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Welcome to Pageant Planet's Podcast! Here you will discover everything you need to win the crown of your dreams. Each episode we interview experts in all categories (PreTeen, Teen, General) and give you the insights to help you win.

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Welcome to Pageant Planet's Podcast! Here you will discover everything you need to win the crown of your dreams. Each episode we interview experts in all categories (PreTeen, Teen, General) and give you the insights to help you win.

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I love listening to Steven and Jessie discuss everything pageantry. They cover every topic you could think of and always put a positive spin and encouraging perspective. Thanks, y’all!!!

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Best content regarding Pageantry!

iTunes Ratings

66 Ratings
Average Ratings
61
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3
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Very valuable!!

By fourismore - Oct 16 2019
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I love listening to Steven and Jessie discuss everything pageantry. They cover every topic you could think of and always put a positive spin and encouraging perspective. Thanks, y’all!!!

Great

By lizzmolinar - Aug 09 2018
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Best content regarding Pageantry!
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Pageant Planet

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Welcome to Pageant Planet's Podcast! Here you will discover everything you need to win the crown of your dreams. Each episode we interview experts in all categories (PreTeen, Teen, General) and give you the insights to help you win.

Rank #1: Tough Pageant Interview Questions (and how to answer them)

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Nothing is scarier than the thought of walking into the interview room and being asked a question that you simply do not know how to answer. In this episode, Jesse and Steven cover tough interview questions, why these questions are asked and how to answer the questions. 

Want practice questions? Here's the link to our 233 practice interview questions: https://www.pageantplanet.com/pages/services

Aug 20 2018

42mins

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Rank #2: 5 Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Favorite to Win

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We have done so many podcasts about being the contestant who is trying to mentally prepare to overcome the stigma of the runner up or the high performing transfer of another system.

But, today we are saying... first runner up, or perpetual top 5 finisher... we see you and are here for you.

It is a huge mental conundrum to be able to finish so close and then do it all again. What do you keep the same, what do you change, was it a fluke, is it your time?!

So we have put together five of our favorite dos and don’ts if you are coming off a hot pageant season and are looking for your crown.

Listen in as Jesse & Steven discuss the 5 dos and don’ts of being a favorite to win.  

This week’s featured spotlights are: 

Dec 07 2019

27mins

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Rank #3: 5 Thoughts ALL Pageant Judges Think

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This episode goes deep into the two fundamental truths about the people deciding your pageant fate. First, judges are real people too. Second, judging is extremely hard. In this episode, Jesse and Steven break down common thoughts shared by all pageant judges when they are scoring and choosing their winner. 

After listening to this you’ll have an understanding of what’s happening inside the judges' room so that you can be better equipped to win the competition.

This week's promotional item is our pageant prep membership! Click to discover how you can unlock the power of our messaging portal to access verified coaches from every system and country who are ready to help you win the crown!

Because you are interested in this episode, you might also be interested in reading How Do Judges Score Beauty Pageants or Top 25 Pageant Questions Asked by Judges (in Every Pageant).

Sep 14 2019

37mins

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Rank #4: How to Get in Control of Your Interview

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Description: Getting control of your interview will help you score better and create an environment that has more predictable questions and conversation. In this episode, we share 3 strategies that will help you gain control of your interview. Oh, and for convenience here are the links mentioned in this episode:

Dec 11 2017

38mins

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Rank #5: 5 Things You MUST Have to Win the Crown

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Want to win the crown but just not sure what habits are hold you back or what habits you need to implement in order to win? This episode has got you covered. Steven and Jesse walk through the 5 things successful contestants to do win the crown. 

ANNOUNCMENT: Pageant Planet has a new site! Visit, https://www.pageantplanet.com to secure your place in pageant history. More than likely we already have your contestant profile on our site, however, if we do not you can add it by creating an account and tagging the pageants you have competed in.

May 28 2018

35mins

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Rank #6: How to Show Personality On-Stage

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Are you looking for a way to showcase your personality on stage to make a favorable impression on the judges? If so, then you're going to love this episode featuring Kendra Hale, USA National Miss 2017 who shares with Jesse and Steven how she showcased her personality and won the National Title.

Oct 09 2017

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Rank #7: How to Make Judges Fall in Love with You

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This episode features three simple strategies that you can execute to make judges fall in love with your interview. We cover body language and eye contact techniques as well as how to deal with mean looking judges.

Because you listened to this episode you might also want to read our course on How to Succeed in Pageant Interview.

In this episode we discuss a previous episode where we discuss personality types. You can listen to that episode by visiting, 5 Pageant Personalities You Need In Your Corner to Win the Crown.

This week's special can be found by visiting, Pageant Questions.

Special thank you to Mrs.Schadegg and Sherri.Shanley for contributing to this week's episode!

Feb 17 2019

27mins

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Rank #8: Queen Strategies on How to Win Pageant Interview

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Do you find yourself nervous about pageant interview? Are you scared that you're going to say the wrong answer that is going to cost you the crown? During today's show Amanda Moreno, Steven Roddy & Jesse Ladoue all share interview secrets that will help you be better prepared to win the crown.

