February 2, 2011

Is National American Miss a Scam?

This is the question I woke up to this morning on a yahoo-answers page:  "Is National American Miss a Scam?"  http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110201101745AAGNtlH

When people ask this question I have two responses; one is to say, really?  Ask around for 5 minutes and you have your answer.  But then I remember that "pageants" have a pretty rough reputation out there these days..... 

Thank you..... toddlers and tiaras.
Thank you..... Little Miss Sunshine
Thank you..... Ice storm in Dallas for causing me to miss my flight today (wait, that doesn't have anything to do with this!) Anyone that watches Jimmy Falon gets the thank you humor.  :-)

I can certainly post an answer to the question on Yahoo but it means so much more when contestants or families do.  Of course I know NAM is not a scam, I've been involved in the company for over 20 years.  So to anyone reading, please feel free to take a moment and give your opinion both here on my blog as well as on the Yahoo site:  http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110201101745AAGNtlH

For the record, this is our 28th years in the pageant business.  National American Miss holds events every year in more that 34 states and has more contestants than any other pageant system in the world.  NAM is an accredited members of the BBB and pays out over 1.5 million dollars each year in cash and prizes.  Does everyone win?  Of course not!  That why it is called a competition and not an awards ceremony.  :-)

I spend the last 4 days editing the video from interviews that we shot at our last National Pageant in California.  If you want to hear first hand from some of the contestants and families that were there, check out the interviews, they are all posted here on this blog.  They were all shot in the NAM ballroom either right before a final show while people are starting to sit down or immediately after a final show as people exit.

Enjoy NAM Families and thank you for being a part of this program!

29 comments:

  1. I'm in the National American Miss Paegant and I love it of coarse. I also watch Toodlers and Tiars and its a good show(because im in paegants)not because its good good . I think the paegants that they do are not that good they dont let you show your real inner beauty . They vote on yout tan,makeup, and how fake you look NAM is way better than that

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  2. im nervous to enter my daughter she has never done anything like this but she deffintely could go far with it.

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  3. Today, I received a letter dated to the "The ****** Family". I resent the person that your letter states referred my child WITHOUT my knowledge and approval. After speaking to a female that answered the line at 856 358 6400, I told her that my wife wouldn't even do something like this, and she stated in a sarcastic tone, "I didn't say she did". I then said, “I’m just telling you”. I asked who referred my child, and she stated you/they don’t keep that information. I request my name and address be removed from your system.

    How dare you, NAM, allow people to refer someone elses child without prior consent.

    My privacy, nor members of my family, will be violated.

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    1. ^^^^^^^^^ I believe that you should be flattered that you recieved this letter, instead of being so upset. I received a letter similar to the one you are speaking of and my family didnt take it in a negative way. OBVIOUSLY someone saw the inner and physical beauty in your child. And that itself is precious. They saw her as a strong individual and thought and felt she could do something of this nature. So take this more as a compliment. There is no need to become furious that someone "referred your child" to NAM. It never states in the letter that you HAVE to be apart of it. Take this as a compliment and move on, you've obviously raised a pretty cool kid :)! I am a 14 year old girl who is being much more insightful than you are, sir. Carpe Diem. (:

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    2. AnonymousMay 03, 2012

      Ditto and very well stated "14 yr old". Would you be this upset sir if you received a letter about something you were interested in and didn't know who sent it to you? You sound rather controlling stating what your wife and daughter would never do. My husband and I see it as a family opportunity to get away, have fun and meet new people and allow our daughters to decide what makes them happy in a positive way. My daughter competed in this pageant via referral for the first time and did VERY well and knew only one contestant out of over 500 total so no it's not a scam (a bit unfair Divisions should split when it's so large)just competitive and a self esteem building experience in it's own right. Sounds like something your family would benefit from.

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    3. You have every right to be upset. NO ONE referred your child, it's a mass mailing. Check out Clark Howards website on modeling scams...this is the first thing they do and NAM follows it to a T.

