Pageant Question About Why Your Platform is Important
Today’s Pageant Question of the Day is: How did your platform topic become important to you?
Why this question was asked: Having a platform that is personally relevant to you is a huge advantage as a contestant and it is necessary that you know how to explain the relevance of your own.
This is how some of our Instagram followers answered the question:
Abby (missmsjrteen): From a very young age, children become aware of who society wants you to look like, speak like, act like, be like, and for a child that doesn’t fit that tight mold, bullying will most likely follow as it did for me because of me being overweight. I’ve worked since a young age to pull myself out of that dark hole of self-loathing to acceptance and confidence and now I want to help others do the same. A positive body image is crucial to mental health and with my work with the True Beauty Movement, girls can connect with others that feel just as beaten down about their bodies and find their confidence through their own definition of beauty.
Olivia (oliviajkeith): Because both of my parents have brain injuries, my platform and non-profit organization, Play It Safe, are very important to me. I see the effects every day of what my parents, especially my mom, go through and I don’t want kids to experience what they do. Play It Safe teaches and provides resources to kids on how to have fun while taking care of their brains and bodies. In addition, through grant money I’ve received, Play It Safe has given away 500 new bicycle helmets to underprivileged children.
Brooke (brooke_clemons): My platform has always been adoption and foster care. I use it to create awareness, volunteer with various organizations, and participate in fundraisers. When I chose this as a platform it was simply because I had a passion to help children find their place in this world. My parents divorced when I was just a year old so I have been blessed to consistently have two loving, caring, and supportive homes while some children have none. This led me to discover what more I could do to advocate for them. Now I have turned my platform into a career and am a social worker currently interning in a adoption and home-finding unit!
(marusa_nationalpageant): Although I’m a director, I feel platforms are of utmost importance. Girls, ladies and boys should find something they are passionate about and get out into the world and do all they can to make a difference! Our national platform is Autism Awareness. As a mother with a child on the spectrum, I wanted to share with others about autism. Through education and awareness, people can be more understanding and compassionate to those different from themselves.
Chrissy (chrissyann113): My platform has been important to me since the day I came to the United States. “Gift of Adoption” truly is a gift for not only a child, but a family, a community, and a gift to life. Being adopted from the Philippines and given the opportunity to live a better life with a bright future is something I want to give back to those orphans around the world in need. Two four-letter words, “home” and “love”, are two things a child should never have to struggle with saying they have. There are millions of children out there with this struggle and being a Wisconsin chapter board member I fully support ‘Gift of Adoption’ for being able to put families and futures together.
Our favorite answer:
MacKenzie (osnapitzkenzie): I had a ground-shaking “light bulb” moment reading a book over the summer that made me immediately decide to change my platform after three years. The book “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg brought to my attention all of the unique obstacles I am going to face as an ambitious woman entering a male-dominated career field. As a result, I’ve decided to use my platform to educate women on how to succeed as a woman in the workplace and how to begin changing the conversation concerning women’s issues in society.
The judges would like this answer best because it was well-worded, personal and unique. (Read: Pageant Question About Your Involvement With Your Platform)
How would you answer this question?