May 22 2017

37mins

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Rank #9: 7 Pageant Cliches to Avoid When Competing

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Using pageant cliches can make you sound like a "Pageant Patty" and ultimately hurt your scores. In this podcast Steven & Jesse talk about common pageant sayings and discuss why they are used and how to avoid them.

Sep 18 2017

29mins

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Rank #10: How to Answer Difficult Questions in Pageant Interview

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Are you nervous about getting a challenging question during your pageant interview? Are you curious how to answer those tough questions that you just don't know? List in as Jesse and Steven discuss strategies on how to answer challenging questions and current event topics that you need to be prepared for.

Jul 03 2017

35mins

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Rank #11: What are the Warning Signs of a Rigged Pageant

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Are you interested in competing in a pageant but you're not 100% if that pageant is legit? Are you curious how you can spot a "sketchy" pageant and where you can discover reputable pageants? Then you are going to want to listen to "What are the Warning Signs of a Rigged Pageant".

Nov 14 2016

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Rank #12: Overdone Pageant Trends

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It’s no secret that many of our listeners and followers are novices in the industry. Sometimes newer contestants will see or hear a trend, latch onto it and replicate it - not realizing when they do it, it will be the millionth time a judge will have seen it. 

So, today, we are going to be discussing some overdone trends we have seen over the past few years and how to avoid them. 

I think it is important to note that there are exceptions to every single one of these where someone has been successful with them. It even may be the right thing for YOU, but we want to make you aware, and then the decision is up to you.

We’ve separated these into two sections - the appearance section, what you wear and how you look - and the interview section, common phrases. We will also provide you with alternatives!  

This week's promotional item is our new course titled, Pageant Dictionary. This course covers common phrases in pageantry that newbies or veterans may not be aware of. How many do you know? 

Jul 13 2019

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Rank #13: How to Prepare 7 Days Before Your Pageant

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When your pageant is only 7 days away what should you be doing to prepare? In this episode Jesse and Steven talk about the do's and don'ts of how to prepare for you pageant when it's only a week away. Enjoy and if you need help preparing visit, https://thepageantplanet.com/pageant-preparation-timeline-checklist/ to go through our free pageant prep course!

Jun 12 2017

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Rank #14: 6 Reasons Why You Are Not Winning

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Have you competed in a pageant or several pageants and are confused as to why you're not winning the crown? Listen in on this week's episode to discover why you might not be placing as high as you think that you should. 

Here is the link to sign up for our daily recap email as described in today's promo: https://eh208.infusionsoft.com/app/form/daily

Feb 12 2018

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Rank #15: Miss USA 2019: Analyzed Trends that Will Help You Succeed

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As a contestant, you should not watch pageants like Miss USA, you should be analyzing them and looking for trends that you can capitalize on when competing for the crown. In this episode, we break down the Miss USA 2019 pageant to uncover trends that will help succeed in winning the crown. 

Because you are interested in this episode you might also be interested in reading statistical data on Miss USA. We have broken down average height, eye color, race and zodiac signs of all former Miss USAs. Visit, Miss USA Pageant to read more.

This week's promotional item can be found by visiting, Pageant Swag. Get 25% off with the discount code: APPAREL25

Special thank you to @abasinger_422@abbie_davis and @zariaacarter for contributing to the episode! 

May 04 2019

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Rank #16: How to Win Any Pageant in the World on the First Try

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In this episode, Steven and Jesse discuss the preparation process - how to prepare correctly, pitfalls to stay away from, and what you should be doing after you win the crown. 

This week's promo is to become our Titleholder of the Day! Here's the link with all of the information: https://shop.pageantplanet.com/product/titleholder-of-the-day-feature/

A special thanks to the following for contributing to this week's episode:

http://www.instagram.com/brooklyn_wilkins2001

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Jan 15 2019

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Rank #17: 4 Steps to Winning Evening Gown Anywhere in the World

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In this episode, Steven and Jesse cover the "4 P's" to winning the evening gown phase of competition. These tips and strategies are universal and can be used by any contestant in the world. 

The link to the promotional product is: https://shop.pageantplanet.com/product/baseballcap/ and be sure to use the coupon code hat20 to save 20%. 

Special shoutout to the following contributors to this week's episode: 

https://instagram.com/thepaigejensen

https://instagram.com/emilee.neville

https://instagram.com/ariannavail

https://instagram.com/sherri.shanley

Additional resources you will be interested in because you listened to this podcast:

If you're looking for a new pageant to compete in visit, https://www.pageantplanet.com/directory/category/pageant to shop pageants from all over the world! 

And if you need a new dress visit, https://www.pageantplanet.com/dresses to shop pageant dresses from all over the planet. 

Jan 29 2019

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Rank #18: Winning the Crown: Where to Begin

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This podcast was inspired by our mentorship portal. One of the most common questions we receive is: “where do I start?!" After numerous questions on the subject, we asked what is the scientific answer? There are seven areas of pageant prep that are excellent starting points and in this episode, we cover all of them!    

