"I was scouted for Miss Great Grimsby whilst volunteering at a homeless shelter; I came 2nd place and caught the pageant bug! I then competed in Miss Sheffield and came 3rd, then Miss Yorkshire where I won! I then went on to the Miss England finals, won the sports round and came 7th. I competed in Miss Great Grimsby a year later and came 3rd, I got through the Miss England semi Finals and came 1st Runner up at the Miss England Finals. I took a year out whilst organising my wedding and then competed for Miss Great Britain in Feb 2020 as Miss Lincolnshire. I was ecstatic to win and I also won Best in Interview and Best Personality!
My advice to any girl competing would be; be yourself and NEVER GIVE UP! It took me many attempts to win a national title and I never changed as person throughout.
I love every aspect of UK pageants; the empowerment, the fun, the charity work and the way it pushes me to be the best version of myself. My favorite part is the friends I’ve made along the way. I have truly made friends for life; friends that came to my wedding, friends I’ve been on holiday with and just made so many amazing memories!
I always feel so nervous before getting on stage, to the point where my whole body is shaking! I then take deep breaths and as soon as I hit the stage I feel fine and happy! I always have a whale of a time at rehearsals, I really enjoyed the Miss GB ones the most, we had pizza and I got to catch up with my friends and I loved learning the dance routine! I believe if you are in a competition for the right reasons and to have fun... you will enjoy the rehearsals! Don’t take it too seriously."
"Hi, my name is Lauren Scobie and I am 17 years old. I placed 2RU in Miss Teen Great Britain 2019 and I’m currently a grand finalist for Miss Teen Great Britain 2020 - representing Newcastle upon Tyne. I was first introduced to pageants by a girl from my dance classes, Julz Taylor. She was competing regularly and doing a lot of fundraising. She invited a few of us along to a charity photo shoot, raising funds for Together for short lives. The shoot was organised by Harriotte Lane as part of her Miss Junior Teen Great Britain journey. I found out more about pageants from her and started following her on social media. About 3 years ago, Harriotte organised a charity pageant and asked would I like to take part. I did. I had a great day, lots of fun and made loads of new friends. I never won, but decided I was hooked!
My biggest inspiration has to be Harriotte Lane, Miss International UK and Miss International 4thRU. She has helped me through bullying, inspired me to do my best and coaches me through The Crown Coach.
My main saying is Aspire to be the Queen you would like to look up to. If you’re not her without a crown, you will never be her with one. Remember the crown is just a bonus. The real prize is the lessons you learn and the friendships you make.
My one piece of advice to anyone new to pageants.... have fun and be yourself."
Photo credit Charlotte Clemie photography
Earrings are earring envy
Top is a Sherri Hill 2 piece
Makeup - make up by Lauren
Hair by Kerry Scobie
"I got scouted for my local Miss England heat in 2012. I had never heard of pageants in the U.K. before and I thought why not, unfortunately I then found out that they don’t allow mothers to compete but I really wanted to experience what a pageant was so I did some research and found a heat of Miss British Empire which did allow mothers to compete. So I decided to go for it I didn’t win, I didn’t even place but I loved how my confidence grew from walking on stage and raising money for Bullies Out Charity was an amazing feeling. I was awarded Best Dressed and also Miss Congeniality (I felt like a real life Sandra Bullock) so I decided to try again. I competed in Miss British Empire Sheffield in the same year and won, I then competed at the national Final where I was awarded Miss Publicity.
That was it I was hooked I had the “pageant bug” I loved everything about pageants from the women I met, to the charity work and don’t forget the beautiful dresses. I then competed in Face of the Globe North East and won so I went to Paris to compete in my first International. I carried on competing on and off for a few years, I placed 3rd runner up in Ms Earth and won Royal U.K. Miss Role Model for the Ms Section.
After a break I decided that now was the right time mentally to come back. So I decided to compete in Ms Diamond U.K. as it allows all women to compete and understand how empowering pageants can be.
I became a finalist in April 2019 and due to COVID19 I’m still a finalist as the National an international final have both been postponed. But I’ve tried to turn this situation into a positive by starting a pageant lockdown blog as well as writing for Pageant Magazine.
My favourite pageant to watch has to be Miss Universe but so far Diamond has been my favourite to compete in as the fellow contestants and directors have been incredibly supportive and even more so during lockdown.
