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(October 18, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Beauty pageants get a bad rap. Critics are all over the news talking about swimsuits and how damaging a pageant is to the self esteem of girls everywhere. Of course none of these experts are actually in a pageant, and the contestants are always voicing opposite opinions. I donít think they are damaging to anyone, in fact, they may be helping a lot of girls out there.

Beauty Basics

I used to enjoy pageants on television, especially the one with the talent competition. (Miss America has talents, Miss USA does not.) Sure some were cheesy, but most were fun. The dresses and outfits were great, too. I havenít seen as many pageants lately because I started to think they were kind of silly. I mean, a bunch of girls walking around on stage in a swimsuit and heels? Whatís the point of that?

But I found out what the point is from a new friend of mine who was once close to being Miss Texas Ė money. Itís not like Survivor money that is driven by pure greed, this is good money, scholarship money. Pageants give out tons of scholarship money at every level of competition. Of course Miss America will have plenty of other things like fame, a new car, cool clothes and a crown, but she will also have a huge amount of money to pay for college. And what girl doesnít need that?

Beauty Bonus

Iíll be the first to admit that pageants havenít always been about scholarships. But they have always been pretty pure in purpose. A pageant isnít about making anyone feel bad, they are about celebrating young women from all over the world who have worked hard to take care of themselves and who are seeking the spotlight for one reason or another.

Just listen to some of the commentary the girls make during the interviews. It is rare to find one who just wants to be pretty and famous (these days, at least.) Most of these girls want a platform for a cause that is close to their heart and to help others. Past winners have helped society in countless ways.

Considering Pageants

Now, a baby pageant with a bunch on infants doesnít have much to do with dedication and hard work. But most local pageants do. Beauty pageants arenít just about traditional beauty. They are about interviews, style, talent, speaking skills, and poise. Being athletic and having nice features isnít enough.

If you start in the pageant circuit, you donít have to shoot for the world (or universe.) You can compete locally and start stashing away a few hundred here and there for your future. Even if youíve completely shunned pageants in the past, you might seriously consider looking into some around your town to see what they offer, what the requirements are and if the rewards are worth it.

Youíre already spending time working on your style. Learning to speak well to an audience and stand tall and proud may not win you money every time, but they are skills you can take to the bank now and for the rest of your life.


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girlteen

20/Female
Posted On: February 21, 2008
I know pageants aren't all about schoolarships but . . .

Ok why does little pageant girls get to hop around in skirts and all they have to do is smile, wave, answer like 1 question and they get to have a schoolarship?!?!?!!!!

That's not fair!!!!!! There being judged soly on their look not on their talent or personality!!!! Why should they get schoolarship??!!!?!!! What about the people who work hard into getting thier schoolships? That shouldn't be taken away by a little-miss-wannabe!!!!!!

WE WORK TOO HARD FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO BE TAKEN AWAY!!!!!!! (I would really like to get a schoolarshiop myself by WORKING HARD IN SCHOOL NOT BY BEING JUDGED ON MY LOOK!!!!)
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bubu28

20/Female
Taylor, MI
Posted On: December 9, 2007
My friend was in one and I think she took 2nd place
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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 5, 2007
i totally agree with MRS_11 beauty pageants are teriible!!!!!

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Lingushi

19/Female
Canton, NC
Posted On: November 3, 2007
I'll probably NEVER enter in ANY beauty Pageant. I'm not what you would call.........Fashion, I'm more into black, not pink.

~Lingushi~
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lunchsgirl11

26/Female
East Alton, IL
Posted On: October 24, 2007
DID YOU HEAR ABOUT FORMER MISS. USA COMING BACK INTO THE PICTURE,WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOU THAT.I DON'T THINK IT IS FAIR FOR THE MISS USA WHO HAS THE CROWN NOW AND IT IS HER YEAR TO HAVE IT NOT THE OTHER GIRLS. LUNCH
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element_wind91

23/Female
Bowling Green, OH
Posted On: October 22, 2007
scholarship money always sounds good, but i still hate pageants. what about the girls who aren't anorexic, huh? we don't work hard to make ourselves look good? well, apparently from their eyes, no.
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: October 22, 2007
yea but u have 2 be a certain height n not overweight cuz u have 2 look appealing in order 4 the show 2 get high ratings its alll about looking appealing
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: October 22, 2007
cool sign cancer i wish i had that life i wanna be awwe diva!
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babytink199

106/Female
Japan
Posted On: October 22, 2007
I think, when someone enters a pageant, they should at least considered for instead of saying, "TOO skinny," or "too fat" or "too" anything. Who cares about they look? Every pageant eliminates and humiliate 70%~%95 of the contestants, making people ALL over the world, hating themselves. And then, during the show, people actually say "Look at that contestant. She will never win!" Girls look at that contestant, and then, look at themselves, saying, "she's prettier than me! So does that mean I'm ugly?"

Seriously. I have my self esteem, but other people don't. What if they just took one look at you and said "NEXT! You too ______," ? I would feel pretty bad.

And yeah, right, sign_cancer78. How can that be possible?
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blubbernugget1

21/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: October 22, 2007
AND I AGREE WITH SORII TOO SHE IS SO RITE ABOUT THIS CRAP
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blubbernugget1

21/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: October 22, 2007
hit the wrong button more: BUT I DO HATE TEEN (but it is fun to watch miss teen usa) BECAUSE ONCE YOU GET TO THAT AGE THATS WHEN THEY START WITH THEIR RUDE CRUEL COMMENTS THAT CAN EVEN MAKE SOME GIRLS ANOREXIC AND THATS JUST HORRIBLE IF YOU AGREE WITH ME TALK TO ME ABOUT IT SOMETIME BY DMAIL OR BY PRO SYNIN
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blubbernugget1

21/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: October 22, 2007
OMFG THANK U FOR MAKING THIS I HATE PAGENTS U HAV TO BE A CERTAIN HEIGHT AND YOU CANT BE TO CHUBBY OR ITS THE BOOT 4 U AND I DONT THINK THATS FAIR (i do like to watch miss universe and miss usa)
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hovergirl2588

20/Female
Brookhaven, PA
Posted On: October 22, 2007
i want to join for scolordship money but miss teen usa gave me reasons not to aka did u see the way she anwserd that question about maps plus my mom thinks its only its bad because of the girls that are all like the mothers the owner and the kids the show dog

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whiteskyewarri

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 21, 2007
also the ones with little girls... its kinda creepy to see like 4 or 5 year all made up like they're 20 or something. weird.
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whiteskyewarri

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 21, 2007
i totally agree with sarii. you never see girls on beuty pageants that aren't really pretty or thin. i know this girl who has all of the qualifications for it in evreything but looks, and its really sad that she'll never get in just because she isn't really beautiful, cuz shes really sweet and an awesome role model. and my other friend was represented in one of them, and she didn't win but she was the runner up and she started to get really self destructive and cut herself and became anorexic because she thought she wasn't pretty enough. so ya... beuty pageants are bad news. just my opion.
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