In our last blog, we began taking a closer look at some harmful myths and misconceptions surrounding the world of pageants. While a lot of people think that competitions like the Miss Teen pageant are just for pretty girls who are shallow and not intelligent, the opposite is actually true.
More Harmful Teen Pageant Myths Busted
Pageants are just shallow.
This simply isn’t true. In many pageants, including the Miss Teen pageant, contestants are required to answer questions posed by judges and are encouraged to express their unique personality on stage. During each stage of our pageant, the young ladies have the opportunity to share their own styles and personalities.
Young women who participate in teen pageants often demonstrate their commitment to their communities by organizing community gatherings, walkathons, and school awareness programs to promote awareness for good causes, such as skin cancer, bullying, and teen drinking. If you think that’s shallow, think again.
You can’t learn any real world skills from being a pageant contestant.
This is another misconception about pageants that we hate. When was the last time you had to stand up in front of hundreds of people and several judges and answer questions ranging from your future goals to your biggest fears? Our contestants must demonstrate their abilities to think of their feet and present their thoughts in a cohesive and articulate manner. They also demonstrate determination, self-motivation, public speaking skills, confidence, and courage.
Pageants are anti-feminist.
In addition to offering significant life skills like the ones mentioned above, the young women in Miss Teen also have the opportunity to win scholarships. In fact, $30,000 in cash scholarships were awarded at the last National Miss Teen Pageant Competition. Our scholarships allow our pageant winners to attend prestigious schools and universities such as Brown University, Harvard University, M.I.T., Cornell University, and more. The Miss Teen pageant is about a young woman being herself, not an object on display. We strive to ensure that every Miss Teen contestant gains experience that will allow them to achieve the things in life they may have never attempted without their pageant experience. Here at Miss Teen, we are all about raising up young women and empowering them with the ability to see that the world is their oyster.
Pageant winners don’t go on to be successful in their lives.
Really? Tell that to Halle Berry (Miss Ohio USA 1986), or Oprah Winfrey (Miss Black Tennessee 1986), Michelle Pfeffier (Miss Orange County 1978), Sharon Stone (Miss Crawford County 1976), Diane Sawyer (American’s Junior Miss 1963), and Vanessa Williams (Miss America 1984).
Think twice the next time you cast judgement on a pageant. These young women are beautiful on the inside and out and are going confidently in the direction of their dreams.
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