While being a combat medic myself from the same beautiful state of utah. And
deployed to bagram airfield in the same aid station she once served in years ago
and seeing casualtys like she has. I must say that it felt good to know that
there is still a set of moralls amongst americas beauty girls
there was much more to the miss america contest than swimsuit, it is won in
interview. i have judged all around the country and believe me i know it is won
in interview! Jill was a TOTAL delight and i am so PROUD of her! I prefer the
one piece suits as well. As a BUCKEYE from OHIO, we need MORAL role models!
I watched a little bit of of the reality show on TLC and then watched the
pageant I love Miss Utah's hair cut I've been searching for photo's to show my
stylist...it's been hard!I really think she should have won she was
so spunky, beautiful and most importantly "All American" Good luck to her in
everything she does.
I did not follow the Miss America Pageant, I gave up watching them long ago
based on their vary narrow views of judging beauty. But living in Oklahoma, I
was surprised to hear my son come home from school saying he had met Miss Utah.
She was apparently on a personal trip visiting friends at a local Air Force base
and took time out to come talk to the DARE class. She made a HUGE impression on
the kids and it was the talk of their DARE Graduation as well as in the rest of
the school. It was something my son will not soon forget. His only regret is
not having a picture! Thank you Jill, you are truly a class act. That is
something that is obvious to all, regardless of the decision of a handful of
narrow minded, status quo, judges.
Jill sang the national anthem at a 5k activity I attended 2 years ago. I had a
chance to talk to her. She's the real thing. About the pageant: the real
problem is the value set of the judges; low standards and looking for the wrong
things. Also,the lame pre-pageant reality show judged by some gay guys who think
they know everything about fashion and poise and are too overcome by their
self-importance really missed the mark. Unfortunately I think the pageant
judges paid too much attention to that program and unfairly let the program sway
their opinions and judgement. Jill clearly stood above the others in values and
example. I think Jill is the kind of person that all us moms and dads would like
our little girls to idolize. She's the true American girl, yes a true Miss
I salute Ms. Stevens for her accomplishments. She is a person to be admired for
all she has done, and a truly a winner in the real world of life.It
was unlikely she would have won this "competition" which is largely a fanatasy
fest for air-head bimbos who make a career out of "competing" for silly titles,
as she clearly does not fit that stereotype.Yes, she was different
from the others, and we are proud of her and can hold her up as a role model for
our kids.Well done, soldier!
Jill, You rock, it was awsome to be there supporting you.Its done and
you rock the house.You are a winner. You are a role model to young women in
Utah,Country, and the Armed Forces.Thanks to the American Legion.
WOW! What amazing comments I have read today. First off...this is a
scholarship pageant. I know when I won...the money helped me get through my
education. I am so grateful for the oppurtunity I had to better myself. Thank
you pageant directors and staff, for all the hard work that you go through to
help so many. Yes I was there, and yes I am hoping that this great tradition
continues on, but PLEASE lets get back to MISS AMERICA with taste. Oh and just
so you know....The new Miss America and Jill...oh yeah....FRIENDS!!!!
I think Jill is smoking hot. She seemed fun and talented. Incidentally, the
winner had way too much make-up on. Way too much.
Come on people, please.There is nothing immoral or immodest with
wearing a two-piece bathing suit, it's a bathing suit! She would have been
better off wearing the two-piece and increasing her chances of getting to the
finals. There Jill could have done even more for her causes. It also would
have been a boost to The National Guard. Why not look beautiful in a two piece
and still show that you have values? Being in a beauty pageant means nothing
about a persons morals or values. It's not a moral compass contest and we
shouldn't be judging it that way.
Until Missed America designs a program around real activities and real people it
will always be known as a simplicistic and sexist view of women e.g. Playboy and
SI swim suit edition.Having a contestent who is in the Nat'l Guard,
while we are at war, what an opportunity to show the world that Missed America
is about something more than a sex contest.Isn't a 5k run a better
indicator of fitness than a swim suit? How about a 100 yard swim or a 25 mile
time trial bike ride? Nope, not for Missed America they would rather glue their
swim suit to their butt and then joke about it. Now that's depth.Missed America is actually just what it has always been. A program targteted
to men's sexists attitudes. So where are all the feminists? Tell me, How can
throwing three batons in the field compare to serving in the Natl Guard? Who
can provide a greater model for young women in tomorrow's world? Congrats to Utahans, they got it right when they selected 2008's Miss Utah.
Maybe a fitness contest with the contestants clad as the original Olympians
would settle the issue!
Well the Barbie Miss America won again. I feel like all the hype building up to
the pageant was just that...hype.I am not saying that Ms Michigan was
undeserving, it just that I know very few if any 19 year olds that can be a real
role model.I do agree that her evening gown was a disaster and I would
have hidden my sons eyes if he had been watching. Isnt modesty something we want
to impress upon our youth?I agree fully with America's Choice...and that
is the best recognition of all.Congratulation Miss Utah...you are
Miss Utah has more respect for herself and for her values than any other woman
in that pageant. It showed when she wore a modest t-shirt in the beginning and
it showed when she chose to wear a one piece swimsuit. It showed by the way she
carried herself though the whole night and it even showed during her push up
escapade. To me that speaks lounder than any answer given during the question
portion of that program.
All of you need to pull your head out of you know where over this one piece two
piece crap. Is what she wore really any more modest than the two piece suits
worn by the other contestants??? HELLO!!! Pulled half way up her crotch and
essentially no different off the shoulder than any two piece. Yet you mormon
women applaud her for wearing the two piece. This is what I hate about cultural
mormonism as it exists today in the church. Her swimsuit was just as immodest
people hello. Do you live on planet earth!!! Mormons need to get over thus
indoctrination in young women's that a two piece is immodest but if it is a one
pice it gets a pass no matter what. Stupidity...utter stupidity. I wonder if you
people ever use your brian when considering these things. Stuff like this is
what makes mormons look stupid and weird.
To Jenna C: A near perfect GPA in high school (or after a few GE's in college,
which is about all she's had time to complete) isn't impressive. Show me her
perfect GPA near the end of her college stay and then it will mean something to
me. Also, wanting to enter in to a pageant to earn scholarship money is a
pretty lame-o excuse, especially since pageants aren't cheap to compete in.
Hollywood judges weren't going to pick a soldier for Miss America. It would
look like too much support for the war in Afghanistan (which they think
translates into support for Bush), there's no way that they would do that.
Kudos to anonymous! Since they won't print my earlier post I'll just agree that
I don't see what the fuss is over her?
I laughed when Miss Michigan won, she looks just like last years winner. I guess
they forgot to tell the judges that the pageant wants a different look this
year. I loved that she did push-ups that was original. She stuck to her values,
she wins the crown in my book.
Wow... Jill, you give a father of a young girl hope... One piece swim suit in
the Miss America comp? Thank you for showing girls everywhere a positive
example. Keep it up...
Miss Alaska should have won though...
