After Carly Hartman, 18, entered the Miss Los Angeles pageant in February of this year, she had a change of heart. “I just realized that this wasn’t for me,” said the Moorpark College student. “I was raised with morals and awesome values and decided to drop out. I thought, ‘why don’t I create my own [pageant].”
And she did. Pageant 360 is described as a presentation about modesty and the “whole girl.” The Calabasas resident hopes her program will empower young women, ages 14-24, to become confident future movers and shakers. Hartman employed the support of fellow girlfriends from her church to help out.
“Our contestants are judged on inner beauty, not outer beauty,” she said. In fact, she refers to her judges as “mentors,” who will be scattered throughout the audience rather than evidently sitting out front as to not intimidate the girls.
According to Hartman, the girls with the highest score in talent, poise, posture, intellectual skills and physical fitness will be crowned. At the end of the show, one Miss and one Teen will each take home a $500 cash prize. “Our goal is to make each and every contestant shine on stage and help them reach their full potential. From this experience, our girls will gain public speaking skills, confidence, improved self-esteem, and patience,” she said.
Currently, seven girls have signed up and Hartman is hoping for at least 10. There will be a full day orientation on July 26 that will include workshops on public speaking, poise, posture and proper dressing. The pageant will take place August 9th at a converted warehouse in Calabasas.
“We want to inspire these young women to be strong leaders and world changers,” Hartman said. “In Pageant 360, the girls are able to openly share their morals and values. When they get comfortable doing this … they will gain the confidence to take their boldness into the real world and their field of study.”