Tips on How to Win a Pageant

Before or even you are already in a beauty pageant competition, you will always find yourself searching and asking these questions; “How to win a pageant?”, “What are the things that I must do to win a pageant?”, “ What are the things that I must know to win this pageant?” or “How could I win this pageant?”.

Below is a very long article to answer your questions. Because there is no shortcut or no short answers to these questions. It is a comprehensive article containing tips on how to win a pageant .

A) Consider Things Before Joining A Pageant

1. Do the reporting at school whenever there is a chance. This is a good avenue for you to develop your speaking skills.

2. Join the student government in your school. This exposes you to great personalities to whom you can learn from.

3. Take good care of your health and beauty. You will never win without that.

4. Join a dance or performing arts group. This enhances your body movements which will help you improve your poise on the stage.

5. Attend as many social gatherings as you can. This will test you how comfortable you are in carrying yourself within the crowd. Make it sure you stand out of the rest as if you are competing against all of the people there.

B) Things You Must Have To Win A Pageant

Before joining a beauty pageant, it is necessary to meet some requirements or standards before pushing into it. Or else, the other candidates will be ahead of you from the very beginning or worse, you will regret why have you not discover this article long before. Here are five must-have to be a beauty queen:

1. Do you have the beauty?

Physically, you really have to be more beautiful or more prettier than the other girls. I know that you know how you stand in the presence of the other candidates. You can see that, feel that, or hear that from what other people are talking about. It does not matter if you have a fair-skin or dark-skin.

Once accepted and seen your fellow candidates or learn about who would be your competitors, evaluate right away if you are going to push or withdraw your application. Be honest to yourself.

2. Do you have the confidence and the intelligence that both stems from knowing yourself very well?

Know yourself. I mean can you answer all questions that ask your opinion? Are you that strongly opinionated in all matters? If yes, then you are almost ready to win. Confidence and intelligence is greatly caused by being strongly opinionated in all issues be it about yourself, ( Who is the most influential person in your life?) or about others (How can you help women advanced their rights?). Confidence and intelligence help and add your physical beauty to be more stunning out of the rest of the applicants.

3. Can you follow a dance step very well under time constraint?

Pageant is known to be grace and poise under pressure. You have to look fresh in all angles even after a dance. So, can you manage to genuinely smile even right after the end of your production number? If you look tired, does it show or you can greatly hide it? Well, it would be better to have a good stamina then to do and finish the different routines, pivots, and turns. Do exercise like jogging so you don’t get easily tired and look tired as well. In that way, you do not have to pretend or hide anything. And usually, those who can dance well can walk well.

4. Do you have any talent ready to be presented?

Rush practice lowers your chances to making impression. If, you have joined a pageant that requires and assumes that all of their candidates are kind of a singer, dancer, violinist, pianist, magician and other some tricky and entertaining personages, well, goodluck to you. (LOL)

5. Do you have enough budget to make it through?

Joining beauty pageant is expensive. It can make you broke specially in small pageants that do not draw attention of sponsors. You will end up renting or buying your own clothes. My advice? You do not have to win small pageants in order to win big pageants.

As what I have observed, there are three types of candidates who always find place or slot for the semi-final cut-off i.e.

1. The candidate who can best expressed herself compared to the rest of the contestants;

2. The candidate who has or who shows the greatest interest or determination to the committee that she would really do everything to make it to the top; and

3. The candidate who appeals to be the most kind and down-to-earth among the rest. Remember, when all the girls are beautiful, the most kind will seem to be the most buoyant among the candidates.

My advice, be all of them. If not, be one of the three.

C) Five Questions To Answer Before Winning A Pageant

Before joining a beauty contest, you must be able to honestly answer the following beauty pageant questions:

 1. Why are you joining this contest?

If you cannot answer this yet, think about it. Why are you really joining this contest? I am sure you have many reasons.

2. What is your edge over other applicants?

If you know the role and responsibility after winning the pageant your into, is not that a good advantage or edge over the other candidates? Being sure of what your joining and aiming for? What about your college course or your profession? Can you figure it out on how to make it an advantage over the other candidates?

