Friday, February 6, 2009
Not What You Think
In the book we have been reading, Where the Girls Are, it talks about something that I am very passionate about. And I know it sounds cheesy, but I LOVE pageants. In chapter 7 it talks about the Miss America Pageant. The chapter portrays the Miss America contestants as a "cattle auction." And the girls are only up on state to show off their butts and boobs. I have done 8 pageants, and let me tell you, there is a ton more the just modeling on stage. Pageants may not be what you think they are. I did the Miss UVU pageant here on campus last semester. In order to even qualify for the competition we were all required to do community service hours with something that we are passionate about around campus. We also had to earn a hundred dollars which would be donated to the Children's Miracle Network, a hospital with kids in need. If we did not do these things we could not compete. The contestants not only acquire service hours and fund raising, but they are all very talented as well. There is a talent portion in the pageant, which ends up being a majority of your final score. I play the piano, and I played a piece by Chopin for the Miss UVU pageant last year. I ended up getting first attendant, and I was so excited because I got scholarship money to help me further my education. I used the organization to get scholarship money, and make a difference in serving my community.
Pageants are not only about modeling in your swim suit, and walking around in high heels. But there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Like i mentioned before, there are some things that are required of the contestant to even participate.These girls want to make a difference in the community. These pageant girls want to further their education by earning scholarship money, because if you win a pageant, you get scholarship money, you don't get cash to use however you want.
Once again, there is a lot of stereotyping that goes on with pageants. But this is just some information about what goes on, so this information may or may not change your mind about pageant girls :)