Last Saturday was the Miss America 2012 pageant where 53 hard-working ladies competed to obtain scholarship money to further their educations.
These future doctors, lawyers and politicians had to sing, dance and parade on stage in a bikini to win.
A friend and I watched with utter dumbstruck fascination. We concluded that all the white gowns were probably going to double as wedding dresses. Also that it is strange that Miss America has to wear a crown at all of her public appearances.
Miss America gets to do a lot of cool things: meet the President, speak at important events and travel the country promoting her chosen platform.
The thing is she has to do this while wearing a crown.
In other words this intelligent, confident woman seeking a higher degree looks like a little girl playing dress-up.
Regardless of your opinion about the fact that these women were judged on their looks as well as their talent, it takes a lot of guts to get up on stage and let the world see your every flaw. It’s a very elaborate and public job interview –– kind of like running for president, except theoretically the presidential candidates are not judged on how “pretty” they are.
This year’s Miss America is Laura Kaeppeler. Like all the ambitious Miss Americas that came before her she doesn’t need a crown to prove to the world that she is worth being heard. And confident women everywhere shouldn’t have to wear one to get people to listen.