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
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You may recognize April Lufriu as Mrs. Florida America 2011, Mrs. America 2011, or Mrs. World 2012, but what you may not know about April is that she and her family are battling time against a hereditary blinding condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).
In an exclusive interview for my column on Examiner.com, April reveals the story behind her Mrs. America and Mrs. World titles, her family's battle with RP, and her personal advice for aspiring models and pageant contestants.
For all you Mrs. World fans out there, you may already know there is much more to April than meets the eye.
Here are five more things you may not know about Mrs. World 2012 April Lufriu:
She puts others first.
Even I didn't know the extent to which April has been battling RP, because she always speaks about its effect on her children and her sister. But April herself has the condition which causes blindness, and she is battling time to save her own eyesight, as well as for her children and sister.
Mrs. Florida America was her first pageant win.
Although she was 1st Runner-up at Miss Florida USA, and later 2nd Runner-up at Mrs. Florida America, capturing the state crown was April's first pageant win, making Mrs. America and Mrs. World her second and third crowing victories. How's that for a debut?
She had a platform before she competed.
April began her work with Vision Walk in Tampa back in 2007, when she was working for a cure for her sister, long before learning of her own family's condition and the path to her pageant titles.
She didn't start modeling as a profession until after the age of 40.
Looking at her list of modeling credits which include national appearances for Home Shopping Network and Oxy Clean, you would never know that April only recently began her career as a model.
She is the oldest and shortest Mrs. World on record.
At 5'4" tall, April may be the shortest Mrs. World on record, but her heart is bigger than the tallest skyscrapers.
To learn more about April Lufriu and her accomplishments as the national spokesperson for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, her reign as Mrs. World, and advice for models and aspiring beauty queens, please read the full article on Examiner.com
*This featured article originally appeared in the National Pageants column at Examiner.com as published by National Pageant Examiner Cherie Wimberly
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.