Pageant wise I have a couple of Role Models my first is Stephanie Hill former Miss England, Miss U.K. and Miss World Europe and now Miss Universe GB finalist. I really don’t know how she finds the time to do everything but she does, she’s so kind and welcoming and to me that’s a true Queen. My second pageant role model is Harriotte Lane at 18 years old she has done incredible things, competing Internationally twice, created her own pageant network to help women wanting to get into pageants and also brought media attention to sexual assault. This is what Queens need to do to make a difference speak up about things that might be uncomfortable but can make a difference.
My biggest achievement was competing internationally. But my biggest achievements charity wise which I completed as a pageant girl has to be running a half marathon (by accident) sky diving and finally bungee jumping which was in 2019 and has to be the scariest thing I’ve ever done, I cried I didn’t think I could do it but I remembered why I was doing it (raising money for charity) and I after about 20 minutes I managed to complete it."
Photo Credit Dfish (photographer) MUA Aisha Page
"If someone had said to me at school I would be involved in pageants I would say erm no!!! It’s crazy how my views of pageants are literally nothing what I thought at all. I have had the most incredible time competing in pageants the last few years and I can’t believe how different they are now. They have completely evolved from what they used to be.
The women I have met are genuine beautiful beautiful hearted women who just want to to get out there and make a difference to lives and become the best versions of themselves but at the same time help others grow. Everyone helps and supports one another especially to the run up of the competitions and it’s such a beautiful thing to see and experience!
Competing in pageants is so much more than walking up and down the stage even though it’s so much fun... it’s about being proud of who you are, being confident in your own skin, building a platform to make a difference and just simply representing something that changes lives.
I am so proud of myself for opening my eyes to this world and always staying open minded. It has helped me to build confidence and build lots of friendships. It has showed me that no matter how scared or nervous I get that I can attach those fears and do so many amazing things like every single person that’s reading this right now. We are all capable of so much and we never truly know just how much until we throw ourself into situations we may not want to do and get out of our comfort zones to grow as a human being and then realise it was one of the best things you ever did!! Never limit yourself guys and remember on your journey there is room for everyone! Just help each other and always always be unapologetically you. Thank you pageant world"
"I got into pageantry because I wanted to take my modelling experience to the next level. I believe pageants can open many doors, especially when you are seen by the number of people on the stage. Also, because I wanted to prove that any girl can start with modelling or beauty pageant... From my experience I have been told many times that I cannot do modelling because I'm not tall enough, not skinny enough and so on... Therefore I decided that now is the right time to do next step and enter the beauty pageant, breaking the stereotypes and showing that if you want something you can do it, no matter what people say.
The fact that pageants influence your personal growth and define you better as a person. Along that journey I have my sisters with whom we form a small family, supporting and empowering each other. It's truly enjoyable that we stand together, even though it's a competition.
Besides, I'm sure that the most enjoyable moment will be to meet all the girls in person and walk on stage. The moment of putting that dress on and going out there will be one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences.
I entered my first pageant in 2018 - Miss Poland UK and Ireland. Unfortunately, I made it only to the semifinals. However, that experience got me even more motivated to come back next year and compete in the same pageant, but again, I made it only to the semifinal... I truly wanted to continue my pageant journey so decided to change a pageant system. I applied for both, Miss International UK and Miss Earth UK where I got accepted for both. The final decision was to enter Miss International UK!
The purpose of beauty pageant is to define your personality, strengths and weakness as a person, but also gain confidence and raise your self-worth. Many people have a wrong perception about pageants thinking they are only about the way women look. The times slightly changed and it's more about what can you give to the world, what is it that you want to speak about or support a certain cause, address an issue. I would rather say girls in pageants compete for the voice because if you have a certain title, people will naturally like to hear what you have to say.
My favourite pageants are Miss World because I can admire the beauty from all around the world, Miss International because its theme resonates with me and Miss Poland as I used to watch it when I was younger. That's probably the reason Miss Poland UK and Ireland was the first pageant system I competed in.
In the future I see myself as a successful full-time artist. I honestly want to maintain my living from art in the future. I know it's not an easy task given the fact that the art market is so competitive, but I have been working my whole life on it. Some people think it's so easy to just sit and paint but it’s a long journey... Also, I still see myself doing part-time modelling, doesn't matter if I’ll be 30 or 35.
