong thanks to followers of the film. On the official Brave Miss World website, you can find helpful action tips to promote the movement including using hashtags #BraveMissWorld or #IAmBrave and #MeToo on social media, by sharing your story and posting photos to help raise awareness.
For more information and to join in the effort, visit the official Brave Miss World website at www.BraveMissWorld.com
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In our new video entitled Pageant Practice Questions for Interviews 9 you will find 3 practice questions to help you prepare for pageant interviews. Included in this round are 2 current events questions, plus one general pageant question.
For best results, practice answering the questions out loud. As always, we have set the timer for 30 seconds per question with a 10-second warning. Smile and have fun practicing for your pageant interview. And be sure to subscribe to the Pageant Notebook YouTube channel for more great pageant tips on video.
Practice for your next pageant interview competition with this all-new pageant questions video. This installment features a current events pageant interview question, plus general pageant practice questions. So pretend you're sitting in front of the judges and press play ...
The Miss Universe Organization has announced that its 2015 Miss Universe Pageant will be televised on the FOX Network December 20, live from Las Vegas. The production is returning to Planet Hollywood where it has been held several times previously. New pageant owners IMG have an agreement with FOX that will allow them to also broadcast the Miss USA Pageant.
Wedding Bells ring for Miss USA formers
Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez married actor Daniel Booko in October after a year-long engagement. The couple honeymooned in Costa Rica. They also took time out to meet with Miss Costa Rica 2014 Karina Ramos, who Sanchez met at the Miss Universe Pageant back in 2014.
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih is engaged to marry Tony Salibi. Fakih won the Miss USA title representing the state of Michigan. She is also a former WWE Diva.
About the Author
Cherie Wimberly is a top model, writer, and author of the Ultimate Pageant Notebook. Her articles on beauty and fashion have been published all over the web including in her National Modeling and National Pageants columns online at Examiner.com., entertainment site AXS.com and HuffPost.