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    4. AnonymousMay 01, 2013

      I had the same experience when I called and asked who referred my child, and they said they don't keep that information. Since when is it not my right to know who refered my child. I was very excited about NAM at first until today when I had more than a few issues with the woman on the phone. You don't keep the information on who refered my child? That is just not right, if someone legitimately nomiated my child I would think they would tell me and the company running the pagent should keep that information and freely give it to any parent that ask for it. My daughter is 5 I'm not about to put her in something that I am even the slightest bit leary about and after my conversation on the phone today with NAM I don't feel I can fully trust them. I supposedly I was suppose to have filled out an application and submitted a photo of my child which I have not done,at the open call I filled out one piece of paper. and I was told weeks ago that I would get my welcome packet in the mail and have yet to see it and have called more than once about it.

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    5. AnonymousJune 21, 2013

      I ALSO WENT TO THE OPEN CALL, HOWEVER NO ONE EVER ASK ME FOR ANY PICTURES. I HEARD BACK AND WE ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE TRAINING SESSION @ BROOKLYN COLLEGE, THEY ARE FORWARDING THE PACKAGE NOW.

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    6. The girls who participate can win a trophy according to the number of recommendations they send, so some known or friend was the one who shared your information with the hope of winning a trophy

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  4. http://www.national-american-miss-scam.com/category/negative/

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  5. i received this NAM in the mail im 17 years old and i wanted to know if it was a scam bc everyone said it was.. if you all can give me more information then id really appreciate it

    thanks concerned

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    1. Yes, it's a SCAM. From what we saw they invite all the girls. Check out Clark Howard's website and look under modeling scams.

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    3. I would not say it is scam, but if it is a big BUSINESS, the more money you pay more chances you have your daughter to "win. although they say that the optional contests do not affect the result,how can they explain all the girls who make the top have participated in the optional contests.A father who wants his daughter to participate need to be prepared to spend an average of $ 2000 or more and the end probably what is going to get is his daughter crying because four or five girls get all the trophies.how a girl look, the talents they have or how well it does or does not do all three phases of the classification are absolutely worthless

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  6. We appreciate all of the dialogue. The fact of the matter is that we do the Open Call sessions for free so people can come and make their own decision. I'm not sure where Mr. Whitmarsh is coming from but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    NAM is a legitimate business working with thousands of families across the country every year. We are very proud of our business and run an extremely transparent organization. I have never heard from Mr. Whitmarsh other than his posts on this site.

    Keep the conversation going!

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  7. AnonymousJune 26, 2013

    I honestly do not know what to believe, People who say NAM is a scam are convincing and people who say it is not are convincing as well. Although being part of NAMiss for 4 years I had never experienced anything that was unfair In the Indiana Pageant. I absolutely love NAM but Sometimes I want to question rather it is set up or not! Last year my niece competed in the Miss Indiana Princess division and she got 2nd runner up overall and last year I got top 20, I think that the younger age divisions are not as set up as the older age divisions, I'm very close with a lot of the queens who had won for Miss Indiana and I talk to them on a regular bases and 85% of the girls who win have a coach, and they say that having a coach is not required to win, I question that as well. But I can not say that NAM is a scam I just think that it has to do with money and your personal relationship with the directors or the judges! I will continue to do NAM until I find something unfair and until they prove to me that they are set up and a scam! Until then I will continue to do NAM!:)

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  8. AnonymousJuly 22, 2013

    Even though I did not win Miss Indiana, I met life long friends, and overcame my fear of public speaking.

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    1. I understand but there are more economical ways to make friends, and they do not involve spending thousands of dollars on a weekend

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  9. I hope and pray my daughter does not put my grand daughter through this again.. You need to have lots of money for this so called pageant.. She crossed her fingers and smiled so beautiful.. In my eyes she was a princess.. but I seen to many girls who had their heart broken.. never again!!!!!!

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  10. AnonymousMay 03, 2014

    I just got your letter in the mail and I'm very concern as of how you got my name and contact info.

