Every industry has certain lingo, terms and slang. The pageant world is no different. Below you will find some of the most common used pageant words and what they mean.
Pageant System-Each pageant is a privately owned business. Each “system” has its own set of rules, areas of competition, scoring system, focus, and look.
Director-The private business owner of a pageant. The director makes all the decisions surrounding the pageant.
Aging-Up and Aging-out: There are different age divisions within pageants. Aging-up refers to when you move up to the next age bracket, whereas aging out means you are too old for a division. For example, if a girl turns 10, she has “aged-out” of the 7-9 year old division and “aged-up” into the 10-12 year old division. At age 10, she is at the “bottom” of her age group where the 12 year old would be “at the top.” There is no standardized age categories in pageantry so check with the director for the cut off dates to determine which age group you or your child will be competing in.
Glitz-Refers to a type of pageant style. Generally speaking, dresses are highly stoned cupcake dresses, big hair, lots of makeup, spray tanning, enhancements, and Pro Am routines are used.
Cupcake dress- Short dress that is several inches above the knee with multiple layers of tulle, stones, and are generally custom-made. This is the standard dress in a glitz pageant.
Stoned- Clothing decorated with AB (AB stands for Aurora Borealis that shines with many colors) and clear rhinestones.
Pro Am- Elaborate modeling routines where turns and tricks, exaggerated head and hand gestures, and props are used.
Natural- Refers to a type of pageant style. G enerally speaking, the dress is more conservative but still glamorous. Hair and makeup are to enhance the natural beauty, not to become the focus point.
Flippers- Fake teeth. Flippers are an oral retainer that fits over the natural teeth to fill in missing teeth and enhance the appearance of a person’s teeth. These are used in glitz pageants.
Butt glue-Slang for roll-on or aerosol adhesive used to keep the swimsuit in place on your bottom.
H/M- Hair and Makeup Stylist
“OTR” or Off the Rack- Means an outfit bought at the store and has not been embellished.
Custom made or Customized- Handmade to fit the contestant. Usually OOAK.
“OOAK”- One of a kind, term used when referring to pageant wardrobe.
Titleholder- A contestant winning a crown and sash. In some pageant systems there are multiple titles, or queens, crowned within the same age division.
Court- The runners up.
Judge’s bio- This is a contestant’s resume that the judges receive. It is sometimes called a contestant application, fact sheet, or resume.
Optionals- Additional areas of competition judged by a separate panel of judges and have NO influence on the selection of the overall title.
Casual Wear -It is not blue jeans and a graphic t-shirt. It is a before 5pm outfit that is fashionable, fun, and trendy. It can either be OTR or custom-made.
At-Large Contestant- A contestant who did not compete at a preliminary competition but can compete for the state or national title.
Appointed Queen- The director selects a contestant to represent the state at the national pageant when a state pageant wasn’t held.
Cutlets-Silicone pads that look and feel like raw chicken breasts that contestants put in their swimsuit tops and bras to go up a cup size or two.
Prelim- Short word for Preliminary Pageant. Prelims are smaller local pageants that feed into a larger state competition. The queen is required to compete at the state pageant. State winners are required to compete at the national pageant.
Platform- Is a service project or non-profit organization that a contestant is heavily involved.
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WTP Take The Stage Training DVD
The Winning Through Pageantry Take The Stage™ training DVD is a must have training tool for natural beauty pageants. The depth of information shared in this video will further polish your on stage presence.
Remember, the judges cast their final vote when you are on stage in your evening gown. Your overall stage presence and appearance will determine your final placement.
In this 60-minute DVD, you will learn:
- proper posture and alignment,
- foot positioning,
- timing of your turns,
- multiple walking patterns,
- stage presence,
- microphone etiquette,
- Numerous tips as Rhonda demonstrates all of these techniques.
The modeling style taught in this video will work for those contestants competing in the following natural pageant systems:
- Miss American Coed (MAC),
- National American Miss (NaMiss),
- Miss America,
- America's Outstanding Teen,
- Miss Teen USA,
- Miss USA,
- Mrs. America,
- Mrs. United States,
- Teen, Miss and Mrs. International,
- America's National Teenager (Antso),
- American Royal Beauties,
- Any of the numerous systems that follow the standards of a natural pageant.