I believe pegeants have an impact on women empowerment because they give a platform for the contestants to be heard and it places them in leadership and mentorship roles. You find yourself in a very empowering environment when you enter a pageant, surrounded by so many strong and intelligent women with a vision.
I am often asked about my pageant experience and what it takes to get involved in pageantry. Many girls say they are not ready or confident enough to enter. I use my life experience as an example that anyone can enter a pageant. Encouraging them apply and boost their confidence."
"Due to the exposure of pageants in my daily life and watching pageants like Miss Vietnam and Miss Universe, I have always been fascinated and immersed with the pageant world. This lead to wanting to partake in a pageant. However, because of my misconceptions and self-doubt with my height and the ethnicity of myself with a UK pageant, I thought I couldn’t. One day, I came with the realisation that I shouldn’t let my insecurities stop me so I applied to join my first pageant: Miss International UK and I can’t wait to do it in August.
I adore pageants so much and never realised how much it can change you into a better person. I encourage everyone in my life to consider entering due to the self-discovery element of pageants. Having to practice answering interview questions, you have to know yourself. You have to know who you are as a person and who you want to be in the future. There are a lot of misconceptions however, pageants are not solely based on looks; pageants are inclusive and welcome all height, size and colour; not all pageant girls are catty. Imagine a girl moving her hips confidently to the beat of the music like Latino women and showing the body the girl has worked so hard for off. It makes you feel unbeatable. Wearing a swimsuit in front of everyone can make you feel so empowered and confident. Miss International UK will not be the only pageant I will ever do. I enjoy the prep, charity work, explaining to everyone my platform, shopping for dresses and practising my walk. I enjoy networking with other strong powerful women to help break down the stereotypes of women in STEM. I hope I change the world one step at a time with pageants and my career."
"Pageants have allowed me to make amazing friends from all over the UK. It has given me the opportunity to share campaigns, charities and organisations close to my heart. I have gained so much confidence and made so many memories. I’m so proud to be a pageant girl."
"My name is Ruby Monique Delacruz and I’m a 24 year old pageant girl from Texas. When I first began competing in pageantry, I was a shy nineteen year old with very little self confidence. My first preliminary pageant was a disaster and it was clear that I was the odd one out, yet thankfully, I was still accepted by the seasoned pageant competitors. It goes without saying that I did not place, but I was bitten hard by the pageant bug! As I began to compete more frequently and learn more about what pageantry really was about, I gained determination, confidence, and was able to develop many skills I feel I would not have learned without pageantry. My favourite pageant system that I’ve competed in has been the Miss Belleza Latina pageant. (@bellezalatinapageant) I have never felt so comfortable and so included in a pageant system before. It has been an honour and a privilege to represent the state of Texas and compete in a system that celebrates my cultural pride as a Latina woman."
"I decided to enter into my first pageant, as a few of my friends had taken part in pageants previously and thoroughly enjoyed their experience - they had made lots of lifelong friendships, had the opportunity to gain new skills and get involved with volunteering and charity work and they had also developed their confidence massively through competing.
I want to get involved in pageantry as I’ve always been interested in competing, but I never had the time previously with work and my education. Now, with my university studies, I have more time and I was encouraged by my friends’ experiences to take part so I can make long lasting memories, gain skills and make friends. I also work as a freelance fashion/beauty model so I thoroughly enjoy all things fashion and beauty.
My favourite thing about pageants is that I get to meet different pageant girls from all over and learn about who they are, their experiences, their platforms and their goals and it’s really inspiring. I’ve also made many friendships already from entering my first pageant. What have I done to help the pageant community - I have created an online platform called Inspire With Cait in which I share the inspiring stories of individuals from around the world whether they are titleholders, pageant contestants, authors, entrepreneurs and more, to spread positivity and kindness in this difficult time but also empower and inspire others to achieve. I have created a community of women that encourage one another to succeed."
"I’m the kind of person that always needs to be working towards a goal, for the past two years I have been trying desperately to chase my career in government. This finally happened for me this year so I decided to turn my attention to something completely new and enter Miss International UK.
It was so incredibly far out of my comfort zone to the point where I felt like I couldn’t truly go through with it. That feeling, however showed me that, that is why I must.
I’m grateful for every opportunity to grow and Miss International UK has been a phenomenal experience thus far and the closer it gets, the less nervous and more excited I am to show everyone what I’m made of and I very much hope to inspire others to PUSH themselves and never give up on anything, ever."
