Does Pageantry Help Build Self-Esteem?

Women and girls compete in pageants for a variety of reasons. They may want to try something new, garner scholarship money, launch a modeling a career, or help build self-esteem. This month is National Boost Your Self-Esteem Month, and I want to  share my thoughts regarding pageantry and how it helps build self-esteem. As a…

Royal Spotlight: 2018 America’s Elite Miss Anastasia Valimaki

The Royal Spotlight is an interview series where I highlight queens from a variety of pageant systems. This month I had the pleasure of interviewing 2018 America’s Elite Miss Anastasia Valimaki. Tell us about yourself. I am a Biomedical Engineer at the University of Florida. I take my academics very seriously and yet balance it…

The Pageant That Celebrates Hair Authenticity and a Healthy Lifestyle

Many pageants are mission based and purpose driven. Some are designed to provide scholarships to deserving young women while others nurture and build confidence.  There is even a pageant that celebrates wearing your natural hair and living a healthy lifestyle. This pageant is known as the Miss Natural Hair and Health Expo Beauty Pageant. The…

Losing Gracefully

Picture this: You have spent several months preparing for your pageant competition. You have even wrote in your journal and practiced saying your affirmations. You truly believe the crown is yours. The pageant occurs, and you give it 110%. Finally, the crowning ceremony begins, you anxiously await the results, and you are confident that the…