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Re: “Musing over Miss Arkansas

I was one of the 47 women chosen to compete in Miss AR, and on behalf of myself, Sloane, and my fellow contestants, I feel like someone from the inside needs to offer a different view.
First, Miss AR was my second pageant. I had never worn acrylic nails before that week. There are many "newbies" that compete each year and are a testament to the fact that genuineness and intelligence are most important qualities to compete in the system, not how well rehearsed your pageant skills are.
I can't begin to tell you the level of passion, community involvement and personal development in these women. Many girls spend hours upon hours volunteering and speaking in the social issue they choose to reresent, even after Miss AR. We have a plethora of skills and well rounded resumes. I co-founded a political activist group in Florida that received recognition in Marco Rubio's new biography and serve as a mentor to underprivileged youth. Somer was a missionary in Africa where she suffered through Malaria. Many women return to school this semester to finish a masters degree or some higher level schooling. We are all intelligent, driven women who are pursuing something more in life then pageants, and that is what earned us a spot there.
As for interview - when was the last time you effectively and passionately communicated your views on abortion, the state budget, health care, and Syria's crisis in 10 minutes to a panel of 5 extremely qualified and educated people? Because all 47 of us did less than a month ago. And yes, despite what you might think of the Miss USA system, we all know who the vice president is, as well as the house majority leader and state representatives.
There is a reason you have such an overwhelmingly negative response to this article. And no, it's not disgruntled pageant moms. It's people from the community who have seen a Miss Arkansas contestant fundraising for the CMN, volunteering for their local library's reading program, speaking to a rotary club, or giving up a Saturday to work for their platform. These people are angry because they know we are so much more than "pretty faces". We are actively fighting for better tomorrows - in our lives and others. It's a shame that instead of writing a tasteful, objective article of criticsm, you chose to knock an organization dedicated to empowering women who want to succeed and change the lives of others.

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Posted by Claire Hodgson on 07/25/2012 at 11:20 PM

 

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