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Harriotte Lane
Mar 21, 2021
In Crown Conversations
Pageant coaching is a great resource to take your skills to the next level and to help you become the very best pageant girl you can be. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned pageant girl, there is coaching available for you and your goals. The big question is- when should I start? The answer is simple: the sooner the better My Experience Despite being a pageant coach myself, I have also undergone years of coaching in my pageant career. My experience training with international specialists and prestigious Indonesian academies has allowed me to witness first-hand how much coaching can support you, and change your pageant experience. Unfortunately, I have found myself caught in situations where I have only had 3 months to prepare for my next pageant, and that left me wishing I had started preparation a lot sooner. Only succeed in winning with 8 weeks of having a finalist sash because of the previous preparation techniques and winning 2 other national crown and know what it took to win my next. Pageant coaching is not just tailored to one system, it can teach you transferable skills that you can take with you from pageant to pageant; such as interview skills, sponsorship tutorials, finding your purpose/platform, land you the dream job, hair and makeup etc, therefore I strongly encourage to start early for maximum progress. Weekly Coaching I would recommend weekly coaching, as this will grant us more time to cover the pageant fundamentals, weekly is ideal for close run up or pageant beginners. I can also use my extensive knowledge to advise on pageant systems best suited for your capabilities and needs. Also able to save on wardrobe, gives time to do sponsor preparation and in this means saving money. Monthly Coaching On the other hand, monthly coaching sessions are a convenient, and budget-friendly alternative. A once-a-month meeting will allow you to stay on track, and to set goals for the month ahead to ensure consistent progress, without the burden of the cost. This may also be more suitable for those who are not currently competing but want to remain in the loop. Saying this, I would recommend increasing your coaching sessions in the final few weeks before your pageant. Preparation is the key to success, so by attending more sessions, we can get you to the position where you feel as prepared and confident as possible for competing. Remember girls, coaching shows dedication and consistency! Get your coaching sessions booked in now and we can work together to help you become the very best version of yourself. Email me at Harriotte@crowncoach.online or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram @thecrowncoach to get booked in! Harriotte x
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Harriotte Lane
Mar 12, 2021
In Crown Conversations
Introducing The Crown Camp… What is The Crown Camp? The Crown Camp is a 3-day fun-filled weekend packed with all things pageants; from team building and group coaching to photoshoots, fitness classes, and of course cake eating. You name it, we do it. Who can attend? The Crown Camp is open to anybody with a passion for pageants! We welcome women of all ages and experience to come together for a weekend of bonding, friendship building and laughter. Each Crown Camp will fall into one of three categories: Teens, Over 18s or Mixed. Whether you are just starting out in pageantry, or are a seasoned pageant girl, The Crown Camp is a great environment to meet likeminded individuals, develop your skills and most importantly have fun. What does a day at The Crown Camp look like? Day 1 At The Crown Camp, no two days are the same. You will be welcomed with an arrival ceremony, where you will have the opportunity to meet your new roommates and fellow pageant girls. For a lot of you, this may be your first chance to network with other queens within the community. This ceremony will be filled with ice breakers and fun introductory games to help you settle in. Following this, you will be shown to your rooms inside the incredible mansion, where you can unpack and settle in before heading down to dinner. At The Crown Camp, all food and meals are catered for, however, please feel free to bring along any snacks or sweets for a sneaky midnight feast. All staff will be on hand to cater to those with dietary requirements or allergies, so please do not feel this would be an issue! The night will kick off with a PJ party, filled with activities such as karaoke, discos, games and challenges, all designed to let your hair down and have fun! If this is not your scene, you are welcome to spend the evening watching a film or enjoying the house facilities such as the hot tub. We will never make you feel pressured into doing anything you are not comfortable with; you have the freedom to do what you want when you want. Day 2 Our second day