Crown? Tiara? What’s the difference? Your crowning moment is a dream many girls and women share. Whether you have experienced it or not, you can close your eyes and picture that crown or tiara on your head. So, what really is the difference between the two? Many people use the term interchangeably, but really they are not the same. Yes, they are both seen on the heads of royalty, both world royalty and pageant royalty. But what is the difference?
I turned to my trusty Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary for answers after a brief search on line through Google left me feeling like I was trying to take a drink from a fire hydrant! According to Webster, a crown is a reward of victory or mark of honor; a royal or imperial headdress or cap. A tiara is a decorative jeweled or flowered headband or semicircle for formal wear by women. OK, that wasn’t really that helpful.
The way I see it, the real difference between them both is that a crown is finished all the way around the circle that sits on the head and a tiara is primarily decorative to the front. Tiaras are adjustable where crowns are fixed. It may or may not have a circular band to hold it on the head.
Most pageant systems today use a tiara. The Miss USA system has a tiara where as the Miss America system uses a crown. In the Mrs. Pageant arena, Mrs. America and United States have a tiara and Mrs. International uses a crown.
How does one keep either on one’s head? When I was Mrs. Colorado International, I wore a round crown on an oval head. The method I used to keep it on worked well. I would tease the hair on the crown of my head. I would place the crown where I wanted it to sit and would then clip four small clips through the small circles on the crown. This would keep it in place for the duration of my appearance. Others use a crisscross of clear thread or fishing wire and use bobby pins to hold it in place.
I have heard of product called Crown Clips marketed by Rhonda Howdyshell. The way the system works is quite ingenious. Two hair combs are held in place by elastic thread. The wearer actually pulls the combs out and then tucks it in her hair under the crown or tiara. Those who have used it, really swear by it. You can watch her video to get a better understanding.
Does receiving a crown or tiara make any difference to the winner? I don’t really think so. Both are equally a symbol of royalty. All little girls look up to anyone wearing either head piece. It is a symbol of the winner and deserves respect of all the hard work the winner put into receiving it.
“If you want a crown, go buy one. If you want to lead and inspire, enter a pageant and earn one.” ~unknown. I can help you earn it through private coaching. Learn more on my Private Coaching Page!