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GET NOTICED HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE COMPETITION

MAKING YOUR YEAR COUNT WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN

PLUS!

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TIPS TO GET YOU PAGEANT READY

RPM girls tell you how to make the most of your year and get ready to take on the stage this fall.

OFFICIAL PRODUCERS OF THE MISS USA & MISS TEEN USA STATE PRELIMINARIES


FEATURES 14 TOP 10: Get Ready What you need to do to be prepared

26 TOP 5: Saving Money Resource guide to pinching pennies

34 What Matters

Knowing what to emphasize is key

GETTING PREPARED 8

Why Compete?

The RPM Girls’ input on the value of competition 10 What it takes to win Megan and Ashley break it down

16 Your Year to Network

Build a brand and get noticed!

24 Using Your Resources

Take advantage of the people around you

32 Point of View

Lorin analyzes pageant weekend from a contestant’s perspective

CHANGING YOUR LIFE 4

A Bold Adventure Build your name, design your brand

20 Making it Count

Don’t take anything for granted

40 TOP 5: Know Your Body Be in the best shape of your life 50 Living a Fantasy

A unique opportunity for young beauty queens in the making

THE COMPETITION 36 Planning Your Wardrobe

Get it together!

All articles written by RPM Staff unless otherwise credited.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For our contestants, the journey of competition holds a world of unknowns. The extraordinary women representing their hometowns have taken a chance on a dream, and without dreams, we truly do not live an abundant life. They have dreams to not only represent their state as ambassadors of good will for one entire year, but to create a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of those they meet along the way. When I think about the message I want to convey to those considering competing, I always return to one word: opportunity. I reflect back to 1979 when this all began for me and my family. Who knew the decision to accept an opportunity to work with the Miss Universe Organization would change the course of my life and the lives of many forever? It is hard for me to grasp just how much this competition has given to me since I entered the world of pageantry more than thirty years ago. I am constantly amazed by the women I have been privileged to work with. They have the ambition to change lives and affect the future, a trait that is not nearly as abundant as it should be in our society. I am proud to provide our girls with a vehicle for self-improvement

Executive Director Paula Miles

Vice President Anna Boyce

and the chance to enhance the world around them, and even more honored when they live up to their potential – reaching goals they

Associate Director

may have deemed inconceivable before their time as a contestant in

Ryan Miles

the Miss USA system. It’s a journey I never would have been a part of had I turned down the offer to serve as a director for the Miss Universe Organization. I learned to live by a simple motto many years ago for this very reason, “consider every opportunity, you never know what blessings await!” This is the philosophy by which we have created the first annual RPM Magazine. It is a compilation of helpful advice, planning strategies, and thoughtful narratives put together by the RPM team and our eight 2013 titleholders. We hope you will find it informative, but most importantly, we hope it helps you to discover the many opportunities

Director of Operations Pam Earhart

Communications Director Anna Taylor

Producer Dr. Donald Campbell

in store. Competing for your Miss USA or Miss Teen USA state title is a

Master of Ceremonies

remarkable chance to make your dreams a reality.

Beau Davidson

I am proud to let our talented and ambitious state titleholders act as

Magazine Editor

testaments to the value of what we do throughout the year following

Anna Taylor

the state pageant. These women started where you are standing right now - on the threshold of a life-changing journey. We are here to help you take the first step!

Special Thanks To Family and Friends

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SHARING THE JOURNEY WITH YOUR RPM SISTERS IS ONE OF THE MANY PERKS!

A BOLD ADVENTURE F RO M M O D E L I N G A S P I RAT I O N S TO M A S T E R S D E G R E E S, R P M’S Q U E E N S A R E W E L L- RO U N D E D BEAUTIES I M PACT I N G T H E I R CO M M U N I T I E S A N D T H E CO U N T RY.

For more than 30 years, our company, RPM Productions, has partnered with the Miss Universe Organization to produce a premiere statewide event you will be proud to be part of. This year will be as exciting as ever, and we look forward to meeting and working with you as you embark on the journey of a lifetime. As a contestant, you will be awarded a title that will represent your hometown, county, or region. This is how the judges will recognize you during the competition, and you will be able to fund raise and seek out sponsorships using this title. You will become a part of a sorority of young women who will leave a legacy that impacts communities through charities and other causes. You will make new and life-long friends and enjoy an atmosphere of glamour and fashion, while developing

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I had never competed in a pageant before I decided to do Miss Alabama USA in 2011.�

poise, confidence, and career-enhancing

successful faster thanks to their interview

country, all while preparing to compete for

skills. Through this experience, you will

experience and self-branding practice.

your national competition.

share in a legacy of excellence that has

They are great role models, and it all began

propelled countless state titleholders to

with reading and completing the same

Continuing with the Miss USA tradition,

fulfill their goals in various arenas of

paperwork you will read and complete.

each contestant will be judged in three

their lives. Numerous Miss USA and Teen

equal areas:

swimsuit, evening gown,

USA contestants have gone on to launch

By simply being accepted and competing

and interview.

During the competition,

careers in entertainment by appearing

for your state title, you will experience

judges are looking for a young lady who

on the likes of E! Entertainment and The

exciting and worthwhile opportunities. If

possesses poise, grace, natural beauty, and

Bachelor, along with countless television

you are fortunate enough to win the

confidence. There is more information on

shows and movies. Young women have

title, the most thrilling and exciting part

our website, so log on regularly and be

also pursued their professional modeling

of your reign will be the opportunity to

sure to become a fan of RPM Productions

careers with top casting and modeling

become Miss USA or Miss Teen USA and

on Facebook. If you or your parents have

agencies, while others have dedicated

sister to Miss Universe. You will embark

any questions, never hesitate to call us

their lives to charitable work which their

on an adventure that includes a fabulous

at 803-648-6220. Again, congratulations

titles have helped to develop and support.

prize package and the chance to travel,

on taking the first steps on an incredible

The ladies that compete on the state

making appearances and touching lives

journey!

and national level find themselves more

throughout your state and across the

- Paula Miles

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HAD TO START SOMEWHERE I n 1979 Paula Miles had no

An executive with Miss Universe, Inc.

idea what impact a single event

said years ago that he recognized Paula’s

would have on her life. While

ability to serve as a role model for all

attending college in Charleston,

young women involved in her program.

South Carolina, her sister Janice competed

She has very successfully instilled in

in the Miss South Carolina USA Pageant

hundreds of young women the desire

and won. This afforded Janice and her

to better themselves, enjoy the value

family the once in a lifetime opportunity

of competition, and to appreciate the

to attend the live CBS competition of

discipline of self-improvement.

PAULA HAS HER

SISTER TO THANK FOR MANY OF RPM’S SUCCESSES

the Miss USA Pageant, a Madison Square Garden television production. The first

Paula can proudly claim that under her

Miss USA & Miss Universe were held

administration she has had three young

concurrently is Los Angeles, CA in 1952.

women become Miss USA, one become

Miss Teen USA debuted in 1983 in

Miss Universe, two become Miss Teen USA

Lakeland, FL.

and one become Miss World. Paula’s goal is to have each of these young women

Unfortunately Janice did not win the

recognize opportunities that come their

Miss USA title, but Paula was offered the

way each day, have the enthusiasm to

chance to become involved with Miss

embrace these opportunities, and to just

Universe, Inc. on the state level. In 1980,

watch and enjoy the magic as it happens.

when Paula produced her very first Miss USA state pageant, her titleholder became

You’ll hear the phrase “RPM Family” used

Miss USA, and ultimately Miss Universe, a

often when Paula and the team are with

feat never before or after accomplished

their eight titleholders. RPM Productions

by a novice director. This began a whole

is truly a family affair. The name of Paula’s

new career for the young lady from

company is inspired by her children, Ryan,

South Carolina who always wanted to be

Paul, and Morgan – RPM.

a businesswoman. Paula now holds the title of Owner and Executive Director of RPM Productions, Inc.

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At right, Janice McDonald, Miss South Carolina USA 1979 (left), and her successor, Shawn Weatherly. Shawn went on to win Miss USA and Miss Universe in 1980, the first year Paula Miles directed the Miss South Carolina USA pageant.


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WHY COMPETE? RPM Queens are first-timers and pageant veterans!

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ori Sizemore’s journey began when she entered a pageant to overcome her fear of singing. “I had no intentions of competing again, until I realized there is more to pageantry than crowns, gowns, and rhinestones,” she says, “Pageantry promotes physical, emotional, and intellectual strength as well as beauty, grace, and poise. It is the ultimate selfimprovement tool!” Tori decided to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant so she could create tangible goals for herself to benefit her future. “This program challenges me to grow as an individual, leader, and role model,”

she says, “I learned a long time ago that goals without deadlines are just ideas, and I refused to waste my time waiting for ambition to find me.” Preparing for the Miss South Carolina Teen USA competition built the work ethic, drive, and ambitious spirit Tori always desired but never pursued, and now nothing can stop her! The Miss USA & Teen USA competitions challenge girls to reach their full potential and grow in mind, body, and spirit. Through this experience, you will improve your communication skills, fitness, and overall outlook on life. Mary Margaret McCord says when she chose

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! SEVERAL RPM QUEENS TRIED MORE THAN ONCE FOR THE CROWN!

to compete for Miss Alabama USA for the first time in 2011, “I was really just looking for something new. I wanted a challenge, something to work for. I read about the pageant and decided to sign up a month and a half before the competition.” She had no experience or help, but managed to place 3rd runner up out of 50 contestants in the Miss division. “I decided this was something I really wanted to do and set my sights high. In 2013, I won the title of Miss Alabama USA and accomplished my ultimate goal! Now on to Miss USA!” Megan Pinckney, Miss South Carolina USA 2013, says she chose to compete


for the networking opportunities. “You’d be surprised who you have the chance to meet as a titleholder and how people are more interested to get to know you because you are a queen,” she says. “I am also more prepared for life after college because of the pageant, and I know there will never be an interview I won’t be able to do and do well! And for all of the little girls who want to be a beauty queen but don’t think they can, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told no. People told me I couldn’t do it, but look at me now!”