will commence with a continental breakfast to set you up for a full day of pageant filled activities. All guests will be invited to a group coaching session with Harriotte Lane, with 1-to-1 coaching opportunities available as an added extra. In these sessions, you will be taught how to walk, and present yourself on stage, in a judgement-free environment. Each crown camp is different, and have previously included experiences such as bespoke fitness classes from enthusiastic personal trainers. There will also be the opportunity to book a photoshoot with pageant photographer Charlotte Clemie for an additional cost, to perfect those poses and that all-important headshot. During the free time between activities, girls are welcome to chill out in the TV room, take Instagram content or spend time in the hot tub. Lunch and dinner will also be provided. As the evening falls, we will commence our infamous pink party, where we will celebrate all things pink and glamorous, with pink outfits and pink treats. The evening will be accompanied by music, dancing, and of course many photo opportunities to capture the moment before diving into the hot tub. You may have seen these pics over on our Instagram page @thecrowncoach! Day 3 The Crown Camp will conclude with breakfast and a 10 am departure, where will say our goodbyes until next time. Where is The Crown Camp located? The Crown Camp currently takes place in Yorkshire. Details of the address will be emailed to you closer to the date of arrival, and will never be posted online for safety reasons. In the near future, we hope to extend The Crown Camp to new exciting locations. Can I attend for one day only? At the moment, the Crown Camp is only available for those willing to attend the entire weekend. This allows for maximum team building and friendship making for all attendees. If weekends aren’t for you, there are many individual Crown Classes with Harriotte over on The Crown Coach website. Still not convinced? Here are some testimonies from our previous Crown Camp attendees… “The event was a massive success run by @thecrowncoach and it highlighted all the good in the pageant industry. The PJ party with karaoke was a big highlight for me and it was an honour to be involved”- Jessica Barclay, Young European International Ms Middlesex “If anyone is thinking about doing the next Crown Camp, don’t even think about it- just DO IT! It will be the best experience ever. I have come home with so many more pageant friends and so much more confidence and memories’ – Amber, RIM Edinburgh Junior Teen “I am so lucky to have attended, it was one of the best weekends of my life! I have made so many new friends and learnt so much from coaching wit
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Harriotte Lane
Feb 19, 2021
In Crown Conversations
Do I Need a Pageant Headshot? Although in most competitions pageant headshots are not required, they are a great resource to help elevate you and boost your performance in competitions. I’m a huge believer of winning before you get there . Pageant headshots are a great way to help you stand out from the crowd, and have many uses including: - Social media development - Promotion on pageant websites - Helping to find sponsorship opportunities - Pageant applications - Appearance books - Practice for photoshoots Pageant headshots are not always required however some international pageants may require them and will mark you individually to add to your total score. Photo by : Charlotte Clemie Social Media If you’re struggling for social content ideas, a high quality and professional headshot can be a great way to create a professional look for your feed. This will also show your dedication to the competition. Remember, judges are known to review social media beforehand, so an up-to-date Instagram with high-quality pageant friendly content is a great way to catch their eye. Website Promotion Pageant systems will typically promote their contestants on their websites and social channels before the competition, so a headshot is an easy way to stand out from the crowd. Sponsorship Opportunities Think of your headshot as your own personal business branding. The same way a company may use a logo to promote their business, a professional headshot will act the same for us pageant girls. A high-quality headshot may work in your favour when finding businesses to partner with. Applications Headshots are also handy to have on hand for pageant applications and can also to be used for appearance book front covers! Gaining Confidence Gaining experience and confidence in front of the camera is a useful skill to have when it comes to competing. By becoming confident in front of the camera, and learning your best angles and poses, you can shine at competitions when presented with a camera. Taking Your Headshot Contrary to popular belief, pageant headshots do not have to be expensive. By investing in a good quality camera, tripod, and ring