3. What do you think would be your role if you win the title?

I would not like an applicant who do not have any idea of what would be her role if she wins. Candidates who do not have time to know about the pageant but only after prizes, popularity, and exposure.

4. How can you promote us?

Pageants are there to search for somebody who can serve as official representative or promoter of a certain sponsor or state. Not knowing who is behind the pageant’s existence is not a good impression to those who would be screening you who are usually official representatives of the pageant financers or sponsors.

5. Can you tell us something about yourself; your character, ambition, hobbies, interests and your family?

This is supposed to be the most easiest. It is all about you. How can you not answer this well? If you cannot, maybe it is time for you to think if you are really sure if you do want to join the pageant and win. If yes, then please make sure that you have passed the first five questions I have posted on B) Things You Must Have To Win A Pageant.

D) Knowing The Criteria Is Also Knowing How To Win A Pageant

Knowing the pageant system, sequence, program or whatever they may call it is one of the requirements for you to know to help you win a pageant. These systems are actually based on what we call beauty pageant criteria. These are some considerations that the judges are looking into when choosing the winners. I have observed these in general and are arranged according to importance.

To win the semi-final round, consider these factors:

There are two usual ways on how pageant semi-finalists are chosen. These are the pre-pageant, no-make-up, closed door interview a week or even hours before the pageant, and casual interview on the pageant night or sometimes during the talent night competition.

1. Maturity or content of your pageant answer.

2. Beauty which comprises facial attributes, complexion, figure and voice. 3. Your fluency in English which includes manner of delivery and confidence. 4. Ramp skills and stage presence that makes you buoyant among the pageant candidates.

To win the final round, consider these factors:

1. Beauty which comprises facial attributes, complexion, figure and voice.

2. Maturity or content of your pageant answer during the question and answer portion.

3. Your fluency in English which includes manner of delivery and confidence.

4. Poise and bearing during the gown competition.

Any other criteria that will be added will depend on the pageant you are into. You must mind asking a copy of the criteria and the pageant sequence and system they are going to follow as part of your pageant preparation checklist.

Getting the criteria gives you idea where the fight is. Is this pageant giving much more points to ramp skills and confidence? Or is it mainly on one’s intelligence? Do they prefer fair-skinned candidates? Do you really have to be that tall like 5’7 and up to join the top 5?

These criteria or factors on how to win a pageant might have been itemized, but the presence or absence of each item could not be underestimated on its effect. The judges are looking for someone who is a complete package to be able to serve her roles and responsibilities well as a title holder.

E) Important Suggestions To Win A Pageant:

1. Hire a pageant coach for consultation a year before.

Pageant coaches are expensive. That is what they say. Would it be expensive if they offer services that are worthy or maybe more than the worth of every penny you will spend? Practice right with the right beauty queen maker.

Do not go with spoilers who would promise you to provide or will take care of all these stuffs. Is there someone who has a talent in doing your make-up, your dance number, your answering to pageant questions, your ramp skill polisher, and your wardrobe designs all at the same time? Those who just focus on one thing or two are most likely better than those who has a knowledge on all the things that you need.

2. Watch the pageant a year or years before the season you are joining.

Being there even as an audience will give you a feel and insight of the actual pageant.

3. Practice before the screening not after the screening.

To ensure not to get rushed, it would be better to start early than late. Practicing after the screening would not amount to much. This is because the pageant you will be joining will have a strict and hectic schedule too and you really do not have much time to improve yourself. You got no time to focus specially on dealing with Pageant Questions. This lesson entails time and focus to master it.

F) How To Win A Pageant: A Walk Through

This contains pageant tips from screening, orientation, activities, practices, pre judging or pre pageant, production number and introduction, casual interview, awarding of minor awards,  swimwear competition, gown competition, question and answer portion up to the announcement of winners.

How to win a pageant: pre pageant activities


All pageants start from screening or audition. The notion that you are going to prepare after the screening is a misconception on how to win a pageant. Yes. Usually, candidates who officially passed the screening have one or two months of pageant preparation before the scheduled pageant night. However, their notion “I am going to prepare for the pageant”, should be corrected earlier. It should be “I am going to prepare before the screening” – and that’s totally different. On the first statement, you have two months to prepare, on the latter you have maybe four months to prepare or so, doubling the preparation for the pageant. The more prepared you are, the more confident and better performance you will have. Pageant is all about preparations too.


