Sadly, most people are not aware of the 10 minute private job interview each
contestant has with the judges to learn about her education, knowledge, goals,
opinions and personality. Compare that to the 1:30 minutes of talent and 20
seconds of swimsuit and evening gown presentations the public sees. The top 10
are chosen more upon what is learned in interview than what is seen on the stage
show for the public. There is a lot more depth learned about and sorted out
through these intelligent women seeking a venue to get the word out and give
service in their chosen platform. Which, by the way was added to the Miss
America System at the suggestion of the Utah committee many years ago to add
substance to the program. Other pageant systems have different requirements.
Please don't lump them all together. look deeper into what goes on
internally in the system as well as in the contestants.
Could it be that the pageants are sexist? I stopped paying attention to them a
long time ago, but as I recall, the contestants' weights and measurements
were publicized. Funny, I never saw their SAT or GRE scores, how fast they
could run the 100m, or their blood pressures or cholesterol levels (beauty is
about fitness, among other things, right?).Pageants are an industry
now, and the only value that matters has a dollar sign. If a focus on
superficial appearance brings in the ratings, then that is where the pageantt
promoters will go.I think the author may be ready to add a little
Friedan, Millett, and Greer to her reading list.
Beauty isn't everything. I'll never forget the 2nd Mrs America
pageant (1978). A few months earlier a phone call to a photography shop in
Anchorage AK asking who that years Mrs Alaska winner was, and if they were
attending the pageant, the shop owner indicated there had been no contest and
therefore no winner, he then turned to his employee and asked her if she wanted
a free trip to Las Veges. Cindy Roberts filled out the paper work and had her
free trip to Las Vegas. She returned crowned Mrs America!!