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Miss Massachusetts FAQs: Kids Edition

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the questions I am frequently asked at appearances as Miss Massachusetts. While that compilation represented the curiosity of a wide range of demographics, today’s post is dedicated to the inquiries of the most honest, critical (and quite frankly, frightening) group of all: children.

Don’t get me wrong; I love children. As I’ve stated countless times, one of the best parts of being Miss Massachusetts is inspiring young minds and my students inspire me every day to be a better musician and role model. (In case you’re wondering, their recital was yesterday and they rocked!) However, kids are brutally honest. They’ll tell you when they don’t like your sweater. They’ll tell you when your hair looks bad. They’ll tell you when you’re being boring.

Appearances with kids can be intimidating. Even as a local titleholder, you may be the closest thing they ever meet to a Miss America and you don’t want to fall short of their expectations. That impression will stick with them.

Here are some of the most interesting and common questions I’ve received from the youngsters over the past few months. Some I mentioned in my previous post. Some are more recent requests. Kids; gotta love ’em.

  1. Are you a princess? Sorta kinda. (It really depends how old they are. Explaining the concept of a pageant might be confusing to a toddler. Than again, explaining the concept of a pageant is difficult for most male adults I meet.)

  2. Can you sign my phone case? Yes.

  3. Can I take a Snapchat with you? Sure. But you do realize that the picture will disappear after 24 hours. I guess in this case, the phrase “Take a picture, it will last longer” is applicable.

  4. Can I try on your crown? If it is not already pinned on my head, I’ll usually crown the kids. It’s actually super adorable how excited they get.

  5. How old are you? (#NoFilter) I usually respond by asking them how old they think I am. I then brace myself for numerous guesses ranging from “a teenager” to “my mom’s age”. Spoiler alert: neither of those are the correct answer.

  6. Are there pageants for kids to do? Yes! At 13, girls can get involved in the Miss America Organization through the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant. However, I realized to an 8 year old, 13 seems REALLY OLD. We do have a really great princess program for younger girls to start exploring the stage.

  7. How did you get your winged eyeliner so perfect? This was a real question from a 4th grader at a school appearance. She was sitting kinda far away so I’m not quite sure how she was able to make such a precise conclusion. I think I told her “Youtube videos”

  8. Is it hard being Miss Massachusetts? A very shy girl quietly asked me this at an appearance, off to the side. I remember being pretty stumped and not sure exactly how to respond. I told her that anything worth doing is going to be difficult at first, but if you work hard enough and stay true to yourself than it becomes easier and easier.

  9. Can you babysit me?/Can you come to my birthday party?/ Can you come on vacation with me and my family? As sweet as this is, you might want to have a conversation with your parents before inviting people into your home.

and the most frequently asked question of all time…

“Miss Massachusetts, can you dab?”

I have been asked this, no lie, 100+ times. They never think I’ll actually do it. (For those who are out of the loop like I was 2 months ago, dabbing is a dance move that some football player or something did, and now all the kids are doing it) When I dab, they are hysterical. Every time. I don’t really “get” the trend. But hey, in 10 years they’ll still remember me as the Miss Massachusetts that dabbed. I can live with that.

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