It pays to listen during orientations and briefings. As a contestant in a competition, you should know the criteria and how you would be judged because that is one way to know how to win a pageant. If personality is measured by the number of attendance in practices, then at least you would be able to know that every coming to a head is important. You might also consider going to the meeting place earlier than the other candidates to build a good impression.


Sometimes, the schedule of activities is also discussed during the orientation of the candidates. You have to look at this carefully. If there are lots of outdoor activities, then you might considering buying a sun block protection lotion with a higher SPF or Sun Protection Factor to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. You may also consider taking Vitamin E since your body will need these to regenerate lost tissues from tedious activities of the pageant. Vitamin E will help you stay blooming and most beautiful among the candidates. Another way on how to win a pageant? Get noticed.

During pre pageant activities, it is important that the committee must see the effort coming from you voluntarily. Can you mention a pageant organizer who wants to win a candidate who does not really want to join the pageant in the first place? Like for example, someone joined the pageant because she is the only one who could best represent their place, or someone who was only forced to join by her friends. No committee would ever let that candidate win a pageant without changing her ways and regards about the competition she had joined. Attitude towards the pageant matters.


Practices for the pageant night would be very tiring. Aside from that, since the pageant night is getting closer, the pressure among the candidates is doubled, thus, making it stressful for them – although being a candidate is actually rewarding and enjoying too.

In this part, the choreographer takes his place. All attention should be his and it must be. It is advised that you should listen to the choreographer’s instructions and follow and execute his movements properly.

Being inattentive will not help you. If you do not perfect the dance steps, blocking and routines prescribed by the choreographer, then how would you perform well? How about looking at the other candidates while performing the dance number? Judges would notice that. I would remind you that the place where the judges stay is the best view one can ever have better than the president of the organization who is financing and heading the pageant. So all the movements you make or any form or show of being not confident would be noticed by the judges.

You must be able to dance very well even if you are going to do it alone. Consider dancing well and be noticed out of the 20, 30, or even more numbers of pageant delegates. How did the past winners do that? Do you mind asking for their advises on how to win a pageant? Most likely, they have their own way tested by their own experience. My advice, listen to the choreographer. Do it right. And dance very well as if the judges are the only ones present.

Pre judging vs. pre pageant

“Pre judging” is mistakenly often interchanged or associated with the word pre pageant. Pre judging is a day set for the judges or the committee to see and rate the candidates whether in panel interview or in a face to face interview in a closed-door set-up. This is done to select the semi-finalists to be announced during the pageant night so as to save time and make the pageant night show shorter. It is an offset for the casual interview portion. Pre-judging can be done days before or hours before the pageant night, depending on the pageant committee’s decision.

On the other hand, the so called “Pre pageant” is often associated with the Talent Night Competition too. The candidates introduce themselves in their casual wear and then proceed to the backstage to prepare for their talent presentation. Sometimes, pre-pageants are done without talent competition since most of the pageants nowadays prefer to omit talent competition since it is just a waste of time and is just a minor award that does not have any bearing to the selection of the semi-final candidates much more to the top winners. Pre-Pageant sometimes are being held to select and award the different winners for the minor awards. This is done again to save time for the pageant night since the ideal time-frame for a pageant is only 2 to 3 hours, longer than these would make the show boring and tedious.

How to win a pageant: the pageant night

Production number and introduction

If I would be asked, “What is the most important part of the competition aside from the question and answer portion?” it would be the very first part where the candidate would show up themselves and oftentimes, that is the production number and self-introduction.

This is the part where everyone is very attentive including the judges. It is just natural that all are excited to see the participants or candidates on the first part of the program. One technique is to dominate the production number by being the best dancer. This is when the judges would choose among the candidates who would their bets be. Judges are humans, they too have their bets. But whoever their bets may be, are determined during that night since the judges are invited from other places and this would be the first time for them to see the candidates.

Once the production is over, they have already chosen their bets and are somewhat affected by this. In short, bias among the judges has grown a little. It is not that they are not professionals, but what I am trying to point out here is that they, too, are humans. How to win a pageant? First impression lasts because there is no second impression in pageants.