Sorry if I offend all you gushing people out there, but Jill was an annoying
bore from the moment she got on TV on "Reality Check." All she could say was, "I
don't know what I'm doing!" and then clumsily stumble around. What was her
competition like in Miss Utah? Apes? I think pageants are ridiculous and
pointless, but I also think that in order to win Miss America, you better have
something more going for you than just being in the National Guard. I hope role models are based on more than if someone wears a one-piece
swimsuit. I'm LDS, and my two-piece swimsuit is a lot more modest than the
skimpy one-pieces some young LDS women wear.
Thanks Jill for the beauty and goodness you represented. I wish you well in all
you continue to do. - A veteran and father of 6 girls.
I was disappointed in the whole TLC event, starting with the "makeover" of the
pagent. The only thing that changed was the fact that they want "Hollywood"
types to be the role model now rather then "Barbie" types. It was
refreshing to watch Jill need help in the photo shoots,the makeup and other
areas. Jill was a great change, just the wrong type of change for the
judges. By the way did the judges get the notice they were trying to change the
Jill was wonderful,but she looked so uncomfortable in her swimsuit,it does'nt
matter if you wear a two piece or a one piece, or a garbage bag as long as you
wear it with confidence,and Jill did not.
The greatest moral decision facing our children today is one piece or two. On
this decision rests our childrens future.Of course people are making
too much of this.Was it moral? Depends on whom you ask. Certain
cultures have different views on morality. In Arab countries the women dress
much more modestly than American women. Amish, Mennonite, Quaker, and locally,
polygamist women would never even wear a one piece suit in a beauty contest.
Does that make their view of morality right?In short, what she did
was moral because she felt it was. "To your own self be true." As for us, we
should avoid judging others based on our own values.I thought Jill
was a wonderful contestant and would have voted for her.
The "Miss America" pageant, along with any other so called beauty pageant is
wrong! It is exploitive, demeaning and very polarizing to say the least.
Parents and friends who encourage this type of participation are always proud
and puffed up. Boycotting the two piece and wearing a one piece swimsuit is not
praiseworthy. Boycotting these type of commercial exploitations is.
She lost fair and square. Congrats Miss Michigan.
What the judges voted for on Saturday night is a sad reflection of what America
values in a woman. America's culture is lacking in female role models who know
that their value is not based on their physical beauty, but on how they live
their lives.It's confusing for America's youth to see, through the
media, that a woman's value rarely extends beyond her appearance. Since when did
being "sexy" become the ultimate goal for the young women of America? How will
this value lift our young women to become leaders of tomorrow? Jill
Stevens demonstrated the values which will build a stronger future for this
nation. Love of God, Country and Self and the integrity to stand for all
three.I applaud Jill Stevens for having the morale courage to stand
with the strength and conviction that has always made this country strong. You
Go Jill! May your legacy live on in the hearts and minds of America's young
women . . . who are America's future!
Stop whining, Utah. The better state won, regardless of what type of swimsuit
she wore. :)
The pagentI thought was supposed to be modern. Well how modern and up date can
you get then a women who can do it all. I have four daughters two which were or
are in the military. One served in Iraq for 15 months and just got back in sept.
I saw the show and thought the judges got it wrong. She was and is a great role
model.Courage yes to serve are country and go on stage in a one piece when
everyone else is in a two piece. Heck she was the most fit person in the whole
to rj: 'Whether a woman wears one or the other says VERY LITTLE about her
morals and values'i strongly disagree!! modesty certainly has to do
with morality and values. that is just a small sample of the depth of her
character. the fact that she didn't choose to strut across the stage
bikini-clad speaks highly of her integrity and her unwillingness to buckle to
mainstream pressure. what a refreshing change she would have been
from the role models our young girls have...britney and jamie-lynn spears?
paris hilton? lindsey lohan?i'm sure miss michigan will be a great
role model and i wish her well...although i thought her talent was lacking...i'm
not a huge opera fan, but miss cali's tone and pitch were far superior to miss
for mis-placed courage: 'Anyone who thinks morality of wearing a 1 piece vs 2
piece is that significant, needs to look around to world issues and see all the
true moral issues that really do exist in the world. She sacrificed a lot for
this choice. Think how much better the world would be if we were all willing to
sacrifice as much on things that really mattered.'while a 1-piece
vs. 2-piece may not seem like a huge moral issue to you, morality has to start
somewhere...not to mention self-respect and self-worth! you are right, she DID
sacrifice a lot for her choice...and although the bathing suit choice shows
character for sticking to her standards and values, it pales in comparison next
to the choice she made to serve her country...i have no doubt that she has made
many others and is well aware of the serious moral issues that exist...she just
doesn't go around 'tooting her own horn' about it. she didn't slam anyone for
their choice of bathing suits...she simply chose to stand for something...
I was so disgusted and disappointed with the Miss America Pageant this year.
For talking about how they were changing the image of the pageant to choose the
all American girl they changed the image all right. It looked like they were
prancing down the aisle to impress Hugh Hefner (sp)so they could win a place in
his Play Boy magazines. I admired Miss Utah. She looked beautiful in her one
piece suit. She was America's choice and she wasn't given the time of day. I
will say the girl that won was cute, but she must have had something other than
her talent that won the contest for her. Oh, I know it was the dress. It had to
be the dress. Any one of the girls were far and above her in the line of
talent. The dancers, the violinist etc. Interesting. Most pageants disgust me
and now I can add the Miss America Pageant to the list.
I have not watched the Miss America contest for many years. I understood that
this year would be different, that the image was to be changed. I watched as I
understood we the public could vote.The vote from America - Jill Stevens
was the real winner in all categories to me. I turned the TV off when she was
eliminated - did not want to watch more of the same. I do hope the new
Miss America will uphold American values which we need so desperately!
Did you seriously think you could win?1. Not a feminist
(definition-be independent by giving yourself to men with no strings
attached)1b. No Skin2. Love of country3. US MilitaryYour a class act. No wonder you were cut.
I have some issues with people who enter the World of No Values, claiming they
they are going to what ever it is yet they are going to keep their Values. In
spite of everything. It is like you take a job in food service and then cry that
you have to work on Sunday. The people in charge of these contest do not care
about your moral values. The one piece swimsuit was cool but she lost points.
She can't have it both ways. It is all over the Scriptures that you can't have
it both ways. With the Judges the Phoney Baloney is much more vital then the
Values. You are talking about people who live alternative lifestyles, are pro
choice etc. So if you want to play in that world you have to take what you can
get. Its about Evening Gowns, Swimsuits and suggestions of Sex, because that is
what Males watch and that is what sells. If you do not want to watch that then
turn the BYU Channel, or start a Miss Morals America Pagenet and see how far
It is easy to be a armchair quarterback. All of those girls had to be beautiful,
smart, & talented to be chosen to represent their state. They worked hard to get
to that point. I for one was not there to personaly interview or meet any of
them. I was hoping miss Utah would win & had I been a judge from my impressions
from what I saw & heard she would have had my vote.. I can only imagine how hard
it would be to choose one lovely young lady out of that group.. Had she won,
would the debate be that she only won because she was in the service? She had
that angle going for her? a no win situation for the judges. I am glad my
daughters have never felt the need to compete in a beauty pagent, & hope my
grand daughters never feel that they do either.
