Okay, I have to admit: I have a soft spot for beauty pageants. I know that's not P.C. these days. So, sue me. Yes, in my (much) younger years, I was a beauty pageant contestant, so I kind of understand the landscape. And, I had family members who were beauty queens. I think maybe it's a Southern thing.
On Sunday night for the first time in a very long time, I watched a pageant: the Miss USA pageant. To say that these things have changed since my day would be a vast understatement. But I guess they are still good entertainment. (Although I can remember watching a Miss America pageant one year when I was in the 9th or 10th grade and writing a short story for English while I watched......one eye on the swimsuits and one on how many more pages I had to come up with. As I recall, I got an A for that paper. So, I guess I wasn't as "entertained" as I thought....just had my imagination fired up!)
I was happy to see the South well-represented..... as usual. Hey, say what you will. Down here, we know how to turn out a queen. Miss Alabama came up with the Miss Photogenic trophy. My pick for the win didn't even make the top 10: Miss Mississippi. What a knockout she was! And Miss Maine..... wow... all 6 feet of her. The judges I wasn't so enthralled with. What in the world could Paula Deen have to offer as a judge? Except, of course, she's Southern.........LOL. Mrs. Donald Trump? Johnny Weir? Come on, y'all. If you're going to have a pageant, have a PAGEANT....get some folks who know what to look for. Not Donald Trump's ex-employees.
It strikes me that the Miss USA pageant has become a venue for "professionals"....girls who are looking for a job. At least, the Miss America and America's Junior Miss pageants have been holding on to their scholarship base as a reason for being. Lots of the girls last night looked a trifle "shopworn" to me -- kind of that "rode hard, put up wet" look. Miss Colorado was the most fresh-faced. Every other contestant had the same sprayed-on tan, the same Barbie-doll hair-do and the same set of implants. Ladies, could you not be just a little bit more individual? Although,there were a couple of fairly good answers to the questions presented to the Top 5 contestants. (Shout out to Miss Oklahoma and Miss Virginia!)
I know..........times have changed and I need to change with them. (I'm not even going to bring up the Victoria Secret-type photo shoots.) Guess that's why I haven't watched many pageants in the last 20 years. I knew they'd be a disappointment. Boy, I'd hate to think I had to be in one now.