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100 Thoughtful Questions Judges Ask at Beauty Pageants

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If you want to win a beauty pageant, be prepared to answer these questions!

If you want to win a beauty pageant, be prepared to answer these questions!

Preparing for Beauty Pageant Interview Questions

The question-and-answer round is decisive in crowning the winner at a beauty pageant. In the past, a number of beauty contests were judged solely based on physical appearance, but present-day judges want to see well-rounded contestants. The competition now considers many aspects of a beautiful personality—not just looks.

Contestants at beauty pageants have to go through a series of rounds that test their skills, talents, intelligence, and personality. "Beauty with brains" has become the new mantra at major pageants.

Whether you are participating in a local beauty contest in your neighborhood or representing your country at Miss Universe or another international pageant, make sure you don't falter during the question and answer round. You can prepare yourself by considering some of the questions the judges might ask.

Top 10 Best Thoughtful and Philosophical Pageant Questions

  1. If you were God for a day, how would you change the world?
  2. How different would the world be if women were to rule the world?
  3. What does it mean to be a modern woman?
  4. Is life easier for women or men?
  5. Does a woman sacrifice more than a man?
  6. What steps or measures need to be taken to eradicate poverty?
  7. Is there a way to curb sexual harassment?
  8. If you could break one rule, what rule would that be?
  9. What would you do to stop wars?
  10. If you had a chance to discuss a social issue with world leaders, what social issue would it be?
Modern judges want to crown a contestant who has a beautiful mind and personality in addition to good looks.

Modern judges want to crown a contestant who has a beautiful mind and personality in addition to good looks.

What Type of Questions Do Judges Ask at Beauty Pageants?

Interviews at pageants begin with an introductory question. Most judges start off by saying, "Tell me something about yourself" before they delve into other questions.

Judges love to ask questions that put the contestant in a hypothetical situation. These hypothetical questions help the judges gauge a contestant’s personality outside of their comfort zone. The questions they put forth are often thoughtful, hypothetical, or philosophical in nature. Judges may also ask obnoxiously funny questions to test your wit.

Certain judges at beauty pageants also ask questions related to social issues. These often include "what would you do if" and "how would you" questions. This part of the interview tests contestants' spontaneity, beliefs, knowledge, and confidence.

The jury that chooses the winner wants to find a girl worthy of the crown. Every jury is on the lookout for a girl that has the right combination of beauty and brains. Belief and self-confidence are important if you want to go the distance.

Advice on Preparing and Practicing for the Interview

You need to be equipped to answer all of these different types of questions at the pageant. It is important to attend a coaching session so you're prepared for any question that comes your way.

Pageant coaches play a pivotal role in guiding contestants in accordance with their personality type. Coaches help motivate contestants, build their confidence, and ensure they believe in themselves. When a contestant works with a pageant coach, she gets a fair idea of what to expect at pageant interviews.


11. How will you use your title to benefit others if you win today?

12. When does a girl become a woman?

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13. Why do you deserve this beauty pageant title?

14. If you were granted one wish, what would you wish for?

15. Has the speed of technological advances taken away our emotional connection?

16. Are the youth of this generation more pressured to perform than the youth of previous generations?

17. What is the true essence of being a woman?

18. Is online dating a good thing or a bad thing?

19. What is your philosophy of life, and what do you value most in life?

20. Why is it important to be a multitasker?

How to Answer Questions Cleverly and Tactfully at Beauty Pageants

The questions judges ask at beauty pageants often test contestant’s ability to react spontaneously. While most girls fare well in other rounds, the question-and-answer round becomes the stumbling block for many. Contestants get nervous when a judge asks a question, and rightly so. A contestant has limited time to think about the question and give their answer, and so it is important to be a good listener.

Understand the question the judge asks and provide a relevant answer. Every question has keywords that can help guide your answer. When you grasp these keywords, it becomes easier to assemble, arrange, and rearrange words to come up with an excellent answer.

If you have a quick wit, it’s an added advantage in the question-and-answer round. At beauty pageants, when judges ask philosophical questions, thoughtful questions, or hypothetical questions, contestants often show a visible change in their body language and fumble with words. Try to answer promptly and maintain your confidence.