"Winning Miss Essex in August 2019 was possibly the greatest delayed birthday present I could have hoped for. I had absolutely no expectations going into the competition as it was the first pageant I had ever competed in but it completely changed every single perception that I had ever had about pageants. Winning the title was completely unexpected as I was significantly less experienced than some of the other girls, my sister describes my walk as a ‘stomp’ and having my photo taken for the press release was the first time I had ever even had my picture taken properly (outside of your cheesy school photos). What I DID have in my favour was experience on stage having come from a dancing background. I love being on stage it literally gives me life.
Before competing in the final of Miss Essex I honestly didn’t even think I was that bothered about winning, until I did and then I realised how much it meant to me to see all my hard work on the lead up to the final coming to fruition and being rewarded for it. Winning Miss Essex also opened up so many opportunities for me within the community, to meet new people and even to make some pretty cool appearances including the Essex TV awards which was great fun.
As Miss Essex I was able to use my platform to shoot a charity calendar for Cancer Research. The official charities for Miss Great Britain 2019/20 were Cancer Research and Alex’s Wish and as my mum had been diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly before I competed in Miss Essex it’s a charity incredibly close to my heart. I worked with the very talented Ross Day and being involved in pageants allows you to fundraise but use your platform to get a greater reach!
One of the most important things for me throughout the competition was to prove that the Essex stereotype no longer exists. I googled ‘Essex girl’ and found the following in the Cambridge dictionary “insulting word for a young woman who dresses and behaves in a way that attracts attention and shows she is not intelligent or stylish” and from the BBC who called Essex girls “thick, promiscuous and lacking in class”. I have been a soldier in the British Army for over five years and work in a specialist field to help inform the government and wider defence in order for them to make decisions. I have a number of A levels and my grades placed me firmly in the top 10% of the country and enabled me to interview at Cambridge University.
I am far from thick or promiscuous and I would argue that donning a military uniform and going to fight for my country overseas is a long way from unclassy! What’s more, the Miss Essex final had participants from the healthcare industry, from legal backgrounds and a number of business woman who all firmly challenge the Essex stereotype!"
"I’ve been involved with pageantry for close to four years. How would I rate it? Do I think pageantry is growing or dying? Do I think it’s headed in a positive direction? I’m faced with those questions on a regular basis. Either it comes up in conversation or it’s in my own thoughts. It’s never a simple question because I’ve experienced so much over those four years, both positive and negative. I’ve met some incredible people. I’ve met some who are incredibly damaged and take that out on others. I’ve made friends, I’ve lost friends. But in this time of isolation and reflection, I wanted to take an honest look at pageantry and give some of my thoughts as someone who’s intimately involved yet still has the perspective of an outsider, and I think it’s important for my own sanity and integrity because there are very few individuals who sit where I sit, neither on the inside nor the outside, and there are even fewer individuals who have the liberty to ‘say it as it is’ due to reasons too numerous to mention here. I first interviewed a pageant competitor back in 2016. I quickly became involved in the scene because I loved the idea of the cliché ‘beauty with a purpose’. Yes most of the girls on the scene were physically attractive, yet they were using it for a greater purpose for the most part. People who tell you that physical beauty isn’t important in pageants are both right and wrong. You certainly don’t get marks for how you look (as far as I’m aware), however if you look at the majority of the contestants in the major pageant systems, it’s hard to argue that looks don’t factor into it. It could simply be a vicious cycle: if you see that all the girls in a system look a certain way and you don’t look that way yourself, it could certainly be intimidating to enter.
Pageantry at its best has the ability to bring together women from all over the world, create lifelong bonds and make the world a better place in a real and tangible way.
Pageantry is more than the sum of its parts. It’s more than the tiaras, the crowns, the titles and the outfits. Through pageantry, I have found certain individuals that have become like family to me. That became very clear to me during my time in the UK."
"I got into pageants by accident! I was working in a pub when I was a student and there was an advert in the local magazine advertising for Miss Leeds 2012. The locals persuaded me to enter and the rest is history! I won Miss Leeds and went onto the Miss England final. Since then I have competed in many pageants because I love the sisterhood that it creates. But the thing I love most about pageants is how they have helped me create a better more successful version of myself.
My biggest achievement in pageants so far is representing England on the international stage in the Philippines.
My favourite pageant in the UK are any of the ones organised by the PageantGirl team. They are such incredible systems supporting women and raising outstanding amounts of money for charities.