Casual interview

Most pageants nowadays do not include the casual wear competition with casual interview segment. However in rare cases, we have this part. The purpose of this segment is for the judges to select the top 8 or the top 5 candidates out of the 20 or 15 delegates. This is a qualifying round to assure the committee and the judges that they would have the best set of choices for the top 5 or 3 winners. So, if you have this one in your pageant, then it is the most important part before the final question and answer portion comes. You must master your bio-data you have passed during the screening day since this would be the primary basis of the question that would be asked to you by the emcee. If you are not able to give an impressive and confident answer in this portion, you cannot join the final interview nor expect to be in the list of the top 8 or 5 candidates for the selection of winners.

Swimwear competition

The swimsuit competition segment is where “figure” and “complexion” are being judged. Likewise, this is the time you show your ramp skills and that perfect catwalk you have practice for months especially if you feel that you have not performed well during the production number. For many candidates, they regard this segment as one of the determining factor on winning a pageant by qualifying to the semi-final round.

Yes it is true, one can hardly topped the score sheet when there are plenty of girls who deserve a higher score than you. Your performance during the self-introduction and production number will give you a better standing than what you deserve here as long as you have gotten what I call it as “judges’ bet”.

Awarding of minor awards

One of the first anticipated part of a pageant is the awarding of the minor and corporate awards. This serves as the basis of most of the audience “feel” of who would be the top 5 winners. Although candidates are reminded that it has no bearing on the actual scoring to have the set of final candidates, it is somewhat intimidating and scary not to have even just single minor award.

Candidates who are awarded on this part are actually highlighted and this will leave an influence to the judges.

Gown competition

Candidates perceive the swimwear competition and the gown competition as equal in bearing when it comes to winning the contest. Figure and complexion which are being judged during the swimsuit competition are usually heavier or have bigger points to the total score of the candidate to qualify for the semi-final round than poise, elegance, and personality which are being judged during the gown competition.

However, despite the difference, the gown competition can never be underestimated because this is the time when judges are ready to forget about their biases and become more observant, objective and fair to finally decide who really are fitting to be the top finalists.

Gown ramp is not just pose and poise but it is all about easiness and comfort while you walk your gown. Head movement and simple but elegant routines are suggested to ramp trainers.

Question and answer portion

The pageant questions and answers segment is one of the two determining factors for the top 5 candidates and their ranking. This is the portion with the highest pressure though this would only be experienced by the top 5 or 8 candidates. There are ways on how to answer pageant questions and impress the judges by knowing what is in common to pageant answers that have won the crown.

Announcement of Winners

This part is knowing if it’s your night or not if you are still in the competition. Though oftentimes, top 5 candidates are already winners but have to be arranged according to their scores’ position in the tally sheet.

Joining a beauty pageant is not easy. The knowledge on how to win a pageant is important and cannot be neglected. Knowing where to start gives you a direction where you are going to. If ever you have an outstanding beauty and would like to be a beauty queen, then, do the task – prepare! It is therefore imperative that you have to learn more about how to win a pageant by reading our complete list of pageant tips.


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7 thoughts on “Tips on How to Win a Pageant

  1. princess jean m. tohoy

    one of my problems is i cant stand alone :( beauty ? i think , i have only a little :D But this is only according
    to my friends , classmates and my family .. when i look at myself in the mirror , i can say “yeah , i have only a little and i thank God for giving me this :)

    i am not that smart thats why i have been trying to have more knowledge and become one of those thousands people who are fluently speakers in english.

    anywaysss , i’ve learned a lot in this article . thank you !! :)

  2. sarmie

    while i’m reading this ..there so many good information that seek to my mind . i never thought there’s a few facts to consider to mold to be a beauty queen . thanks for this imformation. GODBLESS :)

  3. Gontse Rakobane

    I entered a beauty pageant competition,which will be taking place on the 23rd of August 2013…..I am busy preparing here,reading abouþ few advices and so far I am getting help,I would like to get more of tips and advices on how to win a beauty pageatn!

    1. Gau Callanta Jr. Post author

      I have more there. I only have few articles because mostly, the articles are compiled to be a little more comprehensive. To date, I have not written some new lessons and insights.


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