Using Losing Pageants to Help You Win!
“Everybody thinks that Miss Americas have always won. Boy are they wrong! I went in every year for five years – and lost. I finally won my first local pageant after four years.” – Cheryl Prewitt, Miss America 1980
Many Pageant Winners Lost for Years Before Winning…
The importance of never giving up is underscored by the fact that, of the last twenty-five Miss Americas, eighteen suffered losses prior to victory. Several competed for half a decade before winning. If you’ve lost and the crown appears forever out of reach, be encouraged … the road to the throne is usually paved with losses.
Cheryl Prewitt’s road to the national runway took half a decade. “Everybody thinks that Miss Americas have always won,” she says, chuckling. “Boy are they wrong! I went in every year for five years – and lost. I finally won my first local pageant after four years.”
Finally, in her fifth year, her elusive dream became reality when she was crowned Miss Mississippi and Miss America 1980:
“I worked five years for the dream that God put in my heart. I could have given up after that many years because it was beginning to be embarrassing, but I decided to stick it out. And it paid off.”
Although grueling, Cheryl’s years of “failure” transformed her into a champion. “I can honestly say that I learned more about myself and I improved more the years that I lost, rather than the year that I won,” she says, “because losing is a learning process. The only time I actually improve is when I’m following myself, when I’m going against the grain, which is what losing is. That’s what takes me from the rough stone to a polished diamond.”