And former Miss America Scholarhip preliminary contestant,
Bethany True, Newbie author of "Remember the Alimony,"
GuestBlogs tomorrow, Mon Jan 29
to chat about women, brains, and beauty.
Believe you me, it'll be an important, and really fun day you won't wanna miss.
And, not to scare you or anything, but the photo below was my "official" headshot during my "year of service as Miss PA 1989/Top Ten Miss A finalist. A journalist who once spent a week as a Miss America contestant for a pro-scholarship pageant story remarked that the contestants are smart, competent, and -- all wear so much makeup they look about forty years old.
Which is one of many reasons I cringe when I see this headshot. I mean, I'm not sure I could have worn more makeup, or had bigger hair. Shortly thereafter, Miss A started the "more natural" edict for contestants. My bouffant may have been responsible.
Yet the Miss A experience was a great one for me: I won more than $20 k in scholarship, clothes, use of a cool car for a year, plus traveled throughout the US promoting organ donation and gaining invaluable business/marketing savvy. Oh, and I got to complete the college degree I thought I'd never I'd be able to.
More important, the crown for some reason encouraged people to become friendy, and I was blessed to meet and be welcomed in friendship by all kinds of people. You can't buy that, and I sure as heck respect and appreciate the experience.
Are you gonna watch Miss America Monday Night? How do you feel about Miss A? Is "the largest scholarship organization for women" a front for a t/a fest? Have you competed in pageants?
Think about this statistic: Your son has a better chance of playing in the Super Bowl than your daughter has of becoming Miss America. I guess that means the Miss A competition's a little more refined than one might think...
Grazie mille, PlotMonkeys, for an ab fab week. We loved talking 'Kings of the Jungle,' and you managed to woo us with a man each of us would love to love. Can't wait to see you here again!