light, you can easily take your own headshots at home. However, from my personal experience, I believe getting your headshots taken professionally is extremely beneficial for taking your photos to the next level. My personal recommendation, and best in the industry, is Charlotte Clemie; a self-proclaimed pageant super fan, photographer and retoucher based in Leeds. With clients travelling as far as the USA to seize the opportunity of shooting with her, Charlotte knows exactly what the judges are looking for: from poses and lighting, to outfit choices and hair and makeup. Charlotte has attended several of our Crown Camps and has a knack for making our girls feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera. You can contact Charlotte on her Instagram @charlotteclemiephotographer, or email her at info@charlotteclemiephotography.com for all photoshoot and price enquiries. Take a look at her work below: If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at Harriotte@thecrowncoach.online, or on social media @thecrowncoach and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Harriotte x
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Harriotte Lane
Feb 12, 2021
In Crown Conversations
The Truth About Pageants: 8 Pageant Myths Debunked With so many myths surrounding pageants, it’s hard to tell facts from fiction sometimes. If you're a pageant newbie, be cautious about the information and advice you listen to, as it is not always true. Starting pageants at the young age of 12, I was very impressionable of the information surrounding me. However, now with over 8 years of experience in the industry, I have learned that they are not always the case. Keep reading to untangle the truth about pageant myths, so you can avoid falling into the same negative and misinformed mind-set that I once had. ‘Pageant Queens have to look a certain way’ There are absolutely no criteria on how a pageant girl should look. Take a look at previous winners, and you'll see a range of women varying in hair colour, skin colour, height, body types; every pageant girl is unique, so embrace your individuality and rock the stage! ‘You can’t win in a green dress’ As outrageous as it sounds, this a well-known myth amongst us pageant girls, but rest assured, it is not true. Green is traditionally not a common colour to be seen on stage due to the manufacturing of gowns causing them to be a little less readily available in comparison to other colours. In my opinion, green is a great standout colour and looks fabulous on stage, especially against more porcelain skin tones. Still not convinced? Take a look at these Miss Universe contestants, you will be able to spot South Africa who went on to win the Miss Universe title. ‘Pageants are anti-feminist’ The core of pageantry revolves around women supporting women, empowering each other, and using our sash to help communities and charities close to us. An example of this very close to my heart is our community Facebook groups ‘The Pageant Network’ and ‘The North-East Pageant Network’. These platforms have been created and used to support each other first hand, from charity work, advice, helping with appearances, sponsors, or even to make friends. If you are interested in joining these groups, please contact me directly. ‘Pageant girls are not intelligent’ This is probably the biggest misconception surrounding queens who have been unfairly mislabelled. Many pageant queens are also doctors, lawyers, business owners, and even NASA employees, with high flying careers as well as pageant successes. Take the current Miss England Bhasha Mukherjee as an example, who is also working as a junior doctor. ‘You have to be tall to win a pageant' Not at all! A strong walk, big personality, and a captivating stage presence are much more valuable and eye-catching to the judges than height. There are no height restrictions to join pageants in the UK, and it is definitely not something the judges will mark you on, so let your personalities shine and own the stage! ‘You have to be a certain age to compete’ With the ever-growing industry now including divisions such as Ms, Mrs and Classic offering opportunities for women who are married, divorced, have kids or have aged out of regular divisions, there is a pageant for everybody. You are never too young, or too old to compete. ‘You have to be a size 6’ This is an extremely outdated myth that deserves to be kept in the past. Pageants celebrate women of all body types and sizes so please do not feel the need to look a certain way. All bodies are beautiful and deserve to be shown off! ‘You have to wear a new dress every time you compete’ Absolutely not! We all know pageant dresses can be a little pricey at times, therefore I am a huge advocate of recycling dresses or wearing second hand. I have personally worn the same fashion wear for 3 pageants, Miss Teen Galaxy UK, Galaxy International and handover for Teen Galaxy. Joanna Johnson has also worn the same dress to two international pageants, where she won the second time and was crowned Miss Galaxy. Take a look below… And there you have it! I hope this clears up some pageant misconceptions and helps you on, or encourages you to begin, your journey to the crown. Harriotte x
