First, I didn't win the title, I was just a finalist out of 15, and got 3rd place in Miss Wilayah Tourism 2015, that's how I got into the national level.
WHY DID I JOIN A BEAUTY PAGEANT?
I had nothing to do, yeah plus I wanted to know what it is like in a beauty pageant. Before this I never liked the idea of a beauty pageant, and I didn't think I would have ever joined one.
DID I REGRET MY DECISION?
Initially i did, then I met an amazing team of organisers and I felt like i was learning something so, I can safely say I didn't. Word of advise, the organisers is an important factor to consider when joining a pageant, as a good one can take good care of you, and you can learn so much, whereas a horrible one will make you hate pageantry. ( Well, that's how some of us feel anyways)
The main topic I would want to discuss here is:
WHAT DID I LEARN?
I learnt how to talk, yes you heard me, under pressure, with hundreds of unknown people gazing at me, trying to say something smart, acting all cool although in my heart I am screaming I SHOULDN'T HAVE CAME!. Once you are in there, you automatically have to be out there, automatically have to open your mouth and just pray what ever comes out of it makes sense, at least. This is because you have no way of backing out of it, when its your turn like it or not, you have to get up to that microphone and say something or they will give up on you ( lame pun).
Thankfully for me, during my national pageant, I got a chance to attend an array of mini shows where I have to talk about make up products, to good eye wear, to amazing artwork.
Do your homework, understand your questions and materials, think thoroughly! NEVER THINK YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH to go up there and wing it, because chances are you might be smart but nerves get to people, and you might just forget whatever you were going to say, yes I speak from experience, guilty as charged.
I learnt about new brands, and how sponsorships are like, what it means to be a good representative for your sponsors., all in all I learnt how to be responsible. These are just a few of our sponsors, and during visitations to our sponsors we were required to take pictures and also post it on our social media, as tedious as you might think it sounds. Sponsors give us things for free and in return we help them by promoting them on social media, its a win-win situation. Although in pageants, we don't get to choose our sponsors but we make good use of what we can.
Read up on your sponsors, understand what do they do, this can help you construct captions for your posts.
I learnt how to make friends, 15 girls all from different places, background, and thinking, yet to bond together and help one another out, that's gold. As pageant week ( you stay in the accommodation assigned, and you can't leave for no reason) was about 2 weeks, these girls became family, and I got especially close with my roommate, Miss Sabah Tourism 2015, beautiful inside and out. Initially we didn't really talked, just the basic like I am going to shower now, I am going to bed, about 3 days later we realised we were the same people, crazy and free-spirited, not at all the typical beauty queens( poise and composed, we are the total opposites!) so naturally we clicked. Goes to show that people who aren't "friendly" in the beginning click better, as we ( ahem ahem) are not keen on trying to impress rather to be ourselves. Thankfully for me, the girls I've met are not vicious nor only thought of winning, but were willing to help one another and share informations.
Be yourself, don't try to lie your way in, because these girls will be your friend/family for a week or 2 and you need them because pageants are pretty stressful.
LASTLY I LEARNT THAT BEAUTY PAGEANTS AREN'T JUST ABOUT BEAUTY
The main reason as to why I didn't want to join a pageant was because I couldn't accept and comprehend why would girls be okay parading around in sexy outfits to pleased ogling men, as the saying goes: We mock what we don't understand. Once I was in it, I realised beauty pageants are more than just displaying beautiful faces, its about being witty and smart, its about understanding society, its about loving what was given to you, its about confidence, its about being caring, its so many things, and I am sure different people experience different things. I loved how the women I've met through this pageant were all so beautiful in terms of their minds, smart and confident in the way they speak, trying to change the world bit by bit by taking a stand and telling the world their beliefs and passion. Through this pageant in particular, I learnt to love my country even more, through visitations and short trips during pageant week, learning from old mak cik (aunty) about traditional costumes, and through amazing videos about Malaysia done by our talents videographers as well as photographers.
Enjoy every second of it, because you don't get to experience the same moment twice. Love the spotlight, embrace the feeling, and seize the moment, because you have come so far, you deserve every minute of it.
All in all, I loved my experience in Miss Malaysia Tourism and I wouldn't mind joining another pageant. Till then! what can I say I just realized I am a proud pageant girl.
An Aquarius actress seeking for the meaning of life: good food, good friends, good places, good music, basically everything that is good.