11 Things All Pageant Queens Know To Be True

11 Things All Pageant Queens Know To Be True

Its not just about hairspray and world peace.

Pageantry is not just about wearing long gowns, hairspray, and all the other stereotypes out there. It is a world of its own and there are a few things only pageant girls understand.

1. We get annoyed whenever someone makes a joke about "World Peace"

We're actually pretty smart & all we want to do is to be ourselves and make a difference in the world, in whatever form that may be!

2. Pageant queens are human beings too

It's easy to get caught up in the glitz and the glam and when you wear your respective title, you're expected to hold yourself as a leader and example for those around you. But, at the end of the day, we're just like everyone else, we're ourselves with a pretty crown and a passion for our purpose.

3. Yes, we all practice our crowning moments in the mirror

As much as we practice our reactions and anticipate the moment, nothing can prepare you for hearing your name be called for something you've worked so hard for!

4. Most pageants aren't like Toddlers & Tiaras

Toddlers and Tiaras doesn't represent the true sport of pageantry, it is a tiny part of a system, but not all of us do Honey Boo Boo poses; we go out and serve the community, compete in an interview and a spontaneous onstage question. In pageants, it isn't about who is the most glamorous, it's about who has the most beautiful heart.

5. We literally love food

During competition season we work diligently to be in the best shape we can be, but as soon as the pageant is over we're all running towards the burgers, cookies and ice cream.

6. Butt glue is your life saver

Let's just chop it up to the fact that we're probably the only people who have to ever buy butt glue...

7. Learning opening number is the hardest part of competition

We can practice all we want for interview, swimsuit, evening gown or onstage question...but we just pray to God that we don't mess up the opening number.

8. We're the only ones with tans in mid-January

Everything looks better when you have a tan, what can I say!

9. Our pageant sisters are like family

Pageant girls are some of the most genuine, intelligent, supportive and loving people you'll ever meet. Pageantry really does create a bond and our sisters become our family!

10. We channel our inner Beyonce on stage

Sasha Fierce. WWBD...What Would Beyonce Do?

11. Our hair is full of secrets

The bigger the hair, the closer to Jesus. You have to make sure your hair is stage ready, which means big hair and lots of hairspray!

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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5 Fall Fashion Staples That Are Must-Haves

Fall is by far the most exciting season for fashion. There are so many combinations of cute outfits to put together for every occasion. Wherever you may be going, here are some staple clothing items you need this fall...


It's about that time to put the bathing suit away (at least if you're from the north) and take out all your favorite fall clothes from the back of your closet. If you find a need to upgrade your wardrobe this year, I've rounded up the best staple pieces for your fall outfits.

1. Ankle Booties 

I swear these are the ONLY type of shoes I reach for during this time of year. They pair great with jeans, leggings, AND skirts. They can be casual enough for class or you can dress them up for a nice dinner or a night out. I always keep a pair of tan booties and a pair of black ones to go with whatever outfit I'm in that day.

These will become staple shoes that you'll wear for years.

2. Ripped Jeans 

As we learned from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (yes, I'm dating myself), a good pair of jeans can take you a long way. Autumn is the perfect weather for ripped jeans, not to mention how fashionable they are in today's fashion. They also look amazing with the booties I previously mentioned.

I suggest keeping a light pair and a dark pair in your wardrobe for endless stylish outfits.

3. Sweaters

This one may seem obvious, as it's the sole reason we all look forward to cold weather. Sweaters can be paired with anything in your closet...and they are also a signature staple piece that you can dress up or down. I recommend having an oversized sweater, a fitted, fancier sweater, and casual everyday sweater.

4. Corduroy Skirt

Corduroy Skirts are so ... this holiday season. Pair them with cute ankle booties with calf-high socks and a nice sweater to get a perfect look for any fall weekend and even Thanksgiving!

5. Scarves

Last, but certainly not least, is our favorite fall/winter accessory. You can throw on a scarf with any outfit whatsoever. Leggings and a denim jacket? Add a scarf. Skirt and a sweater? Add a scarf. Sweatshirt and sweatpants? Add a scarf. See what I mean? I love to pair plaid scarves with jackets and plain comfy scarves with sweatshirts and sweaters.

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