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!