After spending to have pageant training, buying all the “correct” attire, and covering traveling cost I would say NAM is a huge scam. I am not doubting that it helps build self confidence and is enjoyable for the children but that is the pitch they brain wash in your head from the first time you attend an open call. Every parent wants to give their children an experience of a lifetime. However, almost everyone who placed in the princess division age 4-6 had already turn 7 this year and was as they say “pageant” trained. I am not saying they didn’t deserve it, I just think when you put a 6 to 7 yr old up against a new 4-5 year old obviously their is going to be a huge difference in the performance.
Now let’s talk casual wear...from what they said, just wear your favorite outfit you have in your closet. Then you see these girls on stage wearing costume like outfits. If that is what you are looking for then say wear your most creative piece.
Interview attire was suppose to be professional suit or dress with a sweater. I don’t know, but I am pretty sure some of the outfits I saw on the winners would never be one I would want to see walk into my office for their first interview and try to get a job. Then you have the introduction/resume, in school teachers do not want the parents doing their homework so when you are are competing in a 4-6 age group you probably should not have your parents or pageant coach write your introduction. Kudos to the girls for memorizing them and pulling them off. I just remember sitting their listening to them and thinking how fake they sounded. Half of the girls were natural intros and half were “pageant perfect”. I don’t think I need to say which ones ended up on stage that night of finals.
Overall, I was proud of my daughter for doing so well for her first pageant. I knew going into it that it was a long shot. I wanted to believe it was not the scam that everyone says it is. I will continue to let my daughter compete in other pageants if she wishes. I just think NAM needs to reevaluate their intentions. Be true to the type of pageant you are and not manipulate people into believing something completely different.
For all of you who have your daughter win and will knock my opinion...remember everyone is entitled to their opinion and everyone’s experiences in life are different.
Product or Service Mentioned: National American Miss Beauty Pageant.