Jill knew exactly what it takes to be Miss America. She has been competing for
3+ years now and has worked with a team of experts. Did she think that the whole
process of picking a new "it girl" was going to change in a couple of weeks? She
didn't help her chances when she mocked the pageant on the reality show by over
doing her make-up and ratting her hair. It seems to me she was living up her
image of the token army girl and playing it up that she didn't know how to be a
pageant girl. She has competed on the national level and didn't do a thing. Why
did everyone think she was going to win Miss America?? If she wanted to win she
should have been that pageant girl!
To: Top Kick......You win. Best comment on the whole dang board. I'm not
military. "Just" a mom with four kids who loves her husband. But your words
connected and resonated here....thanks.
Just wanted to comment on Jill's pair of morals and well roundedness.
As a soon to be 60 year old retired Army First Sergeant who has seen many Miss
America pagents, I for one, believe that Jill is the most beutiful contestant
ever. She is obviously pretty, but more than the obvious, her spirit is the one
that reached out in such a way as to garner the "America's Choice Award". She
obviously has wit and humor. She is definately fit. She is couragous in every
sense of the word both in defense of her country and her morals. She is charming
as evidenced by her becoming Miss Utah and a Miss America contestant. She has
skills, M-16 maintenance, combat medic, etc. She filled out a one piece
graciously amid a swarm of criticism. She indeed has the appearance of being the
"All American" girl. So the question must be asked...what is Miss America all
about?? It must be only the sterotypical "Barbie" can win. Perhaps a better
name would be Miss American Barbie. I truely believe Jill a genuine REAL DEAL
Miss America(n). But for all the "troops", I think the only thing she should
have changed was the swin suit. It should have been a "CAMMO" one piece.
Start rocking the 2-piece. I can say that with my "free agency" right Re: BYU
student 2:05 (3:33 p.m.)?
I'm so sick of hearing about Jill. I'm sure she's a great woman and thank you
to her for her service, but enough is enough. The push up thing was as cheesy
as it gets and KUTV's poll comparing anchor Katie Baker to her is an insult to
the prettier Baker!
Was Miss Michigan chosen as the "IT" girl because of her platform of raising
awareness of eating disorders? If so, (and taking nothing away from Miss
Michigan)there is some irony there since the pageant continues to promote this
unrealistic image of what beauty is, thereby continuing to pressure young women
everywhere to do whatever it takes to look like a pageant girl. There were some
other "real" girls in the pageant (including Miss Alaska and Miss Utah) but they
didn't get much attention from the judges.
All of us have our free agency to choose what we think is tasteful. We have made
our choice and have made ours. Thanks for the input, but most people here are
saying they appreciate the one piece she wore. By the way we aren't all from
Utah as you assumed.
Just goes to show you how out of touch the Miss America judges are getting. The
more out of touch they get - the more irrelevant the contest becomes.Jill clearly contributed more to this nation than any other contestant by far
- on many levels. She's the true winner despite the judges' opinions.
It looks like her actions will result in removal of the bathing suit competition
from the whole process, or should. It's something both conservative people and
women's rights people can agree on. Such a trivial matter. Thank you all for
making her America's Choice and thank you Jill for quietly asserting your moral
Jill....you made it all so much fun to watch! You really have no idea how many
of us out there in T.V. Land appreciated over and over and over your committment
to beliefs and standards. Thank you for being someone we can point our fingers
at while reminding our children that standing strong and immovable is not only
possible, but ultimately the only correct choice. You were awesome. LOVED your
reaction when your name was announced as the 'People's Choice.' We replayed it
three or four times because you just made us laugh out loud!!
As a man, i prefer teh ladiez to be in 2 pieceleisure wear.Having said that, LDS standards aren't going to be adopted or accepted by the
world as a whole anytime soon so why even take part in it expecting them too?If she was in it to make a statement about modesty, fine. If she was in
it to win then she should've known better.
Jill, You showed this country what morals really mean and I am proud to
live in the same state! My family watched the reality show as well as the
pageant and we were glad to know that there are still people to represent what
the American population wants as their role model. You are a beautiful, strong,
brave, and courageous woman to have been able to do what you do and have done
for this country and I want you to know that you will be a role model for
generations to come! Thanks for being you no matter what the "Judges" wanted!
Congratulations on your achievements!
Trust me, I've seen plenty of 2 piece swim suits down at Utah Lake being worn by
BYU co-eds, there is NOTHING wrong with wearing a bikini!!! When are LDS Utahns
going to get over that fact?
Thank you Jill: I was very glad to see you buck the trend and wear a one piece
swim suit. It MAY have cost you the title but it was the right thing to do.Also the pushups were great! Thanks for setting a great example.
Hey...Anonymous @ 12:37 there. The whole premise of this year's pagaent was a
'Reality Check.' I think you need one! I'm with you....and so "over-myself."
No way that one piece LOST her the competition. Guess what? No way it HELPED
her either! I thought it was hilarious that the judges didn't laugh along with
Jill earlier on when she had a little fun with the whole
glamour-issue-taken-to-extreme thing. C'mon.....who needs to get over
Thanks for wearing the one piece swim suit. I had a friend who was watching the
show. She has come to know our values that we teach our children. We have been
invited to swim at their pool. Our girls have always had a modest suit. She has
asked why it gave me a chance to tell her of the values I am teaching our
children. When you wore your swim suit last night she was impressed with how you
stood to the values you have been taught. She was impressed. Thank you for your
stand. I am pleased with the girl you portrayed to the world.
Oh please. A one piece suit LOST her the competition? As if a one piece suit
is much less revealing than a two piece. LDS people need to get over
themselves. The woman made fun of the sdvisors comments earlier in
the competition. That likely hurt her chances more than anything else.
If changing the pageant was the motive of Ms America, then they failed at their
quest. Ms America should be a person who has enough personal integrity to blow
off the fashion police. Jill did that. She is sure enough of her values and
herself to stay in the zone of common sense. Thanks to the votes, many of us
made our voice heard that we want a change too. The sex kitten image is old and
tired. We want real woman who make a difference in the world not wanna be
Brittney's. I was embaressed by Ms. Michigan's dress and her song was very hard
to listen to. Woman don't need to undress to be noticed...Jill showed us that.
Bravo Sgt. Stevens
To me she is what a miss america should be! She is comfortable in who she is and
is not going to change for anyone. They kept saying that miss america is the
new "it girl" i think she is the only girl anyone would wanna be, she is
confident in herself and has a personality! I'm glad she represented my state!