I love using pageants as a platform to show women from all backgrounds that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to."
"Hi my name is Amber and I am 12 years old I won my first title in 2019 which was junior miss United kingdom supreme, I am now a finalist for royal international miss UK and was due to compete in Jan 2021 however this has now been postponed until July 2021.
I was first introduced to pageants by my little sister who has always loved the stage but I thought no way I had the confidence it took to get onto a stage with all eyes on me, after a year of my little sister competing I finally built up the courage and entered 6 weeks before the event. Not placing I went away even more determined to work even harder during my year as a finalist raising thousands for charity and travelling over 4000 miles all over the United kingdom.
I finally won, my dream had become reality and I had so much more confidence and so much more girls I could now call friends. I am now a finalist once again and my dreams to compete internationally to represent the untied kingdom are once step closer. Suffering alot of bad bullying due to having bad skin my one motto in life is to make the younger girls with no confidence feel more confident about themselves and believe they can do anything they aspire to do. If I can make even one girl feel good about themselves i know I'm doing something right.
Pageants are so much more than a stage compition they have given me so much more confidence than I ever thought I could have, allowed me to travel to places, meet new friends and most importantly support other girls who once may have had the same confidences issues as myself.
My pageant inspiration has to go to harriotte lane (crown coach)and Deone Robertson without both of these girls supporting me every step of the way from learning my walks, helping me with interview, styling advice and emotional support. I wouldn't be half the girl I am now. Anyone who is thinking about joining our crazy pageant family my advice would be DO IT, it is the most supportive group of girls you will ever meet along with building your interview skills, raising money for charity and becoming the best version of yourself.
It's not the winning that matters it's the journey and all the amazing memories you make".
"Wow! Let me introduce you to the actual fairy godmother of pageant preparation!... As with any journey (especially your pageant journey) it’s always best to have some help along the way, which is where Rachael (The Pageant Coaching Academy) comes in!
Rachael has been involved in the pageant industry for almost 15 years, she started as a competitor and is now a professional pageant coach, who as a Beauty Queen, has also won several titles and awards having competed in many ‘grand slam’ pageant systems including Miss Grand International, Miss Supranational, Miss Wales (World), Miss Galaxy International, Miss European and many more! How incredible!
Rachael is able to prepare clients for a variety of systems. Her clients are of all ages and experience levels. She has a host of clients who pay testament to her methods as they have won their crowns and awards in a variety of systems! Through tailored support Rachael will coach, mentor, teach and motivate you to reflect upon and develop yourself to enhance what you have to offer as a contestant and titleholder so that you can live up to your full potential! If you are keen to find out more drop her a DM on The Pageant Coaching Academy page!"
Hearing them call out your name, the crowd going wild, and realising you have just won Miss Philippines UK 2019- that is an incredible feeling, I really cannot put into words how I felt in that moment, but it doesn’t compare to the journey of personal development I went though leading up to that point. The crown might only last for a year but the lessons you have learnt on the way will stay with you for a lifetime. I promised you in the title that I would share my secret to success. It will sound quite easy to do but to truly master it, one must really sit down, practise, and reflect on it. Don’t worry, I’m not going to make you wait until the end of the post. I’ll tell you the secret right now and then explain the journey I went thought to really learn this secret.
It’s really quite simple- just be totally authentic.
You may be thinking ‘well, obviously…’ but it may surprise you how many people put up a front, thinking that they are being ‘the best version of themselves’ when actually they are just acting how they think they should in a pageant. I know there is always the possibility that someone can win by putting on a believing façade but why would you want someone who isn’t you to win? I mean, you would have the title and crown but what for? YOU didn’t win it, the personality you put on did. Here some examples of what you can think about when showing of the authentic you:
YouTube videos promise to teach you how to walk but they only teach you the basics. Once you have mastered that then you can start playing with it and start personalising your walk. You will probably know Catriona Grey’s ‘Lava Walk’ (If not, PLEASE google it). Many people have since tried to copy her winning walk but if you really think about why it is her winning walk, you’ll realise it fits into her whole ‘look/ package’ (her dress, her makeup, her hairstyle, the focus on the slow-mo turn, the embodiment of her vision of the Philippines). If you don’t have the balance for the slow-mo turn or if you happen to have a super heavy dress, then Catriona’s ‘winning walk’ just won’t be winning for you. In my experience of the pageant, each candidate’s unique walking styles really shone through. Some girls were trying to copy other girls’ walks, but it just did not suit them. There are more sexy walks, more regal walks, walks that bounce, walks that glide, and walks that strut across the stage- they all can be successful but only if it fits in with your whole look and personality.
