Presley Arceneaux  Miss Universal Miss

By Seva May

The Universal Miss Pageant system is one of the newest and fastest-growing national pageant systems. The pageant’s mission is to encourage girls to “Embrace You,” allowing contestants to be judged for who they are. This is precisely what attracted Presley Arceneaux and why she switched to this rapidly growing state and national competition. 

Over the years, most pageant systems have evolved and began to place a greater emphasis on community service, leadership, and personal development. While scholarship opportunities for contestants are always a plus, these changes reflect a broader shift in the pageant industry toward promoting diversity, inclusivity, and empowerment for women.  The Universal Miss Pageant system has become a platform for young women to showcase their talents, leadership skills, and commitment to their communities, with the ultimate goal of empowering them to achieve their full potential.

Presley entered the pageant encouraged to know that Universal Miss goes beyond the traditional beauty pageant format, focusing on advocacy for social causes and promoting positive change in society. By emphasizing advocacy and community service, the Universal Miss Pageant system provides a platform for young women to make a positive impact in their communities and beyond.  “I’m definitely excited and it’s something that I’ve grown to love very quickly. I did compete in a pageant system for six years and then I moved to Universal Miss, and I immediately fell in love. It captured my heart so incredibly fast, and this pageant system encourages girls to embrace their most authentic and confident selves, which is something that I love,” Presley said.

Presley loves what she’s been able to do with her title. One of her favorite experiences was a trip to Houston, Texas where she talked to a group of third graders. “I got to introduce my platform for the very first time –“Speaking for the Silent” – where I encourage kids to speak up about their mental health and it is okay to tell adults what they are feeling.  You hear about somebody committing suicide every other day and it’s usually a teenager. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with depression and when I came to creating my platform, I knew I wanted to choose something that was very personal – something that I went through and that I could share my experiences with other kids.”

Presley would like to attend Louisiana State University and one day become a child psychologist. She wants to major in Clinical Psychology and Child Development and hopefully return to Shreveport to practice.

By participating in the pageant, Presley was given the chance to step out of her comfort zone, try new things, and develop new skills. This led her to personal growth and self-discovery, as well as increased confidence and self-esteem. This has helped her to discover what she is passionate about and has expanded her interests.  Through her pageant experience, Presley has learned to present herself with poise and grace and to feel comfortable in her own skin. It has also played a role in developing her leadership and communication skills.  When asked what she thought the most important aspect of being a good role model to young girls was, without hesitation, she replied, “Positivity.”  Presley Arceneaux is a great role model that we are keeping our sights on.

The Universal Miss Pageant is open to girls of all ages, and contestants are required to submit a registration form and fee. By empowering young women to become leaders and agents of change, the Universal Miss Pageant system is helping to create a more compassionate, equitable, and just society.