MYTH: Beauty Pageants.

For those who haven’t taken the time to learn about the world of pageantry, you may have an inaccurate and false belief about them. If you still chuckle and scoff at a beauty pageant queen, may this post enlighten you.

For those who automatically diss this post because Trump was once co-owner of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant system, please listen up.

Pageantry is a sport and yes, there are some that are based on looks and physique or other more superficial aspects of a person. Some because they accompany a swimsuit contract and we once lived in a very superficial society – that has changed, hasn’t it?!

However, not all pageants are alike. I’ve judged many and served on the boards of some over the years – the scholarship, leadership and community service driven pageants and also have the experience of judging a fluff one here or there, too.

The Miss America pageant is a scholarship driven organization and these young women are the leaders of tomorrow. The criteria includes academics, community service and well, yes, poise and talent. The delegates are well-rounded individuals.

I remain a state approved judge for Miss Massachusetts, though my involvement has been scarce as of late. Today, I made the decision to become a Century Club Member by donating to support the education awarded through scholarships.

May I encourage you to learn more about the Miss America system and what if affords young women.

In a society filled with those who boost the ratings of The Bachelor and 90 Day Fiancé, I struggle with why one would think pageants are demeaning. Maybe we should educate others and think twice.

Author: E.M. Murphy

A voracious writer, lifetime learner and eternal seeker who aims to open minds and hearts. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a NASM Certified Behavior Change Specialist, humanity and humor is at the heart of my writing, reminding us that the key to success will always start with a genuine concern for others while making sure to be true to our authentic selves.

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