Secondly, the above can be said for your outfit choices, especially your evening wear. There are dress trends that come in and out of style but different body types and personalities, not to mention your walk styles, call for different dress styles. Your go-to poses will also determine the best dress for you. If you enjoy poses that focus on your legs then maybe a high slit dress is for you, however if you want to move more and do more fast turns then maybe a high slit dress might show the audience more than you were planning. At the time running up to Miss Philippines UK 2019 everyone was inspired and was looking for Catriona Grey’s straight cut dress with a high side split, and to be honest with you, so was I at first. However, trying out the dresses and posing in the mirror I was just getting more frustrated at how it wasn’t all coming together and the poses I was trying to pull off didn’t have that ‘finishing touch’. It all changed when the loveliest lady asked me to do an exercise that changed my life. She asked me to go up to the mirror, look at myself in the eye, and describe my features and personality traits I’m most proud of. She then talked to me and mentioned that what I was saying never pointed towards the more sensual/sexy look. We talked more about how my look was more ‘regal and gracious’ and found a dress that suited that and made me and my personality shine. Poses because effortless and walking had that extra something suddenly added. It is things like this which you need to have a good look at yourself and what your strengths are an what you want to emanate in your performance.
Last thing from me is the different sections (Casualwear/ Swimwear/ Evening wear/ Q+A/ etc), you need to think about your strengths and which sections you will flourish in. Personally, as I mentioned, I was never one to show off my body and look sexy. I was, however, proud of my ability to do Q+A. I knew that I could grab the judges’ attention during my Q+A and make-up for my less strong swimwear performance. I knew that I’d need to put more of my attention on my weaknesses but maintain my Q+A performance standard to ensure I was always in the Judges’ radar. You may not think it at first but there are tactics involved (but please do not overthink this. Just show off what you have and be happy within yourself)
In all, as you can see, a lot more goes into pageantry than smiling, wearing a nice dress, and walking around the stage in swimwear. Please, if you are thinking about joining a pageant, show off the BEAUTIFUL person that is YOU. Make the judges choose YOU. Properly show off the best version of YOU that you can.
"Hi everyone, my name is Chloe-Rose Adkin, I’m 19 years of age and based in Nottingham! I started my pageant journey in 2016 and haven’t stopped since, I definitely caught the pageant bug! I’ve competed in Miss England, Miss/Miss Teen Galaxy UK and I’m the reigning Miss Pageant Girl Nottingham with the hopes of becoming Miss Pageant Girl UK 2020/21! I recently placed 1st Runner-Up at Miss Galaxy UK which is my proudest moment to date! During the lead up to the competition, I invested time into myself to find my ‘why’ and create my platform Heart Awareness. For me, pageantry is all about lifting women up and being their biggest cheerleader! I see myself as being a smiley face in a crowded room that you know you can always come and stand/chat with! My aim within the PageantLand community, is to help support all our amazing UK pageant girls with their journeys, weather that be sharing tips ‘n’ tricks, appearance opportunities or even campaigns for us to get involved with!"
"Hello, my name is Emma Patrick and I am Ms Goa. I have been involved with pageants for many years and I won Miss Worldwide twice before getting my title of Ms Goa. One of the main reasons I like doing pageants is because of the charity side, I love to help others and give them hope.
Another reason why I like pageants is because of all the friends you can make, I love to find out about different people, to get to know them and about their different cultures.
I am also an international role model and ambassador, this is a very special club for people that have shown compassion, service and leadership. I am very proud to own both of these titles, I don't think I am worthy of either of them but I do work hard and I will continue to work hard so that I can do my best.
There are many reasons why I do pageants but three main ones, the first is that I want to help others, I want to create a better world for this generation and for the ones to come. In my opinion this is doing charity work, helping those near to me and also the new people I might meet. One example of this would be that I sponsor children in Africa, many of them are orphans and I write letters and cards that are filled with positive messages. I believe in God and I believe that he showed us how to love one another.
The second reason why I like doing pageants is because it is an opportunity to meet new people that you can support. It is amazing to make new friends and also to see friends that you haven't seen for a while because of the distance.
