Not going to lie, as a little girl I loved watching the Miss America Pageant. Like most little girls, I was fascinated with the glitz and the glamor of it all. What child wouldn’t dream of possessing a crown of her own? My mother and I would sit, critiquing the gowns, talents, and basically passing our own judgment on the young twenty-something’s on our television screen. Then I would practice my walk and fake crying during commercial breaks, to the amusement of my family. Elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist, wrist, wipe a tear, and blow a kiss!
Even as a little girl, I was never under the impression that the Miss America Pageant was anything more than a beauty contest, an impression I have kept into my adulthood. The Miss America organization might fight me on this one though. Still running the Swimsuit and Evening Wear competitions, they only comprise 35 percent of the overall score; so therefore, it is NOT a beauty contest. The Miss America website claims that the organization has “maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering American women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence.”
Feminists have had issues with the Miss America Pageant for years. In 1968, members of the New York Radical Women protested the pageant in Atlantic City, the day of the competitions. It’s where the term “bra burners” originates from; however there was no actual bra burning at the protest…
Despite some of the flack the pageant gets, it has done a lot of good in communities around the United States, like encouraging its contestants to participate in a number of service projects. The contest has also produced a lot of bright young women, and as far as I know, they haven’t had any big mess ups like the Miss Teen USA Pageant has seen…
So in honor of the pageant airing this Saturday night (Jan. 14), enjoy these images (and more back on Newscom) of the Miss America Pageant!
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