I GOT THROUGH!!!!! THANK YOU GOD!!!!!
I’ve heard of gate-crashing, but this? The two girls who arrived 30 minutes late were sent away, but the pageant director welcomed a girl from a rich family with open arms despite her own tardiness? A girl who wore more makeup than Boy George, a British singer whose music Mum used to love? Annie is 100x prettier than her.
And that stinking attitude. Annie and I looked at each other in disbelief when she stepped on someone’s foot without saying “sorry”. Very rude. Did she realise how many how girls she pissed off? The Naija Girl organisers claimed she had a hospital appointment that morning, that’s why she came late. Not an excuse because a) she looked pretty healthy, b) she could have rescheduled, c) her parents definitely bribed Gertrude. Totally unfair.
Sapphire Adeyemi-Smith. Sapphire—pretty name for a horrible girl. She’s 24. She completed a degree in London. She competed in Miss Naija UK where she missed out on the top ten. Her previous pageant experience helped her gain many friends. Sounds believable, apart from the ‘friends’ part.
Annie looked like a French Vogue model in her navy blue swimwear and black high heels. Suzi looked great too, but the poor girl struggled with nerves. Miss Teen Naija eliminated their swimsuit round a few years ago because parents complained bikinis sexualised teenagers as young as 14. What was she afraid of? Suzi had a better swimsuit body than the rich girl—maybe Sapphire thought a gold bikini would distract the judges from her less than perfect figure. Wrong, only her parent’s money did that.
Sapphire twisted her face when Annie said her bikini was second-hand. And? Annie shopped at the second-hand market, so what? Did that make her a bad person? If anything I admired my new friend even more—she knew who she was and wasn’t ashamed. Sure, there’s no secret under the sun especially with social media spies everywhere, but Annie didn’t strike me as someone who feared press intrusion, she simply believed in honesty and humility. Take note, Sapphire and Miss Royal Family.
Annie didn’t make it? Sapphire went through, but Annie didn’t? They chose that artificial brat over a naturally pretty lady with manners and grace? Suzi and Mary were also selected, but Annie wasn’t? I gave her a hug and encouraged her to try again next year, and she thanked me, but I could tell she was hurt. I didn’t blame her. Okay, maybe I should be scared of those competing against me, but I felt her pain. She deserved better.
Mum and Dad are happy for me, but they worry all this beauty business will affect my coursework at university. I won my university pageant last year and managed to find a balance, but Naija Girl is different. I really need to look into schedules and make sure I can handle everything, but right now I’m really happy.
I made it!
HIRE AN EVENING GOWN
BORROW MUM’S BLACK COCKTAIL DRESS
DESIGN TRADITIONAL AFRICAN ATTIRE
MORE FASHION FAIR
DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT AT SALON BEFORE ORIENTATION CAMP STARTS
RUB ACHIEVEMENT IN AKPAN’S FACE (OPTIONAL)
Tips on how to win a pageant: Pageants prefer their contestants to wear a natural look, but this doesn’t necessarily mean makeup free. Always choose shades that blend into your skin tone, avoiding bright or frosted colours, and follow your natural brow line when applying eyebrow pencil. The aim is to accentuate rather than conceal, as judges need to view the real you. If you suffer from skin issues such as acne, drink at least two litres of water daily to flush out toxins, and eat green vegetables for a glowing complexion. Vitamin supplements may also help. Expensive creams and lotions may claim to work miracles, but beautiful skin starts from within, and what works wonders on another girl’s skin may not work for you. Facials cleanse, nourish, and exfoliate, but not every treatment works for every skin—sensitive may react badly to microdermabrasion—so be sure to speak to an expert first. Book your facials at least four months before the contest for best results, and maintain your skin during this period.