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Pageant Lingo For Newbies

Feb 6, 2012

If you’re a beauty pageant newbie then there’s probably terms you’ve been hearing throughout the pageant world that don’t make sense to you. Pageant Designs is here to help you learn and understand pageantry lingo, so you’ll be better prepared for your next pageant.

Bodice – Similar to a corset, the part of a pageant dress from the waist to the shoulders.

Casual wear – Clothing that is usually worn before 5 p.m. Casual pageant wear isn’t as formal as your pageantry dress, but it shouldn’t be as informal as sweatpants.girls pageant dresses

Crowning Dress – A dress that is worn by a pageant queen returning to a pageant to crown her successor.

Cupcake Dress – A particular style of little girls pageant dresses that feature a skirt layered with ruffles and often resembles a tutu.

Etiquette – A certain type of social behavior or way to conduct yourself during a beauty pageant

Extensions – Hairpieces that are added to a contestant’s real hair in order to give it length and body.

Flippers – False teeth that are worn by young girls who’ve lost a tooth.

Glitz Pageants – Beauty pageants in which the contestants wear custom made pageant gowns that are decorated with rhinestones, sequins, etc. The girls who compete in glitz beauty pageants often wear a lot of makeup, large hairpieces and hairstyles.

Grand – A level of award in glitz beauty pageants.

H/M – A contestant’s hair and makeup artist.

What are some pageant terms that you’ve heard and need defined? Let us know with a comment, and don’t forget to check out the Pageant Designs blog next week when we’ll explain more terms that are often heard in pageants.

New Pageant Dresses from Mac Duggal’s 2012 Pageant Collections

Nov 14, 2011

Recently, Pageant Designs added new pageant dresses from popular Mac Duggal pageant dress lines to our vast collection of pageant dresses affordable Mac Duggal pageant dress collection.Mac Duggal pageant dress collection.

Dare to grace the stage wearing one of these colorful designs in brightly colored hues, such as deep fuchsias, lime greens, cardinal reds, royal blues, bronzes, cotton candy blues, bold tangerines, and other bold colors.

  • You’ll find an assortment of necklines including plunging, sweetheart, and v-necklines.
  • Choose from one-shoulder dresses, halter dresses, strapless dresses and more!
  • Some of the decorative dress features in our new Mac Duggal dress collection includes sparkling gems and sequins, different styles of ruffles, a variety of floral patterns, cutouts on the sides and backs of dresses, lace, mid-thigh slits, and ruched accented waists.
  • You’ll find dresses with a-line skirts, slim fitting curve hugging skirts, full layered skirts, ruffled skirts and more!

You can find these and many more Mac Duggal pageant dresses online at What are some of your favorite pageant dress trends for the 2012 pageantry season?

Proper Ways to Decline a Homecoming Date

Sep 26, 2011

Finding the perfect homecoming dress isn’t the only difficult part about homecoming. Finding a date can be difficult too. Sometimes girls say yes to the first person who asks them, either because they don’t think they’ll have any other offers or because they don’t know how to say no without offending that person. At we urge girls to make the decision that’s best for them, not the person asking them to be their date. There are ways to turn down homecoming suitors without ripping their heart out and stomping on it.

Date or not - you'll still look fab!

Date or not - you'll still look fab!

  1. Be honest with that person about how you feel. In the end, it will save you and your prospective suitor unneeded anxiety during the homecoming dance. They’ll be more hurt if you pretend to want to be their homecoming date.
  2. If you have a friend that you think would be a great homecoming date for him, tell him that you’re not interested, but you know someone who might be.
  3. Tell them that you’re actually planning on going to homecoming stag.
  4. Keep your response short. It’s not polite to give a long excuse as to why you’re not interested.
  5. Tell them that you appreciate the invitation, but haven’t decided who you’re going with yet.

No matter what the case may be, never turn a prom date down via text message, e-mail or through any type of social media, don’t ever laugh in someone’s face after they’ve asked you to homecoming and never talk badly about a person who has asked you to homecoming. When someone has the courage to ask you to be their date for homecoming you should take it as a compliment. Although you may not like them the same way, they obviously think enough of you to ask you to be their date, and most of the time, that’s something that takes a lot of courage to do.

Leila Lopes Crowned Miss Universe 2011

Sep 23, 2011

Last week the winner of the 60th Annual Miss Universe® Pageant was announced. Leila Lopes, a 25 year-old from Benguela, Angola, received the crown in front of millions of viewers from around the world at Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Imagine this dress as a grand prize!

Imagine this dress as a grand prize!

It’s not wonder the Miss Universe title is such a coveted one, with a prize package that includes a custom diamond tiara and jewelry by Diamond Nexus, an eveningwear wardrobe from Sherri Hill, a year’s supply of nail care products from OPI Products, Inc., casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization and much more!

