Stop Intimidating Yourself!

Great advice for all of us. Follow your dreams and never intimidate yourself. To read on, see reblog below. Have a wonderful and magical day. Love, Ciara…

Mrs. USA Universal 2015 Lori Tantawi

Me while looking at new contestant pictures last year for Mrs. US Universal: "Wait, What!!! She's competing?! She is zoo o pretty!!! OMG….OMG… I don't stand a chance….Oh WOW!! Look at how amazing get hair is!!! Awwww man….I'm not so sure about this…SOme of them have been doing this ALL their LIFE!!! My reaction while looking at new contestant pictures last year for Mrs. US Universal: “Wait, What!!! She’s competing?! She is sooooo pretty!!! OMG….OMG…….Oh WOW!! Look at how amazing her hair is!!! Geez she looks AMAZING!!! Awwww man….I’m not so sure about this…Some of them have been doing this ALL their LIFE!!!

18SEP2015 New Orleans

OK, first let me admit that I did in fact do this last year. When I was looking for pageant systems to try to researched ALL the past winners and studied their pictures and public profiles. Not because I’m a creep, but because I wanted to see if I fit in with who they have already chosen as winners. Was I pretty enough? Was I tall enough? Did I have enough experience? Were my pictures just as good as theirs? More often then not I walked away feeling nervous and scared. Why? Well because I…

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5 Things I Learned At My First National Pageant

Miss Jr Teen United States 2015 Top 5

Miss Junior Teen United States 2015 Top 5 

So you’ve won your State pageant, or you are thinking positive about the possibility of competing on a National stage. Well that means you’re already halfway there. Congratulations to you! Today I’m blogging about the 5 things I learned at my first National pageant. Hopefully the tips will help encourage another young lady who is just as beyond excited as I was. Here we go.

  1. Do yourself a favor and ignore ALL of the tempting social media posts with subjects like, “Top 15 Predictions” or “Miss Junior Teen United States Winner Predictions” ETC. With so many amazing pageant sister delegates, remember how hard each of you have probably worked for the crown. If you don’t make it on the lists of predictions, you may start to feel that you don’t have a chance. If you see that you do make it on these lists, you may think that you can relax and stop your pageant prep work. Either way I see it, save checking out the fun predictions for after the pageant. Quick Tip: I learned the hard way. After I didn’t make it on ANY of the prediction lists, I still finished in my pageant’s TOP 5! Thank goodness I am a very optimistic and positive person and didn’t let it get to me too much. 🙂
  2. Enjoy the once in a lifetime experience and above all have FUN! With all the responsibilities and your whole team counting on you, it’s easy to over think and stress out during competition. I learned the second I got there that I was in for the time of my life. It was so much fun, you wouldn’t believe! From meeting my new pageant sisters, attending fittings for competition wardrobe, going into hair and make-up EVERY day; I had a blast. Whatever you do, make it fun because it all ends way too quick.
  3. Don’t wait till pageant week to meet the other delegates. As soon as you win your State crown, be sure to congratulate other sister queens from each state on social media. If you are really blessed, you will be able to attend neighboring states to appear at pageants that come after yours. I met so many sweet and awesome Jr. Teens on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. By the time we got to the competition, we were already friends and excited about seeing each other in person. A few of them will be friends for life, I’m sure of it.
  4. In between rehearsals, coaching, hair and make up appointments, team meetings, and competitions; make sure to take in the sights and visit the vendors and sponsor tables. Okay I have a confession, I didn’t do enough of this. Our pageant was in Washington DC, the nation’s capital. The city is so rich in history and I really wanted to get some photos at the White House. If I had it to do over, I would definitely plan a few hours to be a tourist next time. I did get to have fun seeing all of the vendor tables and sponsors. My favorite was Ruby Red Sweets!

Last, but maybe the most important thing that I learned was to plan ahead.

5. Plan and prepare months before pageant week so that you can take in the experience with very little stress. One of my favorite quotes is about how if you fail to plan, you can be sure to plan to fail. My pageant state director made sure that we had opportunities to have coaching, workshops, sponsors to work with us, pageant wardrobe sponsors, and team events. By the time we hit the road to Miss Junior Teen United States 2015, I was absolutely ready. I really think that is why I had great fun. Every time I stepped on stage the only thing I could think about was, pinch me is this real?

Plan, plan, plan!

Plan, plan, plan! Then just trust that you’re ready and have FUN.

How to Dress For a Modeling Open Call

One thing I love about having pageant sisters is learning from them. So much of my reign has been amazing because of my big sister queens in both the Miss United States and Miss World Organization. Well, the other day I needed to learn how to dress for a model open call. I decided to REBLOG and share this awesome post with other pageant sisters and anyone else interested in modeling, who just may need it.

HUGE shout out to the beautiful and smart Victoria Mendoza, Miss World America.

VM Consulting

casting call

If you’ve ever been curious about modeling, or wanted to give it a try, you probably have a bajillion questions about it, like:

1. How do I get started?

2. How do I know which agency to pick, if any?

3. What are the requirements?


Believe me, it’s completely normal to ask yourself these questions. I know I did before I got started in this industry.

Hopefully today I will answer one of the most dreaded questions: What should I wear to an open call?

Most agencies will host what they call, an “Open Call” every so often. This is an opportunity for prospective models to come into the agency to submit some photos, take a few more digitals, and, if you’re lucky, get some face-time with the booking agent. In my opinion, this is THE way to go if you want to…

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Scholarships With October 2015 Deadlines

There are so many ways to look for scholarships for college. I learned from my older sisters and brother that it’s never too soon to start looking. Here is a great list to start our search off. Best wishes everyone.

JLV College Counseling

48 Scholarships with October 2015 deadlines | JLV College Counseling Blog

Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contests available to help pay for a college education. Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements. Below are 48 college scholarships and contests with October 2015 deadlines. Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.

Anders Tjellstrom Scholarship
Sponsor: Cochlear
Amount: $2,000 – renewable for up to four years, assuming the scholarship recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA or better.
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who have a Baha® device.

Asian Women in Business Scholarship
Sponsor: Asian Women In Business
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to women who are…

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