Monday, February 8th, 2010...4:35 PM

Pageant With a Purpose

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So many people, successful as they may be, have insecurities and self-doubts that originate, in part, from a lack of confidence or self-esteem that has haunted them since their youth. I am no exception. I see it in my clients on a daily basis, and many times it has manifested itself as a weight issue or a negative relationship with food. I believe that anything that we can do to help young people build the self confidence it takes to feel fabulous in the skin they are in can only be a good thing. That’s why I am so excited about the Miss Black Central Texas Pageant that takes place in Austin on Sunday, February 28, 2010.

Now, pageants sometimes get a bad rap because some of them are mostly about skimpy swimsuits, make-up, and fanatical backstage moms. However, there are many, many more pageants out there that are well-balanced. It can be an excellent venue for young girls and women to perform, develop stage presence, and hone their public speaking skills. The Miss Black Central Texas Pageant falls into the latter category. I am extra excited about this pageant because physical fitness is one of the criteria that will be judged (along with interview, evening wear, impromptu speaking, and talent).

The mission of the pageant is: “To cultivate young black women into proud leaders who strive for a better future for both themselves and their community.” In addition to the glam of a traditional pageant, the participants will spend the preceding Saturday attending a series of workshops with topics ranging from health care and careers to public speaking, etiquette, and make-up application. Several leaders in the Central Texas community will be on hand to share their inspirational stories with the contestants.

The directives of the pageant include:

•     To celebrate the many shapes, sizes, and colors of the African-American Girl and Woman.
•     To provide a forum to showcase their talent and both their inner and outer beauty.
•     To aid in social, economic, spiritual, cultural, professional, and academic development for African-    American girls and women.
•     To offer a viable mechanism for attaining leadership status within our region.
•     To nurture and encourage opportunities.
•     To perform community service and leave a positive impact.
•     To provide economic empowerment.
•     To promote healthy lifestyle choices.

I encourage you to join Libra Fitness in supporting this pageant. For just $25, Libra Fitness will be sponsoring one lucky participant! If you would like to do the same or are interested in becoming an official sponsor of the pageant, please follow this link.

Let me know what some of your favorite opportunities are to help young people (male or female) build confidence and self-esteem. I’d love to let my readers know more about them.

About the Author:

Chris Heidel is the owner and primary personal trainer with Libra Fitness in Austin, TX, a private, in-home studio. Chris focuses her business on developing mentoring relationships with her clients built on trust and meaningful support to help them set, achieve, and maintain realistic fitness goals. Chris truly believes that while getting in shape isn’t easy, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Chris is certified through the American Council on Exercise.



  • Thank you for your continued support to not only the ladies in our group, but to the community as a whole. With the images we sometimes see on tv, it’s easy to judge pageants on the surface. It looks like this one goes a bit deeper and actually focuses on the inner beauty each young lady has to offer.

  • Thanks to your food and exercise plan I have lost 7 pounds and dropped from size 16 to size 14. I am 79 years old and this will help me achieve many things I want to do with my life.

  • Good for you, Mom!

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