CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Basically, there are four parts to a beauty pageant," said Zoey Oberst. "Interview, street wear, evening gown and onstage question -- aka the 'fishbowl' question. Depending on the size of the pageant, sometimes they include the swimsuit division."
Oberst, a 16-year-old South Charleston High School junior, participates in these pageants. Through Oberst's participation, Jordyn Johnson got involved.
"Zoey came to me and asked if I wanted to do a pageant with her, except in a different division. Of course I said yes," said the 13-year-old John Adams Middle School eighth grader.
Johnson got the hang of things quickly and won the first and only pageant she has done, earning the title of 2012 Saint Albans Riverfest Junior Teen. She will move on to an international competition this fall.
Oberst has been doing pageants for a little more than a year and a half and has participated in about 15. Her titles consist of Miss Perfect Teen West Virginia, Miss Teen Multifest, Miss Teen Armed Forces and Miss Teen Bridge Day.
When asked about how she started in pageants, Oberst said, "My English teacher, who was a pageant coach, came up to me and said that I was really pretty and that I should do a pageant. The next weekend I was signed up for a pageant!"
Recently Oberst won the title of West Virginia Perfect Teen Supermodel and got the chance to travel to Florida to compete against other state winners.
"It was a great experience," she said.