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Harriotte Lane
Feb 05, 2021
In Crown Conversations
How to Prepare for a Coaching Session with Harriotte Lane Yay! So, you’ve booked a coaching session with Harriotte Lane. Here’s a list of things you need to do/have to prepare for your session. Online Coaching Notepad and Pen - Your first session will consist of pageant theory, top tips, and a lot of writing so we advise having a notepad and pen to hand. This will allow you to write down all key information, and to create a source to look back on and learn from, rather than relying on memory. Worksheets- Print off any worksheets relevant to the sessions. These will all be available online in the Members section. Prepare Your Questions- Facetime coaching is a great opportunity to ask Harriotte all your questions. Make sure you have your questions written out beforehand, and if you have no questions Crown Coach gives all the information you need to go on a succeed in your next pageant. Don’t worry if you’re unsure on what you want to achieve and subject area during your beginning sessions. Harriotte will guide the session and fill the time with tailored content to you and your pageant journey. This can be anything from interview skills, sponsorship, charity work, wardrobe advice and so on. Wi-Fi- A good internet connection is essential for our online coaching sessions. Zoom Account- All our online coaching will now be taking place over Zoom, so please ensure you have a zoom account set up and ready to use. Microphone and Camera- We love to see our lovely girls face to face so please ensure all cameras and microphones are turned on and working. Limit Distractions- Our coaching sessions are easy, fun and light hearted, but please limit distractions during the call so both yourself and Harriotte can concentrate on the coaching. This could be simply turning your phone on do not disturb or moving yourself to a quiet part of the house. Face-to-Face Coaching On-Stage Heels- During the session you will be practicing your pageant walk, so please bring along your On-Stage heels to rehearse in. Fitted Clothing- We advise all girls to attend the sessions wearing tight fitting clothing. This enables Harriotte to see the hip movement and structure of your walk, which wouldn’t be achievable whilst wearing loose fitting clothing. This could be as simple as jeans and a vest top. Having said this, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible during your sessions, so please wear whatever you feel most comfortable in, regardless of the fit. On-Stage Dress- if you’re lucky enough to have already chosen your On-Stage outfits, please bring it to the session. This will allow Harriotte to tailor your routine to your outfit and for you to gain important practice in. Appearance Outfit- Our coaching sessions are a great photo opportunity for social media, so bring along a smarter outfit if you please. Of course, this is entirely optional. Sash and Crown- These are not required; however, you may choose to bring them along for photo opportunities. Arrive Early- Arriving early will ensure you are fully prepared and on time for your coaching session. Unfortunately, due to popularity, Harriotte will be unable to extend your coaching time if you are late. Plan Your Route - The location of the coaching will be announced prior to the session. Planning your route and parking will avoid lateness, for a stress-free journey and coaching session. Covid-19 Regulations- All face to face coaching must take place whilst wearing masks. Visors are also optional. We encourage attendees to come alone, with the exception of under 18s, who are allowed a chaperone. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at Harriotte@crowncoach.online, or on social media @thecrowncoach and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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Harriotte Lane
Jan 29, 2021
