Although sounding like a winner is absolutely necessary to winning the crown, there are no perfect answers guaranteed to impress the pageant judges. What makes an answer successful isn’t that it is the “right” answer, but that it is an intelligent answer delivered the right way. Say what you think and back it up.
Richard Guy, of the famed Guy Rex team that produced five consecutive Miss USAs, describes how radically different equally successful answers can be.
When GuyRex staged the 1993 Miss World-America and Miss World-Mexico pageants together, the titleholders from both nations were asked, “If the man you are engaged to marry had to move far away and marrying him meant you wouldn’t see your family for twenty years, would you marry him? Why or why not?”
“The American girl said she would marry the guy because there are so many modern technologies today that she could write and call, and soon there would be a TV where you can see each other on the telephone,” recalls Guy.
“When I asked the Mexican girl that question, she said, ‘Forget it. Another fiancé will come along. You only have one family and I would never leave my family!’
They were the same questions,” he observes, “but the thinking was so different. Yet both were ‘correct’ answers.”
Guy continues: “Another question was, ‘You’re getting a divorce and you have a son and daughter. By law, you have to give one of them up to the father. Which one would you give up and why?’
The American girl said she would not want to give either one of them up, but she would give up the boy because a boy needs a father, and since they are both men, they can relate to each other better.
The Mexican girl said that she wouldn’t want to give either of them up, but she would give up the daughter because she felt Mexican men were too macho and he would treat the son badly. But women are like little goddesses there and she would give him the daughter because he would treat her wonderfully.
They were completely different answers, but both ‘correct.'”
As these very different responses demonstrate, there are no right or wrong answers, per se in Top Five questions. What makes an answer successful isn’t that it is the “right” answer, but that it is an intelligent answer delivered the right way. Say what you think and back it up.
A winning answer is one that reveals the ability to think on your feet and express your thoughts well under pressure. Top five questions “make the girl really think,” explains Guy. “You can tell the fake ones, the basic beauty queens who have been programmed, because they can’t think.”