Shockley finds feminine side through pre-teen pageant
For much of her childhood, Abbie Shockley has been known as a tomboy to her friends and family.
The 11-year-old Baldwin City child is changing her image to be more feminine. Shockley, who just finished her last year in elementary school, will be entering her first pageant in two weeks. She has also signed a contract with a modeling agency, Victor’s International.
Shockley will be participating in the 2011 Kansas National American Miss Pre-Teen pageant. The competition will be July 15-17 in Wichita.
“I’m very proud of her,” said Brenda Shockley, Abbie’s mother. “When I first heard about the pageant, I thought ‘that’s not Abbie. She’d prefer to be outside getting dirty and playing around.’ But now I’m excited for her and hope she makes the most of her opportunity.”
Shockley first heard of the state contest this spring. She received an invitation to an interview tryout in Overland Park, which surprised her and her mother.
“She got invited to go to an open call,” B. Shockley said. “We had no idea why she was invited. She was nominated, but we’re not sure who did that for her.”
They attended the tryout in Overland Park. It consisted of an interview between Shockley and the judges.
A few days passed before a call came in to the Shockley house. She was chosen as one of the finalists out of dozens of girls who attended the tryout. Shockley will compete in the pre-teen (ages 10-12) division.
“It’s definitely a chance to build self-confidence, to be on stage and perform,” B. Shockley said. “This is optional, and she doesn’t have to do it.”
No makeup is allowed for any participants under the age of 13, all clothes must be age appropriate, and it is not based on the contestant’s beauty.
At the pageant, the contestants will perform a dance on stage. Shockley will also be in the photogenic category, where a photo of the contestant is submitted; beachwear, without the use of swimsuits; and a formalwear section.
“She’s really getting excited as it gets closer and closer,” B. Shockley said. “She’s working on her dance routine.”
On top of the pageant, Shockley also recently signed with a modeling agent. It will also be a new experience for her, but she and her family is excited about the opportunities.
“She got accepted, which was amazing,” B. Shockley said. “So, there’s lots of big stuff going on for her. I still can’t believe it.”
For the pageant, Shockley will be sponsored by several local businesses. They are Baldwin Athletic Club, American Family Insurance, Arrowhead Hardware, The Wooden Spoke, Santa Fe Market, Baldwin Diner, Dr. Ranjbar, Cascade Dental Care and Steve Shanks.
Baldwin City’s Lillian Judy, 5, will also be at the state pageant. She will be competing in the princess division.