NAM is a wonderful experience for young girls. I first competed as a teen and got in the top 10 and now am competing again.
yes the pageant cost a good deal od money but all things do. yes you have to buy food at the hotel but what hotel would host a pageant if they weren't profiting? over all I feel its a fair system and all about the work you put in, not how many years you've competed or the amount of extra money you invested. I have made many good friends from NAM everyone is very friendly including the staff that runs it.
it IS competition not all people can learn a production dance in 30 mins (no you don't get judged on the dance) not all people can model across a stage but its not made to be an easy win. yes a lot of girls are invited to compete after open call but if has nothing to do with you or your childs ability, if she is good the amount of competitors doesn't matter. my roommate just won in the U.S pageant system and was not given anything but a crown and sash and her pageant was also WAY more expensive. NAM has a great prize package and if you plan right, you could profit from the money you put in to what you win back.
many pageant people say NAM is what started them off, their first pageant and I can see why, with talent optional and no swimwear this truly is a personality competition where you are based on confidence, your communication skills and presentation. I promise your daughter will learn so much and be a better, more confident, more professional young lady after NAM no matter her age. I encourage you to participate if given the chance.
my mother is an NYPD officer and single mom of 5 kids and were not the richest, she loves NAM and thinks it is worth the trade of so don't be discouraged moms! NAM is wonderful, fun, and teaches amazing life skills as they promise!
Reason of review: learned a lot and they deliver there promises.
National American Miss Pros: Teaches kids life skills, Friendly people, Boost confidence.
National American Miss Cons: Sharing new york pageant with new jersey.