To: Gail Clark & The Crystal Group
With the base with of the music vibrating the curtains backstage, I thought to myself, “is this the music or is it my heart getting ready to explode out of my chest?” In that moment it could very well have been both. I began shaking as if something terrible was about to happen. Then I heard it, “MISS FRISCO”. I began to force a smile at the hundred eyes looking directly at me. Soon it became physically impossible to hold a true grin. Why? I was deathly afraid of putting myself out there in an environment I have never seen before. With every step I feared what I “looked like, if I’d fall, and if I was good enough”.
I went back to our hotel to 50+ texts saying how awesome I did, but I didn’t believe it. I turned my headphones on and attempted to drown out my thoughts, and then it him me. For the past 10 months, I’ve preached to little girls how to be confident in yourself. Yet, I couldn’t and, most definitely didn’t do it. I began to fill my thoughts and focus on the “what if” mentality and my heart began to slow down. I knew deep down that if I didn’t step up and give the next night (Saturday) everything I had; I’d regret it the rest of my life.
Rehearsal day two began and it was the start of something beautiful; my own journey to love myself. I practiced with those blank chairs as if it was those eyeballs staring back at me. I was slowly learning to love my own skin. The thought of “I’m too short, I’ve never done this, I’m not pretty enough…” was gone. Finally, Saturday night came. I put on my heels and when we went backstage, my heart was at ease – no expectations, no comparisons, loving and remaining secure in the fact that I was fearfully and wonderfully made. I began to walk with my uncoached, god-made ability to walk, and to my surprise, I was able to soak in EVERY STEP. In the very moment that I stopped at the end of the runway to look the judges in the eyes was the moment that I realized that the world was at my fingertips, that I can do anything I want to do.
At the end of the day, I didn’t win, nor did I place. But above all of that, I found the true gift that you have been giving to your women all along, confidence. I am a huge believer that I am placed in moments for various reasons, and I am so beyond grateful for getting the opportunity to experience this moment through your pageant. This was my first pageant, and most likely my last. (This girl has lots of grad school loans to pay off.) But I will always spread the word to younger girls about the power of a pageant! I have been extremely encouraged to relentlessly pursue any opportunity this world has to offer, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish you and the Crystal Group nothing but further growth and success in the future!
Hopefully, one day, somehow, we cross paths again! Until then, I’ll be rooting you on each year. The quote I live by is this…” wind extinguishes a candle but energizes a fire.” Likewise, randomness, uncertainty, and chaos: you want to use them, not to run and hide from them. “BE FIRE AND WISH FOR THE WIND.”
I just wanted to reach out as the parent of a contestant, my daughter was among the youngest competing this weekend at 13 years old … I just wanted to give you our feedback and let you know how much I appreciate the amount of integrity I felt your pageant offered. She had an incredible experience and although she hoped to make the finals, she was so enthusiastic about everything she learned going into the pageant weekend and during her experience. She processed her disappointment for a little while but by the end of Sunday night said she is excited to go back again next year. I felt the standard for girls competing was incredible kindness and genuine well wishes for each other which was refreshing. I don’t think any ugliness would have been tolerated and I didn’t have to worry about her belongings or be afraid to leave her without staying at her side. The new Miss Texas Teen winner absolutely deserved it and we are very excited to watch her reign with Taylor!
We appreciate you and the team working behind such an incredible pageant system.
…I wanted to thank you for the privilege to compete this weekend and tell you how much I learned throughout the whole experience. I want to thank you for…and how kind each and every member of the organization I had the pleasure of meeting. I have dreamed about competing at Miss Texas since I was 8 years old and it felt so amazing finally being on that stage and I can’t wait to compete again next year! … Again, I cannot thank you enough for one of the best weekends of my life and everything your organization has taught me so far. Thank you so much!!
I wanted to thank you for providing me with the opportunity to participate in Miss Texas USA last weekend. I had an absolute blast, learned a lot, and loved everyone I met there! I had never done a pageant before and knew very little about what the weekend had in store. However, I had the most amazing time preparing for the pageant and actually participating in the competition weekend. I never knew how much I would learn about myself, skills to use in everyday life (focusing on my posture, hair and makeup lessons, discussing difficult topics, remaining up-to-date on the news and current events, and how to interact with others most effectively while being myself), and the pageant world. I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to represent Arlington, a city I was so proud to wear on my sash. I am so thankful for you and everyone who put time and resources into the Miss Texas USA pageant weekend.
A week ago I came back from a wonderful opportunity where I stepped into a social arena I never thought I would have the courage to step into. Three months ago, if someone would have told me that I was going to participate in what I did know was going to be an amazing opportunity to meet and connect with some beautiful people on the inside out and be a part of something bigger than everything I thought it was going to be, I would have a hard time believing them. The pageant was about something more than winning. It was about having fun, being around people your age and making memories that will last a lifetime. The Miss Texas Teen USA Pageant has given me so much confidence, encouragement and self-worth. I want to thank the Crystal Group for letting me be a part of the Miss Texas Teen USA Pageant.
When I first signed up for the pageant, I did not think it would be something I would ever see myself doing. My friends convinced me it would be an amazing opportunity and I couldn’t be more happy that I signed up.
Because of this pageant, I have had more self growth in the past few months than I have in my entire life. I have felt more at home, more included, and more love at this pageant than I have felt in any of my few dance teams and friend groups. These girls and this pageant taught me self love, empowerment among women, and skills that I will carry not only to my next pageant but for the rest of my life.
Since joining this pageant, I plan to take this incredibly serious and pursue this next pageant with open arms. I’m so happy I have found something that has changed my outlook on life, and helped me in the way that it has. I now understand that these titles follow you with a great honor and responsibility, and couldn’t be more excited to take it on. Thank you for all the wonderful lessons learned, I feel so blessed to have many more in the future.
Thank You For It All
It was so well organized. It was simply amazing.
She just loved her roommate, and the friends she met. She has already set her sights on next year.
Again, kudos to you for all the hard work you put into it….it was obvious.
…Again, thank you!