Ask Something Fierce…Don’t Get Scolded Week 3


Dear McPherson,

What are the best ways to deal with the stress associated with beauty pageants, and if I don’t win how can I maintain my self confidence knowing I wasn’t the prettiest girl?




Dear Beautiful,

Pageants are very stressful, but they are also a great way to develop self-confidence, win or lose. And actually, are you really a loser just because this particular set of judges didn’t choose you as the prettiest girl? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, for sure. Given a different set of judges, the outcome likely would be different.

So, how do you manage the stress? Perhaps change how you think about the event. Consider it an opportunity to develop confidence, poise, the ability to present yourself well to an audience. These are all skills that will last you a lifetime. Do your best, and remember, someone does think you are the prettiest girl. And it might not even just be your mother!