National America miss is a BIG scam! My daughter was very excited to have been submitted although I'm now convinced this company bought her name through another business.
Not wanting to break her heart, I allowed her to attend the regional competition in charlotte, NC in November 2015, thinking she would at least gain some 'life skills'. This company did absolutely nothing for these girls but take their money. They showed a video during the initial interview of the parents and girls mingling and having fun, never happened for our crew. The photogenic contest involved the photographer taking a picture in front of a backdrop in the lobby of the hotel.
The staff do not wear badges to identify themselves so nobody knew who to go to for help. They were very disorganized during the first day of the pageant weekend and it was total chaos. The judges took an extended dinner break while the girls sat waiting nervously and absolutely nobody was there to give them tips and inspiration but the parents. After the apparent director realized the judges were behind schedule, I heard him tell the girl with the stop watch to 'speed the process up'.
The girls were only allowed a 3 minute interview with the judges, but on Sunday he told the audience that the girls were allowed 5 minutes. During the actual pageant there were NO dressing rooms as stated, but one giant conference room for all the girls to change. My daughter was horrified! Also forget about mirrors or plugs for make up and curling irons, just floor space, chairs and conference tables.
The original coordinator who was present during the training session was very peppy, personable and awesome with the girls but nowhere to be found during pageant weekend.
I was very disappointed with this company. They are making a small fortune off the hopes and dreams of little girls and giving them nothing in return.
Reason of review: Poor customer service.
Location: Summerville, South Carolina