There were 88 contestants in this years Miss Universe contest, which is the largest beauty pageant in the world. Leila Lopes is the first person from her country to win the title of Miss Universe. She plans to continue her work with social causes including poor children, the fight against HIV, protect the elderly and more.

Here are some more facts about the 2011 Miss Universe Winner.

  • Not only is the first Miss Universe winner from her home country of Angola, Lopes is also the fourth black women in the entire world to win the title of Miss Universe.
  • She is studying business and living in England.
  • In 2008 Lopes was crowned Miss Angola UK.
  • Her full name is Leila Luiana da Costa Vieira Lopes.
  • Lopes is bilingual, speaking Portuguese, and is half Brazilian.

Pageant Designs would like to congratulate Leila Lopes and all of the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant contestants!

Ten Benefits to Children and Toddler Pageants

Sep 7, 2011

Some people don’t understand toddler beauty pageants. They watch television shows that depict some younger pageant contestants and form an opinion… but they’re not really seeing the entire picture. There are many benefits to entering a toddler into a beauty pageant. Hopefully the benefits we’ve listed below will help change the minds of some who just don’t understand toddler beauty pageants.girls pageant dresses

  1. If the child’s biggest dream is to become a model or actor, then entering them into beauty pageants at an early age can help to highlight their talents, and possibly provide valuable exposure to the media.
  2. Many children find beauty pageants to be fun, considering them similar to a talent show. Most enjoy dressing up in an assortment of the many girls’ pageant dresses you can find online and in stores today.
  3. They can learn social skills through competing in pageants.
  4. Sometimes, pageant winners receive scholarships to use for college later in life, savings bonds, or even money!
  5. Little girls who compete in pageants learn about competition, playing fair, and being a good loser.
  6. Pageants can teach girls how to present themselves to others in a positive light.
  7. When girls compete in pageants at a young age, they will learn about their strengths and weaknesses, or even develop likes, dislikes, good beliefs, style and strengthen their personality.
  8. Pageants force contestants to communicate with the judges and the audience, teaching children an essential life skill at a young age. Beauty pageants can also help fine tune their communication skills.
  9. They learn how to handle stress and disappointment… two very hard lessons to learn in life.
  10. Pageants help develop and build confidence in young children.

There are many more benefits to entering a toddler or a young child into a beauty pageant. Natural beauty pageants focus on a child’s natural beauty. Next time you’re watching a show about toddler or child pageants, think about these 10 pageant benefits, and realize how beneficial they can be!

Famous Pageant Queens and Title Holders

Aug 31, 2011

Today’s beauty pageant contestants have some big shoes to fill, if they’re looking to be crowned queen or win a pageant title. Here are a few widely known women, who’ve won titles in beauty pageants across the U.S.

Can you handle the heel? Pageantry shoes are hard to fill!

Can you handle the heel? Pageantry shoes are hard to fill!

  • Today she is the host of World News Tonight, but in 1963, Diane Sawyer took over the pageant limelight when she won America’s Junior Miss pageant.
  • In 1971, Oprah Winfrey took home the crown for Miss Fire Prevention and Miss Black Tennessee. Oprah also competed in the Miss Black America Pageant but unfortunately, she didn’t make it to the finals in this pageant.
  • Sharon Stone has played in over 50 different movies and television shows, but in 1976, this talented actress was busy winning the title of Miss Crawford County. She was also Saegertown’s Spring Festival Queen.
  • Vanessa Williams was the first African-American woman to win the Miss America Pageant in 1984.
  • In 1984 Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin took him the crown in the Miss Wasilla Beauty Pageant. She also competed in the Miss Alaska pageant, finishing third and named Miss Congeniality.
  • Halle Berry is no stranger to beauty pageants. This Academy Award winning actress’s pageant success stories include Miss Teen All American, Miss Ohio-USA in 1986, she was first runner-up to Miss USA, and fourth runner-up to Miss World in 1986.
  • Known for playing the role of Kelly Kapowski in the hit series Saved by the Bell, Tiffani-Amber Theissen grew up competing in beauty pageants. In 1987, she took home the crown for Miss Junior America.
  • You may remember Miss Teen USA 1990, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, from movies such as Billy Madison and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Who’s your role model pageantry winner?

Meet a Winner, Miss Akron International: Amy-Allen

Aug 18, 2011

amy-allenThere’s nothing we love as much as hearing about successful pageant contestants and Miss Akron International, Amy-Allen in Ohio is one of those pageantry successes that is amazing to read about. Amy has been successfully competing in pageants since 2002. Her time spent in the Miss America Scholarship Program helped support her way through not just college, but also in getting her Master of Business Administration. It’s hard work like that you really have to admire!

Amy has achieved many titles and awards including Southern Ohio 2008, Summit County’s Junior Miss 2002, Miss Black Southern Ohio USA 2008 and 2009 and awards in community service, spirit and Miss Congeniality. So much success obviously doesn’t go to her head, one her blog you’ll see pictures of her and other Miss’s and pageant winners in beautiful pageant dresses hosting events– so congenial!