If you want Pageant Planet to customize your prep schedule for you we can gladly do that through our membership portal. This episode talks about a trial offer. You can access that by downloading our pageant questions. When you do you’ll be redirected to a page where you can get access to the offer. (Limited time only)

This week's promotional item can be found by visiting: Pageant Ad Page. Receive a customized ad page for as little as $25. And for a limited time use the coupon code: ad20 to get an additional 20% off!

Because you are interested in this episode you might also be interested in reading: 101 Tips for First Time Pageant Girls.

May 18 2019

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Rank #19: Preparation is Key: Inspired by Michaela Abelgas

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Today Jesse and Steven discuss the life of Michaela Abelgas. Michaela has won national titles in 5 of the largest pageants in the United States by the age of 22 years old. Listen as Steven and Jesse break down how Michaela prepares for pageants and how you can implement her preparation tactics into your pageant prep.

This week's promotional item can be found by clicking, Pageant Autograph Pad. Let us design a custom autograph pad around your headshot, name and title (if applicable). All autograph pads are 5.5” x 6” and come in quantities of 40. 

Because you’re interested in this episode, you might also be interested in reading 101 Tips for First Time Pageant Girls.

Special thank you to @TeniJanina and @USANationalPrincess for contributing to the episode! 

Jul 07 2019

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Rank #20: How to Standout During Opening Number

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Are you curious about how to standout during opening number? Do you want to know how to quickly learn your routine? Listen in as Jesse and Steven share their pet peeves and discuss how to succeed during opening number!

Sep 25 2017

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Betty Cantrell Maxwell: Miss America, Author, Singer

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Betty Cantrell Maxwell was born and raised in Warner Robins, Georgia. This 25 year old beauty queen was ironically named after her Greek Grandmother, Baciliky, which means ‘Royalty’. 

Growing up, Betty lived the true country girl life as her and her family lives on a 675-acre farm in rural Georgia. She knows how to drive a full-sized John Deere tractor, plow and seed fields, and she can even handle a shotgun. 

She grew up in a strong Greek Orthodox family and attended church all her life in Macon, Georgia. Betty finds strength in her faith and carried this with her throughout her life and pageant career.

Betty started taking professional vocal and stage lessons at 14. She loved to write songs but would never show anyone. In eighth grade, she got the lead role in the school play. She was never an A-student, and didn’t enjoy the sciences or math. But when it came to the arts, Betty was first place in all the poetry contests and talent shows. 

She studied at Mount de Sales Academy for high school and then went on to study vocal performance at Mercer University. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal performance.

Betty clearly had all of the roots to make a great national American titleholder, which lead her to join her first pageant in 2013. Her mother encouraged her to join for the scholarship opportunities, but clearly Betty was meant for much more!

She held two first-runner up positions in preliminary pageants during her early years competing, and then won the Miss Presidential Pathways 2014 as a major title in the Miss Georgia 2014 pageant.

That year she placed as the second runner-up at Miss Georgia with a vocal performance as her talent and representing the platform Healthy Georgia, Strong America. 

Won the title of Miss Warner Robins 2015 where she advanced to the Miss Georgia America 2015 pageant. Betty then went on to win the Miss Georgia 2015 pageant on June 20, 2015. 

Betty was awarded $15,000 in scholarship money, plus a Kia Sorento during her reign. Betty excelled in talent, evening wear, and on-stage question, making her an excellent, and well-prepared candidate for the upcoming Miss America competition.

This is all very impressive for a country girl who never saw herself becoming a pageant queen! It was Betty’s mom who encouraged her to compete, which ultimately led her to compete at Miss America 2016.

Listen to today’s episode to learn more.

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Jan 12 2020

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Jackie Watson: Mom, Director, Author

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Jackie Watson is the woman we are going to be taking a look at today, which some of you may know as the Director of the system USA National Miss.

Jackie Watson is a natural leader as she spent years directing a state pageant, which she founded. Now running for 9 years, the USA National Miss Systems is one of the highest regarded national pageant scholarship systems in America. Jackie prides her brand on advocating for positive pageantry who loves God.

This national pageant director started her involvement in pageantry as a pageant mom.

Jackie’s daughter, Kayla, started competing in pageants when she was 7 years old and this kick started the families pageant journey. She saw the fellowship and personal development that pageants provided to young girls, like her daughter, and loved every part of it.

While she enjoyed the aspects of pageantry from the stance as a pageant mom, she could not help but notice a void in the industry. She felt that pageants lacked a unique quality about them that could really help girls and women excel in their pageant and personal lives. “What was missing was character development, service, and an elevated experience”, she says. 

Listen to today’s episode to learn more.

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Jan 04 2020

23mins

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Mekayla Diehl Eppers: Model, Mrs America, CEO

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In today’s podcast we are going to be talking about a woman well known in the Miss America, Miss USA, and Mrs America organizations, Mekayla Eppers.

Mekayla began her pageant journey at 12 years old and has captured seven pageant titles in her life, including the titles of Miss Indiana USA 2016 and Mrs. America 2018.