I heard from a reliable source that Jill was actually number eleven in the top
fifteen finalists. However, since she was also voted as 'America's Choice' she
was called to join the group of fifteen as number sixteen....when as I
said....she actually was number eleven. I mention it because I think it shows
that sometimes the entire picture is not clear. We see and hear what only comes
across the television...not the behind the scene closed door talks between the
judges where you know there is much discussion going on about what kind of
representative they really want. I believe there are other motives that go into
their total overall choice which we, the audience, are truly never aware of.
They got what they wanted and I'm sure Miss Michigan will be a wonderful
representative and do a lot of good. I also believe that Jill would have been a
more refreshing, "real", and genuinely differen Miss America. However....in the
end, Miss America opted to promote sex appeal and other "updated" worldy ways.
That's not Jill. Jill is real and grounded...we had more fun watching her
genuine happy outbursts than anything else! All of the girls were awesome.
I am sure there were many other wonderful girls in the contest. No doubt the
girl who won is a great person. Still, Jill was awesome. How more all-american
can you get than being in the military? As for the swimsuit showing fitness,
Jill runs marathons, does push-ups, etc. The two-piece thing is a farce. I agree
that she has courage, class, and chutzpah. Am I biased? Heck, yeah! So what?
Yes she really is america's choice even with vote-bots or what ever. The other
girls had the same advantage. It wasn't like Jill was the only one who could
get receive multiple votes.
The swim suit did her in, no skin.
Jill is a beautiful and classy example of a well rounded woman of high moral
values. She is a credit to her family, her state, her country and the United
States Military. Way to go girl!
Jill,Good for you for sticking to your guns and wearing not only a
modest swimsuit, but a t-shirt when everyone else wore spaghetti strap tanks.
You rock, girl. Way to show everyone what conviction is.
The Army should send Sgt Stevens on a recruiting tour for women and nurses to
join the Army, Reserves and National Guard. She could travel around and do
interviews with local TV news, in uniform, at Army facilities like a shooting
range or running, as well as singing a song with a regional Army band. She
ought to get a photo op with President Bush.
SGT Stevens was America's Choice.'Nuff said.You did
yourself, your state, and your Army proud.HOOAH from all of us at
the 478th @ Ft. Douglas.P.S: the judges prove (yet again) what a
crock "voted" competitions can be.P.P.S: hooray for the one-piece
I watched TLC reality check with my kids and agree that Miss Utah is completely
beautiful! I was sorry that they cut her hair on the show and seemed to insist
on obedience to their style recommendations...is that how they create a "hip"
and "edgy" Miss America? Miss Utah and others with individuality had their ears
boxed by those "experts" that could hardly dress themselves!Miss
Utah was so beautiful in that blue dress on the red carpet! The strongest and
most beautiful contestant, a great role model....a champion!
I just wanted to thank Miss Utah. My family and I were rooting for you and were
very impressed with what you did do. I know the military and beauty queen are
complete opposites so I'm sure this stretched you as a person. At the same time
you did great with what you were given. I was just curious if that was the first
time in the Miss America Pageant that they've had multiple contestants doing
push ups on stage?
Jill,In my mind you ARE MIss America!!!! Thank you for sticking to
your values, and serving our country, and being a true role model for young
women everywhere!!!!! You've done UT proud!!!!!
I didn't see the show; but I did see Miss Utah recently online. The competition
aside, I was impressed with her vitality and warmth. I was also happy to see
her in pictures in uniform, serving her country, and as a humanitarian. To see
her hard at work, as well as all decked out, I think sent a message showing that
we as women not only can fill many roles, but we also cover the bases of what
"beauty" is all about. Be we in fatigues or donning makeup and a dress, women
are beautiful, just by being themselves. Confidence, a smile, and genuine
warmth speaks volumes about a person. The first two can be mastered by most
anyone. The last can not be faked for too long. I hope we see more of her. As
for the winner and runners-up, congratulations. I hope you get to make the
difference in the world you want to.
You are gorgeous, smart, athletic, moral and the best example to my two
daughters. Thank you for being who you are and in our book you are Miss America!
We read your story in a magazine recently and were moved by your dedication and
service. You are so amazing! We want to be just like you!!
Jill, you are our heroine! We noticed during the Saturday competition on TV
that the contestants wore sleeveless t-shirts and then behind one of the
contestants we could see a sleeved t-shirt on a body though the camera had not
yet focused on a headshot, but we just knew it had to be you! You rock, girl!
Stick to your values and platform. So many of us are watching and praying for
you. What's interesting in a year of re-do for the Miss America pageant is that
the winner (at least in appearance) could be last year's twin. How's that for
Congrats, Miss Utah. I'm proud of you.My suggestion - if you really
want to show what you're made of, try out for Survivor! Bet you'd make toast of
the competition, be able to do it with more than a bikini on (some contestants
on that show do wear shorts and shirts even when the others are practically
naked) and show how tough AND beautiful you really are. I think you're smart
enough to maybe make it to the final four or win!AND you're just
attractive, interesting and different enough to set up some interesting conflict
- something the producers seem to like.
You were an awesome representative for the the State of Utah. thank you so
much for holding strong to your moral convictions and not letting the pressures
from others bring you down to a lesser standard. You were stunning and a true
winner in my opinion. I wish you the best as you continue your reign as Miss
Go Miss Utah/GI Jill! Thank you so much for sticking to your standards in your
one-piece swimsuit and sleeved t-shirt when everyone else was in tank tops. You
made my day--seriously! Huge fan here at SUU!
"Social poise, grace, style, confidence" those are words you use, when what you
really mean in physical appearance. If a 5'0" girl, who is not drop dead
gorgeous, had all of those qualities she would never be put in a contest like
these. Nor a girl who is 5'5" and physically fit but of a thicker build. These contests don't honor those qualities you pointed out. They judge how
5'10" extremely slender young women walk in high heels while wearing a bikini.
That's not poise. Poise is responding calmly while serving in Afghanistan or as
a medic. Those words that you used are hollow when applied to this contest.
That is what happens when you play in that World, Several years ago my Sister In
Law was 1st runner up Miss Arizona. Things diden't work out fair for her either.
Last night a skater fell and still won the U.S. Nationals. When you do or play
things where the results are decided by so called judges instead of points, such
as Football, Baseball, Bowling etc. What happens to you happens to you, you take
that risk when you get in that game.
All i wanna know is where she got that one piece!She rocked it!!! Thanks
You were awesome. We watched the reality check, and we loved how open you were,
and that you wouldn't change. We wished we could have seen you compete to the
Hoo-rah, GI Jill! You ARE America's choice, and an inspiration to all women,
Beauty pageants are all about the money. There is an eternal supply of women
who will show off their bodies for gain and the pageant people are willing to
exploit them for gain. That's all the first pageant was about. Parading about
in any kind of bathing suit is shameful and shallow. Why do we care to find the
most beautiful person (ON THE OUTSIDE)? What about the 99 percent of the rest
of us? The Hollywood/Las Vegas/Star mentality breeds dissatisfaction in the
ordinary man or woman. The oscars are the worst. All the starlets spending all
that money to be tastefully immodestly dressed.
