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10 Reasons You Should Be an International Titleholder

Think your chances of being an international titleholder are limited to Miss Universe?

Think again.

Today there are multiple international pageants, but one stands out in the crowd.

International Pageants began 30 years ago as a Mrs. Pageant. Fifteen years ago they added a Teen division, and 13 years ago they introduced the Miss division.

“[International Pageants] has established itself as an organization with integrity, high ethical standards, and consistent application of its rules and regulations. It is our goal to provide ladies everywhere the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that maintains the highest of moral values.”

Still not sure if you can be an international titleholder? Here are 10 reasons why you should give it a shot.

10 Reasons Why You Should Be an International Titleholder

10. An international platform for your platform

Amanda Moreno, Miss International 2016, in Africa promoting her platform. Photo Courtesy of/International Pageants.
Amanda Moreno, Miss International 2016, in Africa promoting her platform. Photo Courtesy of/International Pageants.

The International Pageant system is extremely platform based. Contestants prepare a “Platform Sheet” on their platform to inform the judges of their mission and goals.

Finalists also give an onstage speech and answer an onstage question about their platform. (Read: How to Promote Your Platform Through Community Service)

Many International titleholders have spread their reach beyond their borders regarding their platform.

Miss International 2014, Samantha Riddle, traveled worldwide to spread her platform regarding grieving in childhood.

Samantha Riddle, Miss International 2014, during an international appearance. Photo courtesy of/International Pageants.
Samantha Riddle, Miss International 2014, during an international appearance. Photo courtesy of/International Pageants.

Mrs. International 2014 also traveled internationally to donate shoes with her platform Soles 4 Souls.

Miss Haiti International 2014/Miss West Indies International 2015, Regine Pierre, advocates for clean drinking water throughout the world.

Current Miss International 2016, Amanda Moreno, has traveled to Africa to host True Beauty seminars.

9. No swimsuit or talent

While there is a Fitness Wear competition, there is no swimsuit or talent portion. Fitness Wear is uniform, checked to meet regulations at the pageant, and is purchased through International Pageants. It may be one piece or two pieces and is worn with sneakers.

8. No political or religious questions in interview

Interviews are five minutes, round-robin style and judges are not allowed to ask political or religious questions. In fact, contestants are given the opportunity to discuss any questions they may have felt uncomfortable with, with Executive Director Mary Richardson following the interview.

This year’s pageant will feature a fish bowl question. The topics will range from community and platform based questions to cultural questions that could be somewhat political in nature. (Read: 3 Simple Tricks to Mastering Your Onstage Questions)

7. Worldwide preliminaries and at-large titles

Preliminary pageants take place all over the world and new directors for various areas are being added. Pageants take place in multiple states in the United States and all lead to the International Pageant, including but not limited to Minnesota, Oklahoma, Louisiana and North Carolina.

For areas without a preliminary, contestants can go at-large after completing an application and interview process with Executive Director Mary Richardson. (Read: 10 Tips for At-Large Titleholders)

6. Not one-and-done

International Pageant contestants can return and re-compete for the title as many times as they qualify and wish to try.

5. Outfit registration

All evening gowns and fun fashion outfits must be approved and registered with the International Pageants office to ensure it meets guidelines and that no one else will be wearing the same outfit on stage.

“This allows each contestant to truly shine in their own individual light without having to see their gown or fun fashion repeated or up for comparison,” explained Cristen Vehorn of International Pageants.

4. Go Red for Women official alliance

International Pageants 2016 titleholders at New York Fashion Week Go Red for Women event. Photo Courtesy of/ International Pageants.
International Pageants 2016 titleholders at New York Fashion Week Go Red for Women event. Photo Courtesy of/ International Pageants.

International Pageants has an official alliance with Go Red for Women to promote awareness for heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States.

“Our queens serve as spokespeople in their various communities but also worldwide,” Vehorn said. “This past year, Elise Banks, Miss International 2015, was featured on Go Red for Women’s ‘Go Red, Get Fit’ website! Our queens also walked the Red Carpet at the Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week.”

3. Scholarship opportunities

Higher education is expensive, so it is a wonderful opportunity when pageants offer scholarships, and even more so if you receive a scholarship for just participating. Miss Teen International offers scholarship opportunities to Hollins University, a private women’s college in Roanoke, VA.

“All of our Miss Teen International contestants receive a four-year, renewable, over $18,000 college scholarship to Hollins. The 2nd Runner-up receives a four-year, renewable, $20,000 scholarship, the 1st Runner-up receives a [four year, renewable,] $23,000 scholarship, and [the] winner receives a $25,000, four-year, renewable scholarship,” Vehorn explained.

2. Titleholders you know

While the system might be unfamiliar to some, many of its titleholders have been right on your television and computer screens over the years.

  • Jesse Ladoue, The Pageant Planet’s Queen of Coaching, Miss International 2013
  • Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016, Miss Virginia International 2011
  • Maggi Thorne, American Ninja Warrior, Mrs. International 2014
  • Laine Berry, Mon Cheri Collection head designer, Mrs. International 2008
  • Suzy Bootz, pageant coach, Mrs. International 2006
  • Sarah Wall Beckman, pageant coach, Miss International 2005
  • Rachelle McCray, TV host, producer and entertainment reporter, Miss Arizona International 2005
  • Suzi Roberts, 2015/2016 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader and 1st Runner-up to Miss South Carolina 2016, Miss South Carolina International 2014
  • Lily Wu, reporter/anchor KAKE-TV, Miss Teen Kansas International 2003 and Miss Kansas International 2014
  • Mary Harrison, The Pageant Planet’s Queen of Journalism, Miss Oklahoma International 2014

1. Worldwide sisterhood

The sisterhood of the International Pageants is a strong and faithful one. Girls in all divisions help and support each other beyond their borders, long past their year of reign, and even in pageants other than the International Pageant system.

Going Forward

There are many new international pageant systems out there today, but if you want to get in on a system that is established and has titleholders in the public eye all over the world, consider International Pageants as an option.

To get involved, visit International Pageants for more information on how to compete for the title of your choice.

Good luck, ladies!

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