Q: What does my child wear?
All contestants wear formal attire, dresses for little ladies and tuxedos or suits for gentle-boys. If entering the “Holiday Attire” think of it as a themed costume. There is NO swimsuit competition in the Preliminary Pageants, only “Beach Attire” at the State Finals.
Q: Where do I find pageant clothes in my area? I don’t want to spend a bunch of money on something my kid is going to wear once or twice.
We will have a dress rental company with Pageant Gowns from Infant sizes to Adult Miss sizes, and tuxedos offering reasonably priced outfits to fit any budget. Prices start at $10. You will have to provide your own footwear.
Q: What is the difference between a Glitz and Natural Pageant? Which one is California State Pageants?
A Glitz Pageant is the kind of pageant made popular by TV Shows like “Toddlers and Tiaras” where the contestants put on a lot of make-up, flippers (prosthetic teeth), hair extensions, spray-on tans etc… Natural pageants are simply girls/boys who dress up and wear NO make-up or artificial enhancements. California State Pageants is a mix of both Natural and Glitz. We do not require that the contestants wear hair and makeup nor do we add or deduct points for those who do.
Q: Does my child have to wear make-up?
Absolutely not! California State Pageants suggest that the judges do not score according to who is more made-up but rather by personality and stage presence. If your child feels more glamorous or confident with make-up then they should wear it, never force it on a child. That will take away from their fun.
Q: Why can’t I take pictures or video in the pageant?
We want you to enjoy the pageant and focus on your child, we don’t want dozens of parents crowding the stage and distracting their children by taking pictures. We have had a lot of experience and have tried to indulge parents and fans by allowing photos and video in the past, but it really has just caused a disturbance for the contestants and the audience. Just sit back, enjoy the show and leave the photos and videos to the Pro’s. The picture packages are very reasonably priced to capture memories without straining your wallet.
Q:Is there a talent competition?
Not at this time. Since our titleholders will be representing the California State Fair, we do not want to compete with their kids talent showcase that happens every year at the fair.
Q: What if we are late for check-in?
All Check-in times are 1 hour before your Stage “Call time”, so as long as you check in before your Call time you are safe. Contestant numbers are issued at Check-in. If you do not check-in by the time the 1st contestant of your division you are LATE and will not be allowed to compete. Late contestants will not be eligible for a refund or credit for their entry fees.
Q: Do I need a pageant and modeling coach? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Where do I find one?
It’s not required, but like singers, you can be a good singer without a voice coach, but having lessons does give you added confidence and technique. Many contestants win their first time on stage, and without any professional coaching. However, there is a lot of benefit to having a professional critique your performance on stage. Ask your pageant director for a list of referrals.
Q: Should I use a make-up artist and hair dresser?
Some people feel more confident competing with professional hair and make-up done. That is fine but each contestant is only allowed ONE chaperone pass to have help in the dressing room. Each additional chaperone pass is $10. So if you have one hair person + another make-up artist = $20.
Q: For Photogenic Competitions: What if I don’t have professional pictures?
Professional Photos are not required, we have often had winners picked from snapshots taken with a camera at home. As long as the photo really shows the personality and is an attractive shot of the model.
Q: Who are the judges and how do we know they will judge fairly?
Our judges are always dignitaries from the community, or people from the modeling and pageant industry. All judges are required to sign a pledge to be fair when judging and to recuse themselves if they are acquainted with any contestants.
Q: My child doesn’t have that Barbie-doll look, I’m nervous about signing her up to compete.
Our titleholders are of different racial and socio-economic backgrounds. There is no “typical” pageant winner. If you child can get on stage and strut their stuff while having a good time the judges will see their genuine enthusiasm and score them well. There are 5 awards given in each category, and you will increase your chances of getting an award by entering the Optionals and Mini-Optionals.