“I encourage anyone who is considering competing in the upcoming state USA pageant to go for it,” Tori says, “...decide why you want to compete and what you hope to take away from the experience, then focus on what you must do to reach that goal. Don’t let these things intimidate you, let them motivate you!”

There are only two times in life: now and too late!”

The pageants are designed to encourage girls to be their personal best and achieve great things. You will walk away from the competition with a new belief in your abilities, and that is the best reward.

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People in general will gravitate toward what’s authentic.”

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WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN A s a child, every little girl

really be yourself,” says Ashley Mills, Miss

wants to compete in a

North Carolina USA 2013.

national

and

general gravitate towards what is most

represent their home state!

authentic. It’s only natural. So if you are

“I competed in my very first pageant

wondering what one thing the judges

my sophomore year in high school but

will be attracted to, I would say it’s your

didn’t win my first local title until my

genuine personality.”

senior year. I remember sitting in front

personality must be the total package.

of the TV watching Miss America and

That means beauty, intelligence, and a

Miss USA and being so envious of those

presence they can’t ignore. You can be

women! I always watched the national

confident without being arrogant, so it’s

competitions on TV but never knew

important to balance these two traits

how I could get involved,” says Megan

evenly.

pageant

“People in

Of course, your

Pinckney, Miss South Carolina USA 2013. “One day while shopping at the mall in

If you’re doing a lot of the preparation

Charleston I was approached by Laura

on your own, remember you can often be

Mills, the director of a local preliminary.

your worst critic. Try to keep a positive

She encouraged me to compete in her

mind-set and encourage yourself to be

Miss Summerville Teen USA pageant.

a role-model for young girls across the

From then on, I was hooked! It lead me

state. If you struggle with self-esteem,

to winning Miss South Carolina Teen

what would you tell a 10-year-old with

USA 2010 and ultimately Miss South

image issues? If you can’t find the will-

Carolina USA 2013. I’ll never be able

power or the dedication it takes to go to

to thank Miss Laura enough for all the

the gym four times a week, how would

help she gave me, and now I know how

you inspire the people around you to get

important it is to take advantage of every

fit? Remember, always follow your own

opportunity in life.”

advice!

There is no specific formula for winning

Competing on both the state and national

a Miss USA state pageant. “I think the

levels requires a lot of preparation both

most important thing is staying true

physically and mentally. Building a

to who you are and learning how to

support system around you will help you

MEGAN PINCKNEY WAS MISS SOUTH

CAROLINA TEEN USA IN 2009!

Ashley and Megan come from fairly different pageant backgrounds, but they both know what it takes to win on the state level and they want to help you win, too!

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excel in all areas of competition. Your parents want to see you succeed, and pageantry is a great way to learn the skills you’ll need in the future. “I have great family and friends who want the best for me, so it makes my job a little easier knowing they believe in me no matter what,” says Megan. “Be sure to stay organized and turn in all of your paperwork by the deadlines,” recommends Ashley. “Write all of your goals down on paper so you can see them in front of you. Then formulate a plan of action. How do you see yourself achieving those goals?

Goals written

down on paper are more likely to come to fruition,” she says.

Don’t allow the

process to overwhelm you. This is easier said than done. Take your time. It’s okay to get frustrated, just don’t stay in a rut for too long. Becoming a titleholder is not something that will happen over night. It can take months or even years. Try to maintain an uplifting state of mind. Act as if you are already a titleholder. “This helps you better perform at the state pageant. If you feel you already are the winner, then that is what will resonate with the judges when they see you on stage,” says Ashley. “Persistence is the greatest tool for success,” says Megan. I’ve been fortunate enough to win both of my titles after only competing once, but many of my RPM sisters competed multiple times before reaching the crown. If you give up, you’ll never know what your full potential might be or just how far you can push yourself. Create a mantra for motivation: Be determined. Believe in yourself. If you set your mind to it, make it happen!”

BE DETERMINED. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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TOP TEN: GETTING READY YOU’VE DECIDED TO COMPETE, NOW IT’S TIME TO GET READY Your year as a titleholder is a fun and rewarding experience, but it comes with a very unique to-do list! We’ve compiled this countdown to a stress-free weekend to ensure you are prepared!

1

Share the exciting news with your family and friends! Discuss finances with your parents and create a calendar to start marking down important dates and deadlines. You don’t want to forget anything!

2

Make a list of potential sponsors with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mails. Start thinking about your wardrobe, shoes, and accessories. Begin making calls and setting up interviews with potential sponsors. Be sure your materials are in order and look professional. Remember, this is like interviewing for a job; you will need to leave them information about you, your sponsorship letter, and advertising information. Make sure you have plenty of copies.

3

Step up your exercise program. Start working on your required paperwork forms. Familiarize yourself with the contestant profile and begin to think about how you want to answer these questions. Call your photographer and schedule an appointment for your head shot photo. Start looking for your dress, swimsuit, interview outfit, and opening number outfit. Send all your forms and payments to pageant office by your individual deadline and be sure to remind your parents to book reservations at the hotel.

4

Collect final sponsorship money and/or any ads from sponsors. Pick out your head shot for the program book and submit it to the pageant office. Get the final details of your wardrobe together and try everything on to be

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sure the fit and look are exactly the way you want. Practice walking in those new shoes. Ask family and friends to go over some common interview questions with you. Remember, you will only have 2 minutes with each judge. If you are planning to tan for the pageant, call the salon and set up your appointments. You don’t want that red lobster skin tone on stage or an orange glow from spray tanning.

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Start thinking about how to pack; review the wardrobe checklist (provided with your contestant manual) for needed items. Practice doing your hair and makeup. Keep in mind stage make-up is different than everyday make-up. If you need some guidance, seek out the make-up ladies at a local department store; they are always willing to show you how to apply certain items.

made for the family and tickets have been purchased. Get out the suitcases you want to take and start labeling all your items. Do you have a dress bag for your dress? Is your name on it?

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Review the pageant schedule. Are your parents aware of their responsibilities? Watch the DVD from last year’s show again. If you are going to get your nails done, schedule the appointment. Double check your packing list; make sure you have thought of all your needs. Do you have your gym bag or backpack for rehearsals? Do you need any special medicines, snacks, or meals?

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Take a deep breath and head out the door for registration. You are on your way to one of the best weekends ever!

Confirm Everything! Call the pageant office to be sure all your paperwork is in order. Verify hotel reservations have been

together and try everything on to be sure the fit and look are exactly how you want!

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Be sure Mom and Dad are packed and ready. Double check you have the tickets and hotel confirmations. Pack all items needed for the pageant, don’t forget your make-up and hair items. Read over the pageant schedule. Google the location and get driving directions if needed. Do you know what time and where you need to be for registration and orientation? Do your parents know which suitcase and bags go to your room at the hotel? Do you have your dress, shoes, swimsuit, opening number, and interview outfit?

Watch the DVD from last year’s pageant, you may find it helpful. Spend time practicing in front of a mirror; it really does make a difference. Remind your parents to fill out the pageant weekend video, photography, and flower order forms ahead of time and put them in your pageant folder for safekeeping. Remind your parents to purchase tickets for the pageant.

Get your wardrobe

Spend some time practicing in front of the mirror. It really does make a difference!”

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THE WINNER’S QUALITY DEVELOPING A PERSONAL BRAND IS KEY!

D

Mary Margaret McCord, Miss Alabama USA 2013, explains the importance of developing your unique brand.

eveloping your brand is one of the most important

and for your personality to feel effortless and natural. Do not

aspects of competing for the state title. Mary

try to fit into a mold. The quality to win comes from traits you

Margaret McCord suggests starting with a list of

already possess. Titleholders are different every year so do not

characteristics that make you unique. Then take

try to imitate a previous winner. “I promise, they’re not looking

some time to decide which characteristics you want to showcase

for anyone specific, but when they see her, they’ll know. Make

during the months leading up to the competition and while you

that person you,” Mary Margaret encourages.

are at the pageant. For girls who may be Building your brand

struggling with their

may include rethinking

wardrobe

your

wardrobe

selection,

Mary Margaret offers

your

this advice, “pick a

interview dress will

dress, swimsuit, and

portray you (you need

interview

to

that you are 100%

consider

feel

and in

how

confident

comfortable whatever

you’re

wearing).

ensemble

comfortable

in!