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Finding Your Perfect Interview Outfit The interview round is one of the first opportunities the judges have to get to know you and your brand, so it is important to make a great first impression. Think outside of the box, and use this round as an opportunity to express your personality off stage, but most importantly, chose an outfit that makes you feel good and your most confident. Here is some advice to help you select your perfect interview outfit. Outfits There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing your interview outfit, however, you should select your outfit with the intention of looking as professional, put together as possible and of course showing personality. A good guideline to follow is to dress as if you were attending a job interview (just with a little more glitz and glamour!) Some examples could include sophisticated jumpsuits, playlists, or blazer co-ordinates. Dresses should be approximately knee-length and not too revealing. Play around with bolder colours as your outfit is the largest form of non-verbal communication and expression of personality so have fun with it! Juniors! be fun and playful with your colour choices, however, outfits should still be age-appropriate. For my classics, please don’t feel the need to stick to plainer colours such as navy and neutrals. This is your opportunity to show your individuality, so choose a colour that complements you, and not based on age stereotypes. My advice would be to avoid denim as it can often look unprofessional. You should also choose a comfortable shoe that you feel confident walking in; nude court shoes are an easy option to match any outfit. Look out for our blog post on ‘Finding Your Perfect Interview Shoe’ for more advice on interview shoes. Clothing Brands There are so many great clothing brands for interview outfits– and they don’t have to be pricey either. Some great high street brands include River Island, ASOS, and French Connection. On the other hand, if you’re happy to spend a little more, Lavish Alice, Ted Baker, and House of CB stock some great suits, and sophisticated dresses. I love finding new unique boutiques to shop from, and I would recommend you to do so as well. This eliminates the risk of accidentally twinning with another contestant- Oh Polly is the worst for this! Jewellery Less is always more when it comes to jewellery in interview; Jewellery should be used to complement your outfit, not outshine you or be a distraction. I love wearing a statement earring, to balance out a sleek up-do, or to add glamour to a simpler outfit. My favourite brand to wear is Earring Envy, which specialises in gorgeous eye-catching crystal earrings, available in a range of sizes to create the statement you want. Girls should choose jewellery with elegance in mind. This could be a dainty necklace, bracelet, or small watch, as well as a small selection of rings. Interview is to see you a more relaxed version compared to onstage, so opt for more minimalistic designs. Smartwatches are also advised against. Hairstyles Your chosen hairstyle will most likely depend on the pageant system you are competing in. However, there are no set rules on how you should style your hair during the interview stage. A pageant leading to a top 5 international is more likely to prefer a sophisticated up-do, such as a sleek ponytail or a up do, whereas a younger pageant may prefer hairstyles with more personality, such as bouncy curls, straight hair and feel free to still go for pony tails and up dos. I would definitely recommend researching your pageant system beforehand for any requirements and look back on previous contestants to see any reoccurring themes or favourites. For my juniors, I would recommend more age-appropriate fun hairstyles that show your personality. Replace sleek buns and undo’s with a half up half down looks or big and bouncy curls. Your chosen hairstyle should also complement the structure of your outfit. For example, for a high neckline, I would opt for a high pony or slicked back bun, to avoid looking overdone and distracting. Whereas, for one-shouldered outfits, I would opt for something more eye-catching such as bouncy curls. For my girls who have a nervous habit of hair playing, I would advise an up-do, as this will prevent any nervous fiddling during your interview. A don't for pageant hair is please do not have your hair in pin curls during rehearsals, it doesn't give the full impression to the judges. Makeup Unlike your On-Stage makeup, your interview glam should be more natural and toned down. This could simply be a neutral eye look, minimal false eyelashes, with a healthy glow and flawless appearance to the skin. We want you to feel as confident as possible during the interview, so opt for whichever makeup look makes you feel your best- whether this is a fuller coverage glam or light and natural, there is no right or wrong. I would advise getting your makeup done professionally for this round like you would on stage . Not only will this relieve some stress on the day, make-up artists are trained in the flawless application and use only the best products; they are definitely worth the investment. Juniors are advised not to wear false eyelashes during interviews as this is often considered not age-appropriate. Please refer to the guidelines of your system prior regarding the use of false lashes for Juniors. Shoes We have a whole blog post dedicated to finding your perfect interview heel check out last weeks post! Where to Find Inspiration Do your research! Every pageant system is different for interview outfit style, so look back on previous years’ contestants to gauge a reoccurring theme and of course and your own personality twist on top. I love looking back to the glamorous Miss USA interview outfits and searching on Pinterest for my own personal inspiration. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at Harriotte@thecrowncoach.online, or on social media @thecrowncoach and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Harriotte x
