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  1. 5.0

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    Spokesmodel rehearsal was literally showing them where to walk. No practice of speech.

    On the day of the talent competition, they again lined up early, to which the producer said, "The director told all of you we might start early." She was only half correct. Nikki Clark told all of us that lineup time for talent would NOT change, but the start time of talent might be a bit earlier. Two very different things. Some kids weren't even there yet when the producer was rudely barking at everyone to get into line.

    2. The pageant does not follow its own rules. Excuse me, guidelines. Flash eyelashes are acceptable in the youngest divisions. Since when are false eyelashes light, natural stage makeup? Nikki explained away the junior divisions' no-makeup-for-interview rule by saying that they would overlook any girl in makeup because prior to interview (3-5 hours PRIOR) the girls were in full makeup for the opening number video shoot. Three hours isn't enough time to wash off makeup?

    Nikki said points would be deducted if the girls didn't follow the walking patterns exactly. One girl that did extra turns, etc., placed in the top 5. Nikki explained that away by saying that a girl wearing a gown with a train would need to do bigger turns. That's not what happened at all.

    3. You hardly get any stage time, both in prelims and especially finals, compared to other systems. At finals, other than a quick "I'm Jane Doe, your Miss Yahoo Princess" if you don't make top 15, you spend the next hour and 45 minutes in the top balcony. Literally out-of-sight, out-of-mind, but for the 10 minutes Nikki came up to the balcony (which I give her credit for that). Other systems let the girls at least do a final walk in their formal wear at the finale.

    I won't comment on results because judging is subjective, and I don't want to take anything away from the new queens.

    Last two things: Sponsors are given a lot of importance, to the point that you question if there isn't some impropriety there. The producer of the show also runs a quite busy consulting and styling business. We used both her consulting and styling services, but if we hadn't I would be questioning the fairness of the IJM producer working with delegates for the very pageant she is producing.

    There is a LOT of pressure to get the right wardrobe (I.e., expensive, custom), the best hair and makeup providers, the best coaching, etc. This adds up to lots of dollars, with the odds of getting anything in return - even some fun parties - very low.

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    I am sorry that you felt your experience was not what you were expecting. International Junior Miss strives to provide a quality experience to everyone. I would like to address a few of the issues directly as we feel that most of the things you mentioned are more of a case of personal "preference" than issues of fault on the program itself.
    On the occasion of Spokes model, girls were given the opportunity to redo even though the real issue was not with the microphone but the level of comfort people were having with feedback which is typical in a venue like the Sandler Center. It was explained that girls were to expect what they heard and to be aware of it, from the audience and to the judges the girls sounded fine. In the case of Talent, no girls were expected to be there earlier than what was published. What was explained by our Executive Director, Nikki Clark was that because of how close in time the talents were per division if all the girls were in line then we would continue to role into the next group but if they were not, then we would definitely wait to honor what was published on the schedule. The same for all the line ups. We check and double check line up starting 15 minutes before each competition. With the number of girls, we have to first see who has arrived and especially with the younger girls make sure girls are in order so no one is called out in the wrong order on stage. It NEVER means we will start without them before what the schedule says the start time is. No one was ever called out by STAFF from the dressing room or makeup room. You mention twice about trophies and cash scholarships. IJM may not provide you with large trophies but that doesn't mean that they are inexpensive. Acrylic trophies are not cheap. IJM also provides a wide range of cash scholarship from the entire court in each division receiving a percentage of the cash scholarships, to optionals like Photogenic, Spokesmodel, Casual Wear winners in each division winning a cash award, along with an International title and crown and sash. Mini Optional winners and a few of our FREE optionals even win cash award and of course America's Junior Miss titleholders as well. Also at IJM we do acknowledge our sponsors because we are truly grateful for their generosity and opportunities. Again we understand that not every pageant is for everyone and we encourage everyone to figure out what "their" pageant is. We are thankful for all who choose to compete IJM and we will continue to strive toward excellence.

    By: nclark, 08-06-2016 02:20PM Owner
  2. 5.0

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    International Junior Miss is a top - notch pageant system. After competing in pageants for many years I searched for a well run system that would push me to be my absolute best. I've certainly found that here at IJM! The state titleholders are of the highest standard, making internationals an elite pageant in that regard. In addition to it's competition aspect, IJM does an amazing job promoting sportsmanship and sisterhood throughout the organization. Miss Nikki and the rest of her staff are helpful, kind, and truly care about each of the families involved in their organization. They run a fair, organized, and overall fun pageant. I would highly recommend this system to anyone and everyone!

  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    5.0

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    The Pageant Planet is such an amazing site, it shows pageant girls that they are able to come to this site for any help or tips! I've had the honor of representing Teen California at IJM Internationals in 2012, and placed first runner up. I went back in 2015 as an appointed title, and placed 4th runner up. Now, I'm coming back again as Miss California in 2016. Thankful is an understatement when speaking about, not just this system, but our director Miss Nikki and staff behind it all. I wouldn't keep coming back if I wasn't having the time of my life at Internationals! The girls that compete are not just a number, every single contestant is important, and the staff makes sure of that. This pageant is also one of the fairest I've been a part of, and that is very refreshing coming from someone that has been doing pageants for 9 years. I recommend the IJM system for anyone. It has made such an amazing impact on my life, and is so near and dear to my heart. This system has given me hope, a voice, and the opportunity to share my platform around the world. Thank you IJM, I am forever grateful.