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  11. AnonymousMay 15, 2014

    I think ALL the girls get the phone call to come to the training session,they are Supposed to be chosen giving by how their interview goes, well why is it Everyone of them gets chosen.I also find it odd,that my mother got the same letter inviting her daughter,which both are ages 29&33..hmmm.makes ya wonder...the more I look into and see with my own eyes,this is most Deff a scam

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  12. AnonymousJune 27, 2015

    NAM is not a scam, however, it is a business as well. Although I do not think HAVE to charge as much as they do. No where does it advertise that you be a model. It simply states that through the skills they tech you, it can better prepare you for many different careers, from modeling to business. They get your information from contestants at the pageant. There is an award for most referrals. I do agree they should tell you who gave you their information, but take in consideration that no person/ business is perfect! Even though it is a bit pricy, it is worth every penny! As a contestant (First time last year) I fell in love with the NAM pageant. The Staff is committed to the contestants and their Families! They try to keep it very fair (based off of experiences other pageants) Many pageants wouldn't bother to hire a separate panel of judges for optionals. As far as the whole "having a coach" thing goes, of course the majority of the winners have coaches, becasue many of the contestants have coaches. It is common sense that the girls with proper training and assistance from someone who knows pageants might do better that those without (regardless of the pageant system) However I know girls who have one without coaches, it is just not as common. As far as the whole "winning" and girls being disappointed, that is something we all must face in life, and NAM handles it beautifully. Someone is always going to do Something better than you, not everyone can win 1st price, but we are all winners. (Everyone gets a trophy and is applauded for their accomplishments. If you are thinking of doing NAM, Do it. It is worth every penny. (:

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  13. AnonymousJune 27, 2015

    Excuse my many grammatical erros (:

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  14. AnonymousJuly 20, 2015

    Once again California's Former Queens rule. There should be some limit on terms. The average girls don't even stand a chance. 4 out of the top 5 Jr Teens were former queens (some had won more than once) and Crowning Queens from the same family- who have won over and over. Now that you combined Northern and Southern California it's no longer even possible for a great girl, who hasn't won before to even place top 5. The former queens are coming in to take those spots.Over 100 girls in a category.....come on, you say it's about making girls feel better but if you don't have the right last name it's not even possible. Come on Brian, you know that's not even right. I overheard your judges in the elevator saying "that blonde that was queen before didn't even win, what's up with that?" (She got first runner up) My daughter knew exactly who they were talking about- former two time winner. You could tell this year it was all about the 'blonde' barbies._Used to be a good pageant but repeating winners over and over and over..All the former queens were 'friends' with pageant officials and chatting it all up with the dance instructors and obviously were already "in" the loop. terrible

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  15. I think that Nam is a big scam, their goal is to lure desperate people into thinking that their little girl, can be the next top model, or next miss America, nothing is free or easy in this world, large scamming business prey on the less fortunate. My advice to those who need facts is to research, continue to ask questions, if it's to good to be true, then maybe it's not true.

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  16. Has anyone ever gotten the rejection letter or has everyone who has ever went to open call get an acceptance call?

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  17. AnonymousJune 25, 2016

    My daughter competed in NAM last weekend & come to find out the winner in the Junior Teen Category had won another title with NAM years before. Yes it is profiting the Directors HUGELY and yes you have to put aside at least $2,000 towards all costs, I am a single Mom and this about broke me. It shouldn't have cost $40 for a shirt & socks oooh and plastic jewelry. Rip Off! Put your daughter in a local STATE competition.

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  18. We just did the Nam pageant junior pre teen in Oklahoma. This was our 3rd year and my daughter did not win but she had a blast and wants to do it again. She learned skills that as a parent i can not give her. All the contestants will have a advantage over other people in the work force in the future. They learn how to present themselves in an interview and public speaking.If you do not have the money dont do it! My daughter did not have a pageant coach and maybe thats why she didnt win but who cares as long as she is learning something and having fun! The girl that won was amazing and worked so very hard . People put way to much emphasis on winning and not enough on experience. My daughter is ready for a job interview and she is comfortable with public speaking now. I am happy with the entire experience and recommend it! We will be back!~Gabby's mom❤️

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