Questions from the Public about Ms. Abilities America
- The support of the titleholder to make sure the pressure/stress does not become too much on them
- My friend and I are going to be there for whoever the titleholders are. We will be available to them during their reigns rather it be city titleholder, state titleholder, or National titleholder. One thing we are doing between now and 2013 is holding the National title ourselves to make sure that the schedules are organized, that the title will not be too stressful on anyone, and to work out any potential problems we see that can occur. Also, if we get a titleholder that needs even more slack, we will give it to them as long as they are putting the effort into the title. Not everyone will be able to do every activity our pageant has set up. We will work with the titleholder to help them have a successful year.
- Letters of recommendation are a key factor in our pageant. Typically and hopefully the letters of recommendation will come from individuals who know the ladies well. If the individuals writing the letters are honest about the potential of the candidates, then this could be a strong hold for our pageant. Also, by having the letters of recommendation it will show the support line on their homefront. No one will be able to enter unless they have two letters of
- As all titleholder will be given a chain of events to go through before they are allowed to become a National titleholder, we should be able to have some clue as to rather or not they will be able to handle the National title. The first title they would receive is the City title. After the city title, they would go on to compete in the State title. If they win their State title, they will be able to compete in the National title. With this in mind, if they are not achieving, advocating, and educating on the City level then they most likely will not be able to compete in the state and National.
- Traveling will be another factor that could cause potential stress,. Again, by the time they reach Nationals, they would have to demonstrate how they have achieved, advocated, and educated both on a city level and a state level. If they do not or can not show what they have done on the city and state then most likely they will not win the National level. By having the different stages, it will allow a potential contestant to know rather or not they are able to do the Nationals as not much will change from the city to the Nationals except the distance and size of the pageants and area they need to cover as the titleholder of the City, State, or Nationals.
- During the pageant time, this is a very stressful time for all the ladies. They will all know that they are winners for even attending the pageant. They will be given a schedule of what is going to occur during the given pageant. They will have some down time where they can rest and take it easy. They will also be given some fun workshops to go to that will take their minds off of the competiveness of the pageant. The judging will be very light weight, as to the
extent that they will be able to go into a room where the judges are, but they will be in a conversation like atmosphere.
- We will monitor during all levels of the pageant how the ladies are doing. At any point where we see it might be too much on the contestants we will pull the contestant to the side and see what we can do to make things easier for them. Our pageant is not about pushing the ladies to the extent that they can not handle it, but instead being their for the contestants to allow them to have fun and excel to being their best.
- Sexulaization in the pageant
- If and when we see that their might be guys interested in competing in the pageant, we will start a "male" portion of the pageant. We believe in letting everyone who wants to compete in an abilities type of pageant to compete. At the time of having males compete we could then have a crowning ceremony for the male. We would create a Mr. Abilities America, Jr. Mr. Abilities America, and Little Mr. Abilities America. Our pageant is about showing the public that we
are more then able to overcome our special needs no matter what they might be. We are all game to having a Ms. and a Ms. Abilities America. Until we know that there are guys who want to sign up, then we are starting our pageant where we know we might be able to get contestants. Once we are shown that there are guys who are willing to step up to the plate, we will begin the male section of the pageant. The only thing we are not wanting to get into is the "toddlers in
- If we have some transgenders who want to sign up for the pageant, we will consider them as well. I personally have a friend who is a transgender and would love for her (transferring from being a him) to find the best route to go. If she was interested in entering the pageant, we would look for a way to allow her to be in it. We are wanting to be as inclusive as possible,
- How much does it cost to enter the pageant and what is included.
1. For the City title and State title it cost $100. The cost covers one day for the pageant. The cost will cover a contential breakfast, a lunch, a dinner, and a reception. Typically the breakfast will be donoughts and juice, the lunch will be pizza, and the dinner will be something bigger. Also their will be a reception afterwards which will have cake and punch. The sash and crowns for the Jr. Miss (s), Little Miss(s), City and State titleholder. The contestant will be responsible for their stays at a hotel (if the want to stay over on the night before or of the pageant) and any travel expenses.
2. For the Nationals it cost $500. The cost will cover two to three days of meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, a reception following the pageant, any workshop related materials, and any incidentials for the contestants. The Sash and crown for the National titleholder, Jr. Miss, and Little Miss.
3. As we grow bigger, our hopes are to gain sponsors to help out with expenses so we can give our contestants a better pageant and allow them more opportunities. As we gain sponsors, if we have any excess funds we hope to give our National titleholders and State titleholders a small amount to be able to travel on and go to the main different places around their areas. Also, some of the funds will be used administratively, as the website and other things cost money which is currently being paid for by one of the founders of the pageant.
4. We will also have fundraisers to help out with the many expenses of the pageant. We are a 501 (C)(3) organization.
4. Dress Code for the Contestants
1, Our contestants are not required to wear high heels, "grown-up" looks, or anything that would set them apart from their same aged peers. The outside look is not going to win the pageant for the contestant, as our pageant is not about the "outward" look of the contestant. We prefer for our contestants to dress modestly and professional. We do not want to have any reveling areas on the bodies to give the public the wrong perception of our pageant. Little Miss and Jr. Miss should wear nice looking dresses that are below the knee. If they want to wear make-up, it should be worn very lightly so that it does not distract from their message they are trying to share with the public. If any of the contestants chose to wear pant suits, the pants should be pulled up to the waist and not below the waist. Remember that you are applying for a job, and dress like you are going to a job interview. Also, we are looking at your looks from the very beginning as you are representing us out in public, you need to dress and act professionally at all times.
2. At any time we see a picture or the contestant that is not becoming of a Ms. Abilities, Jr. Miss Abilities, or Little Miss Abilities, we reserve the right to take action. The first time, we will give the contestant a warning about their dress. Second time, we will have the contestant sign a dress code statement. The third time, the sash will be pulled from the contestant and given to the next person in line. We do not want to see our ladies in too much makeup (a little is ok, but too much gives the wrong message), hairdos that make them look like little grown-ups, or clothes that are not becoming of a Ms. Abilities, Jr, Miss Abilities, or a Little Miss Abilities. Remember when you are holding a title, you are a role model to all individuals and the public is always looking at what you are doing. What other pageants allow is their decision; however, when in Ms. Abilities America, we want to show our very best and allow the public to see how we are able to overcome our disabilities and we are the same as them even if we do things in a different way.
I hope this helped answer many of the questions you had, If you have any others, please feel free to ask,. We need all the questions that we can get in order to prepare and become the best pageant for all individuals with either cognitive or physical special needs.