Having been a Pageant Director,I was surprised Miss Michigan was in the top 10.
Her talent was poorly performed, and if the Miss America organization was
looking for a "new image", they certainly did not get it. Jill really impressed
me when I met her at SUU. However, I must also say there were many young women
in the contest that were deserving of being in the top 10 because of many
factors, mainly their intelligence. Can't put my finger on it, but something
was really off in this Pageant. Many of the talents, and Miss California for
one, was phenomenal. Somehow there was a breakdown, and I know from being a
Pageant Director, one judge can change the whole voting process. Perhaps this
may be the end of Miss America as the promises were not fulfilled. I for one
expected an "IT" girl giving the Pageant a "New Image"- I never got it.
Observing Jill in an unbiased way, I felt she should be in the top 8. That way
she could have showcased her talent and been able to answer a question giving a
clearer vision of her as a person.She was a strong contender for sure.
Way to go, Jill! As I watched the other 15 finalists "strut their stuff" in
those little bikinis, I crossed my fingers and prayed that you would come out in
a one-piece suit. Thank you for refusing to compromise your standards. Every
LDS person watching knew exactly what you were doing, and we are so proud of
you. You are America's Choice! I'm in Mississippi, and I was just as proud of
you as your home state!!
It doesn't appear that many of you understand that society once thought it
valueable for women personal development to be of a feminine nature. This meant
social poise, grace, style, talent,confidence,fit figure, intelligence,
personality development, etc, etc, to fit a role of becoming an effective
community member, mother and wife. It was not about being a sexy Barbie Doll,
but about glamour.The overwhelming admiration for Jill Stevens shows how
much these ideals are lost, especially by so-called religious people.The
era of the "Great Lady" is over, with with her goes all the beauty of
If you are referring to the photo ops in which Jill Stevens was wearing her Miss
Utah crown and sash with her ACU's, she had special permission to do that. She
was not breaking uniform regulations, she was doing it with the encouragement of
the Utah National Guard, of which I was once a member.Another female who
joined the National Guard
Last night was the first time I had ever cried watching a Miss America pageant.
I was so proud of Jill for showing her values - wearing a t-shirt with sleeves
and a one piece swimming suit. She is truly the type of woman I want for a role
model for youth. A woman of physical strength (way to go to with the push-ups)
but more importantly moral steel. Thank You for your example! You are my Miss
good job, Miss Utah!!!
My daughter met Miss Utah at an Army conference in Florida this month and found
her to be a wonderful example of what a "real woman" is. My daughter felt that
she made a good impression for all women who want to be in the armed forces.
Whether she won the title or not made little difference in the fact that she was
already a winner in my daughter's eyes.
I have watched the Miss America contest over the years,and was very disappointed
to see where this contest is going. It seems as though sex is the only factor
in this contest. Miss Utah was the most popular by the people, which meant
nothing to the judges. Miss Utah was herself, and displayed it in an honorable
way, Go Miss Utah. Also I'm wondering how many of the contestants last night
have had breast implants? They don't seem to take that into consideration. So
who is hiding what? Go Miss Utah we are so proud of you and your values. You
have earned all credits by your life.
Thank you Jill for being your true self and not bending to all the "changes"
your advisors expected of you. It's refreshing to see a young woman who knows
who she is and doesn't need to compromise her values and standards to impress
"judges". Congratulations! You're our American Choice. We're so proud
you represented Utah so beautifully!
How exactly does a two-piece swimming suit show that she has more courage??And to "I Like One-Pieces": Going in front of that many people, in any
kind of bathing suit, would be a "little" unnerving don't cha think? Not to
mention that someone with good moral values is going to be even more
Actions speak louder than words. Jill lived her values and was willing to take
what happens. That is what was impressive to me. You go girl!Best
wishes to you for the rest of your life.
Nice job Jill!thanks for your awesome example to me. you really had a lot
of courage. you're my role model! you're the real miss america!
I thought Jill didn't exceed anybody's expectations. If she wanted to really
succeed then she should have went on American Gladiators.
If you want the sports illustrated swimsuit edition contest , go watch that. Or,
go get a playboy magazine if you want to look at the flesh in all its glory. I
don't think the title of Miss America is sports illustrated swimsuit edition or
playboy. Therefore , by inference , the competition is about more than fitting
into the " barbie doll mold " . Besides, at the beginning of the competition ,
if I recall correctly , there is mention of beauty, brains , and being well
rounded. For all the negative men out there , turn it around. What is
someone from the Mr.Universe competition or from the Worlds Strongest Man
Competiton truly should have won , and did not because in real life he is a
nurse , a nursery school teacher or was in an occupation deemed ,
stereo-typically , female by society ? Wouldn't that get under your skin ? What
if that happened to you , your son, your father or someone you loved ?
And, come on , we have all gone " against the grain " at some point in our
lives. Does that mean you're wrong / undeserving ?
what a good role model for all girls. served in the armed services, pursued her
education, has a great attitude and shes not afraid to be beautiful inside and
out. I think she a fabulous role model.
Staff Sergeant T.P.H., I'd imagine there where a few times, when Jill was in
Afghanistan and in battle fatigues, that she was "out of uniform" according to
you and your AR 670-1. And your "values, justice and fair is fair" comments are
rediculous. Jill has done more to promote the armed services than you and your
AR mentality will ever do. Boorah, Jill...your push-ups were worth a thousand
What a dated contest. Instead of getting away from their antiquated notion of
women, they are only getting worse. How stupid to encourage more sex appeal. Why
should a swimsuit competition have anything to do with being a role model. I
don't care if they were one or two piece suits. Who cares. Jill Stevens is an
excellent role model for young women. She's intelligent, funny, patriotic, a
hard worker, physically fit. I would much rather have her as a role model for my
daughter than these "pageant beauties". I don't ever want to hear how they
should be role models. Nor how they are scholarship contests. They are beauty
contests plain and simple and belong to an era long ago.Final
thought. Any of you idiotic parents who encourage your daughters in these
contests, need to stop. Stop teaching your daughters that clothes, make-up, and
physical appearance are more important than their brains. These contests
denegrate women and need to go away
Anyone who takes the result of a beauty contest seriously has some real issues.
Hey Move OnWhy can't you admit that a young woman that can do the things
that Jill can do intimidates you as it did most of the Miss America judges. I
predict we'll forget about Miss (Michigan)America and people will remember G.I.
Jill she's already a role model/hero for my four daughters.
A few corrections are necessary;Shany Smith- the pageant started in 1921 as a
beauty contest in Atlantic City-(not Hollywood) in which all girls were
presented in swim suits ONLY. Later, trying to become PC, they decided to add
evening gown & talent as additional qualifiers. However, it was & still is a
beauty contest, heavily based on swimsuit performance.That said, Jill was
a delight & a very accomplished woman, worthy of admiration. But wearing a one
piece to Miss America is like entering the Indy 500 with a Buick Regal- nice
try, but not going to get you to the winners circle.