Make sure it fits you perfectly. If you are worried about your

Short term goals are

dress being too big

very important. “Set

and falling down or if

deadlines to meet in

you are self conscious

the months and weeks leading up to the pageant in order to

about anything, the judges will pick up on it! Looking effortless

minimize stress and have a carefree weekend. This also shows

and confident is what will get you noticed.”

RPM you are dedicated and driven,” says Mary Margaret. “Every judge is unique, so you have to approach them in different Do not try to brand yourself as someone else. Try to emphasize

ways. I always found female judges to be more critical than male

certain things that make you unique, but do not attempt to

judges. I made sure I could prove to the women how devoted

create qualities you do not have. Judges want you to be yourself

and deserving I was. I did not want them to have any doubts

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GETTING NOTICED IS ESSENTIAL. about me when I left that chair. This might not always be true,

biographies are in the program book which you will receive on

so learn to read the people you’re speaking with and react to

pageant weekend, so if you have time, read up on them)! If you

their demeanors.”

find common ground, talk about that. Just don’t spend the entire interview talking about your dog,” recommends Mary Margaret.

Remember, the interviews are meant to be laid-back and conversational, so make your judges feel comfortable and try to

“Remember, always be the 3 C’s: calm, cool, and collected. If you

have fun! I studied the judges before interview and made notes

are trying too hard, they’ll notice. They want to fall in love with

on the different ways which I might connect with each one (their

your personality, so do not change just for the pageant!”

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SOCIAL LIVING THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA - BY KRISTEN GIRAULT

B

ecoming a contestant in your state pageant is quite an accomplishment, so congratulations! Not only have you joined an amazing sisterhood of talented and ambitious young women, you’ve put

yourself in a position that will enhance your future, dreams and goals. One of the best parts about your regional title is the opportunity to create your own brand. A great way to do this is to create a Facebook Fan Page using your title. Making your fan page will allow you to brand yourself by using your title, and campaigning for the crown teaches you how to market your assets. Before winning Miss Louisiana USA 2013, I held the title of Miss Louisiana Florida Parishes. Having a Fan Page for my regional title was a way for me to be more involved in my community and network myself to gather sponsors to help me on my way to the state pageants. To build your fan and sponsor base, you have to spread the word that you are a titleholder in a premier event. You can’t expect sponsors to come knocking on your door, begging to give you their money. You have to be willing to ask, and in return you can acknowledge their generosity. Your fan page is both a marketing tool and an easy way for you to show your gratitude and share your experiences. Being able to direct potential donors and fans alike to one central page will not only gain recognition for your title, but will prove to them that you are brimming with personality and ready to share this journey with whoever wants to tag along. Take advantage of your fellow contestants. RPM knows you’re smart all on your own, but imagine what you can accomplish when you have the help of 100 other beautiful and powerful

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women! Facebook is about sharing.

reach you personally, refer them to the

Share your fund raising ideas. Share

RPM office.

your public appearances.

Share your

thoughts and inspiration. This isn’t an

Add the link to RPM’s Facebook in the

“every woman for herself” race; this is an

website section of your Info tab. If you

opportunity to grow as a person and to

have a personal blog or website, add

learn from your peers.

that link, too. Add the link to your twitter. Add any link you can think of! The point

RPM expects me to post about my

is to get connected with all of the social

journey to the national competition on a

media that is at your fingertips. Don’t be

daily basis, so imagine how prepared you

shy. Network!

will already be if you’ve been doing this as a regional titleholder!

Make sure your friends and family “like” your page. Share it on the wall of your

If you have questions about making your

town or county’s Facebook pages (if they

fan page, take a look at the forms in your

have one). Share it on Twitter. Building

contestant manual. It’s easy, I promise. All

a fan base is one of the most important

you have to do is set aside a few minutes

aspects of networking and branding, and

every day to update your followers and

RPM wants you to know just how much

you will see huge benefits!

support you have out there! People want

Use your social media

to see you succeed, so make sure they

to show fans you are

Once

you

make

your

Fan

Page,

know how to help you!

personalize it! Fill out the “About Me”

brimming with personality

section as thoroughly as possible. RPM

Use your fan page and your personal

and ready to share this

wants to know who you are! What

Facebook to promote your fund raising.

do you like? Where have you gone

Check out the fund raising ideas sheet in

journey with whoever

to school? Why do you want to win

your contestant manual for inspiration.

the competition? What is your cause?

You can even add your Facebook fan

What are your hobbies? Most of all, be

page link to the Take a Chance on Me

creative. This page is about you.

letter, found in your contestant manual.

Remember, it’s the Internet. Never post

Don’t be afraid to ask the RPM Team

any private information about yourself.

your questions. Chances are, you’re not

That means your phone number, address,

the first girl to wonder about something

birthday, etc.

or need clarification. Their job is to help

If someone wants to

schedule an appearance with you or

you!

wants to tag along.

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APPRECIATE YOUR REIGN This will be one of the most chaotic years of your life. Find your

a positive impact during your months of service. Make this year

persevering spirit this year and keep it close to your heart! It

what you want it to be for your future. Make it bigger than a

is hard to keep going when there are deadlines and a hundred

pageant. In keeping with the competitive spirit of pageantry…

things to juggle. You will often have moments where you feel

prepare to WIN! If you are 99% sure you are going to win; you

overwhelmed and not sure where to begin, but that’s all you

are 100% going to lose.

have to do…“BEGIN!” Only one woman will win, but what you can do with your As a regional titleholder, your realistic goals should be to make

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unbridled potential is empowering!


MAKING IT COUNT DON’T TAKE A MOMENT FOR GRANTED

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Erika Powell, Miss South Carolina USA 2012, on what it takes to grow during your year.

eciding to spend your year as a regional title

but take it to heart and see what you may learn about yourself

holder is a big deal. As a role model for youth

and how to improve on something you wish to accomplish. Keep

across the state, it is vital to be an approachable

climbing and seeking improvement…it’s a daily process!

young woman. Transcend the generational and

socioeconomic barriers by inspiring others to dream! You will

Never lose your desire to learn. Knowledge is power. Be educated

have countless opportunities to make your voice heard, so

on key issues of importance and challenge yourself to learn

have an opinion. Be bold and assertive to share that belief or

something new about yourself each day. Remaining faithful

passion because you are well versed on both sides of any issue!

to my spiritual foundation empowered me. Stay grounded and

Read the papers, listen to the news, and follow current events.

focused on what keeps you at peace. Keep the faith in your

You want to be up on fashion trends and social media so you

pursuit of everything…a little goes along way – take the first

better know world issues and the vital ways you contribute. Be

step! Prepare like everything depends on you and pray like

balanced!

everything depends on God!

I was fortunate to work with a dedicated group of individuals

My family teaches me daily the importance of being genuine in

who share my belief in the Miss Universe Organization as well

all that I do. Be your best self! The most honest and genuine

as my commitment to the title of Miss South Carolina USA. Find

version of you will be the newest and most spectacular addition

your team and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.

to the RPM family and the Miss Universe legacy…help to write

Everyone is good at something different and you need to find

the next chapter of this story by being yourself!

the best in the business and put them to work for you! Don’t place pressure on yourself to be perfect at everything. It takes

I have learned that being intelligent is more than factual

a village and there are so many fantastic people who have

knowledge; it is about learning from life’s experiences and

selflessly shaped and molded me into the woman I am today. I

knowing how to use that wisdom for the greater good. This is a

would not be here without their dedication.

year of growth and progress!

The backbone of the Miss Universe Organization can be found

I have loved the opportunities to inspire young people to

in determined women. It is wonderful to have MUO, the RPM

reach their goals. By focusing on motivational elements and

family, your family, friends, and mentors to lean upon during the

dreaming BIG…you can do anything! “People often say that

journey. Remember that when someone stops critiquing they

motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing - that’s why

stop caring! Take the constructive criticism with a grain of salt,

we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar

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KEEPING UP APPEARANCES MAKING APPEARANCES IN YOUR HOMETOWN IS JUST ONE WAY TO PREPARE FOR THE STATE TITLE!

As a state titleholder, one of the most exiting duties will be to

solid, but most days I’m doing something related to my title!”

make appearances across your state. You instantly become a role model and local celebrity. People will want your autograph

Bailey Hidalgo, Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2013, says her favorite

and to pose for pictures with you, and little girls will hang on

appearance so far has been working with Toys for Tots in Lake

your every word! You are a real life princess, after all! The RPM

Charles. She says, “it was an amazing experience to see kids

Queens take advantage of every opportunity even when things

who don’t have a lot and be able to give them presents around

get hectic.

Christmas time. It was great to see the expressions on their faces. It melted my heart!”

Megan Pinckney, Miss South Carolina USA 2013, knows how to utilize her spare time. She works on things while at the airport

Says Kristen, Miss Louisiana USA 2013, “Bailey and I got to go do

between appearances. “My calendar is usually filled with lots of

the Toys for Tots event for two days and it was so nice to spend a

appearances, either with non-profit organizations or schools!

weekend working to get toys donated for children at the holidays.

