The talent portion of Miss America is what makes this system unique. Not only talent prevalent in the judging criteria, but is the highest scored category; truly setting it apart from other beauty pageants. Typically, when we think of the talent competition we think of two talents: dancing and singing. Dancing might be split into jazz, ballet, and lyrical, and vocal may or may not include an instrument. Maybe the contestant will just play an instrument. But after we think of those two main talents, our mind drifts to theater performances: monologues. There are many different types of monologues, such dramatic monologues, musical theater monologues, and comedic monologues. Slam poetry, a form of spoken word, is also making an appearance in the local talent scent.
Although I never considered performing a monologue while I competed, I can respect those who are truly able to fall into character and take the audience into a new world through their words and actions. It is a true talent to be able to transport the audience into a scene. If I had a chance to perform a monologue, I would choose one of the following three pieces. They are all 90 second cuts of various plays and movies that carry a strong theme of female empowerment, albeit in very different ways, and give the speaker an opportunity to truly delve into the character and shine.
Competing in pageants has given my a new look on life, in regards to my physical fitness. At one point, I worked out to to “lose weight”, not that I had any worth losing, or “tone up”. I didn’t have any specific goals in mind, so I didn’t see any specific results. Competing in pageants, and being on stage in a bikini really opens your eyes to the importance of a fit and healthy lifestyle. As a result of watching myself on stage during the Lifestyle and Fitness category, I have developed a fitness regimen that has provided me with the best personal results I can obtain.
Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013
The biggest myth when it comes to being fit, especially for females, is that a great body comes from hours of cardio. Whether its running on the treadmill or an elliptical, a good body comes from sweating.
While in swimsuit, many girls feel they need to focus on their abdominal region. This is also a myth. There is no way to target fat loss to one area. If you have that unforgiving “pooch”, you need to attack it from all sides. Doing a hundred sit-ups or crunches each day will only make it worse! The two most important body regions that should be focused on are the legs and the back. These muscle groups, if worked properly in balance with healthy eating habits, will in turn help you develop a sexy core. Females are often afraid of lifting weights because they think that they will become bulky like a man or a power lifter. But a females hormones don’t let this happen. A female’s body is physically not capable of becoming bulky simply from lifting heavy weights, without years or heavyweights and potential supplements. By lifting weights, the person gains muscle. Muscle burns fat. Muscle shows hard work. And muscle looks good.
Two weeks before the first pageant of the season, I switch my system:
These are my favorites, for their ability to work my legs, back, or a full body combination. I found some great pictures online of the activities, so thankfully I didn’t have to ask someone at the gym to snap some of me.
There is no “pageant season” and “off season”. This is just an illusion of our mind. But, when not directly preparing for a pageant, there is a phase of muscle growth that will help to increase metabolism, and improve gneral body image.