It can be difficult to express yourself in pageantry. We often try to help the judges understand who we are and our brand through our platform, wardrobe and talent choices. (Read: Two Lessons You Can Learn From Miss Colorado 2015, Kelley Johnson)
We have only a few minutes to let the judges in and help them make a decision that will last a year, and sometimes that just doesn’t seem long enough and we want just a few more minutes with the judges. (Read: How to Win Over the Judges in a Pageant)
American Elegance Pageants has an area of competition designed to give judges an inside look at something important to the contestants in two minutes and 30 seconds or less in an area of competition called Personal Expression.
How to Succeed in the Personal Expression Competition
What is Personal Expression
Personal Expression has been part of the scoring at American Elegance since the pageant started in 1999. It allows contestants to discuss a hobby, talent, career, platform, family life or anything they feel they would like to tell the judges about to help them better get to know the contestant and her fit as the titleholder. (Read: Pageant Question of the Day: Personal Expression)
What do you wear?
Attire is anything, meaning it can be a uniform or outfit that goes along with the contestant’s topic. Everything from scrubs to PT uniforms to platform awareness t-shirts have been worn.
Can you use props?
It can be so frustrating in interview when you are trying to present your message but cannot have a slideshow or poster board next to you with charts to help you out. In Personal Expression, you can use props to help you convey your message to the judges.
Contestants have brought artwork and platform posters to help them express their passions to the judges.
Do you have to talk?
This is a presentation, so even if you are presenting a talent, give the judges some background on it. For example, why you chose this talent or why you chose this piece. Be interesting and informative and capture the judges’ attention.
You can be serious or humorous, and your presentation must be memorized.
Why Personal Expression?
In interview, the judges get to ask you questions to try and determine if you would be the perfect titleholder. If you’ve ever had an interview where you felt like they may not have asked you enough about you or gotten to know you, then you know the feeling of, “If only I had a few more minutes to really let them get to know me…”
With Personal Expression, you get that chance.
In American Elegance, interview is worth 45 percent of the score and Personal Expression is worth five percent, meaning 50 percent of your score is all about the judges getting to know you and what is important to you.
Interested in getting to compete in this unique pageant competition? American Elegance has state and at-large titles available. Nationals will be November 10-12, 2017.
Age divisions for American Elegance include Ms. for ages 19-29, Woman for ages 30-40, Lady for ages 41 and up, Mrs. for ages 25 and up, and Sophisticate for ages 18 and up who wear a size 16W and larger.
Visit American Elegance for your chance to compete and express yourself.
Good luck, ladies!