Ever since I was old enough to hold a Barbie Doll, and especially in my teen years, I looked forward to watching the Miss America pageant with Ginger. We would sit in our pjs and bathrobes with bowls of ice cream, glued to the television, rooting for our favorites, staying up late. Each part of the competition was fun in its own way, but the talent competition was probably my favorite.
Now, after almost 100 years, the Miss America Organization has decided to eliminate the swimsuit competition component, in light of the #metoo movement and how it supposedly is demeaning to women. C’mon!!!! Really?? Do these women look like they are being demeaned? They look pretty damn proud to me. I think eliminating the swimsuit – and evening gown – competitions is a ridiculous mistake that will be the beginning of the end of this pageant.
- A beauty pageant is a form of entertainment, much like watching sports, pro-wrestling, or movies! What will be entertaining about seeing these women subjected to interview questions to evaluate their IQ? Not much. If you say it’s really a talent competition, then is it really just another American Idol or The Voice? That is not what has held an audience for 96 years.
- Why are some people so put off by judging on personal appearance? Like it or not, how you look matters in society – and it takes effort to look your best, even if young and blessed with good genes. These lovely ladies are not likely lunching on steak and cheese subs with 24oz creamy coffee drinks.
- It’s unfair that not every woman has a fair shot at this? Then I should be offended that with my short legs I will never make it as a sprinter in the Olympics? We all have different strengths and weaknesses – why should we recognize a great personal appearance any differently than we would recognize a high IQ, athletic ability, or musical talent???
- Women have chosen to be in this pageant with the full knowledge of the swimsuit competition. If they did not like the idea of parading on the stage in a bikini, they could choose not to enter. Seems to me that those that have participated enjoy every bit of this, are proud of their bodies and proud of the work they did to get there.
What are your thoughts on the elimination of the swimsuit competition?