I do a lot with my program ‘Karacter Begins With K,’ which

We received keys to the city and got to ride in the parade!”

promotes positive self-esteem and character building skills in children. One week I’ll be in Houston and then the next week

Kelsey Barberio, Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2013, started off

Washington, D.C.! You should see my Erin Condren planner, it’s

her reign with appearances at several holiday parades. One of

crazy! Sometimes I won’t have a free weekend for two months

her favorite events was the Camp Lejune Marine Unit Christmas

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party. She was able spend time with service men and women,

admire you and you have the opportunity to inspire them to do

sign autographs, and pose for pictures. Kelsey and Ashley have

the same thing one day, it’s amazing. It was the first time I saw I

made several appearances related to the military, including

was a role model and it was such a humbling experience.”

attending a private USO screening of G.I. Joe Retaliation and participating in a few “packing parties” across the state where

Tori Sizemore, Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2013 says, “Megan

they put together care packages for deployed soldiers.

and I got to visit the Wounded Warrior Project, and that was great because we got to meet these people who have committed their

Lorin Holcombe, Miss Alabama Teen USA 2013, says she really

lives to keeping us safe. I love making appearances because you

enjoyed taking part in a walk for a local pageant. “It doesn’t

get to meet new people and see new things and there is just so

sound like a big deal, but when you see how the little girls

much to learn and take away from everything you do.”

Mary Margaret McCord has also been enjoying her reign and the opportunities presented to her. “After having the Miss Alabama USA title for only about a month and a half, I was able to visit some local schools. Before that, I never realized how much of an impact I have as a titleholder. To hear a little girl tell me she wants to grow up to be me was amazing and really opened my eyes. I also got to speak on ESPN-U at the National Championship game in Miami and that was a lot of fun because I love sports.” Ashley hit the ground running after she was crowned and has made numerous appearances in and around the state while continuing to pursue her modeling career. She says, “It’s hard to narrow down my favorite appearances. The one that sticks out is when I went to the Bahamas for the Battle of Atlantis Basketball Tournament. I was there to represent Duke and they won!”

When you see how the little girls admire you and you have the opportunity to inspire them... it’s amazing... I saw I was a role model and it’s such a humbling experience.”

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USING YOUR RESOURCES G etting sponsors for your

sending out the Take A Chance on

state

can

Me Letter during my preparations for

To

nationals,” Kristen tells us, “The RPM

competition

be a daunting task.

keep things as simple as

team has already written these, so all you

possible, start by make a list of everyone

have to do is drop in your name and title

who likes you! If your parents are helping

in the highlighted places. It’s so easy.

you, ask them to make a list, too. This way

And it’s effective.”

THIS IS A $1,000 INVESTMENT IN YOUR FUTURE!

you minimize the chances of forgetting someone who might be willing to help.

Make these people aware of the expenses

like a boutique to donate an outfit for

Think about all your family members,

required to compete and that you have

you to wear at an appearance. You might

friends, friends of friends, teachers, store

as much as $1,000 or more in costs.

need a store to offer some items to raffle

managers, etc. Don’t leave any one off!

You are raising funds and sponsorship

off at a fund raiser you’ve got planned!

donations to help offset the costs of By seeking sponsors, you will enhance

your pageant fees. In order to create an

The most important step is this: always

your communication skills and build

exciting premiere statewide event, the

send a thank you card to your sponsors

your confidence. Excellent resources

pageant fees must cover: food, lodging,

after you’ve received a donation! Post

include: advertising and public relations

staging, publicity, chaperones, security,

a thank you on Facebook or Twitter.

firms, amusement parks, banks and

gifts, prizes, trophies, flowers, staff, and a

Making your sponsors aware of how

credit unions, and so many others. The

number of other details.

much you appreciate them is a task that should not be underestimated. Read and

possibilities are essentially endless. Although only fifteen sponsors will be

Don’t forget, anything you raise or receive

understand all of your pageant literature.

listed in the program, you may have as

above and beyond the required fee goes

It will prepare you to answer questions

many sponsors as you need to meet

directly back into your pocket.

That’s

and boost your enthusiasm. And keep

your financial obligation. It is perfectly

money you can spend on your wardrobe,

in mind your sponsors will not come

acceptable to obtain a few extra sponsors

make-up, hair, or even just a stress-

to you. You must go to them! Select a

to aid you in purchasing your wardrobe.

relieving day at the spa.

convenient time for your visit by avoiding peak business hours. Dress appropriately

Check your contestant manual for a full Don’t be afraid to ask these people for

and be prompt for any appointment you

support! Make sure they know that any

make. Be yourself and show enthusiasm;

Send all of these people one of your

amount of money will help and any other

your sponsor may be talking to the next

personalized “Take a Chance on Me”

donation would be appreciated.

Miss USA or Miss Teen USA! Never get

or “Potential Sponsor” letters. “I loved

might not just need money. You might

list of potential sponsors.

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You

discouraged - you can do it!


The most important step is to always send a thank you card to your sponsors!”

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TOP FIVE: SAVINGS BEING FRUGAL IS A GREAT WAY TO

Your friends and family members may be your greatest assets!”

STRETCH YOUR PENNIES DURING MONTHS OF PAGEANT PREP! Competing in the state pageant can be costly, especially if you do everything all on your own. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming! RPM provides information on fund raising and getting sponsors, but there are other ways to pinch pennies too.

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1.

RAID YOUR CLOSET.

RAID YOUR

FRIENDS’ CLOSETS! The best place to start looking for wardrobe needs is at home. What do you already own

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ASK FOR HELP One simple way to raise money that is often overlooked is simply asking for donations! If you don’t fancy yourself a natural salesman

that might work for opening number? You don’t have to custom

and don’t want to spend time selling advertisements for the

design an elaborate ensemble, nor do you have to run to the

program book, consider this: make a list of 20 people who would

nearest department store ready to max out your mom’s credit

support your journey to the state competition. These might be

card! Try on things you might not have worn in months and

family members, friends, teachers, or classmates. Ask each of

start putting together your outfits. You only need four (opening

these people do donate $20 to support your wardrobe or other

number, evening gown, interview, and swimsuit), so don’t go

preparation needs. That’s a fast way to go from $0 to $400! All

overboard with the shopping. Mixing and matching things you

you have to do is make sure they’re aware of your motivation to

already own might be more fun than you thought! Your friends

compete and understand that making it to the Miss USA state

and family can be your greatest asset! If you have a friend who

stage isn’t free!

has competed in pageants in the past, think about asking her if you may borrow a gown or interview dress. The judges aren’t going to know where you got your clothes and won’t be able to tell a borrowed gown vs. a brand new gown! Your wardrobe could be the most fun past and should be the absolute LAST thing standing in your way.

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GET SPONSORS If you’re willing to put in a little extra effort, considering seeking sponsorships for material things. Offer to recognize a

boutique in the official state program book in exchange for

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PLAN FUND RAISERS!

an outfit. Maybe there’s a local shop with the perfect opening number ensemble. Consider asking them to lend it to you for

Fund raisers are a great way to raise money

the weekend of the pageant and offer to post about them on

and they can be a lot of fun, too. Don’t

Facebook - it’s hard to turn down free marketing, especially if

underestimate the power of a yard sale or

you’ve got a well thought out pitch when you initially approach

car wash! One of our most popular fund raising suggestions is

them!

called “Flamingo Flocking.” All you need are a few plastic pink

- it makes you seem a lot more official when making these

Don’t forget to use your regional title as leverage

flamingoes, some card stock notes, and a free weekend! Several

connections!

of our contestants have found this idea successful. Not only is it a cheap and easy way to get the fee together, it’s a creative way to get your neighborhood involved. For details on “Flamingo Flocking,” read the fund raising ideas sheet in your contestant manual or call the pageant office.

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SELL ADVERTISEMENTS! A successful fund raising technique is to sell advertisements in the official state program book. This book will be seen by upwards of

2000 people and anyone who purchases an ad may write the fee off as a marketing cost on their taxes next year! You can sell ads to local business, clubs, and organizations, so next time you’re at the dentist, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Half of the cost of an ad page goes directly towards your fee for the pageant!

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FACT VS. FICTION Common myths about pageantry and how perception differs from reality

BAILEY HIDALGO ANSWERS POPULAR QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSES STIGMAS OF THE MISS USA SYSTEM

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I M U S T H AV E PAG E A N T E X P E R I E N C E TO CO M P E T E I N A M I S S U S A O R M I S S T E E N U S A S TAT E PAG E A N T. Quite often state competitors are the “girls

next door” with little or no pageant experience. Almost on an annual basis, RPM has girls winning that have never competed with them before. For instance, Vanessa Minnillo had never competed in a pageant before she competed and won Miss South Carolina Teen USA. She then went on to win Miss Teen USA and has since embarked on a remarkable career in the entertainment industry and is married to Nick Lachey!

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2.

I M U S T B E A TA L L, P E R F E CT “10” TO

not prohibited anyone from entering the pageant because

W I N T H E PAG E A N T.

of them. If you feel that your tattoo might be distracting,

You don’t have to be tall to win!

Each

you may want to make sure it is covered by your swimwear,

contestant in RPM’s pageants is an individual

gown or even body makeup. If you are uncomfortable

and the judges are looking for body proportion and personality,

with your naval piercing, you may want to make sure your

not a specific body measurement. Physical fitness is important,

wardrobe covers it, remove it totally, or replace it with

but you are judged in three “equal” categories — evening gown,

something smaller for pageant competition.

personal interview, and swimsuit. The emphasis is on “equal.” One category is not any more important than the other.

