How Beauty Pageants Boosted Miss Nevada Teen USA Candidate Tinley McWhorter's Self Confidence

When a girl, teen or woman decides to enter a beauty pageant, there will always be someone in her life who will make statements about the negative effects that competing in a pageant  will have on her self-image.The conversation gets even more heated when a mother puts her baby, toddler or young child into a beauty pageant. Usually, the negative statements will come from people whose only exposure to the world of beauty pageants is what they’ve seen on TV shows like Toddlers and Tiaras or read in the tabloids. 

Participating in a beauty pageant will build self-esteem and self-image if used as a tool to polish the complete healthy person that you already are. Pageants open career doors, provide an opportunity for community service, develop confidence and communication skills, and are fun. Tinley McWhorter's mother, entered her daughter in a pageant at a young age because she wanted her to gain self confidence - "The optical nerve in my left eye never fully developed leaving me completely blind in that eye. Pageants have made me feel confident, empowered and ambitious" - she explained.

Tinley will have the opportunity to compete in the 2018 Miss Nevada Teen USA Pageant later this year. If she wins she'll have the opportunity to represent her state in Miss Teen USA 2018. I had the opportunity to interview her about her preparation for the upcoming pageant. Check it below!

You will compete at the Miss Nevada Teen USA Pageant, how will you prepare the contest? 

I will prepare myself mentally, by training with an interview coach, I will prepare physically, by eating less ice cream and hitting the gym and I will continue with my volunteer work. 

What is your favorite thing to do in your state? 

I could never choose one favorite thing, I love shopping, eating, volunteering, hiking, water skiing, snow skiing, and exploring. Nevada provides me with all of those things and the chance to discover and learn new things every day.  

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What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry? 

I have gained communications skills and the knowledge of my self-worth.  Pageants taught me to feel comfortable and confident in my own skin.  I have learned that the most beautiful accessories a girl can have is a good heart.  

Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?  

In the past I would to try and be someone I wasn’t.  I thought I had to be the perfect pageant girl to win. I have grown and learned to be myself and stay true to me.  I realized not winning a national crown didn’t define me.  I learned that I actually won since I competed despite my flaws and inspired others to follow a dream. 

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We’ve all seen the stereotypical portrayals of pageant contestants, a la Miss Congeniality, spreading peace, love and beauty throughout the world. How do you think you'll make a difference?  

By being a part of a pageant, I expect to gain an opportunity to discover my strengths and perfect them, realize my weaknesses and transform them into strengths. I believe I can make a difference by sharing my story and the obstacles I had to overcome. My biggest hurdle was my left eye blindness.  I know if I can do it, anyone can. My eye makes me unique, we all have unique qualities. I inspire to have the opportunity to encourage others to embrace their individual uniqueness and become confidently beautiful.


Thanks to the beautiful Tinely for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Nevada Teen USA pageant.