Like all winning pageant contestants, Amy Allen has a strong platform, supporting Urban Renewal through Habitat for Humanity. Recently she competed in the Miss Midwest Captivating competition, coming up as runner up!

If you’re looking for a strong role model in the pageantry world, look no further than Amy Allen. Check out Amy’s pageantry blog to keep up with her pageant journey or follow her on Twitter at @allen_amy and Like her on Facebook.

From all of us at, we’d like to wish Amy best of luck in the future!

Meet a Winner, Miss Greater Cleveland: Marisa Buchheit

Jul 28, 2011

marisabuchheitIf there’s one thing we love more than the newest line of pageant dresses, it’s hearing about the successful women who accomplish so much through pageants. Miss Greater Cleveland 2011 Marisa Buchheit is one such lady who really knows how to wear a pageantry dress, a crown and all that comes with that responsibility. She also placed in the top 10 in the 2011 Miss Ohio Pageant!

On her pageantry blog, you can see just what makes is full of all the great positive things that happen on a Like we say, it’s about more than the pageants, Marisa also sings opera, runs marathons, and recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Academic honors. It’s so important to be well rounded as a pageant contestant. After all, the dress doesn’t make you into a winner – you make the pageant dress amazing!

We’d like to congratulate and wish her luck as she crowns the new Miss Greater Cleveland, moving on to bigger and better things, and hopefully continues to support great style and talent in the coming year!

Pageant Songs for Dancing and Singing

Jul 26, 2011

When choosing a song to dance or sing to during the talent portion of a pageant, the song should create a bond between yourself and the judges. The goal of your talent is to entertain everyone in the audience. A good performance is a memorable one. Keep in mind that if you’re singing a song it should be one you can sing exceptionally well, and most of the songs sung are slower, unless you plan on dancing as you’re singing. Below are a few popular pageant songs to sing or dance to for your talent.

Pageant songs to sing:

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  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow – from The Wizard of Oz
  • Greatest Love of All – by Whitney Houston
  • Defying Gravity – from Wicked
  • Hero – by Mariah Carey
  • Break Away – by Kelly Clarkson
  • A Thousand Miles – by Vanessa Carlton
  • Un-Break My Heart – by Toni Braxton
  • Because of You – by Kelly Clarkson
  • I Honestly Love You – by Olivia Newton John
  • I Could Fall in Love with You – by Selena

Pageant songs for tap or choreographed dances

  • Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend – by Marilyn Monroe
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun – by Cindi Lauper
  • Material Girl – By Madonna
  • Loverboy – by Mariah Carey
  • Dancing Queen – by Abba
  • Can’t Stop the Moonlight – by Leann Rimes
  • Get Into the Groove – by Madonna
  • When I Grow Up – by the Pussycat Dolls
  • The Rhythm of the Night – by Corona
  • I Love Rock and Roll – by Joan Jett

There are many more popular songs to dance or sing to during a pageants talent competition. Try not to stress out over the process of choosing a song. Remember, there is a song for everyone’s singing or dancing style, just relax and be yourself. Good luck from all of us at Pageant!

Confidence is the Key to Pageant Success

Jul 7, 2011

Mysterious sight of the girl

Confidence, a winning smile and the crown can be yours!

One of the most important qualities of pageant winners is confidence. People can sense when you aren’t confident with yourself. It shows in the way you walk, the expressions on your face, your smile, posture, and even the way you wear your clothes. In order to win the crown, you need to hold you head high and pretend it’s already on top of you head. These tips will help you remain confident and bring you closer to pageant success.

  • Always smile.
  • You should look the judges in the eyes, but if you find that difficult you can look at their foreheads.
  • You don’t have to spend a fortune on a pageant gown. All you need is a gown that sparkles when you’re on the stage, and makes you feel and look good.
  • Choose a dress that fits you correctly. The color should also bring out your personality. When choosing a dress, consider your hairstyle, make-up, skin conditions – tan lines, height, weight, posture, ability to walk on stage, ability to walk up and down steps, the type of shoes you’ll need, and accessories.
  • Do not over accessorize. Keep jewelry at a minimum.
  • Never compare yourself to the other contestants. You are only being judged on you. Picking out qualities they have that you don’t believe you have will only make you less confident. Besides, you may not think you have those qualities, but the judges may think differently.
  • Be up to date with what is going on in the news and other current events.
  • Good posture is very important. Keep your shoulders back and hold your head high.
  • Remember, your hair is your crowning glory and can make or break your appearance.
  • Be honest with the judges.
  • Never give up. Most likely, you’ll lose more times than you’ll win. You need to hold your head high and keep trying. After losing a pageant think of ways you can improve for the next pageant.

Keeps these tips in mind next time you’re walking across the stage, answering a question or choosing a dress and you’ll be well on your way to winning a crown. Good luck from all of us at