I had hopes that the pageant would really change their image. It didn't. They
clearly stated that the swimsuit portion is to judge overall fitness yet they
trained the girls to walk more seductively. How does walking like a stripper
show you're more fit? Then to dismiss Utah for not being as "fit" is crazy.
Can you honestly tell me that every one of the remaining ten contestants was
more fit that this military girl who has run multiple marathons? Obviously,
fitness was not what was being judged in that portions. Secondly, what
was the point of having an America's Choice vote if the judges aren't going to
give her an honest chance? Maybe she didn't have what it takes to win, but she
certainly had what it takes to pass the fitness portion with flying colors. I
felt like the judges were saying, "we'll let you vote somebody in just to get
our ratings up, but then we'll get rid of her quickly because we, the judges,
know what beauty really entails." If they really want a roll model for American
women, why ignore the woman that America already decided was a good role model?
perhaps she wasn't "beauty contest" best but when you spend the time the
organizers did promoting a new and improved and different pageant you better be
prepared to back it up. short and sweet the organizers failed to deliver on
their own propaganda.was the winner different, sure but in only one
thing. she did not come through the system, but she is a 19 year old kid still
trying to find herself. miss america is not suposed to be that way, miss teen
is. miss utah actually can do something (a nurse and soldier), she stands for
something more than the standard beauty contestant (she has actually fought for
it in real life). it is too bad miss utah did not get a chance at the Q&A
because i think the judges would have gotten an earful of reality (something
they try to avoid).one piece versus two piece is nice but in the end
the show was about a puffed up barbie dolls who could look prettiest. i point my
3 girls to miss utah's direction as a real example of what a woman can do with
herself. besides in todays world america's choice is best, less
does anyone else think that the picture of miss utah in the "one piece modest
suit" was uh, doctored up a bit? i saw the show and that is NOT how her one
piece suit fit her. looks to me someone used technology to change it. it
doesn't look that modest now...i wonder if there is any way to trace back how
this picture made it to print and on the internet.
Anonymous aaid "Wearing a one piece suit has nothing to do with courage or lack
of. It has to do with a falsely developed sense of righteousness, pandering to a
community that thinks there is a huge difference in showing off your body in a
one piece versus a bikini."Well, there are different kinds of
courage. The courage everone else is talking about was her courage not to join
the "cookie cut" vision of Miss America and to keep her own sense of moral
values (you dont have to agree with her morals, they are hers,) especially when
it meant perhaps not winning. It takes a lot of courage not to give in and be
like everyone else because we all want to fit in and it takes courage to do what
you feel is right when no one else is. I think she is a great role model, to
all of us. Even if you dont agree with her moral values, again they are hers
and she has a right to them.
All this comments show typical American values comming through judging a young
lady who has true values and stands up for those values. Jill was true to
values throughout this shallow competetion!! She is truely pround to be a
soldier, cares about her state and country. Too bad we don't have candidates
like her for President!!! But then again as in this contest she would be judged
unfairly.Jill, your represented the type of person I would want my
children to grow up to be and are a truely strong individual. Stay true to your
values!!! Hope to meet you again down the trail.Battle Buddy from Texas
Why can't you all just admit that Jill didn't have what it took? Because "your"
Jill (what makes her "yours" exactly?) lost out to better candidates, you attack
the pageant; you attack the judges; you do everything except face reality. The
reality is Jill wasn't the best on the stage. Period. Quit crying foul and
calling the grapes sour. She didn't make it because she wasn't the best. Accept
that and move on!
It wasn't the issue of her wearing a one piece swimsuit that did her in it was
how uncomfortable she looked up there in it. She looked nervous and tentative
and that is what she got docked on, not the kind of suit she was wearing.
K.Major-I think Jill brought a refreshing image to the Miss America contest. I
think the swim suit part of the contest was too provacative and in poor taste.
It reminded me of looking over a piece of beef for purchase. Young woman have
much more to evaluate theirtalent, wholesome American Values, than
parading half naked on stage. I think you were great Jill. You represent the
"All American," young woman. As a retired educator, I would like to see more
than flesh be role model's for other young woman. Good luck with your life. You
may not have won in Las Vegas; but your #1 with many women in USA. I am proud
that you are from the state of Utah. You not only represent young women, but
you have served your country.Thank you for your courage in reaching out to
others in service.
I guess what irritates me the most, is that although most of the contestants
"Prayed for World Peace", Miss Utah did something about it! She is a Soldier,
who cares not only about her fellow Soldiers but also about other people. She
might not be able to walk as sexy as the Barbie Doll types, but when her country
needed her, she was there. And let us not forget, that it is Soldiers like her
that follow the orders handed down to her from above that give us the Freedoms
that we, Americans, take for granted. In this day and age of automation, let
the people decide who should be "Miss American" not just a chosen (if not
Biased") few. Oh, and as far as the swim suit issue, Id rather have a Soldier
in DCUs rushing to help me, when Im hurt, then one of those bikini clad Barbie
Dolls anyday. Been There, Done That, for your freedom.Jim Stevens is Miss
America for she is the one who has shown that she is willing to fight for
America, and all that it stands for: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of
For your information, the Army, and the National Guard supported her 100%.
Coming from her unit, a great deal of logistical support and staffing went into
play to assist with G.I. Jill.This was the best thing that could
happen for the Army and the Guard, as far as recruiting, public support, and
morale for all the rest of the soldiers out there. I am proud to be a fellow
soldier with Jill.
Congratulations to Miss Michigan Kirsten Haglund. Kirsten is a change from the
traditional pageant girl - she did not come up in the system and only recently
began competing in pageants. Here is a great article on Kirsten
when she won Miss Michigan. She began competing in pageants for a good reason
to earn money for college and to further her education. She is a
good athlete and former dancer - so yes she is into fitness and looked great.
One shoudl also note she carried a near perfect GPA and is very active in her
community. The contest is not just a one night event - Kirsten must
have impressed judges throughout the process.May to go Miss Michigan
and congrats to all the great ladies who competed this year!
Part of this contest is about beauty. Women just don't look as good in a 1
piece suit. It did show courage to do what she did, but it's mis-placed
courage. Anyone who thinks morality of wearing a 1 piece vs 2 piece is that
significant, needs to look around to world issues and see all the true moral
issues that really do exist in the world. She sacrificed a lot for this choice.
Think how much better the world would be if we were all willing to sacrifice as
much on things that really mattered.
I honestly don't know if the judges so inclined to vote the way they did because
they couldn't handle the fact that a beautiful and very fit young lady chose to
be in the military; or they were just plain blind, but Miss Stevens was one of
the most inspiring young ladies to compete in this pageant in ages. Beauty of
course, is in the eye of the beholder, but I for one applaud everything this
lady stood for and she was my choice for the crown. I guess the judges really
do want a certain "image"-robotic and plastic and heavily "made up" unlike Miss
Stevens who seemed natural in every way.
BYU grad is right. The judges and those watching the show want to see as much
of the contestant as they can under the premise of the swimsuit competition.
