On the heels of all of the news coverage and controversy following the most recent Miss Universe Pageant, I have found myself in conversations about why so called "beauty pageants" should matter and are they a true and healthy reflection of modern day women.
As a man, I may be out of my league, but I'll take a crack at it and then hope I don't have to sleep on the couch tonight. I have actually been a judge in a Miss America preliminary pageant in Richmond and I can tell you that these women and young ladies are more than what you see on the surface.
Although many will debate that they have never seen an "unattractive" Miss America or Miss USA, there is more to the beholder than just outward appearance.
The women that I judged were some of the most accomplished individuals that I have encountered. High college GPAs, a lot of community service, great self-confidence and for the most part they were often leaders among their peers. Honestly, I developed a whole new respect for pageants.
But in simple terms, from what many of the participants have said to me personally, they simply like to compete. Much like other women like to compete in various other sports and competitions.
At the end of the day, it's different strokes for different folks. If you want to compete, watch and attend pageants, then just do it. And here is a little side note for the Miss America system. They are the largest contributor to women's scholarships in the world. You know what, I think that's a good thing.