While some people know Mekayla for her success in the pageant industry, she is more than just a beauty queen. Mekayla is a model and has been featured in TV commercials, in movies, and in fashion magazines. From her experience in modeling and in pageants she knew she wanted to make a mindset shift in the industry from focusing on ‘size’ and ‘shape’ towards adapting a healthy lifestyle. 

Mekayla Diehl (her maiden name) was born in 1988 in Elkhart, Indiana. Now Mekayla describes herself as a ‘Michiana’ since the town is on the Michigan and Indiana state line.

Mekayla is a descendent from the Ojibwe tribe, a member of the Ontario-based Zhiibaahaasing First Nation through her mother.

For the most part, a child’s life is known as an innocent and youthful experience where the child can live, learn and play. This was not the case for Mekayla. She was sexually abused by a family friend which led to her grandmother adopting and raising her.

However, what can be described as the unthinkable is not what Mekayla’s childhood is known for. 

She began her modeling career at just 5 years old, which gave her the opportunity to walk in various local and state fashion shows, model for swimsuit brands and clothing lines, and also appear on TV commercials. She has modeled from some pretty well-known brands including Toyota, Subway, Cadillac, Nissan, and Chevrolet.

Aside from modeling, Mekayla is also a very talented dancer. She began dancing at the age of 12 up until her college years. She performed tap, jazz, ballet on pointe, hip hop, modern, and is currently dabbling in ballroom.

Her talents do not stop there. Mekayla also did 8 years of concert flute and 4 years of color guard. 

Mekayla’s pageant journey began when she was 12 years old placing as the first runner-up at Miss Sunburst, a local Indiana pageant in 2001.

Listen to today’s episode to learn more.

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Dec 28 2019

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Lorraine Schuck: Miss Earth & Miss Earth Philippines

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Lorraine Schuck’s pageant career dates back to over 40 years ago. Lorraine won the title of Mutya ng Pilipinas 1979.

Mutya ng Pilipinas began over 51 years ago in 1968, and it’s titleholders have gone on to win 15 of the largest international pageant titles in the world. The pageant is best known for promoting tourism in Asia, social responsibility, fashion, and beauty pageantry.

Lorraine was chosen to compete at the international Miss Asia Quest 1979 pageant which was held in Manila, Philippines. 15 countries competed for the title, but Alya Altas from Turkey was the one who took home the title.

Lorraine represented the Philippines and made her country proud by placing as the second runner-up to winner Alya Altas from Turkey, and first runner-up Maureen Lestourgeon from India. Lestourgeon was unable to fulfill the duties and Schuck was then moved into the position as the first runner-up.

If the Miss Asia Quest pageant is an unfamiliar name, it is because the pageant has since rebranded itself in 2016 to be called the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant. 

Lorraine since became the Executive Vice President of the organization named Carousel Productions Inc, which owns the Miss Earth and Miss Earth Philippines pageants.

Schuck is the executive vice president and co-founder, next to President/Businessman Ramon Mon-zon. The organization is based in Manila, Philippines.

Dec 21 2019

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Emanii Davis: Miss USA, Miss Earth & Miss World America

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In today’s podcast we are looking into the life of Emanii Davis, the current Miss Earth Air 2019 and former competitor in the Miss USA and Miss World America pageant systems

Emanii began competing in pageants when she was 14 years old and has captured numerous prestigious pageant titles and become a role model and pageant icon to many women. She has won the titles Miss Teen Atlanta, Miss Georgia USA 2016, Miss Earth USA 2019, and Miss Earth Air 2019.

Aside from the titles she has won, Emanii also gone on to place as the second runner-up at Miss USA 2016 and third runner-up at Miss World America 2017.

She is an environmental activist and advocates for education in her pageant career and in her personal life. Throughout her life and pageant career, Emanii has worked with organizations including Best Buddies, United Service Organization, and the Greenhouse Project.

She has a passion for helping others achieve academic success by starting her own program to provide resources to help students build on their current knowledge, encourages students to follow their dreams, and helps prepare them for the real world.

Tune into this week’s podcast to learn more about Emanii Davis and discover how her story can help you win.

This week’s featured spotlights are: 

Dec 14 2019

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5 Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Favorite to Win

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We have done so many podcasts about being the contestant who is trying to mentally prepare to overcome the stigma of the runner up or the high performing transfer of another system.

But, today we are saying... first runner up, or perpetual top 5 finisher... we see you and are here for you.

It is a huge mental conundrum to be able to finish so close and then do it all again. What do you keep the same, what do you change, was it a fluke, is it your time?!

So we have put together five of our favorite dos and don’ts if you are coming off a hot pageant season and are looking for your crown.

Listen in as Jesse & Steven discuss the 5 dos and don’ts of being a favorite to win.  

This week’s featured spotlights are: 

Dec 07 2019

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5 Tips for Finding & Winning a New Pageant

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Winning a pageant is both an art & a science. The art of winning a pageant is presented fashion and in the conversation of interview. The “science” of winning a pageant is in the pageant you choose and the team you surround yourself with while you compete. This episode focuses on finding the best pageant based on your skill set.

