One key area of your stage presentation in any beauty pageant is your walk. How you carry yourself can make you stand out from the other contestants. A good walk will project to the audience and the judges that you are confident and feel good about yourself: qualities any beauty pageant winner should possess.

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Practice your walk well before you enter a pageant. Start off with an ample area or a hallway. Balance a book on the top of your head or imagine that someone is pulling you to the sky from your hair. This will make sure your posture is correct.

Your hands should be on your side, open with your palms turned in towards your thighs. Make sure you slightly swing your arms naturally as you walk. Lift from the rib cage, relax your shoulders and keep your chin up.

The pace for the swimsuit portion and evening gown segments should be different. Your swimsuit walk should be slightly faster, and with pep. The evening gown walk should be slower and more confident. Always walk with one foot placed directly in front of the other.

Practice your walk every day in both in the evening gown shoes and the swimsuit shoes, if you have different pairs, or practice barefooted as well if the swimsuit competition doesn’t require shoes. By the time the competition arrives your pageant walk should be second nature to you.

When you walk during the pageant, all your concentration should be on the judges. Make sure that once you have entered the stage you make immediate eye contact with them. It is acceptable to glance around the room at the audience from time to time. But once you have started your individual competition, you should focus only on the judges.

Smile. Look like you are having a good time. Nobody wants to watch a contestant that appears miserable. Try to think of a funny story or something that makes you happy. Your joy will show in the competition.