Pageant Swimsuit Competitions … fun or frightening?!
A question I get asked a lot by women interested in entering a pageant is “How tough is that bathing suit competition?” They want to know what it’s like to be up there in front of everyone and I’d say that on a scale of 1 to 10 I’d rank it about a 6. Partly because I’m comfortable in front of an audience and partly because I work very hard on my bikini figure – you really do have to do the work.
Some pageants do have specific styles especially if they have a major swimsuit wear sponsor but for the Mrs. United States Pageant ® in Vegas I was allowed to pick any suit I wanted as long as it was matching solid colors (top and bottom) and that the sarong matched exactly as well. Tricky thing though is picking out jewelry and shoes – it’s not something you normally have to consider when you’re going to be wearing your bathing suit. This portion is as important as Evening Gown because you do want to look good and above all, comfortable in what your wearing, and comfortable in your own skin.
I actually find Interview more intimidating. You’re one on one with a panel of judges and you know they’re looking right at you and listening to every word you say. During the Bathing Suit portion the crowd is yelling, the music (most times) is playing and you can feel the love and support washing over the stage. It feels good.
I didn’t use any kind of stickum to keep my suit from riding…I used hairspray. It’s a little cold going on but it works great!