In no way do I have any lack of respect for anyone who wears a crown (or bracelet). They went through hell and back to wear it--and some paid a pretty penny.
I don't have a problem with beauty queens, I have a problem with the society that encourages women to change themselves to become one.
It takes a phenomenal woman to participate in a beauty pageant, and I am not a phenomenal woman.
I don't have what it takes to fit society's mold, I never have, nor do I desire what it takes.
I have no hurt feelings about the pageant. At the end of the day, she is a woman who wears a bracelet and hopefully does good things.
A woman's beauty is not exclusive. It is not simply her looks or her mind.
A woman is not a disgrace if she is not a size 4 or 0 or whatever the PC terminology might be. Just because a girl isn't the skinniest does not make her unhealthy or nasty or irresponsible.
If the essence of a beauty pageant is a game, then why play? And just because something is a tradition does not mean that it is good. There are lists of occurrences throughout history where tradition didn't prove to be the best idea.
A beauty queen can be a beauty queen without playing someone else's game.
Women shouldn't look toward a panel of judges to find the beauty they posses or to receive acknowledgement for it.
And this formula is not good, and it is shocking that someone's grandmother could compete for the LOB title 60 years ago when it is only 50 years old.
As far as a woman being looked down on for receiving a crown, perhaps they should evaluate the steps taken to receive the crown. Perhaps it is not the individual that is being looked down on, but the path she took to get where she is.
No one at the pageant was 150 pounds overweight and extra weight does not qualify anyone for anything other than maybe some lifestyle changes.
That's all I can say for now. Please enlighten me if there is any other clarification needed.