Emily Curtis, 16, was accepted to be a candidate in the 2018 Miss Teen Sacramento pageant that will be held Aug. 24 and 25.
This will be Curtis’s first pageant that she will participate in and she said she hopes to enter in more pageants in the future.
Curtis said that participating in the pageant is a way for her to step outside of her comfort zone and save up money for college.
She said she hopes to attend Stanford University and join the FBI, and she feels that doing pageants will help her increase her confidence.
“My parents say that ever since I was little I wanted to join the FBI and I’ve had the opportunity to take classes like forensics. I find things like that very interesting,” Curtis said.
Curtis said she received a letter in the mail inviting her to participate in the pageant and both her and her parents thought the pageant would be a great way for her to step out of her comfort zone.
“I’m excited for the opportunity. This is the first time I will be on stage all by myself,” Curtis said.
Curtis is a junior at Placer High School and has been doing competitive cheer for six years.
To prepare for the pageant, Curtis said she has to buy a dress, shoes and makeup. However, she also has to find businesses in the area to sponsor her.
So far, Curtis has been sponsored by SacAnime and is looking for more sponsors before the pageant.
She also has to attend a three-hour training with the pageant coordinators to go over the schedule, walking paths and modeling.
Winners of the Miss Teen Sacramento pageant will go on to national competitions where young women have the opportunity to earn $30,000.
Though some people may think that pageants are outdated and sexist, Curtis said she has noticed a difference in what many things in popular culture tell us about pageants and the reality.
“From what I’ve experienced so far, they are very focused on our well being and they really want us to be friends and support each other,” Curtis said.