Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jasmine's Pageant

Most of you will remember that Kayla, Jessica, and Jessica's girls, Winter and River, were in a pageant in December. Jasmine had a rash on her face and neck at the time. She's still having some problem with it, so we are getting a referral to a dermatologist, but it had cleared up enough with general meds to do the pageant. You will see the darkness on her eyelids though.

Winter wear category. She lifted her sunglasses and smiled at the judges, but I didn't catch that. I was shooting with my Nikon and also doing live feed on facebook on my phone.

Formal wear:


She is wearing three tiaras and several medals.

One thing I did not like about the pageant is that the girl who took overall in December showed up again for this one. This is still regionals, and there is nothing higher than overall, so why come back? You only have to be in the top ten to go to state, and the top four get their way paid except for a $100 fee. So someone might came back if they hadn't made the top four and wanted the fee paid, or even some die hard pageant moms might bring their daughters back if they hadn't won their age group. Kayla took first in her age group in December, and I had expected to see the second place girl there because her whole family is all about pageants, but she wasn't there.

Back to the girl who took overall--I asked the mom why she was here again when she'd already qualified for state. She said, "Well, you can never have too many crowns can you?"
Ummm, yes. I think you can.

The girl is not even two yet.

She took overall again. 

They use a scoring system. You have to sign up not only for the beauty judging, but for all the extras to be considered for overall winner. The extras are things like smile, hair, eyes etc.  So not everyone is in the running for the overall crown. Then the judges rate each child who has entered the extra categories on those things. Top score wins.

She beat Jasmine but only a point or two.

Jasmine did this pageant for the fun of it, but the other girl's mom is obviously very serious about it. There is one more regional pageant near us, and the mom has already said she plans to take her daughter and take overall for that one too. 

(The Jessica, Kayla, Winter and River did not enter the extras. Jasmine did because Adam wanted her to and paid for it.)

I chatted with the judges afterwards while Jasmine did an interview, and I off handedly mentioned about the mom planning for her child to win overall for a third time. The director said she hadn't realized it was the same girl who'd taken overall previously until she'd already been judged, but she was not in favor of the mom entering the child in more than one regional because that is not the point, to see if you can scoop all the medals and crowns at each regional. But neither is there a rule against it, because all three of these pageants have a separate theme. The December one was the Winter Wonderland pageant. The one today was the Winter Princess pageant, and the one in March is the Under the Sea pageant.

The girl was a cutie, but I disagree with the mom's thinking. Then again, I'm not really a pageant mom. I do however plan to write a YA book, The Pageant Princesses Murder, so maybe I can count this as research. 😀😀

PS I bought Jasmine's dress at Goodwill for less than $3, same as Kayla's.


Ken S. said...

The Pageant Princesses Murder, huh? Since I don't think you're planning to murder someone who isn't even two yet, maybe it should be The Murder of the Pageant Princess' Mother! :)

Kathy Cassel said...

LOL. I wasn't actually planning to murder her. Interesting thought though. Might have to change my plot idea. I'd actually thought of two sisters going to the state pageant, finding the coordinator dead. They go to get the security guard and return to find the body gone. Of course no one believes there was a murder, everyone just assumes the coordinator never showed up in the first place. Since no one believes them, they take it upon themselves to solve the murder. Have to have the no one believes them part to justify them solving it themselves rather than just turning it over to a homicide detective.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Jasmine! I was never involved in pageants, but I can see how they can build self-confidence, provide opportunities for public speaking, etc. Wonderful that they are able to participate in these opportunities.
Love the dress and one 'smart mom' :-)

Pam- Chicago

Kathy Cassel said...

Thank you Pam. We are just doing it for fun. And the experience. I think Kayla has some interest in modeling. Jasmine just wanted to go to Orlando for state :)