The third reason is that I like to create awareness, not only for the charities but also for personal reasons. I have a brain tumour and I want to help others that are going through cancer or any health problems. I have been given the bad news that there is no cure for my cancer but I trust in the Lord and know that he has a plan for me. Others may have different faiths or none at all and I believe that everyone is equal. I believe that life is short and it is my duty to help others.
Pageants bring me positivity, hope and joy. Like I mentioned before, I like to support others and I am so happy for them when they win and I know that if I don't win God will give me a second chance or give something better that suits me.
I have two platforms for Ms Goa and they are Samaritans and Community and Cultures Together. Samaritans is a helpline for people that are going through difficult times, they receive a call at least every 6 seconds. Community and Cultures Together is a non profit that I set up to support people who are lonely or that have just moved to the area and need help. We also raise donations for local and international charities."
"Little Miss Teen Staffordshire 2020/2021 is my very first pageant. I am a child actor, dancer and model. I have had performed professionally all over the country and for professional companies and I am agency represented. Pageantry has so many positive impacts. It encourages growth in confidence and meet lifelong friends. My experience so far has been amazing I have been able to grow as an individual and it has helped me learn so much about myself and how to be the best version of me. I love being able to make people happy, share kindness and my love for helping others.
My inspiration is Harriotte Lane, Miss International UK and Miss International 4RU. Harriotte inspires me to be the very best I can be. My confidence is blossoming and her support as The Crown coach has been invaluable.
My pageantry quote:
'Have Faith and believe in your dreams"
"After pregnancy my body dramatically changed, self-esteem dropped and affected mental health, so to improve situation I have decided to challenge myself and do something absolutely new. After doing plenty of research, I entered “Miss Mystic Beauty”.
As finalist, I am everywhere- involved in community events, charity pageants, other ladies campaigns and in my own “Choose Cruelty-Free project”. At the beginning I was so scared and nervous, because I did not believe in myself, but as more I pushed myself, more rewarding it felt and my self-esteem raised.
Scott Sorrel has said: ”You make the world a better place by making yourself a better person”. That is what I believe is happening in pageantry and is inspiring me. Everyone is trying to become best version of themselves and are working very hard for their personal development, community and charities.
I do not have one particular mentor,but what I believe in describes a good role model- good reputation, having a positive attitude, being reliable and hardworking.
As my platform I have chosen to fight against testing on animals and spread the message about cruelty-free products. As this subject is very wide, I have divided it and concentrating on cosmetics and hygiene products at this moment. The reason why is very simple, because I love animals.
The best advice for everyone who comes from my personal experience is when you start doing something, people always make comments and sometimes try to put you down, but do not listen to them, stick to your goals and ambitions."
My name is Rebecca. I am 26 years old from Brighton. My day job is a bus driving instructor. I originally started pageants in 2017, I had never thought of doing a pageant and because a friend of mine was in Miss Brighton I decided to join too. I won the title of Miss Charity 2017 and also was in the top 8. At the time I was very shy and timid and didn’t have much confidence when competing in the pageant. I have always loved being able to help charities and this gave me the perfect opportunity.
I decided to walk 9 miles through Brighton dressed as a Disney princess and raised £567.44 for the Connor Saunders Foundation and Amandas Angels. I was really happy with the amount raised and felt honoured to win the title of Miss Charity 2017.
The following year I decided to compete again in Miss Brighton as I enjoyed the previous year and I felt much more confident in myself. In 2018 the pageant was run differently, rather than having a ‘live heat’ It was ran by online applications and interviews. In a way I liked this because I had the opportunity to put my personality across. I was very proud to be announced as Miss Brighton 2018 which meant I had the opportunity to go onto represent Miss Brighton in Miss Great Britain.
Again being a part of Miss Great Britain meant I had the opportunity to raise money for charities and also support local events as Miss Brighton. I decided I wanted to do something different to raise money so I abseiled 450ft down the British Airways i360. It was absolutely terrifying but incredible at the same time and I was so pleased to raise £349.64 for Globals Make Some Noise.
Then along came 2019. I competed in Pure International and Miss British Isles and I also won the title of Miss Sussex in the March which enabled me to compete in a national pageant called Miss Mystic Beauty.
In the October I competed in the final and was incredibly honoured to win the overall title of Miss Mystic Beauty and also the category title of Miss Publicity. I will reign as the current Miss Mystic Beauty until October 2021.