As a pageant coach, emcee and judge, I have seen contestants stand a variety of foot configurations they all think are pretty feet. The model’s “T” stance, better known today as “Pretty Feet” can be seen on stages all over the world. From small one day pageants to the Miss Universe Pageant, contestants will be standing in this pose. Or, so they think! As a matter of fact, the last pageant I judged, it was so bad that I did a three minute teaching on how to do it properly.
The mechanics of pretty feet are fairly simple. The critical part is the direction the front foot faces. Your front foot will always point toward the judges. This is usually the front of the stage. Then place your back foot arch in the heel of your front foot at a 45 degree angle. Place your weight evenly between the two feet or slightly on the back foot if you want to bend your front knee. The bent front knee is flattering in a gown with a slit and for some body types. To determine if you look better with a bent knee or a straight front knee, you need to stand in front of a mirror to decide what looks best on you. Then square up your shoulders and lift your head. You are now standing in perfect pretty feet.
Once you are standing in pretty feet, take a look in the mirror. It is universally flattering to stand this way. It does not matter if you are knock kneed, bowlegged, fat or thin, this will hide a multitude of flaws. Next, notice that your hips are turned slightly. This gives the illusion of being thinner than you really are. If you add great posture, you can appear any where from five to ten pounds thinner than your actual weight.
This takes practice for it to become natural. One of the games I love to play with my younger students is a variation of “red light, green light”. I have them practice their walk and say, “pretty feet.” They have to stop in perfect pretty feet or I make them adjust. Then we start again. This will work for any age, so make it fun!
Yes, I am on a mission to fill the world with contestants who stand in perfect pretty feet. Practice yours at home, at school or work and even at the mall. When someone asks if you are a model because you are unknowingly standing in pretty feet, you can answer, “No, I compete in pageants!”