A woman who trained as Miss USA for two months to participate in the Miss Malibu election has just told what it is like to participate in a huge beauty spectacle, from the extensive fitness and beauty regimes she has adopted to the dizzying amount of money she has spent.
Los Angeles-based social media personality and cyclist Michelle Khare, 26, has tried her luck with training such as a catwalk model, a marine and even a Disney princess.
But in September she shared a video with her YouTube channel in which she set up the scheme of a beauty queen hopefully, and the clip has collected more than two million views.
Challenge: Michelle Khare, 26, from Los Angeles, trained and participated in Miss Malibu to experience what is competitive in a beauty contest such as
Interesting: the cyclist and YouTube personality, best known for completing various challenges on her YouTube channel, said they wanted to see what they were all about
Coach: She attended training sessions ($ 600) with page coach Kristen Bradford (L), who taught her everything about how to walk, how to hold on to herself during the beauty pageant
At the start of the video, Michelle shared her reasons for challenging herself with the task of training as a participant of Miss USA, a national election that has been running since 1952.
& # 39; I've always felt a little weird about beauty contests. They resemble this outdated, sexist event that promotes one standard of beauty. It is 2018, should we no longer accept that women and what everyone looks like?
Michelle & # 39; s beauty contest costs
Training sessions with page coach Kristen Bradford – $ 600
Registration for Miss Malibu – $ 400
Platform heels – $ 68.50
Swimsuit – $ 114
Evening dress – $ 383
Interview dress – $ 245
Manicure / pedicure – $ 46
Hair cut and color – $ 150
Brazilian and arm-colored sugar wax – $ 127
Jewelry – $ 23.45
Eyebrow and lip wax – $ 72
TOTAL: $ 2,229.64
& # 39; Everything on TV makes it this weird dog and pony show where the participants are really catty, the judges are superficial and people spend thousands of dollars for a chance to win the crown.
& # 39; But maybe I am missing something & # 39 ;, she added.
Michelle, who said she only recently learned to apply makeup and always has & # 39; prevented & # 39; that she is wearing heels said she would like to know what it's all about & # 39 ;.
She added that she is primarily interested in determining whether pageants are sexist or empirical.
First of all, Michelle registered for Miss Malibu, which cost $ 400 to sign up. She filled out a registration form, which meant she had to provide various information.
The registration form required Michelle to name her favorite book and author and answer questions such as: & # 39; Why do you want to be Miss Malibu? & # 39;
It also required that she confirm that she was & # 39; single, never married, never gave birth or annulled a marriage & # 39 ;.
Michelle then enrolled in beauty contest coach Kristen Bradford, who previously participated in the Miss Oregon USA Pageant, finished twice as a second runner-up and represented the City of Malibu during the Miss California USA election.
Kristen, who also owns the formal clothing store Crown Diva, started coaching with Michelle on how to walk in a pageant while wearing a pair of heels.
Fit! Michelle worked with Hollywood trainer Steve Zim (R), who had prepared a workout and diet plan for Michelle in the run-up to the election
Swimwear: In preparation for one of the three sections for the election, Michelle chose a bikini and practiced it with Kristen
Glam! She also tried out some evening dresses for another part of the election and finally decided to wear a dress that cost $ 383
The coach gave Michelle a pair of platform heels ($ 68.50) and explained that standard pageant pumps have a 5.5-inch heel and a 1.5-inch platform.
& # 39; I feel like I'm on posts, & # 39; she said, walking up and down the room in Kristen & # 39; s shop. She added that heels are the most intimidating part of the election for her when she broke the shoes in a local grocery store.
Michelle & # 39; s beauty pageant diet plan
Breakfast: two eggs and half a cup of oatmeal
Lunch: large salad, six to eight grams of lean white meat (chicken or tuna) and sweet potatoes
Dinner: six to eight grams of chicken, salmon or tuna with steamed vegetables and spaghetti squash
Kristen taught Michelle the right way to stand to model during every section of a beauty pageant, and also coached her on every detail on how to hold her fingertips and how to relax & # 39; relax & # 39; had to make it appear.
For the next part of her preparation for the beauty contest, Michelle met with Hollywood personal trainer Steve Zim, who trained the Miss Idaho of 2009, which Michelle said she is on the same level as herself.
Steve drew up a training plan for the YouTuber, which consisted of one hour of fasting with cardio, one hour of weightlifting and a second hour of cardio. He also worked with Michelle to improve her attitude.
The trainer has also prepared a nutrition plan for Michelle in the run-up to the competition. For breakfast he recommended two eggs and half a cup of oatmeal, while lunch would consist of a large salad with six to eight grams of lean white meat and sweet potatoes.
Before supper, Michelle was advised to eat six to eight grams of chicken, salmon or tuna with steamed vegetables and spaghetti squash.
Steve also advised Michelle to take branched-chain amino acids to promote muscle growth and improve her training performance, as well as melatonin, which he said would lead to deeper sleep conditions, resulting in faster recovery times.
Results: Steve measured Michelle's body fat percentage before and after completing her election course, showing that she had fallen from 27.6 percent (L) to 15.8 percent (R)
Preparation: The week of the pageant, she received a manicure and pedicure, before she received a Brazilian wax, and waxed her arms, lip and eyebrows
Magnificent! Michelle had her make-up and hair done by make-up artist Olivia Marie, who shaped her hair in resilient curls and created a glamorous make-up look with full coverage
Michelle then prepared for the swimwear section of the competition by purchasing a $ 114 bikini from Crown Diva, where she also learned how to walk through the shop with shop owner, Kristen.
