SMITHVILLE — Although never in a pageant before, Smithville native Arora Holdsworth, 7, made a big impression on judges of the National American Miss Missouri State Pageant Saturday, Aug. 3, in Columbia. She was crowned the 2019 National American Miss Missouri Princess Queen.
“It is a very rare thing that a girl wins the title on their first pageant,” former high school pageant participant and Holdsworth’s mother, Taylor Holdsworth, said.
Arora started preparing for the competition in March, learning about outfit changes, pageant walking and how to hold her smile while showing off her dresses. She also learned a “pretty feet” stance and a “princess wave.” In addition, Arora worked with her mother on public speaking and how to properly introduce herself, while her father, Alanson Holdsworth, helped escort her in the formal wear competition.
“We are so proud of her,” Taylor said. “She has come such a long way.”
While taking first with her walk in Top Model Search and Runway Model contests, Arora was also first runner-up in Photogenic and second runner-up in Casual Wear Modeling. Arora also was presented with the Most Promising Model, Spirit of America, Portfolio, Outstanding Program Participant and Spotlight Crown awards.
For her wins, Arora was received $1,000; a crown and sash; bouquet of roses; transportation to the National American Miss Princess Queen competition in Anaheim, California; a free tour of Hollywood; and a day at Disneyland.
During the national competition, Arora will compete against crowned Miss Princess Queens from all over the country. Each participant must compete in formal wear modeling, personal introduction, interview, resume and community service. Contestants will also have the opportunity to participate in optional categories.
Those wanting to follow Arora’s work toward nationals can search “@thenammoprincess” on Instagram.