Contestants who are brand new to pageantry or have done a couple pageants in the past; and those who do not have pageant preparation resources close to them will benefit most from this DVD. Even if you feel confident in your modeling skills, the numerous tips shared in this DVD will take your onstage presence to the next level.
Please allow up to 14 days to receive your DVD. This is being shipped from a separate vendor. The DVD is readable in all countries around the world but should you receive a defective DVD, a replacement one will be sent.
The WTP Pageant Planner
The Winning Through Pageantry Pageant Planner from Holdon contains organizational pages for logging and tracking 100 pageant related events. Each form records Event Details, Contact Info, Event Expenses, and Post-Event Info. There is also an Income Management Section to record payment details.
Now logging & tracking your pageant-related event details is easy!
- High-quality product
- 8.5" x 11"
- Finished coil-bound spine
- Vinyl front and back covers for durability
- Your contact information
- Important pageant contacts (i.e. - coach, director, salon, etc.)
- Other contact information
Live Performance Forms
- Logging & tracking forms to track up to 100 pageant-related events (i.e. - consultations, media events, autograph signings, etc.)
- Log event requirements (i.e. - crown & banner, opening number wardrobe, script, etc.)
- Record all of your event expenses and mileage for tax purposes
- Post Event area (i.e. - what you wore, who you met, guests, etc.)
Income & Reimbursement Management
Record income & reimbursement details (Pageant/Event Name, Event Date, Payment, etc.)
Pageant Target List
Target Pageants, know special requirements, competition, categories, entry fees, etc.
A section dedicated to Pageant Industry professionals you wish to keep in contact with
- Keep your notes handy and accessible
- Add any thoughts, suggestions or ideas
- 12-month, day-by-day, fill-in calendar section (non-time sensitive, fill-in as you go)
- 24-month quick-view calendar section
- Promo Material Pocket to hold self-promotional material that you can pass around (i.e. - promo postcards, headshots, flyers, etc.)
- Notes Pocket to store any speeches, top-5 question notes, etc.
The WTP Interview Card Set
What kind of questions will the judges ask me in interview?
What if I don't have an answer?
The ability to answer questions about you, your family, platform, goals, community and pop culture in a clear way is an important life skill. The more practice you have in conversing with people, the better your speaking skills will become.
Over 1000 contestants from ages 7 to 80 around the world have used these cards and reported back to me that they were confident and prepared for their pageant interview. Many of my clients receive the highest interview scores.
As a contestant and judge, these are real questions that I have asked, been asked, or heard other judges ask in the interview room. I know they are effective and relevant because my clients and pageant family on Facebook have told me several times that they have experienced other pageant coaches and judges using my cards. By the way, I take this as a compliment, not a threat :).
Outstanding features of this 12 card set includes:</ p>
- Over 200 questions covering 12 diverse subjects. Each card has questions dedicated to one topic. For example, there are 56 questions on the "favorites" card.
- The back side is blank so you can jot down your ideas for answers.
- Being the size of a recipe card, they are easy to carry and you can practice anywhere.
The DVD will arrive separately from the planner and the interview cards. With the holiday mail delivery, please allow up to 14 days for delivery.
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Rhonda Shappert is an expert pageant coach, an iPEC Certified Professional Coach, an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF).
She created Winning Through Pageantry® to partner with pageant contestants and their support people to provide complete pageant preparation, achieve winning results in life through pageantry, and to Succeed From The Inside Out®.
She has over 30 years experience in the pageantry world as a contestant, judge, emcee, staff member, mother of daughters who compete, Mrs. Ohio America 2005, and has held multiple titles at the local, state and national levels.
Rhonda graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Musical Theater from The Ohio State University and has performed on stage in 15 countries on the Asian, European and American continents. This mother of three home educates their children and has been married 22 years to her husband Stephen, is the former mayor of her community, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Virtual Academy. She and her husband perform original contemporary Christian music. For more information on Rhonda, visit www.WinningThroughPageantry.com.