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The Basic Components of a Pageant

The purpose of a pageant is to give women an opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities in order to better themselves. Often times a pageant is used to find a spokeswoman for a variety of charities or other worthy organizations. Pageants are also used by organizations to determine a winner of a scholarship or some other huge prize. A pageant is often elaborate with different categories where contestants are scored and compete for a final score that lends to the winner of a pageant. Listed below are the basic components of a pageant and the purpose each category has to finding a suitable winner.

Personal Interview Category

The personal interview given to each contestant during a pageant generally accounts for the most points for each lady. This is a process where a contestant is asked a specific question and must give a well thought out answer. You will usually hear questions related to world peace, environmental and safety issues, or other pertinent issues going on in the country or world today, and how the contestant could make things better. The contestants do not know what the question will be ahead of time, so it shows how well they think on their feet, and how well they maintain their composure under pressure.

Talent Show Category

The main purpose of the talent portion of a pageant is to let contestants show their creativity and uniqueness. Each contestant has her own talent, and this is her opportunity to show others her accomplishments. This is the next portion of the pageant that accounts for the most points in scoring each participant. Some contestants sing, while others dance or play an instrument. Contestants are generally judged on their technical skills, stage appearance, and ability to perform with professionalism. It gives the judges an opportunity to see how a pageant winner would best serve the public, whether it be through speaking engagements, singing at charity events to bring in people, or something similar that could help raise awareness to a particular cause.

Fitness Category

The fitness category has changed somewhat over the years. Whereas it was once solely called the swimsuit competition (and in some cases still is), it is also acceptable to be called a fitness competition. The purpose of this category is to get a physical look at how well the contestants stay in shape. Judges are looking for a woman who is physically fit and in good health. Judges also look to see if the contestants make good choices for their outfits, as far as personal taste.

Evening Gown Category

The evening gown portion of the pageant is where contestants show judges how graceful they are, and a look into what styles of clothing they like to wear. This is a chance for contestants to be poised and sophisticated. Judges look for women who are able to act graceful and elegant.

 

Pageants have long been a popular way for contestants to compete for fame and prizes. They are used all over the world to pick the best of the crop. Pageants may have different or additional categories than those explained above, but these are by far the most popular categories used.

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