Many people don't feel a woman is as "sexy" in a one piece suit and others think
the contestant is trying to hide something. All contestants know this is an
important part of the contest and are likely to be docked if they are wear a one
piece suit. That being the case, that shows even more courage for those
choosing a one piece suit because they KNOW their chances are diminished.
Huh? get a life, you act as if the whole world revolved around army
regulations. Who cares about army reg this or that?
I competed in the Miss America Pageant 10 years ago and I am sad to see how much
it has changed. I hope that one day it will be restored to it's original purpose
which is showing off a woman's accomplishments, talents and brain. I was
cheering Jill Stevens on last night as well as thousands of others. Honestly, if
I were in her place I would be happier to be voted in as America's choice than
to be chosen as Miss America. I thought that Miss Michigan was a cute girl, but
her talent was lacking. I was not impressed by very many of the other girls in
the top ten.
First, in this day and age, women should be able to wear what they want without
fear of recrimination or judgement. The same is true for choice of career.
Moreover , Jill is NOT less feminine than any of the other women on that show.
May I ask Americas Choice , what dictates femininity ? is your definition the
only acceptable one ? By the very nature of being a woman, Jill is feminine.
What about you AC ? If you are a man, are your biceps & triceps buff ? Do you
have hair / enough hair on your chest ? If your doctor measured your
testosterone level , how much would you have running around your body ? Are you
5'10 or taller ? Do you have a strong and chiseled ( sp ? ) chin ? Wide
shoulders ? Feet of size 9 or larger ? A six pack ? How often do you watch
sports ? Are you athletic ? I hope you get what I am aiming at . Was Einstein
not masculine ? How about Feynman , was he masculine ? Shakespeare ? T.S. Elliot
? Socrates ? Simon and Garfunkle .. masculine ?
Jill, you are the real winner. The Miss America contest knows NOT real beauty.
Face it. There is a population of people who tune in just for the swimsuit
contest. It's part of the contest. If Ms. Utah shows up in a one piece, then
she should be docked and likely won't win. If it's her morals that makes her
choose to do this then so be it. Don't cry about not winning Miss America. If
she lost a Miss One Piece contest, then I'd be sad.
Hey "Anonymous" of 8:30 am today...give me a break! Do you not realize that in
today's world one can be persecuted for having higher morals and doing something
other than the norm? To me, showing up on a televised beauty pageant wearing a
one piece is demonstrating courage. Maybe not quite as much as putting your
life on the line in battle--but courage nevertheless. I am an
active LDS middle aged male. But if I were a woman, I don't know if I would
have the courage to wear a one piece swim suit like she did. I have nothing but
respect for Ms. Stevens!
Personally, I think a two piece swimsuit would've shown more of her morals and
really, who's choice, glad we are not all sheep.
Everyone here acts like Miss Utah was the only girl with a brain, courage, and
anything worth voting for. Yes, she seemed like a nice girl, but everyone of
those girls up there had something special. Just because they weren't LDS and
wore two-piece bathing suits does not make them any less of a good person, or
good contestants. I'm sure the judges didn't just vote her off due to her
bathing suit. She wasn't even in the line up before America's choice! That was
BEFORE the swimsuit part.
You guys/gals that are so caught up in the 1-piece / 2-piece swimsuit issue, get
over it! Whether a woman wears one or the other says VERY LITTLE about her
morals and values. Are the other contestants lacking thereof because they chose
to show off their level of physical fitness and beauty differently? I think
not. Using that criteria for judging an individual's inner person is
superficial and pathetic....
I have been in the Army for over 18 plus years and I was so honor to see that
Miss Utah was a Soldier too. I wasn't pleased when the judges didn't aloud her
to go thru the whole pageant. SHE IS THE AMERICAN CHOICE and with that she
should have stay thru the whole thing. I was in Afghanistan during the time that
Sgt Stvenson was there and to me she will always be the American Choice.. I will
give her 10 (Push Up) any time...SFC "Tex" Fort Lee, Va
I think the one piece swimsuit did her in.
I am from Michigan and I am thrilled that Miss Michigan won, she did a beautiful
talent portion and her answer to her question was good. I believe that the
judges were right with their choices and Miss Indiana really did deserve to be
in the top two.
SSGT T.P.H.: You posted that comment in yesterday's story. Get over it!!!!! I've
never seen a photo of her in uniform that defied Army regs. I'm sure she had
nothing but support from her superiors as was evidenced by their attendance at
the pageant. I'm sure she's done more for the military's image than you ever
did. That's assuming of course that you served, given your knowlege of military
regs.America's Choice: You obviously either didn't vote or didn't
read the rules at voting. It was not a "vote all you want" like American Idol.
You had to give several pieces of info, including an email address. One would
have to go to quite a bit of trouble to vote more than once, much less many,
many times.Please people, just grow up. There's absolutely no reason
to trash Jill. She's a wonderful human being and a great role model. I don't
particularly like pageants, but I'd encourage my daughter to be like Jill
anyday. Thank you Jill, for your service to America. The public is smarter than
all those silly pageant officials. Take the scholarship money and run with
Congratulations to Jill--America's Choice!! She was the most beautiful,
attractive one in the entire pageant! She deserved to win--but she possessed
more class than the entire Miss America pageant and judges did! And having
sacrificed part of her life for our country will never be applauded the way it
should be. Jill--you are wonderful and talented beyond any of the other
candidates. Also, shame on TLC for cutting your hair--you did NOT need a
makeover. You just won Miss Utah! What were they thinking? Crazy... Have fun
now and enjoy! 211th -you rock!
It was so refreshing to see a tomboy thrust in among all the girlie-girls. I
would have liked to see her break down her M-16 blindfolded in less than 2
minutes for the talent competition. Now that's a skill you can use! She is a fine example for all young women and she would have been an
incredible Miss America.
Values count. Too bad Jill Stevens doesn't value Army Regulation 670-1 (Wear
and Appearance of the Army Uniform).Justice was served. Fair is
fair. Congrats to Miss Michigan.
same old beauty contest hi on looks and low on substance. miss utah represents
everything that the "new look" miss america should be, bright, capable, serving,
intelligent, beautiful, and oh yeah she can actually DO something (other than
walk down the runway like a show piece). the judges for all their high minded
ideas still did what beauty contest judges do, outside appearance only. anyone
who watched the reality show on TLC would have seen exactly what the aim was.
same old beauty contest with same old rules. they spent more time on beauty and
fashion than on actually promoting what they claimed they wanted.my
thanks to miss utah for being who and what she is, an inspiration and a breath
of fresh air. i made it a point to my 3 girls that misss utah is a worthy role
model and not the winner (a 19 year old kid) who may be dynamic but is nowhere
near the standard of miss utah. she lost because she represents exactly what the
beauty contest organizers did NOT want a strong woman who can kick all the
others butts on paper and in person.CONGRATS JILL!!!