Listen in as Jesse & Steven discuss 5 different strategies for finding and winning in a new pageant system.  

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Because you are interested in this episode you might also be interested in,101 Pageant Tips (for First Time Contestants).

Nov 23 2019

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Kendra Hale: NAM, UNM, Princess America

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Kendra Hale is an only child who grew up in a small town in rural southwestern Virginia called, Christiansburg. She graduated as valedictorian from Christiansburg High School and the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School. 

Kendra recalls that in her hometown, pageants were not common and many people didn’t understand the different aspects of being involved in pageants such as going after scholarships, being goal-oriented, and being of service. She believes in “leading by example” so she worked hard to prove to everybody that pageants were filled with smart, accomplished girls that were working hard on achieving their dreams.

Kendra says, “I wanted to be an inspiration to young girls everywhere by showing that your circumstances and surroundings don’t define who you are or who you will become.” 

Kendra’s pageant journey started when she was 13 or 14 and shortly thereafter became involved with the Princess America pageant system. She first won the title of Princess America’s District of Columbia Teen, and eventually she became Princess America’s District of Columbia Miss.

Kendra demonstrated her pageant promise early on, and began earning titles and awards almost instantly. During her pageant experience with Princess America she won the “Princess America’s Difference Maker Award”, as well as the “Princess America’s Leadership and Academic Excellence Award”.

Once this fresh faced Virginia girl got bitten by the pageant bug, there was no turning back and soon she had earned her 1st national title, “Outstanding Miss of America 2016-2017”.

Kendra admits that her introduction to the world of pageantry was difficult because she really had no frame of reference for competing, nor did she know anyone who competed.

 But, she didn’t let her lack of knowledge intimidate her or make her feel inadequate. She used all the tools and resources that she could find, and she asked for help.

“Since I was a latecomer, I didn’t know a lot about what was going on and I had to work really hard to learn everything I needed to know. I utilized resources, such as Pageant Planet and other publicly available information, to learn about different organizations and competitions. I worked with incredible people to learn the right skills.  I didn’t let my age or lack of knowledge stop me.”  

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Nov 16 2019

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Paula Shugart: MUO, Trump, Steve Harvey & IMG

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Today’s podcast features none other than Paula Shugart, who is the beloved president of the Miss Universe organization, as every fan of the pageant knows. With more than 30 years of experience in the television industry, Paula Shugart has been a driving force in entertainment television production for domestic and international audiences.

As president of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), and producer of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants, Paula oversees all business transactions and is responsible for the production of the live, worldwide telecasts each year.

Paula’s father was an Admiral in the US Navy, and she says her childhood really helped to prepare her for her current role as the president of an international organization. She believes that her global travels left her with a deep appreciation and understanding of the world’s cultural diversity as well as its commonality.

But, as much as she loved being a “Navy Brat”, when it came time to attend college, Paula says that she just wanted to go someplace new…without a Navy base. She had grown tired of living in a coastal city like San Diego and just wanted to live in a location that was different and challenging.

She found that new and different place in the Midwest. Paula chose Ohio University, which consistently ranks as one of the top schools in the country for television communication. Paula graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1981, with a BS in Communications, focusing on journalism and production, which was absolutely the right career path for her.

In 1982, after finishing college, Paula packed her bags and headed from Ohio to the center of television production: Sunny California! After only five days in Los Angeles, she met Kevin Bright (who was the Executive Producer of the TV show “Friends”) and he gave Paula her first big break, and that meeting began her career in production. 

From 1982 to 2002 Paula was busy making quite a name for herself, and success seemed to come naturally to the Admiral’s personable daughter. She was based in Los Angeles and developed a specialty in live television production while working on some of the world’s largest productions: the “Academy Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globes,” “International Rock Awards,” and “President Clinton’s 50th Birthday Celebration,” among many others.

She also served as a producer on the original talent competition, “Star Search” for seven years, as well as a multitude of other programs including the Lifetime Special “The Age of the Female Icon,” which garnered a Cable Ace Award nomination

Paula became so accomplished at handling the monumental task of producing major events that she got involved in the music industry. Paula was involved in producing two legendary artist’s television productions: Madonna on her “Blond Ambition Tour” and the Rolling Stones on their “Steel Wheels Tour.” 

And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, she even forayed into the world of daytime television as Supervising Producer for ABC’s talk show “Mike & Maty” and then went on to produce the pilot for the highly popular “Donny and Marie Show” for Columbia Television. 

Paula is an active member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America and has served as a Commissioner to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Latin Media and Entertainment Commission.

She was also named a member of the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. This was an especially relevant and important accolade for Paula, as her election was based on her professional accomplishments and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. 

To learn more about Paula Shugart her work with the Miss Universe organization and beyond, listen to this week’s episode. Special thank you to Julia Stone for doing the research on Paula.

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Nov 09 2019

37mins

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Mac Duggal: Designs, Family, Religion

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Before he became known as, Mac Duggal, one of the most successful and well known fashion designers in the world, he was called, “Manmohan Singh Duggal”.

