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Global United Pageant Sets Gold Standard for Interview and Community Service

Global United titleholders hanging out. Photo Courtesy/Global United Pageants.
Global United titleholders hanging out. Photo Courtesy/Global United Pageants.

When it comes to pageant contestants, we try to make a difference wherever we can. That’s why we have platforms.

Some systems also have system-wide platforms. They pull all of their resources together with all of their titleholders to make the biggest impact possible on their chosen platform.

Global United Pageants, for example, puts a lot of emphasis on interview and community service when choosing titleholders, and system-wide it supports Childhood Cancer Awareness.

The Motivation

When directors decide to start a pageant, they have a reason for doing so, just as we do when we decide to compete in a pageant.

“The whole pageant has come to exist for my belief in empowering women,” said Wendy Lindberg, director of Global United Pageants. “I think that the opportunity pageantry can have to grow women, increase their self-esteem, and make them empowered women of the world can make the world a better place. I believe women in power and in charge makes the world a place that I want to live in where so much is possible.”

Why Interview and Community Service?

Global United Service Project at Ronald McDonald House. Photo Courtesy/Global United Pageants.
Global United Service Project at Ronald McDonald House. Photo Courtesy/Global United Pageants.

Interview can be intimidating, and community service can take time out of our already busy schedules. But, while being a queen may look like it is all glitz and glamour, a lot of sweat and work goes on behind the scenes.

At Global United, 50 percent of your total score is based on interview (30 percent) and community service (20 percent).

“The highest scoring aspects of the pageant are community service and interview, the whole of this pageant is about the contestants and the titleholders,” Lindberg said. “The scoring and the areas of competition are all scored with the individuality of the contestant in mind.”

These areas help the judges get to know you. In interview, they ask you questions, but your community service shows what you are passionate about by how you choose to use your strengths and talents to better those around you, which is what a true queen does. (Read: How to Win Over the Judges in a Pageant)

“Interview is designed to delve into the contestant’s personal beliefs, activities and interests,” explained Lindberg. “Community service is to show what value the delegates bring to the community beyond the sash and crown.”

Other Areas of Competition

That doesn’t mean the more “fun” and “glamorous” areas of competition are not important. The judges use these areas to get to know you as well.

“Personality Wear asks for contestants to show their personal stories and more about them beyond what you can see in a gown and swimsuit,” Lindberg said.

Personality Wear is worth 15 percent of the score.

It’s always fun to show off your sense of style from time-to-time, especially if you work or go to a school where you often wear a uniform.

We always love when a girl can rock a gown on stage and show off her “princess side,” whatever that may mean to her.

“Our evening wear is meant to be an extension of all of that,” said Lindberg. “I want contestants who become titleholders and friends who know who they are and grow as empowered and wonderful women.”

Evening Wear is worth 15 percent of the score.

The other 20 percent is made up of 15 percent Country Costume and five percent Onstage Question.

Global United titleholders. Photo Courtesy/Global United Pageants.
Global United titleholders. Photo Courtesy/Global United Pageants.

Support for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Almost 10 years ago, Miss America introduced the addition of Children’s Miracle Network fundraisers to its eligibility for contestants competing and many systems have followed suit or added donations to their cause as a requirement to voting for People’s Choice.

Directors don’t ever just pick a national or international platform out of the blue. There is a motivation behind it. Something that inspired them to take up the cause just as a contestant was inspired to take up her platform.

“In short, a close friend of mine lost her child to childhood cancer at the age of two,” explained Lindberg. “Cancer treatments for children at that time had barely changed for over thirty years and I didn’t think that was right.”

Global United Pageants as stayed true to its name and is presenting a united front on the global stage in the fight against childhood cancers.

“All over the world, childhood cancer was a cancer issue that went very unseen and unattended to,” Lindberg said. “I wanted to find a way to bring it to the forefront of people’s minds. I thought this may be the best way to do that.”

And who else better to help her on her mission than a bunch of women from all over the world who are unstoppable when they put their minds to something?

“As I mentioned before, empowered women do amazing things in the world and when I could bring an issue close to my heart to empowered and strengthened women, and I felt it could be something that could really make a difference,” she said.

The Pageant

Global United titleholders. Photo Courtesy/Global United Pageants.
Global United titleholders. Photo Courtesy/Global United Pageants.

National and international titles are currently available with Global United Pageants.

The next live pageant will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 19-22, 2017.

Age divisions and eligibility are as follows:

Teen/Miss
Ages 13-21 by date of the international pageant.
May not be married. Can have children.

Ms.
Ages 22-45 by date of the pageant.
May not be married.
Can have children.

Mrs.
Any age.
Must be legally married and living with spouse.
Military deployments an exception. Can have children.

Classic/Senior Ms.
Ages 46+ by date of pageant.
May be married, single, divorced, widowed or separated.
Can have children.
Senior division will be added for ages 60+ with enough interest.

Elite Division
Age 20+ by date of pageant.
U.S. Size 16 and over.
May be married, single, divorced, widowed or separated.

Online Pageant

Can’t make it to Minnesota but still want to be a part of Global United? Not to worry, it offers online pageant programs, too.

Heart of Global United takes place March 1st to September 15th.

Spirit of Global United takes place October 1st to February 15th.

More information on these can be found on its website.

Age divisions for online pageants include:

Little Miss: Ages 5-8; Pre-Teen: Ages 9-12; Teen: Ages 13-16; Miss: Ages 17-24 (not married)’ Ms: Ages 25-44 (not married); Mrs: Any age (married); Classic: Ages 45-59 (may be married) and Senior: Ages 60+ (may be married).

Scoring for online pageants varies and can be found on the pageant’s information page.

Going Forward

Part of choosing a pageant to compete in is finding the one that aligns with your personal values and beliefs. (Read: How to Choose a New Pageant System When You Have Aged Out)

If you have a passion for community service and a drive to help cure childhood cancer worldwide, then consider Global United Pageant for your next pageant.

Whether national, international, live or online, you could be making a difference in your community today and earn a title to help you do even more tomorrow.

Good luck, ladies!

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