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I M U S T W E A R T H E M O S T B E A U T I F U L, E X P E N S I V E G OW N I N O R D E R TO W I N.

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I H AV E TO S P E N D A F O RT U N E O N M Y WA R D RO B E & I CA N’T A F F O R D I T. It is not necessary to spend a fortune on an interview outfit, swimsuit, or evening

RPM’s judges are instructed to score the

gown. It is more important to select outfits that make

contestant’s poise and sense of style, not

you feel confident, that best suit your body type and

the gown itself. The secret is to feel beautiful with whatever

personality. Each year the personal choices of gowns span

gown choice you make. RPM always says, when you walk out

from simple without beads to hand beaded. It is never

on the stage in your evening gown, the judges should think,

the gown the judges are scoring, it’s the young woman

“wow, she is beautiful!” They should not be thinking, “wow,

wearing it. You might consider securing a gown shop, hair

that dress is beautiful!”

and nail salon, etc. as a sponsor! A sponsor is an individual or business who gives you money or provides a service to

O N LY T H E W I N N E R S A R E S E L E CT E D F O R

enable you to participate in the pageant. Start with a list

VA R I O U S M O D E L I N G O P P O RT U N I T I E S

of potential sponsors. This will take time and commitment.

A N D CA R E E R B E N E F I T S.

Schedule appointments to collect your sponsorships. When

On a regular basis, RPM receives requests

approaching potential sponsors, explain your goals and

from modeling agencies and casting companies looking

your desire to improve yourself by participating in the

for young ladies for particular opportunities. They often

pageant. This will also be beneficial in developing your

recommend previous contestants to fill the requests, and

communication skills.

4.

that’s another reason to follow RPM on Facebook and Twitter. You never want to miss an opportunity!

5.

I F I W I N, I M U S T P U T M Y L I F E O N H O L D, I N C L U D I N G M Y C A R E E R O R

8.

I N E E D TO H AV E A TA L E N T There is no performing talent competition, but that doesn’t mean RPM’s contestants aren’t talented.

What if you’re a really

S C H O O L R E S P O N S I B I L I T I E S.

great writer? Or ice skater? Or you paint beautiful scenery

RPM’s program is an excellent tool for success.

or love volleyball, soccer, tennis, or another sport? How are

RPM would never advocate quitting your job or dropping out

you supposed to compete on stage in something like that?

of school, but instead they work closely with you to help you

Miss Universe doesn’t have a talent portion of competition

balance the responsibilities of everyday life and life as a

because they don’t want to exclude young ladies who don’t

titleholder. The commitment to compete in the MISS USA or

necessarily know how to play the piano or sing beautiful

MISS TEEN USA pageant is an incredibly rewarding experience

ballads.

and the decision of a lifetime. Your life will change and I can promise it will be full of fun and exciting possibilities! My Calendar has been full of unique and exciting appearances since I won, and I’m still a full-time high school student!

6.

9.

I M I S S E D M Y D E A D L I N E A N D CA N’T CO M P E T E. Call the pageant office 803-648-6220. It’s probably not too late.

I CA N’T CO M P E T E I F I H AV E TAT TO O S O R P I E RC I N G S. RPM feels that tattoos and piercings are statements of your individuality. They have

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GETTING THINGS STARTED When it comes to getting prepared, the time to start is now. It can be super overwhelming to prepare to compete for your state title, especially if you let things go until the last minute. Tori Sizemore, Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2013 says, “I am absolutely NOT a procrastinator! I like to get things done early so I don’t have to worry about them, and that’s the approach I took for my state AND nationals preparations.”

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“When I get my paperwork, I look it over and fill out all of the obvious areas like my name and birthday, then wait a few days to allow myself to think before filling out the rest of the questions. Work on it a little at a time because it may seem too overwhelming if you try it all at once. “ suggests Kelsey Barberio, Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2013.

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Make sure your paperwork is truthful and professional. When writing your profile, be sure to answer the questions in the way that is most natural to you because the judges will often use this profile as a

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guide in your interview. Interview is your time to show the judges what it is exactly that makes you special, so your contestant profile needs to reflect everything positive in your life that you would like to talk about. Always make sure you have others help you look it over and perfect it. The pageant may seem like a long time away, but it will be here before you know it, and nobody wants to be stressed out at the last minute trying to get everything together to make your big appearance on the stage. Make lists and stay organized. Be sure to save a copy of all of your paperwork so you may review it before pageant weekend. Make sure you are timely with all of the paperwork deadlines RPM provides; if you need more time just let them know, they will be happy to help.

RPM QUEENS KNOW TO BE TIMELY WITH PAGEANT PREP!

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Once you have completed these more business related aspects, it’s time to complete your wardrobe! This should be the most fun part of your preparation. Just make sure you feel beautiful in everything you wear; the judges will see it too! Also, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards on RPM’s website for inspiration.

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It can be super overwhelming to prepare for your state title, especially if you let things go until the last minute. Don’t procrastinate. Get things done early so you won’t have to worry about them.


Make sure your paperwork is truthful and professional. The judges will often use your profile as a guide in your interview.”

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POINT OF VIEW AN ADVENTURE TO REMEMBER BY LORIN HOLCOMBE

I

entered the Miss Alabama Teen USA pageant to become a positive role model for Alabama’s teens and to have the chance to spread positive self-esteem in every adolescent.

Once I registered, I felt a mixture of excitement and anxiety. As my first serious pageant, I knew I had a lot of work to do in order to have a positive outcome. Instead of letting my anxiety effect my preparation, however, I faced all of the challenges with the determination to succeed. Registration is extremely exciting; you get to meet your competition and put on your regional banner for the first time! You also get to pick out your photo package, pick up your official state T-shirt, and order a video copy of the show. All of these things are extremely important; you will want to remember every moment of this special weekend! Orientation helped my mom and I to better grasp the hectic pageant weekend schedule. It was very inspiring to hear the RPM team and the current titleholders speak about their experiences in the pageant industry and at the national pageants. Immediately after meeting my roommate and the other members of my group, I knew I had instantly made lifelong friends. We all had so much in common, and we became each other’s support system during the weekend. My chaperone was also an integral part of my success at the Miss Alabama Teen USA pageant. Your chaperone will make sure you get everywhere in a timely manner, and she also ensures you have everything together before you go on stage. Saying goodbye to my mom after orientation was a little scary because I knew I was going to be independent of her assistance from that point forward, but it was also exciting because it meant the pageant weekend was finally starting!

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The best part about rehearsals is getting to practice your individual stage routine for the first time. It makes the whole experience instantly seem real. It can be intimidating to practice in front of everyone, but if you pay attention and listen to Dr. Don, you’ll be fine. Preliminaries were so much fun; I did not want them to end! Beginning with opening number, you compete with the encouraging applause from your family and friends. Swimsuit is upbeat and exhilarating; don’t forget to have fun with it. Evening gown is your time to shine with all of your beauty and confidence; make the most of every moment you have on the stage, you only get thirty seconds to make a lasting impression! When I saw my family after preliminaries, they gave me all of the uplifting praise I needed to make the most out the following day at the state pageant. Interview was one of my favorite portions of the competition. The judges do not try to interrogate you; they just want to get to know you. That being said, it is important to stay true to yourself. Don’t get nervous, be open and honest, and I promise you will feel that you have made the most out of your interview experience. During Saturday’s rehearsals, I felt confident in my ability to compete, but the stage directions were a little confusing. Just be sure to pay close attention to Dr. Don. If you make Top 15, Top 10, and Top 5 you will want to know exactly what to do to make the most of your moment. After rehearsals on Saturday, it is time to prepare for the finals competition. I know you will be nervous, but just rejoice in all of the wonderful friendships and memories you have made with your fellow competitors and relax with pride because you did your absolute best! When I was waiting to hear my name called for Top 15, I was not very nervous; I was just optimistic. As names kept getting called and spots left in the Top 15 began to narrow, I had to accept the fact that I might not have made the Top 15, and

I was okay because the experience had been so amazing. Then, suddenly, at the 14th spot, my name was called, and I was thrilled beyond belief; I had to hold back the tears! As I was waiting to go back on stage to compete in swimsuit, I had no nerves, just excitement! I knew what an honor it was to have made it that far. While anticipating the top 10 announcements, I was just relieved I had made it onto the stage at all. My dress had a malfunction just before the parade of gowns, and it took all of the chaperones to get it fixed! Talk about avoiding a meltdown! When I heard my name called as a Top 5 finalist, I was so amazed and proud of myself. This time, I couldn’t hold back the tears! When it was time to answer my on-stage question, I was not nervous. I really enjoy expressing my opinion and point-of-view on issues, and I liked the challenge of doing it in front of such a large crowd. Just try to face your question with an open mind!

All I wanted to do was cry. It’s such an emotional release when your biggest dream comes true! I will never forget that feeling.

The decision was completely out of our hands at this point. You will be focused in on the moment. You will not be aware of any sound around you but that of Beau’s voice as you anxiously wait to see whose name is called as first runner up. When I realized I’d won, I knew my life had been forever changed for the better. I could not believe any of it was actually happening; it was a pinch-meI’m-dreaming feeling. All I wanted to do was cry. It is such an emotional release when your biggest dream has just come true. I will never forget that feeling! For me, pageant weekend was the culmination of my battle with negative self-esteem. It was the weekend that I made some of the best friendships of my life, and it was also the most memorable weekend I have had in all of my eighteen years. For me, pageant weekend was the time where I was chosen for the most life-impacting, amazing job ever, that of Miss Alabama Teen USA 2013!

