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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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Sorii

19/Female
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Posted On: October 21, 2007
I don't have much aginst pagents...except when they have little girls 8 and younger do it cos they don't allways want to.

if i ever get another entry form thing i want to enter to prove that you don't have to be popular and have only outer beauty to be beautiful.

IT's the inside that counts and anyone should be able to be called beautiful.

What sucks is that today in society everyone thinks that if your not popular your ugly. And that's not true cos i know a lot of unpopular people that are beautiful on the inside and the outside.

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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: October 19, 2007
I DONT LIKE PAGEANTS...ESPECIALLY THE ONE WIT THE LIL GURLS..THEY DRESS THEM UP AND PUT ALL THAT MAKEUP AND STUFF ON THEM..I SEEN BEHIND THE SCENES AND THOSE LIL 4 &5 YR OLDS R IN THERE BOSSIN THEIR PARENTS AROUND?! CAN U BELIEVE THAT? I SURELY CANT. BUT YEA I DONT LIKE PAGEANTS
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CinnamonDragon

19/Female
Madagascar
Posted On: October 19, 2007
Uh, I don't know what to think about Beauty Pagents. They make people feel bad, they give scholarships, you get to dress up, the people tell you what to do when to do it and how to do it. It's a bunch of ups and downs. lol

~Cin
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X_the_black_pa

106/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: October 19, 2007
pageants are a bunch of crap.
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cheesy_fruitca

19/Female
Gurnee, IL
Posted On: October 19, 2007
I have no problem with beauty pagents.

But, LOL, and emo pagent?!?! OOOH I HAVE AN IDEA! There should be a cut competition. Neatest cuts win!
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: October 18, 2007
yea the ones 4 lil girls are just teaching them 2 look like h*es. but the ones 4 miss teenusa n miss usa n miss universe are ok. i like watchin them
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: October 18, 2007
my mother wants me to, but i DESPISE make-up with a passion, i'm kinda a hippie chick. if i do wear make-up, it's for a play, musical, or it's completely organic. but to each it's own. i suppose i'll have to wear it more if i do become a famous (and paid) actress.
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Billytalent_xx

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 18, 2007
I think Beauty Pageants for Miss America and ones like that with older women as the competitors, but the ones with little girls who are usually raised to do that, like show dogs, really bother me. It's degrating when it's not their choice. When the girls grow up and arn't cute anymore, what happens then? What are they supposed to do with their lives? They can't all be Miss America, or supermodels.

I know this is sort of off topic, but I had to say that.

*Leaf
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Maddie705

20/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: October 18, 2007
I hve never seen nor been in a pageant.But scholarship money sounds good.
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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: October 18, 2007
anywho, past the place... my homecoming was like a pageant. it was funny. one of them was almost removed because her dresses were all revealing and another wasn't enjoying herself at all. lol
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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: October 18, 2007
well actually kinda 2
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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: October 18, 2007
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 18, 2007
First To Comment!
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 18, 2007
Love This! I Am Due To Compete In Beauty Pageant And Represent Miss London.
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