He was born in New Delhi (Deli), India, in 1960 to a very spiritual family, where his grandfather, father and brother, were all the heads of an international spiritual organization that teaches a form of meditation and ethical living to millions of people, all around the world. The basics principles of their teachings are meditation, truthfulness, and vegetarianism.

Mac Duggal has said that that all three of those men were significant mentors in his life and he believes they each played a significant role in the person that he is today.

He practices a religion called Sikhism. Sikhism believes in one higher power and one higher consciousness and that everyone is equal. He says that these concepts were essentially the same as the American values he saw when he moved to the United States, and it was one of the reasons he was so attracted to the U.S.

In Sikhism all men wear a turban, and the women keep their hair long and don’t ever cut it.

For the Sikhs, the turban means responsibility and promotes equality. It also preserves their Sikh identity. When a boy becomes an adult, somebody respectable from the community ties the turban on their head for the first time. Mac Duggal says that he was really lucky and honored because his own father tied the turban on him for the first time.

Education, music, and spirituality were constant values in the family’s home, and seemed to permeate everyday life.

But, Mac Duggal says that even more important to him, was the love that came so effortlessly from his parents, not only towards his family members, but also to all the diverse people who came seeking spiritual guidance from all over the world.

All throughout his childhood, Mac Duggal was introduced to incredible people from all cultures, and his horizons expanded greatly as a result. This openness to others and their differences created the foundations of his belief system and molded his orientation towards the world and life in general. 

To learn more about Mac Duggal and the rise of his empire listen to this week’s episode. Special thank you to Julia Stone for doing the research on Mac Duggal.

This week’s feature spotlight is a new feature that was released on Pageant Planet. As of October 31, you now have the ability to buy and sell dresses! Click on Pageant Dresses in our menu to start shopping or login to your contestant, retailer or designer account to upload your dresses to sell.

Nov 02 2019

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Katerina Rozmajzl: Influencer, Businesswoman, Miss GA USA

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Katerina Rozmajzl may look like a Barbie doll, with her waist long platinum blonde hair and icy blue eyes, but don’t make the mistake of writing her off as, “just a model” or underestimating her business acumen. I personally am super excited for today’s podcast because even I learned SO much about this contestant I may have just showed up on stage as an Instagram Celeb.

This Czech born instagram star is a brilliant and ambitious business mogul who runs her own beauty and fashion blog and launched her very own beauty line, “Katerina Cosmetics” at only 19 years of age.

She’s a full time model, she’s held a state title, she’s running a global business, and she’s an Instagram mega-star. And, earlier this year, she made her debut in the movie, “Dumplin”” with Jennifer Aniston! 

She has nearly 700,000 followers on Instagram, but it was her appearance at the 2019 Miss USA pageant, where she competed as Miss Georgia USA, that really gained her worldwide attention. Today on our podcast, we’re excited to learn just a little bit more about Katerina Rozmajzl.

This week’s feature spotlights are:

  1. Diverse Styles, not all nudes are created equal.
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  3. Remember to visit, https://www.pageantplanet.com/dresses on October 31st. On Halloween you will be able to buy and sell dresses. Scary, huh? :) 

Oct 28 2019

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Hannah Brown: Miss Alabama, Bachelorette, Dancing with the Stars

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Hannah Brown grew up in Tuscaloosa Alabama and is a major Crimson Tide fan! She graduated magna cum laude from theUniversity of Alabama in 2017, the same college that her parents attended, where she earned her degree in communications and Information Sciences with a minor in public relations.

She became a sister of Alpha Chi Omega sorority during her time in college and served as a consultant to the university, helping clients with public speaking. Then she worked as an interior designer after college.

The Northport native began competing in pageants when she was 15 because of the opportunities for scholarships. However, she soon found that being able to develop her public speaking skills and share her talent as a jazz dancer, was just as important to her.

 She began her journey in pageantry by getting involved with the Miss America system when she became Miss Teen Tuscaloosa. She placed as first runner-up in the Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen pageant, and then followed that up with a second runner-up placement in the Miss Alabama Teen USA pageant.

To learn more about Hannah Brown’s journey in pageantry and beyond listen in on this week’s episode.

This week’s feature spotlight is Nude Pageant Shoes by Diverse Styles! Not all nude is created equal and Diverse Styles has nudes in the color of cinnamon, onyx and cashew. 

Oct 19 2019

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Jonas Gaffud: The Queen Maker

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Fondly called "Mama J" by his friends and protégées, Jonas Antonio Gaffud is the unquestionable force behind the tremendous success of the Philippines in international pageants.

Jonas Gaffud is frequently called, “The Queen Maker”, but he doesn’t just specialize in mentoring women for beauty pageants. He is also the President and Manager of Mercator Artist and Model Management, where he manages some of the biggest stars in the Philippines, as well as managing talent in Brazil. He handles the careers of professionals in the entertainment business, in addition to fashion models and commercial actors alike.

 As if scouting talent around the globe didn’t keep him busy enough, he is also one of the executives behind Empire PH, a digital channel which produces lifestyle, beauty, and wellness shows in the Philippines.