Rehearsals can be intimidating, but if you pay attention to Dr. Don and make sure you’re not talking while he’s talking, you’ll be fine.”

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WHAT MATTERS W H O AR E T H E J U D GE S AND W H AT AR E T H EY LO O K I NG F O R? I S I T YOU?

JUDGES AREN’T LOOKING FOR A PERFECT GIRL. THEY’RE LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR STATE FOR RPM.

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Your judges will come from a diverse range of occupations. In the past, judges have been professional athletes, actors, models, casting agents, modeling agents, politicians, journalists, professors, former titleholders, pageant directors, doctors, lawyers, entertainers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, image consultants, counselors, fashion designers, beauty consultants, hair and make-up professionals, and fitness trainers. The common bond they all share is that they are successful in their own right, and they have a good understanding of what it takes to make a good impression on others.


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WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR? Does she radiate natural beauty both inside and out? Does she have a warm, genuine, compassionate personality? Will she be a good representative for the state at the

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THE INTERVIEW PROCESS: During the private interview, they will be looking for an articulate, compassionate, and genuine individual who will make a good representative of the pageant, pageant

Miss USA or Miss Teen USA pageant? Is

sponsors, and state. Each interview lasts for

she a confident, self-assured individual who is comfortable

approximately two minutes during which they will mostly

with herself and her surroundings? Is she an intelligent and

discuss items right off your contestant profile form. They may

articulate young woman who can serve as a good role model

ask other questions regarding your education, goals, family,

for her peers? Does she want to win and why? If she does win,

special training, hobbies, occupations, travel, community pride,

what will it mean to her, and ultimately to others? These are

likes and dislikes. The interview will be very conversational

all questions the judges ask themselves about each contestant

and enjoyable. During on stage interview competition, they

as they evaluate them in the three phases of competition. It is

will be looking for the same qualities in addition to how you

important to understand that they are not necessarily looking

handle yourself speaking in front of an audience. Remember,

for the best in swimsuit, or the best in gown, or even the best

one question cannot win or lose the pageant, so relax during

in interview; rather, they are looking for the “total woman” and

interviews.

“total teen.”

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THE SWIMSUIT COMPETITION: During swimsuit competition, the judges’ attention is on the contestant’s overall physical fitness. Does she demonstrate a

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THE SCORING PROCEDURE: The Preliminary round of competition will consist of three equal phases: swimsuit, evening gown, and interview. The swimsuit and evening gown competitions will take

healthy lifestyle through the proper care

place on stage during the presentation

and maintenance of her body? They will be

show on Friday evening. The one on one interview will take

focused on her facial beauty and figure, tone, proportion, poise,

place on Saturday morning. Each judge will evaluate each

and grace under pressure. Numerical measurements are NOT

contestant on the qualities described above by using the

considered.

mention system. This will be explained during orientation. The marks will be tallied, and the semifinalists will be determined. THE EVENING GOWN COMPETITION:

On Saturday evening after the opening number, the semi-

During evening gown competition, the

finalists will be announced. They will compete in swimsuit and

attention is again focused on her facial

the field will be narrowed to 10. The top 10 will re-compete

beauty and figure, but also on her overall

in evening gown and the combined swimsuit and evening

appearance. They will consider her poise,

gown scores will determine the top 5 finalists. The last round

elegance, confidence, the manner in which

of competition for the final 5 will have an on-stage interview.

she carries herself, her sense of fashion and style, and her stage

After all 5 have had a final presentation in the spotlight, each

presence. They will be looking for these qualities and if she is

judge will be asked to rank them in the order they believe

able to radiate as she walks across the stage in her gown. They

they should finish. That is the only time a point value will be

are scoring the contestant, not the dress.

assessed for each ranking, and the contestant with the most

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points will be crowned. Ultimately, remember that all of the judging is subjective, not objective. All you can do is your personal best!

Will she be a good representative for the state at the Miss USA or Miss Teen USA pageant?

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PLANNING YOUR WARDROBE R EGISTRATION Plan

to

registration

sparkle – anything metallic will work!

arrive

at

dressed

The edgier the better. leather, studs, and

Incorporate

other

unique

casual but fashionable.

textures. Use colors as accents only.

Some girls wear cute shirts and

Try to stick to golds, silvers, blacks,

jeans, while others choose skirts or

and creams.

slacks.

No matter what you select,

wear comfortable shoes!

You may

EVEN EASIER TO PREPARE FOR THE STATE PAGEANTS

SWIMSUIT COMPETITION

want to practice the patterns in your

You may wear a one-piece or two-

competition heels, but comfortable

piece swimsuit.

shoes are best for the learning process.

color that flatters your face and figure.

We suggest bringing a backpack, small

The style should be in good taste (no

tote or gym bag that contains the

thongs or string bikinis, please).

Choose a style and

following items: sweater/sweatshirt, competition shoes, pen/pencil and

While we want you to feel comfortable,

paper, band-aids and mints. Judges will

please

not attend registration or rehearsals.

guidelines:

adhere

WE ARE MAKING IT

to Legs

the may

following be

cut

moderately high, two-piece bottoms OPENING NUMBER: “URBAN EDGE AND

must have sides at least 1.0 – 1.5”

HEAVY METALS”

wide. If your selection is questionable,

Find your inner glitter goddess this

bring an alternate or e-mail us a photo

year with RPM’s 2014 pageant theme!

for approval! No hosiery is permitted,

Think all things golden, silver, and

but leg makeup is acceptable. Padding

bronze - from sequins and beads to

is allowed to enhance the bust line.

studs and rivets to leather and lace!

“Equalizers” look very natural, but please do not apply oil or heavy lotion

Even though Opening Number is all

prior to the competition; this causes

about showcasing your unique fashion

a shiny, unnatural stage presence.

sense, here are some guidelines: We

To keep your swimsuit in place, we

want to see lots of sequins, glitter, and

suggest using a product called “Firm

RPM is proud to offer hundreds of pictures for inspiration on our Pinterest account. Opening Number, Interview, Swimsuit, and Evening Gown ideas can be found alongside make-up tips, fitness hints, and even inspirational and motivational quotes!

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Grip.” It can be found in pageant and

individual style.

sporting goods stores.

our definition of interview attire.

Shoes that

We have broadened

have a 2” or higher heel look best in this competition. Taupe, tan, or neutral

Here are some updated thoughts and

heels work well, but the trend is to

suggestions: For our Miss contestants,

wear a strappy sandal.

think “sleek sophistication” with an emphasis on being the next Miss USA.

EVENING GOWN COMPETITION

Consider a wardrobe appropriate for a

You will need one full-length evening

national titleholder - clean and sharp.

gown. A gown should depict your own

For our Teen contestants, think “snappy

personal sense of style. The trend is

casual!” Choose a dress skirt or pants,

simple elegance. The judges will be

shorts or designer jeans and a blouse,

judging you, not the gown.

A teen

sweater, or jacket in a color and style

gown should reflect the contestant’s

that best suit your body type. Feel free

personality with a youthful flare.

to select fresh and trendy pieces that

Choose a gown that shows well on

truly reflect your personality.

stage and whose style and color suit you best. Shoes that have a 2” or higher

Do not wear cocktail attire.

heel are suggested, but be certain you

heels or shoes that compliment your

are able to walk confidently. Excessive

chosen ensemble. Earrings, bracelets,

accessories are not recommended.

and other accessories are appropriate when not overdone.

Select

For an idea of

INTERVIEW COMPETITION

what the new interviewee looks like,

Traditional business suits for the Miss

visit RPM’s Pinterest.

USA and Miss Teen USA contestants are passé!

It’s time to step up the

As always, the RPM team is available to

trend and showcase our contestants

field your questions! Please call Pam

with a wardrobe unique to their own

or Anna in the pageant office.

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It is not necessary to spend a fortune on an interview outfit, swimsuit, or evening gown. It is more important to select outfits that make you feel confident, that best suit your body type and personality.


TOP FIVE: Q&A TID BITS TO HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY HOW MANY CONTESTANTS WILL I COMPETE WITH? You

can expect to be on stage with between 30 and 50 young ladies in your division.

WILL I HAVE TO LEARN A DANCE ROUTINE?

No. While our opening number is exciting and entertaining, you won’t need to possess any dance skills. It’s going to be more of a high fashion runway than a choreographed performance.

WILL I WEAR MY BANNER FOR THE WHOLE PAGEANT?

No, you will only wear your banner during swimsuit and evening gown. You will not wear it during opening number or interviews.

WHEN WILL I GET TO SEE MY PARENTS? Family

members may come with you to registration and will have the opportunity to meet with contestants after Friday night’s performance.

HOW LONG DO THE SHOWS USUALLY LAST?

The preliminary show will last for about two hours and the final show will last for about two and a half hours.

