There are time in pageant competition when you are asked a question you either do not know how to answer a question — or don’t want to answer it. The examples below are from national titleholders answering reporters during press conferences. If you are answering reporters and would like an effective way to side-step answering a questions, these examples may prove helpful.
NOTE: If you are asked questions during an on-stage pageant interview, we suggest you read How to answer a pageant question when you don’t know the answer.
When a reporter is persisting in asking about a subject you want to avoid…
“I had no time to read the newspaper during this past week, and I know nothing about it. (After reporter persisted) I think that’s a difficult situation and I don’t know all the background on it so I really don’t feel that I can answer. Had I the backgrounds on both sides, I would answer you.” — Rebecca King, Miss America
On any subject you can’t answer…
“I am not an expert on that subject. I form my decisions based upon what I have read in the newspapers and editorials and I have not read enough about that subject right now to feel that I have a well-rounded comment to make.” — Susan Powell, Miss America
Any question you are unsure about…
“Honestly, in the past few weeks I haven’t been able to read and keep up with everything that is going on. So I don’t feel that some of my opinions are well-founded at this point. I don’t like to espouse an opinion or view unless I really know what I’m talking about. So, I am going to wait until I read and find out more about it.” — Susan Perkins, Miss America
Any question you’re unsure of…
“I don’t know enough about that to even touch on that situation. I would really have to know more about it to give you an opinion.” —Susan Powell, Miss America
What were your scores on your Law Admissions Boards?
“I did very well.”
But what were your scores?
(Smiles) “I did very well.” — Rebecca King, Miss America 1974