I was sooo proud of Jill she is the REAL MISS AMERICA" the way she handled
herself last night and the morales and values she has..I am so glad she is Miss
Utah and such an example for all.I was sooo disappointed with the way the judges
ruled, of course thats the "Ways Of The World" but its NOT RIGHT!!!
The judges didn't want someone like jill winning, because it's not what those
people stand for. They stand for fake, barbie doll images because it sells
Excuse me, but that wasn't a statistically-sound poll; rather, it was a "vote
all you want" advertising ploy -- the same way American Idol is influenced by
people creating vote-bots. If the judges had liked Miss Utah the
most, she'd have won. Her "angle" of being a military girl was a good one, but
it was too edgy (and unfeminine) to win out in the end.Just
interjecting some reality.
I was so impressed with Jill, Miss Utah. How wonderful to see someone who
stayed true to her values and is a strong caring and beautiful woman. She was
the first to help when one of the other contestants had an asthma attack. She
seemed to always have many others around her. If wearing a modest swim suit
made her lose the contest then that is fine. I wish I had seen her talent. Did
you know that Sharlene Wells Hawkes wore a one piece swim suit that was cut as
high in the top as it could be and as low on the bottom as it could be. She
still won the swim suit part of the Miss America pagent competition and then won
I thought Jill was awesome and I wish her the best of luck. She seems like a
The judges could be the real problem with the pageant. It would have been nice
to see more talent. The bikinis belong on beaches. I am disappointed more of the
contestants did not make the same choice.
Great Job - I don't know Jill Stevens - but proud that she stuck to her guns and
stood for something. Wish there were more like her.
Jill represents courage, enthusiasm, commitment, and leadership. I cannot help
but admire her. While I am not a pageant fan, I admire those who demonstrate
these qualities no matter the forum. Jill reminds me of my wife's niece,
Tiffany Stoker Madsen, who is now an at-home attorney and mother in Louisville,
Kentucky. She represented the state of California in the Miss America Pageant.
She had as her platform as "abstinence before marriage". Her platform was read
in the finals by Regis Philban", drooling with disdain for the message, I knew
that she was toast. His bias was obvious to me. She ended up 3rd or 4th runner
up. Jill is a great representative for the state and her values. How could
anyone not agree?
>>Her true courage came through when she chose the 1-piece bathing suit over a
bikini,>>Please. Her true courage was enlisting in the military and
putting her life on the line. Wearing a one piece suit has nothing
to do with courage or lack of. It has to do with a falsely developed sense of
righteousness, pandering to a community that thinks there is a huge difference
in showing off your body in a one piece versus a bikini.But
"courage"? Only in bizarro land. Let's let words mean what they
intend to mean. She's courageous because she's a soldier, not because of her
choice of a swimsuit.
She definately was the most beautiful girl in the pageant. She stuck to her
values and we're proud of her. She is America's choice.
Reply to "Kim"Amen!!!
Thank you for all you represent. It was wonderful to see a young woman sticking
to her values in the world today in front of thousands. Thank you for your
service to Utah and expecially America.
Cheers to Miss Stevens for chosing and sticking to her values. The swimsuit
competition shows Miss America is still a beauty pageant first, beauty as
defined by bikini-minded Hollywood and its Las Vegas-minded judges. It's
heartwarming to see that America still recognizes what real beauty is.
The Miss America organization is trying to change the cookie cutter Miss
America's of the past. They missed the boat on this one. They needed to change
the judges as well. It was clear watching the pageant that it was business as
usual as each contestant did their robotic walk and wave and prayed for "world
peace".I thought Miss Utah was a refreshing breath of air and made
the show fun to watch. I changed the channel once she was eliminated.I admire her for her values and sticking to them.
Values are necessary. Young women who lose those for the sake of winning
is totally wrong. What happened to the Miss America Pagaentthat
would not let the Bikini clad show off thier nakedness. I agree with Miss
Jill, I am so proud of what you represent. Thank you for having the courage to
fight for what many Americans value and would never deney when asked. Thank you
for speaking without "waiting" to be asked. I am gladly signing my name beside
yours. I fully agree with you! You are my "Miss America"!Love,
Andrea Shewey Knudsen
I am glad that someone finally had the courage to wear a one-piece bathing suit
I have always been offended by the bikinis and I appreciated someone who has
good values, morals, and sticks to them no matter what.I just wish we had
more people like Jill around and the world would be a better, nicer, and cleaner
Being LDS I am and was proud of Ms. Stevens for wearing the one piece suit
during the competition. I guess I am an "old foggie" but i like the "old" way
that Miss. America was with the modest suits and any talent was ok to perform.
I hope that my grand-daughters got to see the show.
I was very impressed with Jill and her performance last night. She represented
our state very well. What a great example for the youth of our state and nation
to follow. Thank you for sticking to your values, you seem like a great young
I fuly agree with Kim's posting. Jill is awesome. Now, being a guy I still
prefer the 2 piece swimwear, however Jill wanted the 1 piece and stuck to it
which speaks highly of her for sticking to her values and beliefs. I don't think
the judges saw that.
Swimsuits show off our "health and fitness"? Yeah right. And to put the
question to rest forever, Jill Stevens proved the point in a poignant way by
doing all those push-ups after being eliminated. Not only was she no doubt the
most fit, but also the most fun--the most real. So how ironic that the "judges"
couldn't remember what they were really judging and couldn't see past a
one-piece swimsuit--again. It was obvious throughout the competition why Jill
was "America's choice". If you really want to gain validity, America should
be allowed to decide who their "Miss America" will be-not an x number of biased
I will agree with Kim on this one. She was my #1 choice. If indeed the one piece
bathing suit is what 'did her in', then shame on the judges!!! For shame, I
It's a shame Miss Utah didn't get further in the competition. She seems to have
been what this "reality check" was striving for, and in my opinion she was more
than we have ever seen in a contestant before. I thought her humor, caring, and
strength were empowering to all women. She had an authenticity to her that made
me feel like she truly represents America's values without being pretentious. I
don't know what the judges were thinking with Miss Michigan. Her rendition of
Over the Rainbow was torturous, her evening gown and swimsuit were both tacky,
and her personality didn't seem to stand out in any way. I think the judges are
the ones who need a reality check.
Anyone who would lose a contest because she wore a one-piece bathing suit -- the
contest isn't worth entering. The tv piece right before the contest showed them
teaching the contestants to walk with more sexiness and swing. Come on -- how
many more times do we need to go through this to define what a role model is?
As was stated in other opinions elsewhere, do we want a "Hollywood" model or a
real person? I think she proved herself -- it's just that she didn't fit the
"mold." What a shame -- because she could have reached more people than most of
the other gals. Just goes to show how crazy these contests are!!
They said on the program they wanted a new and energizing look, well in my
opinion Jill Stevens was a refreshing contestant.. I don't think the judges
wanted to change the barbie doll image.. I was disapointed they were just talk
Jill is a beautiful woman inside and out. Her true courage came through when she
chose the 1-piece bathing suit over a bikini, especially in that setting. Now,
here's a role model for our youth. Courage and beauty, she is truly a