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TOP FIVE: BODY TIPS Never in a million years did I think I would win a swimsuit award! I had been competing in pageants for years and never came anywhere near that award, so when it happened this year I was stunned! Even though I knew I had worked really hard, I couldn’t believe it! I think what surprised me most was how different my preparation was this year than any of time before! During the swimsuit competition judges aren’t only looking for a great body, but for someone that feels so comfortable in their own skin. I truly believe working out and eating right makes you feel that way about yourself. LIFESTYLE I worked closely with Angelo Frasier and he helped me change my lifestyle instead of putting me on some crash diet that I would get sick of in two weeks!

ONE

BALANCE Angelo taught me in importance of balancing proteins and carbs and even sugars! It was awesome because I never felt left out from life! I was

TWO

still able to go out to dinner with friends and family and founds great substitutes for dessert! ROUTINE I found myself on a really manageable routine with my gym work outs! Angelo taught me that repetition is more important than how many pounds in weights I can lift!

THREE

THE RPM GIRLS WANT YOU TO LOOK & FEEL AS FIT AS POSSIBLE!

SMALL CHANGES What seemed to make the biggest difference was not running on the treadmill anymore, but walking at a brisk pace and incline for 20 minutes before any other exercise. I saw the difference it made in my thighs and glutes immediately.

FOUR

MIND-SET Angelo made working out something I wanted to do rather than something I felt like I had to do. Every time I left the gym I felt great about myself. And although feeling great about your body and looking great is important to compete in a pageant, it’s just as important in life post competition!

FIVE

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THE PERFECT PHOTO HEAD SHOTS: AN IMPORTANT DETAIL

You don’t have to spend a fortune on head shots. Your program book head shot is an important preparation.

step

in

your

pageant

After all, your head shot

will be the judges’ first impression of you. Although head shots are definitely important, they are NOT the end all be all for winning the title. When selecting a photographer, make sure you choose the professional who you feel will represent you the best. The reputable photographers who sponsor RPM’s pageants are a good place to start. Professional

photos

are

a

great

investment because you will be able to use them for things outside of pageants and they’ll be around even after it’s all over. If you don’t want to spring for a professional shoot, all you really need is a photo of decent quality that someone else has taken of you. Just make sure it has good lighting and shows off your best features. If you are a teen, we suggest picking a youthful and fun photo for your head shot.

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Although head shots are definitely important because they’re the first time the judges get to see you, they are NOT the end all be all for winning the title.”

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The pageant may seem like a long time away, but it will be here before you know it and nobody wants to be stressed out at the last minute.”

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TOP FIVE: KEEP IN MIND 1

The

biggest

mistake

full-time job all its own! Your year with

make

the crown is a great time to learn exactly

when preparing for the

what your limits are. You’ll have to make

competition

these decisions for yourself, so be smart!

pageant

girls is

trying

to be like the previous winner. This is such a mistake! The judges picked the previous winner because of her realness, sincerity, natural attitude, and ability to

3

Pageants

create

well

rounded women.

On

top of being beautiful

stand out. If you change yourself to be

you should be organized,

like someone else, then you lose all

smart, able to communicate, willing

these qualities. Judges want to see your

to spend time in your community, and

personality because that is what is going

work well under pressure. Sometimes

to make you stand out from the crowd.

people see pretty women on stage and

Don’t change your hair color based on

completely forget what it took for them

the way previous winners have looked.

to get there, so make sure you make the

You don’t need to wear the same color

best of every circumstance!

dress or swimsuit, nor should you pick an interview outfit because it’s similar to what the previous winner wore. The judges change on a yearly basis, too

4

You need to pick things based on your personality and interests only!

To many, the swimsuit portion may seem like the scariest part of the competition, but it doesn’t

have to be! If you prepare well, swimsuit can be your greatest asset. Physical

2

How you take advantage

fitness is important, but do not aim for

of your year if you win is

a certain size or weight. The judges are

a personal choice. Megan

looking for a young woman who takes

Pinckney,

pride in her health and fitness.

Miss

South

IT CAN BE EASY TO FOCUS ON THE WRONG THINGS WHILE PREPARING!

The last thing you want to do during your preparations for the state pageant is fixate your mind on something that might be harmful in the long run.

Carolina USA 2013, chose to take a semester off, while many titleholders remain in school.

Some have chosen

to continue their full-time jobs, while others make their year with the crown a

5

After winning her pageant, Kristen Girault took over the Miss Louisiana USA fan page. It was not until

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then she finally realized the power of social media. Posting about the sponsors you visit not only helps you network, it also helps your supporters. It’s a win/win. Sharing photos from your appearances helps others see how involved you really are and proves how important your regional title is to you. You can make a little girl’s day by just posting the picture you took with her at one of your many events.

CELEBRATE: INDIVIDUALITY “I’ve found that keeping an electronic calendar is an excellent way to stay on top of things. My calendar is synced to my computer, e-mail, and phone as well as to my mom’s. I like being able to see EXACTLY when I need to have things done. Deadlines are your friend, I promise.” - Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2013, Kelsey Barberio

IT’S ABOUT WALKING TO THE BEAT OF YOUR OWN DRUMMER! DID YOU KNOW? Mary Margaret is a full-time graduate student at the University of Alabama! LORIN LOVES TO RIDE: She won Grand Champion at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in 2004! THIS GIRL HUNTS: Bailey shot her first Cotton Mouth snake when she was ten years old! BACK BENDS:

Kelsey has scoliosis and underwent spinal fusion surgery when she was only 12 years old.

SIBLING RIVALRY! Tori is the oldest of

seven children! She has three biological brothers and three adopted sisters!

BUSY BODY! Kristen is a nursing student

at LSU and danced with the New Orleans Saints “Saintsations” for three years!

WHAT’S FREE TIME? Ashley finished her

studies at NC State University in only three and a half years...while working a series of six jobs!

FASHION CRAZY Megan once walked a

mile down a street in Mexico all by herself just to purchase an authentic Mexican Vogue magazine for her collection!

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TOP FIVE: DATES MARK YOUR CALENDAR! 5 • Ads & Head shots Due September 23, 2013 E-mail or Mail to RPM

4 • Miss Louisiana USA October 25 & 26, 2013 Lafayette, LA

3 • Miss North Carolina USA November 8 & 9, 2013 High Point, NC

2 • Miss Alabama USA November 15 & 16, 2013 Montgomery, AL

1 • Miss South Carolina USA November 22 & 23, 2013 North Charleston, SC

The pageant may seem like a long time away, but it will be here before you know it. Nobody wants to be stressed out at the last minute! - Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2013, Tori Sizemore

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE A WEEKEND OF FUN!

THE DETAILS Pageant weekend runs like a well-oiled machine thanks to the efforts of Pam Earhart and her eager crew of chaperones and runners, and a schedule to rival all schedules.

Prior to pageant weekend, it is important for each contestant to fully understand that all of the necessary papers, documents, photos, forms, ad pages, and fees must be in to the pageant office prior to the deadlines. This is a huge help to RPM and helps ensure a seamless pageant weekend. The fun really begins when contestants check in at registration on the Friday of Pageant Weekend. Your friends and family are more than welcome to register with you. Once you check in, you will receive your registration package with important information about the weekend. Contestants’ hotel accommodations for Friday night are included in their sponsorship fee. Parents and guests may choose to reserve a room at the host hotel as well, and

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With an event of this caliber, it’s essential to be where you need to be, when you need to be there.”

we will have special “family and friends”

them with respect.

rates in place. Contestants are provided

the privacy of your hotel room. Cell phones are

NOT to be used during

with breakfast, lunch, and dinner during

Each contestant is responsible for her

rehearsals or during the competition

the weekend. We will also have snacks

own transportation to the Host Hotel. The

unless an emergency arises. Please be

backstage during rehearsals. Contestants

pageant will provide the transportation

respectful to the Master of Ceremonies

may choose to bring additional snacks

for the contestant (if applicable) during

and Choreographer and give them your

and must provide their own special

the pageant weekend. For example, in

undivided attention.

dietary needs. It is imperative that you

some states we eat lunch away from the

let the pageant office know about your

theater, and sometimes getting to and

Parents play a vital role in helping the

dietary needs as soon as possible.

from the theater and hotel requires a bus.

contestant with the check in and check

Contestants will be required to take the

out process. We will provide further

Groups of contestants will be assigned to

pageant transportation. Contestants will

information regarding baggage drop-off/

a chaperone who will help keep the girls

be released from the pageant following

pick-up at orientation. It is important

informed throughout the weekend. The

the final show Saturday night and are

to note that no personal photography

chaperones are there to assist with any

responsible for their own transportation

or videography will be allowed in the

problems or questions that might arise.

after the pageant has concluded.

theater. Also, flowers are available to

These ladies are volunteering their time, so remember to be courteous and treat

purchase and order from one of our Cell phones may be used only in

sponsored florists.

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LIVING A FANTASY

YOUNG GIRLS HAVE A CHANCE TO GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH RPM

RPM’s annual Fantasy Camp is a unique opportunity

I

nspired by the Miss Teen

Pageant system.

A full day of fun

professional make-up artist will share

USA Fantasy Camp, RPM

activities is planned, including working

some trade secrets and tips on looking

Productions

instituted

with RPM’s Emcee and Choreographer

their best when performing.

They

their program in 2011. The

on stage, as well as learning how

will receive a VIP ticket to the state

RPM team selects a limited number of

to prepare for the three phases of

preliminary competition and have the

young ladies between the ages of 10

competition:

swimsuit,

opportunity to see their photo printed

and 14 to join them during Pageant

and evening gown.

