After reading Rowan Pelling’s take on Beauty Pageants, I would like to counteract the article with a fresh look on todays current official Miss England pageant, I am due to take part in, in August this year. I have pick out several points I feel are out of date comments and personal opinions that are non factual.
First of all I would like to kick off with this quote, “Fast forward to the present day, and beauty pageants seem as relevant as white gloves and Playtex girdles…..They would rather be Lena Dunham, Beyonce or Amy Poehler than Miss UK. Little wonder contestants are thin on the ground.” Playtex girdles, AKA big pants are as relevant in this current civilisation, to all ages of the population as they were 30 years ago. If there is a demand or interest in an event, product, organisation etc. then this would determine that there is a relevance in society. I consider the statement that refers to these current celebrities to be a sweeping statement about the female population, especially on the age range that the competitions offer. I hold the title of Miss Worcestershire and the main thing my journey to winning the title taught me, was to be yourself as an individual. Yes you can aspire to achieve certain qualities of a celebrity, but again they all their own person and bring different attributes to the modern world. A celebrity can use their influence and power to set an example or get a message across promoting charities, the work they do and support, this is exactly what winning the title of Miss England/World can enable you to do on a large scale. We have so many charities these days that the general public and beauty pageants ladies support, so therefore I am certain there is a high relevance for the Miss contests.
Winning a title and place in the finals is a privilege no just a name. It shows that it is most defiantly all about the work we all do for the wonderful charity ‘Beauty with a Purpose’, that we make friends for life, supporting each other and above all be ourselves. Anyone can be beautiful on the outside but it is what’s on the inside that matters. We are ambassadors to the pageant for each of our regions, where people look up to us to represent, encourage and promote dignity, self confidence and natural beauty world wide. All the girls national have earned their place by hard grafting, publicising our charity work and organising our pageant life around our day to day jobs…yes we are NORMAL GIRLS! This leads me to my final quote, “You can’t help suspecting the £250 prize money has something to do with the lack of enthusiasm”. In my personal opinion, this comment is unspeakable. Clearly no time has been taken to research or interview any real girls taking part in the current competition. On my Eco dress alone for Miss Worcestershire, I spent 23 hours in total and that doesn’t scrap the surface on the time I personally took to fundraise for my charity events. We can all vouch for each other girl in the competition we do not ‘lack enthusiasm’ but most defiantly the opposite!
Thank you for reading my counter article and hope that if I have changed one personal opinion it will have been worthwhile writing this. To all the other girls, organisers and supports of our Beauty Pageants we know we work hard, we know that there is a relevance in our lives to take part and we WILL carry on!!