And, in his spare time, he also helps to manage the activities of Empire Studios, which is a diverse collection of industry professionals that facilitate workshops on personality development, self improvement, dance, acting, and pageantry.

The say the least, the man is busy. But, that’s because before he had any of the responsibilities that he has today, Jonas Gaffud was once a guy with just a dream….and little else. 

This week’s feature spotlight is 233 Free Pageant Interview Questions! These free questions are downloaded by hundreds of contestants, judges and directors each week. Practicing these is like getting a cheat sheet for pageant interview.. 

Because you are interested in this episode you might also be interested in, Binibining Pilipinas Pageants.

Oct 12 2019

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Nia Franklin: Confidence, Singing, Miss America 2.0

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The Miss America Pageant found its origins nearly 100 years ago, in the month of September. The pageant was first held on September 25, 1920. It was billed as the “Fall Frolic” and began simply as a marketing idea The event was so successful that the originators scheduled it to take place the week-end following Labor Day, to encourage summer visitors to stay in Atlantic City. Therefore, the first official, “Miss America” was held on September 8, 1921; 98 years ago!

The competition has come a long way since then. And, it’s titleholders have evolved into some of the most talented and accomplished women the pageant world has ever witnessed. And, the current Miss America is no exception.

Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019, is everything a modern Miss America should be. She is not only beautiful, intelligent and talented. She is an exceptionally accomplished individual. She has earned a Masters degree in Music Composition; she is a classically trained opera singer and she relentlessly endeavors to use her voice and the power of music to transform lives through art.

This week’s feature spotlight is Pageant Match! This free, interactive feature will match you with the organization or expert who will help you achieve your dreams after a few short questions. It works regardless of where you live in the world. Give it a try!

Oct 05 2019

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The Controversial Life and Reign of Osmel Sousa

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Osmel Sousa had a dream that was born out of an obsession with beauty. He longed to create a world that was filled with beauty of every kind. Like many artists, his desire to be surrounded by beauty was to somehow erase the ugliness and pain that he witnessed and internalized as a child.

As a boy, he remembers spending all of his time drawing. He would draw rows of women – always women – and then pick out the best and draw them again with all sorts of dresses that he would clip on and off. In essence, he was designing a fashion show. One day his mother saw him and forbade him from ever doing it again. She couldn’t stand the thought that he was making silly little "paper dolls".

He suffered from learning disabilities that went undiagnosed until he was an adult, so he constantly struggled with his studies. But, instead of sitting in class and feeling frustrated, he would use that time to draw images of women, constantly trying to create what he viewed as the perfect, most angelic face.

Tragically, Sousa’s parents did not share in his appreciation for beauty nor did they support their son’s remarkable artistic talents. In fact, they were so disturbed by his behavior and personal interests, that when he was still just a young child, they forced him to undergo hormonal treatments to try to deepen his voice, in order to make him more "masculine".

Sousa’s parents did not stop there. Because they perceived his developing sexual orientation as such a threat, when he was just 13 years old, they sent him away from his home in Cuba to live with his grandmother in Venezuela.   

After graduating from high school, in his newly adopted country of Venezuela, he studied acting, but quickly realized that he was not cut out to be an actor.

He then briefly held jobs as an advertising draftsman and art designer for the two large television networks in Venezuela. Although, these jobs were a dead end for him artistically, fate stepped in while he was working for one of the television networks.

It was there that Sousa would meet Lupita Ferrer, who eventually became a famous actress. She convinced him to take a chance and move to the sprawling metropolis of Caracus.

Little did he know that because of this move, his paper dolls would finally come to life… Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about the life of Osmel Sousa.

This week everything is 10% inside of Pageant Planet’s Shop when you use the coupon code PODCAST. Shop through 100s of items ranging from hairspray to shoes to earrings to bags and much more!

Because you are interested in this episode you might also be interested in reading, Beauty Pageant Statistics and 101 Tips for First Time Pageant Contestants.

Sep 28 2019

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5 Thoughts ALL Pageant Judges Think

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This episode goes deep into the two fundamental truths about the people deciding your pageant fate. First, judges are real people too. Second, judging is extremely hard. In this episode, Jesse and Steven break down common thoughts shared by all pageant judges when they are scoring and choosing their winner. 

After listening to this you’ll have an understanding of what’s happening inside the judges' room so that you can be better equipped to win the competition.

This week's promotional item is our pageant prep membership! Click to discover how you can unlock the power of our messaging portal to access verified coaches from every system and country who are ready to help you win the crown!

Because you are interested in this episode, you might also be interested in reading How Do Judges Score Beauty Pageants or Top 25 Pageant Questions Asked by Judges (in Every Pageant).

Sep 14 2019

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Pia Wurtzbach: Model, Actress, Miss Universe 2015

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Pia Wurtzbach, born September 24, 1989, is a Filipina-German model, actress and former beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2015.

Pia was born in Stuttgart, Germany to a German father and Filipino mother. Her middle name "Alonzo" is her mother's maiden name, traditional to the naming practices of the Philippines. She and her family moved to Iligan, Philippines when she was a small child. They later moved to Cagayan de Oro in the country's Northern Mindanao region.

