Building character, enhancing self-confidence and learning successful people skills are paramount aims of Owen Valley’s brand new beauty pageants for teenage girls and young women.
Former beauty pageant contestant and model Kristina Roberts said she received official approval last month from City of Bishop and Parks and Recreation Commission to establish the first-ever Miss Teen City of Bishop Pageant for 14- to 19-year-olds and Miss City of Bishop for young ladies 20- to 29-year-olds.
“I am so excited that our city will have the opportunity to have new ambassadors serving our community as positive role models,” she said. “This isn’t about finding the best model, it’s about finding the best role model.”
Roberts said she was inspired by memories of her years in the modeling and pageant world to create the opportunity for young women locally.
Having been “a part of the pageant world for so many years taught me very valuable life lessons that I hope to share and inspire others with.”
There are “pros and cons to being involved in such events,” she continued, adding that she learned priceless life lessons and gained self-confidence and self-esteem she had never thought was possible.
Roberts said her goals, in establishing this “new, exciting” venue, are all about character building. “I believe true beauty comes from within and that is what I am focusing on” – positive self-development as well as developing new, positive perspectives and just plain old feeling good about oneself. Roberts hopes her “pageant program” will destigmatize pageants by fostering “positive, empowering thoughts and actions.”
In short, Roberts said she wants to pass on the benefits she gleaned from her own experience. “Overall, it was a positive experience for me which taught me a lot about the business.”
And from the start, Roberts is advocating self-promotion, “encouraging girls to go out into the community and try to get sponsorship” (from one or more sources) to help cover the $250 registration fee. Registration deadline is Saturday, Oct. 20. The fee covers a training course, a photo shoot and the judge’s interview, as well as actual pageant. Pageant registration forms are available at Bishop City Hall, 377 W. Line St. Contestants must live in the areas of Chalfant Valley, Mustang Mesa, Rovana, Wilkerson and, of course, Bishop.
Roberts will teach the six-week Miss Teen/Miss City of Bishop Pageant Program training course, which will meet once a week starting Monday, Oct. 22 at City Hall.
The course will cover the basics of pageantry: walking, poise, public speaking, on-stage presentation and “how to interview with the judges which will account for over 50 percent of the overall score.” Professional head shots by photographer Steve Dutcher will be taken during the course.
More importantly, says Roberts, character-building topics will be covered: qualities of a good role model, integrity, positive self-esteem, healthy versus unhealthy choices and actions and the need for “building ourselves and each other up instead of tearing us apart. The message that I am sending is simple; inward beauty is the key to happy, successful, fulfilled people – and winners. Let that shine.”
The culminating events will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at Bishop Union High School when two locals will be crowned Miss Teen City of Bishop and Miss City of Bishop. “Depending on the number of entries, we may hold one large pageant or two separate ones to accommodate guests,” said Roberts.
Although the traditional pageant talent contest feature will be absent from this year’s pageant, Roberts said, there will be four competitive categories: judge’s interview; on-stage Q&A; evening gown; and casual/hobbies/interest wear.
Roberts has already procured three of the four judges: Police Chief Chris Carter; Whiskey Creek owner Greg Alexander, “one of the most amazing and influential teacher/coaches I’ve ever witnessed;” and BUHS teacher and volleyball coach Linda Frigerio. The fourth judge slot is still unfilled.
Pageant winners will receive a crown, sash, trophy and goody bags, said Roberts, thanks to “incredible support and sponsorships through:” Bishop Chamber of Commerce, Steve Dutcher, Simplicity Salon, Serenity Spa, Greg and Dana Alexander of Whiskey Creek, Alex Printing, Heather Boone of Rumor Tan and The Sierra Reader.
Still, Roberts emphasizes the importance of less tangible rewards of winning. “Ideally, we’d like our reigning court to be active participants within the community and take significant roles serving as ambassadors and role models for the City of Bishop and attend all major community functions and events including ribbon cutting, Mule Days, etc.” In fact, although they haven’t even been crowned yet, the future Miss and Teen Miss Bishop are already booked for their first engagements. “The reigning court will debut at our annual tree lighting at the Bishop City Park and (will be in) the Christmas parade.”
For more information, call Karey Poole at (760) 873-5863 or Kristina Roberts at (714) 742-1439.