Tangible benefits of beauty pageants include the opportunity to win college scholarship money and build networking connections. In addition, many pageant participants point to other, intangible benefits.
Through exposure in pageants, women and girls gain confidence and communication skills. These often translate to better performances in interviews for internships and professional positions. Pageant participants must be able to think on their feet and maintain their poise even in unexpected situations. Building those skills can pay off in college and at work.
Many pageants also emphasize volunteering in local communities, which helps girls make connections and looks good on college applications. Girls in the pageant communities often form friendships with each other that last for a lifetime. Pageants are good practice for those who want to move on to performances on stage and in television media.