21. How can you change the world to make it a better place?

22. Is religion the way to peace?

23. What moment in your life would you pick to change the lives of others?

24. What, according to you, is an ideal partner?

25. What is the biggest challenge young girls face today?

26. If you could change any one of your physical characteristics, which would it be and why?

27. What is the most important lesson for us to learn from life?

28. What is the biggest problem we are facing in our lives today, and how can we solve the problem?

29. How would you define success?

30. Has personal interaction taken a backseat because of social networks?

31. What might be your greatest contribution to the world?

32. How does greed for power affect our world?

33. What, according to you, is the most important part of a beauty pageant?

34. If you had an extra 30 minutes in each day, what would you do and why?

35. What qualities should a woman possess to make a notable difference in the world?

36. Do you think plastic surgery is a good option for people who do not have natural good looks?

37. How important is it for a model to look good at all times?

38. How do you handle disappointment?

39. If you could change something about yourself, what would that be and why?

40. Is social media going the right way or the wrong way, and why?

Remain Calm and Focused When You Answer Questions

When you are being scored at a pageant for your overall personality, it is important to remain calm and have a pleasant smile throughout. No matter how difficult the question, the trick is to be unnerved. When you are nervous, you do not listen to the question asked properly and are unable to understand the depth of a question. While you will answer the question, the relevance and substance in your answer will be missing.

When you are calm and focused, your level of concentration helps you understand the relevance of a question. When you are at peace with yourself, you are able to analyze the question in your mind before answering cleverly and tactfully. Let your mind dictate understanding, and your heart decide the choice of words for your answer. While it’s every girl’s dream to be crowned a winner at a beauty pageant, not every girl can win. Do not be dejected if you do not win. Trust in yourself, and you will achieve your dreams. Good luck!

Beauty pageants are all about finding well-rounded individuals who are beautiful inside and out.

Beauty pageants are all about finding well-rounded individuals who are beautiful inside and out.


41. Do you believe you are a role model for young girls?

42. What are your thoughts on negative perceptions about beauty pageants?

43. How has failure helped you in your achievements?

44. Who is the person you would like to be stranded with on a deserted island, and why?

45. Are women given equal opportunities as men?

46. Is the world doing enough to slow down climate change?

47. If you were the only human among aliens, what would you do?

48. If you had a chance to legalize something that is illegal, what would that be?

49. What superhero would you like to be and why?

50. What is the most important thing parents should tell their children?

51. Is there something that is not right in this world that needs to be put right?

52. What should a person give to the world, and what should a person take away from the world?

53. What are your thoughts on global warming, and how will you do your bit to mitigate global warming?

54. What quality do men most love in women?

55. If you had a remote control for men, what would be your first command?

56. How has the internet changed our lives, for better or for worse?

57. How does your own positive attitude bring about a change in others?

58. What’s been the most picture-perfect moment in your life?

59. Do we need politics and politicians in this world?

60. What piece of advice would you give to the next generation?


61. Has social media had a positive impact or negative impact on people's minds in recent years?

62. If you were given a chance to live your life all over again, is there something you would change?

63. What would you sacrifice to be successful?

64. Do men fear responsibility more than women?

65. Why do rumors spread quickly?

66. According to you, what is the defining problem that teens find hard to deal with today, and why?

67. Will stringent laws on gun control curb crime and killing?

68. How important are beauty pageants in today’s world?

69. What, according to you, is a true friend?

70. If given a chance, what would you do to prevent a war between two nations?

71. If you were a genie in a bottle, who would you like to serve as your master?

72. What is the hardest part about winning, and what is the hardest part about losing?

73. Is there something the world has turned a blind eye to that bothers you?

74. In this present age, do we spend more time with gadgets and less time with people?

75. What will you accomplish if you win this title?

76. What magazine cover would you like to see yourself on and why?

77. What is your biggest regret or disappointment in life?

78. What, according to you, is the best way to promote women's empowerment?

79. What is the most valuable relationship in your life?

80. Is there something missing in our world?

Are you prepared to answer any question that may be asked of you at a beauty pageant?

Are you prepared to answer any question that may be asked of you at a beauty pageant?


81. What would you do to bring peace among nations at war?

82. What would you prefer in a partner—an intelligent mind or a fit body?

83. Is social media bringing people together or causing relationship problems?

84. What would you do to help bring about world peace?

85. If you could have any superhuman power, what would it be and why?

86. Would this world be a better place without guns?

87. What completes a woman?

88. What is more important, money or fame, and why?

89. What’s a striking quality that sets women apart from men?

90. What is the best way to bounce back from disappointment?

91. How do you handle criticism?

92. Which celebrity do you idolize and why?

93. If you won a $10 million jackpot, what would you do with the money?

94. If you could change something in history, what would it be?

95. What makes you stand out from the other girls competing today?

96. How do you handle stress and pressure?

97. Will winning this title help you in your personal and professional life?

98. Is gadget addiction going to be difficult to deal with in the near future?

99. What is the duty of a role model?

100. What is the biggest obstacle that prevents development?

Good Luck With Your Beauty Pageant!

The list above showcases a diverse collection of pageant questions and interview questions asked by judges and jury at beauty pageants. Feel free to comment with your views, opinions, and suggestions. Furthermore, if you want to answer or ask a pageant-related question, let us know in the comments section.

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Tiarna Georghiou from Brisbane, Australia on April 26, 2020:

Wow this is a great article. They are all fantastic questions that we can ask ourselves and reflect on.

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