She then prepared for the formal dress section of the pageant by trying out different evening dresses before finally opting for a $ 383 dress.
Kristen then coached Michelle on the interview – the first girls in an election scored. The election coach said: “They do a panel interview with their judges in public, so the very first time the jury members meet the girls is in that panel interview.
Nervous: Michelle first completed a panel interview for a number of judges on the day of the election
& # 39; They give the jury members a resume and they ask questions to that resume, & # 39; she added.
To prepare for the interview, Kristen Michelle asked a few questions, including & # 39; what has the protector taught you about yourself so far? & # 39; The couple then prepared for the two & # 39; on-stage questions & # 39; that Michelle would be asked – one of them would be about Michelle while the other a & # 39; political question & # 39; would be
Before answering the political question, Kristen advised Michelle to understand both sides of the argument, but also to have a clear opinion.
She also read a book with possible questions to her by Miss USA Teen 2008, Stevi Perry, to prepare.
Then Michelle went shopping for an outfit for the interview and chose a medium blue dress ($ 245).
A week before the election, Michelle revealed she was & # 39; stressed & # 39; felt because of the number of appointments she had to make, including a manicure and pedicure ($ 46) and a haircut and color ($ 150). She also had a Brazilian wax and an arm sugar wash ($ 127).
She went back to her personal trainer the week prior to the election, where Steve counted her body fat percentage, which he revealed had fallen from 27.6 percent to 15.8 percent since they started training a few weeks earlier.
Michelle then participated in a rehearsal for the election, where she met a number of fellow students and got an idea of what the big day would mean.
They questioned: She was asked about her decision to participate in an election and her ultimate goals in life. She was also questioned about fellow cyclist Lance Armstrong, 47
Swim: She then participated in the swimwear department of the parade, who saw her walk the runway in a bikini and high heels
Strange: Michelle revealed that she liked to walk in the bikini, but when she looked on the court at the judges who judged me in the bathing suit, it became weird & # 39;
Voila! Michelle then took part in the evening dress section, who saw her step onto the catwalk in a red dress on the floor
Following her training video, Michelle documented her experience of competing in Miss Malibu in a following clip.
She revealed that she had her hair and makeup applied by makeup artist Olivia Marie, who shaped Michelle's hair in bouncy curls and created a glamorous, full-coverage makeup look.
She then drove to the site of the parade, which was in Beverly Hills, before mingling with other participants who helped prepare her for the two-minute interview section of the race.
Michelle then completed the panel interview, asking her about her decision to participate in an election and her ultimate goals in life. She was also questioned about fellow cyclist Lance Armstrong, 47.
After completing the interview, she went to the other location for the remainder of the election. First she walked down a small runway with her first formal clothing number.
As she walked, she stumbled. She said in a voice-over in the video: & # 39; I literally worked so hard for these ten seconds on the runway and of course I stumble into my neck. It just broke me a bit inside. & # 39;
The next step was the swimwear section, where Michelle saw the runway in bikini and high heels.
& # 39; I enjoyed myself in the swimsuit, felt empowered when all these people cheered me in the crowd, and when I looked at the runway at the judges judging me in the swimsuit, it got weird, & # 39; she said. said.
Michelle then took part in the evening dress section, who saw her step onto the catwalk in a red dress on the floor.
After walking on the runway, she was asked a question to the public before the jury selected their best five participants to make it to the final phase of the election, including Michelle.
Final: Michelle and the remaining four participants each answered the final political question and the jury members then chose their winner
Second place! Michelle came in third place, what she said left her a little & # 39; disappointed & # 39; when she said her weak point was most likely how she was walking in high heels
Conclusion: & # 39; I think beauty contests have incredible potential to be very, very empowering, she said, however, adding that some elements of parades & # 39; sexist & # 39; can be
Michelle and the remaining four participants each answered the final political question and the jury members then chose their winner.
Michelle came in third place, which she felt was a bit disappointed & # 39; used to be. & # 39; I think the most difficult part for me about this experience is thinking about how I killed the interview altogether and so what brought me down is the way I walked in high heels, & # 39; she said.
When she thought about the overall experience at the end of the video, Michelle said that one of the most difficult aspects was that she felt she couldn't walk well in heels.
Hope: & # 39; I wish beauty contests were more inclusive for more economic groups and more body types, & # 39; she said, revealing that she thinks pageant can only be accessed by girls who & # 39; can afford & # 39;
She explained: & # 39; I felt no less like a woman, but I didn't know how to be feminine.
& # 39; I'm actually very proud of myself for many of the things I've learned, but I also wish I could have been the runway all by myself. There is a limit to how much you can be yourself in a beauty contest, & she added.
She concluded the video and said: & I think that beauty contests have the incredible potential to be very, very empowering. I am still unsure about how I feel about the judging component of beauty contests.
& # 39; I do think that some elements of parades depend on who leads them and how it is performed can be absolutely humiliating and sexist.
She revealed that she was playing a whopping $ 2,229.64 and said, "I think beauty competitions worry me. (It) is only available to a certain type of girl who can afford it.
& # 39; I wish beauty contests were more inclusive for more economic groups and more body types. It's hard to say that a swimsuit competition is about health and fitness when a person's health and fitness can be defined more precisely than just the way their body looks, & she added.
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