At the age of nine, her parents separated. Wurtzbach then became the family’s main breadwinner through modeling and acting. 

She finished her secondary education at ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila and studied culinary arts at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in San Juan, Metro Manila.

After being raised in the Philippines, she spent several years in England. She speaks fluent Cebuano, English and Tagalog. She also speaks basic German, which she described as "enough to get myself a bratwurst."

To learn more about Pia and her journey to becoming Miss Universe, listen to this week’s episode.

This week's promotional item is our Pageant Autograph Pad! Create a lasting impression on your next appearance by giving the gift of your signature and headshot.

Because you are interested in this episode, you might also be interested in learning more about the Miss Universe pageant.

Sep 07 2019

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas: Miss World, Actress, Film Producer

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At the age of thirteen, Priyanka Chopra moved to the United States to study while living with her aunt. Chopra’s aunt’s family also moved frequently. She attended schools in Newton, Massachusetts, Queens, New York and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. While attending school in Massachusetts, Chopra participated in several theatre productions. She also studied Western classical music, choral singing and Kathak dance.

After three years in the United States, Chopra returned to India to finish her senior year of high-school education at the Army Public School in Bareilly. During this period, she entered and won the local "May Queen" beauty pageant.

After her win, she was pursued by admirers, leading her family to equip their home with bars for her protection. After Chopra’s win, her mother then entered her in the 2000 Femina Miss India contest.

The pageant today selects India’s representatives to the Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Supranational, Miss Grand International, Miss United Continents and Miss Intercontinental pageants. Chopra was first runner-up at the pageant earning her the title of Miss World India 2000.

Chopra then went on to compete in the 2000 Miss World pageant. It was the 50th edition of the Miss World pageant and the first since the death of pageant owner Eric Morley. His widow, Julia Morley, had assumed the role as chairwomen of the organization.

The pageant had a total of 95 contestants, the highest number of Miss World participants ever at that point in time. In November 2000, Chopra was crowned Miss World 2000 at the age of 18 at the Millennium Dome located in London.

She is the fifth Miss World and the second consecutive winner from her country.

This week's promotional item is our pageant prep membership! Click to discover how you can unlock the power of our messaging portal to access verified coaches from every system and country who are ready to help you win the crown!

Aug 31 2019

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Julia Morley: Charity, Pageantry, Business

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Running an organization is difficult. There is constant planning, traveling and connecting. However, this is a labor of love for directors. Directors start pageants for a number of reasons, but mostly to give back. No one knows this better than Julia Morley, chairwoman of the Miss World Organization. Julia Evelyn Morley is a British businesswoman, charity worker and former model. She is the current chairwoman of the Miss World Organization which runs the annual Miss World and biennial Mister World competition.

She was born Julia Evelyn Pritchard on October 2, 1939 in London. She was working as a model when she met her husband, Eric Morley. At the time, he was a director of Mecca Dancing, at a dance hall located in Leeds, England. The two married in 1960 when she was 21.

Before their marriage, Eric Morley laid the groundwork for the Miss World pageant in 1951.

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Aug 24 2019

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Fadil Berisha: Breaking Boundaries

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In pageants, the first thing everyone sees before they meet you is your pageant headshot. A headshot gives the judges and audience a glimpse into who you are. Therefore, the message you convey with your headshot is the first thing you convey to everyone. The most important part of having a great headshot is to have a great photographer.

No one knows this better than Fadil Berisha. He’s been in the industry for over 35 years and has been instrumental in bringing the glamour and fashion out in the pageant world. 

Berisha was born in Kosovo to Albanian parents in 1960 and even to this day, both countries remain close to his heart.

At age 8, he moved to Italy for a year where he started to develop his passion for beauty and art.

According to an interview with Kosovo Diaspora, faces were of great interest to Berisha growing up. He said in the interview: “As a kid, I loved faces, all faces, and I was genuinely curious about them.”

One year later, he and his family then migrated to New York City, New York at the age of nine and his upbringing was similar to that of any average immigrant family. Every major decision, he recalls, revolved around personal finances.

After graduating from high school, Berisha attended the Fashion Institute of Technology where he studied Men’s Fashion Design and Photography. When he chose to major in men’s fashion design, his family was not particularly thrilled.

He was the first person in his family to study art, but the degree did very little to quench his thirst for art. Put simply, Berisha didn’t feel like he was in the right career path, yet.

To hear more about the life of Fadil Berisha, his journey of breaking boundaries, and what you can learn from his life, listen in.

This week's promotional item is our Pageant Prep Membership! Choose the membership option that works best for you and gain immediate access to coaches all over the world. 

Because you are interested in this episode, you might also be interested in learning more about Best Pageant Headshots: 2019 Edition.

Aug 17 2019

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Very valuable!!

By fourismore - Oct 16 2019
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I love listening to Steven and Jessie discuss everything pageantry. They cover every topic you could think of and always put a positive spin and encouraging perspective. Thanks, y’all!!!

Great

By lizzmolinar - Aug 09 2018
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Best content regarding Pageantry!