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Harriotte Lane
Jan 22, 2021
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Every pageant girls needs a good pair of heels she can count on, and picking the wrong pageant shoes can distract from your perfectly planned outfit, and ruin your confidence on stage. Here are my top 5 picks for pageant shoes, with a few top tips to help you along the way. Comfort Pageant shoes need to be comfortable. We all know how long pageants can be, and long hours on your feet can be unmerciful, so it is important to pick a shoe which is comfortable and secure. I recommend wearing your shoes in beforehand, whether this is simply walking around the house, or taking a very glamorous trip to the shops, breaking your shoes in will save you the pain and aches on the important day. Height One of the biggest misconceptions in pageantry is that the bigger the heel – the better. This is simply untrue. Height is not a criteria the judges will judge you on, therefore I encourage you to pick a heel you feel confident to walk in, even if it is slightly lower. Colour Those bright pink shoes may have stolen your heart, but unfortunately bright coloured shoes on stage can be off-putting, and can draw attention away from your all-important outfit. Pageant heels should be kept simple and elegant, with a nude, gold or silver heel, acting as an extension of your leg, elongating and adding height, without distracting the judges. Age Appropriate Heel height chosen should also be relevant to your age division. Of course, there are no rules against this however from experience and previous judge’s comments, I would advise Juniors and Teens to opt for a lower or a block heel. My top 4 picks: Kurt Geiger Sammy Blush, Kurt Geiger £79 www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/stilettos/sammy-metal-combination-synthetic-kg-kurt-geiger A chic blush stiletto heeled platform sandal with ankle strap to hold your foot comfortably in place. These are my all-time favourite and most reliable heels, having worn them myself in several pageants including Miss International in Japan. Comfort rating: 9/10 Size availability: UK 3-8 Heel height: 5 inches Product code: 2748424979 Mirror Silver Chinese Laundry Teaser 2 Tippy Top, Chinese Laundry £90 www.thepageantboutique.co.uk/collections/chinese-laundry-teaser-tippy-top-shoe/products/mirror-silver-chinese-laundry-teaser2-tippy-top The Teaser2 heel from Chinese Laundry features a slightly thicker heel, with an iconic criss-cross strap detailing and adjustable ankle strap. With a 5.5 inch heel, I would recommend these heels to the more experienced walker. If you’re not so confident in your walk, I advise giving these a miss, as a confident walk is so much more important. It is important to note these shoes are notorious for ‘toe creeping’ whilst walking on stage, so keep this in mind when making your decision. They are also available in half sizes. Comfort rating: 6/10 Size availability: US 5-10 Heel height: 5.5 inches Platform height: 1.5 inches Leah, Marc DeFang $69 www.marcdefang.com/leah/ With a lower and block heel for extra stability, these heels are a great option for teens, or those who are not so confident in walking in higher heels. I have not personally worn these heels, however they are adored by my juniors. They are also available in half sizes. Size availability: US5.5 -10.5 Heel height: 5 inches Platform height: 1.5 inches SKU: FS-2045 Block Heel Delicate Sandals, Next £30 www.next.co.uk/style/st417154/628753#628753 These sandals are designed with a delicate strap and adjustable buckle fastening for the perfect fit. Next are a great place to find shoes with a wider fit option, for more comfort and support, whilst adhering to a tighter budget. Comfort rating: 10/10 Size availability: UK 3-9 Heel height: 3.3 inches Product code: 628-753 Nostalgia Vintage Pattern Platform Nude Patent Leather £75 Seen on sale at £35 www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/2,37/2574686047070?gclid=Cj0KCQiAlsv_BRDtARIsAHMGVSZPOLA_kJcdYjzr2KzbX4a0VQ2BY1KggjcuSg6EGPzho6XOfH-sYkYaAr_JEALw_wcB The Nostalgia Platform Heels are a higher heel at 4.7 inches, however the adjustable strap and slight platform will provide extra stability. I have not worn these shoes before, but my previous experience with office shoes have all been positive. Comfort rating: 7/10 Size availability: UK 3-9 Heel height: 4.7 inches Platform height: 1 inch Style number: 2574686047
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