This will be an

in the official state program book

Weekend. Campers will gain valuable

unforgettable experience.

interview,

information in preparation for their

and featured on RPM’s website, and each camper will be recognized on

journey to become a future Miss Teen

Campers will be invited to tour behind

stage during Friday night’s preliminary

USA or Miss USA!

the scenes of all aspects of the state

competition.

competition, including the theatre Because it is never too early to learn

and dressing rooms where the Miss

Fantasy Campers will receive the

the basic tools of success, selected

and Teen contestants prepare for

official T-shirt, backstage access, and

campers will receive a unique behind-

the shows.

the chance to participate in rehearsals.

the-scenes look into the Miss USA

campers during mock interviews, and a

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Chaperones work with

They

will

leave

with

greater


understanding of runway and stage

present the corresponding award to

presentation

one of RPM’s Teen contestants.

techniques, interview

preparation, healthy choices for diet and exercise, and make-up application.

We know each young lady will leave the

They will also have individual photo

Fantasy Camp weekend with memories

time with the current state titleholders!

of a lifetime and lasting friendships!

Out of the group, two lucky young

To participate in this unique camp,

ladies will be chosen as the Photogenic

call the RPM office to get an Official

and Congeniality Campers. Winners of

Application. It will need to be returned

these awards will receive a plaque and

with a recent photo along with the

two tickets to Saturday night’s Final

registration fee.

Competition show, where they will

available!

Campers will gain valuable information in preparation for their journey to become a future Miss Teen USA or Miss USA!”

Limited spots are

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PRODUCING THE SHOW DR. DONALD CAMPBELL HAS BEEN THE MIND BEHIND RPM’S ILLUSTRIOUS EVENTS FOR MORE THAN 17 YEARS

D

onald Campbell first started working with RPM

different but important reasons. First, for the girls competing,

Productions as a judge for several of the state

the experience of being in front of an audience and ‘performing’

pageants.

The pageants were held in either

is invaluable. We try to give every contestant the opportunity

small theaters or hotel ballrooms. “When I began

to be seen in her best light, showing herself in each phase of

producing the pageant, we did not really have a theme or

competition in her most flattering, light and making sure each

concept for the production. It was just girls on stage in the

contestant has an equal chance of catching the attention of the

different phases of competition,” says Dr. Campbell of his early

judges and the audience. Second, our goal is to be entertaining!

experience. Over the years, RPM’s themes have become a very

We have all been to pageants that go on and on for hours and

important part of the overall pageant weekend experience. The

hours and seem like an insider’s event. Each contestant who

process for choosing a theme begins each year the day after the

walks the stage at our pageant has a small group of supporters

last state pageant is finished. “We try to select themes which

in the audience who are there to see only her, so while the other

will allow the contestants to create opening number wardrobes

sixty to one hundred or so contestants are competing, we make

that are fun, interesting, and show off each young lady’s personal

sure things move smoothly and quickly so no one gets bored.

style and creativity,” he says.

We keep the non-competition business to a minimum and rely on our excellent host to keep the show energized and exciting

“As a state title holder in the RPM family you will have a distinct

for both the audience and the contestants.”

advantage when you go to Miss USA or Miss Teen USA. The state pageant is designed to be as close to your Miss USA or Teen USA

Having judged more than twenty state pageants, Dr. Campbell

experience as possible. From the opening number, to the quick

knows it’s clear within the first few seconds of seeing a contestant

change into swimsuit and rush to get ready for the parade of

whether she is going to be a strong competitor, so RPM keeps

gowns, you will get a very realistic sense of the urgency of the

the judging patterns simple, short, and somewhat freestyle,

competition.

giving each girl a chance to show off her unique command of the stage. Dr. Campbell tells contestants at orientation, “you

“Our music, staging, and lighting effects are designed for a few

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have literally ninety seconds throughout the evening to impress


the judges as an individual. You must

technique, and contestants practice each

know how long to pause in your swimsuit

phase of competition during rehearsal.

and evening gown. Leaving too quickly makes the judges think you are nervous

Dr. Campbell leaves you with this advice,

and eager to get off stage, but staying too

“It really is just a pageant! This is not a

long makes it look like you don’t know

referendum on your worth as a woman.

what you are doing.”

So go out there and have fun, make a few friends, and learn something new

There are many subtle nuances to stage

about yourself!”

As a state title holder in the RPM family, you will have a distinct advantage when you go to Miss USA or Miss Teen USA.”

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S

erving as RPM’s Master of Ceremonies for the past two years has been a terrific experience and I’m grateful for the family into which Paula Miles and company have welcomed me. That’s truly what it is: a family.

As a live performer with theatrical experience, hosting was challenging for me because it was like traversing uncharted waters. You just never know what might happen. In my first year, we had a tiebreaker which resulted with an enormous amount of dead time

The closest I ever got to winning a pageant was representing Tennessee in Cosmo’s 50 Hottest Bachelors.”

for me to kill. Several girls didn’t show up on stage in the right order (and some didn’t show up at all), so my initiation into the world of pageant hosting was not without its

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MASTER OF THE HOUSE BEAU DAVIDSON JOINED THE RPM TEAM IN 2011 AND HAS BECOME AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE PRODUCTION

kinks. But because Paula and Dr. Campbell run such a tight ship,

everything you do, and prospective employers pay attention to

everyone is always in good hands.

that.

The closest I ever got to winning a pageant was representing

It’s great getting to know you all and your families. It was a joy

Tennessee in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 50 Hottest Bachelors. I had

to sing in a concert with former Miss South Carolina USA, Erika

to be scantily clad too, but thankfully not in those unbelievable

Powell, earlier this year. It’s rewarding to see you thrive through

heels you ladies wear. I have great admiration and respect for the

this experience, mature during the weekend and even the months

work ethic all of RPM’s contestants and titleholders display, and

following the competition, and become great examples to those

you never know where this opportunity may lead. I became friends

around you.

with a former RPM judge who believed in me enough to introduce me to some of his colleagues. To some degree, his help led to my

I’ll leave you with a quote from President Calvin Coolidge,

role as a surrogate and performer for a Presidential campaign. It

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will

was an unforgettable experience I’ll pass on to my kids and grand

not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

kids one day.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and

I know there is nothing like the sting of defeat, and I’ve

determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On!’ has

experienced rejection more than I care to admit, but you

solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

should never underestimate your own resilience. I’ve seen the disappointment in some of your faces and know it all too well,

And yes, ladies, I had to include that picture, because your MC must

but there is merit in being valiant in the effort. Because we are

somehow compete with all these jaw dropping Jonathan Carter

so wired for instant gratification, we may not see the lesson being

photos. I’m just already preparing for this year’s “Urban Edge and

learned or the greater purpose of competing in the state pageant.

Heavy Metals” theme, but will still take on the 8 titleholders for

This even applies to the ladies with crowns on their heads come

Best Hair. And I will win. Boom.

finals night. The discipline you have now will serve you well in

- Beau Davidson

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Over the years, RPM has built up fabulous relationships with some of the best wardrobe, skin care, fitness, and photography specialists around!”

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THE SUPPORT SYSTEM WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT OUR GREAT SPONSORS

RPM has always made it a practice that their state sponsors do not discuss with them who their clients are; and it is certainly your personal choice to work with anyone. You do have the option to explore the various state sponsors in your area. Over the years, RPM has built up fabulous relationships with some of the best wardrobe, skin care, fitness, and photography specialists around.

They

provide the prizes for RPM’s winners, and they are more than happy to help you in your own journey to the crown. Don’t hesitate to visit them if you feel they may be able to satisfy a need you have. RPM explains how to obtain sponsorships and offers many fund raising ideas to cover competition costs — including your entry fee and wardrobe. Your family, friends, and local business leaders will be supportive when you share your goals with them! Once you’re registered, you’ll have all of this information!

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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR FEATURED SPONSORS

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THESE SPONSORS CONTRIBUTED TO THE RPM MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY HELD IN JULY:


THE FOXY LADY AIKEN, SC NAIL FINITI BATON ROUGE, LA ANGELO FRASIER CHARLESTON, SC INVERNESS DERMATOLOGY BIRMINGHAM, AL PROMS N’ PROMISES HALEYVILLE, AL LASTING IMPRESSIONS EUFAULA, AL JEANNA BEASLEY

For almost 30 years Joyce’s Formals has been a premiere destination for pageant contestants throughout the southeast. Located in the metropolitan Birmingham area, not only is the boutique conveniently located, it is a one stop shop for all of your pageant needs. Joyce’s carries a huge selection of

CHARLESTON, SC

evening gowns, cocktail dresses and swimsuits from all of the

EDGE SALON AND SPA

can complete your glamour transformation by visiting Joyce’s

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC ALI ALDRICH

top designers. Once you’ve selected the perfect wardrobe, you salon, where you can be pampered by their exceptional team of licensed cosmetologists. The salon offers full hair care as well as spray tans, & hair and make-up for your pageant or special event. When you walk through the doors of Joyce’s, you not only become a customer, you become a part of a tradition that has produced local, state, national and international titleholders.

CHARLOTTE, NC

Joyce’s: Wardrobing winners and dressing dreams for 30 years.

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