  4. 5.0

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    I have judged many pageant systems and being selected as a Senior Panel Judge for the 2015 International Junior Miss Pageant was a huge honor. Executive Director Nikki Clark and her staff run an impressively empowering pageant with a contagious spirit that exists throughout the entire system. A class act all the way! After meeting the reigning title holders, it was easy as a judge to identify the standards expected in a winner, yet it was extremely difficult to make the perfect choice from such a large talented group of young ladies. IJM girls are not only beautiful, but possess a level of confidence in interview and onstage rarely seen on such a grand scale. They are driven with a passion to make a difference in their communities and to reach for the stars. They sparkle and shine in both competition and life. It's clear that these tools of success are taught at the state level and enhanced on each girl's journey to the crown. Judging this exciting and inspiring competition was an amazing experience that I will never forget!

    ~Kylee K. Odom - Professional Choreographer/Former Miss Teen NC & Mrs. NC

  5. 5.0

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    We stumbled into IJM last year and experienced our first international/national pageant. We were very "green" going into the pageant but I will say that we started to experience the sisterhood as soon as we attended another state pageant. We have developed deep, everlasting friendships from around the country, gained stage and presence experience, and had the time of our lives as an IJM girl. We have participated in other systems and found that the sisterhood bond formed by/with IJM is a lifetime bond, true to the core. We love this system and recommend it to those who are experienced and inexperienced....you learn so much on each front!!! The state and national director have an vested interest in each and every girl. You will not be disappointed in the experience, direction, bonds, love that you experience.

  6. 5.0

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    I have been part of this amazing system for the last 6 years and I am honored to be a state director for the northeast and DMV region for International Junior Miss . When people ask me why do I like to host pageants ? Aside for my love for event planning, I love working with the girls and their families and making sure they have an enjoyable year at the state level and throughout their week at Internationals. Thank you IJM for the wonderful opportunity. The program has grown tremendously as we continue to encourage positive achievement by helping to build self-awareness in young ladies worldwide. I am proud to be part of a system that allows young ladies the opportunity to shine on stage and throughout their community. IJM is life, IJM is family. #IJMFamily4Life

    Vanessa
    IJM State Director-NJ-PA-NY-NE-DC-MD-VA

  7. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    5.0

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    My youngest daughter just started competing in any pageants. Her confidence was shaken at school by some bullies and she picked herself up, dusted herself off, and asked if she could compete. I reluctantly agreed, not sure of how she would be received. IJM at the state and International level has been amazing for her!! The growth, maturity and confidence she has gained has no price tag. From the youngest participant, the moms, state director all the way to international staff and director, I am forever in your debt. Thank you for helping me to continue to raise an amazing young woman. To add to one success story, this is not the end! My older daughter recently competed also and had a similarly wonderful experience. Although she is an engineer and an active duty US Coast Guard officer, the pageant experience was one she had not imagined. She is now getting ready for Virginia Beach and I could not be happier! We have spread the word about this awesome system that takes care of the contestants at all levels. They create a positive atmosphere for growth and fun mixed in. My young niece is also looking forward to participating at the state level in a few weeks. I know she will come away with a positive experience regardless or whether she gets a crown or not. It's no wonder girls return to compete year after year...it's a great experience when you have the right attitude, isn't that the way most things are in life? Thank you to the IJM team!

  8. 5.0

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    My daughter has competed at IJM for 4 years. If you are looking for a pageant system with an honest director, a professional show and great competition, then IJM is where you want to be. Everything is top of the line, from opening number dresses, awards, production and staff. Even more important, my child is taken care of while she is not with me(rehearsals, etc). The girls are watched over as if they were their own. Each time I think they can't possibly top the last year, they always do!! I can't say enough good things about IJM, Nikki Clark and the IJM staff!

  9. 5.0

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    The first year I ever participated in the TX IJM pageant I was a slightly pudgy eleven year old, who was so nervous she messed up her intro. The next year I was a little less pudgy with a new technique to win. I came back once more having gone through puberty and a blueprint to the crown. This year after blood, sweat, and lots of tears, I come back as a young lady, with a new way of life. I stopped trying to find the formula to win, and realized that I had to change me before I could even get close to a win. I credit this evolution to the inspiring, Ms. Kathy Whittaker. The best director I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Through her pageant I became a better person, a person I am proud to be.

    The IJM stage has become a second home, and I am so lucky to have stepped foot on it. I am blessed to see the calculation that goes into it. And I will never forget the memories that have happened these past Valentine weekends. Thank you Ms. Kathy, for watching me grow as a person, for forcing me to love myself, and for giving me the opportunity to achieve goals, I didn't even know I could have.

    A magician never reveals his secrets. For four years I've been trying to solve the mysteries of how Ms. Kathy, and Ms. Nikki, makes the TX state pageant as magical as it is. I have never been anything less than blessed to be able to even witness the time, commitment, and love that goes into their work. The whole weekend is nothing but smiles, appreciation, and a whole lot of curls. And I highly suggest everyone participate.

  10. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

    5.0

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    Our family has participated in a lot of pageants and IJM by far is one of our favorites! As a contestant, my daughter loves it. The Fun Fashion is her favorite part, allowing the glamour of the runway become a reality. She has made so many friends through IJM where she truly feels like she's joined a sisterhood. As a mother, I loved IJM because it is empowering to young girls, allowing them to become confident young women with a sense of self and community. The International Director truly cares about her girls and works hard at making sure her pageants are fair and fun! The prize package is so impressive! It's true a testament to Nikki's hard work and determination. IJM is certainly a pageant to join!