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And The Winner Is…   What Happened to the Miss America Pageant?

Oops, I said PAGEANT!  I wonder what the contestants be wearing? Oh, no!  I said contestants!  Okay, there I go again! Let me correct myself.  I wonder what the candidates in Miss America 2.0 will be wearing under their sashes that just say the names of their states. Will the Miss America sash simply say, AMERICA?  Oh, gracious!  What if one of the CANDIDATES takes a knee to protest? With swimsuit gone, what about evening wear? Gretchen Carlson once said, “Whatever makes them feel confident.” Will a candidate wear a nightgown? I mean, a nightgown is considered evening wear, right? Continue Reading

The Death of Being Exceptional from a former Miss America Contestant

“I was not born an exceptional person but I made a decision to become exceptional because of the high standards of the Miss America Program.” Day by day and inch by inch, iconic institutions are “watering down” their standards to the point of the danger of complacency. The Miss America Pageant is the latest target. I read the talking points on the Miss America press release and I spoke to a board member who serves on the Miss America board along with communicating with former Miss Americas and contestants. I understand this is a hybrid mess of issues that includes the Continue Reading

How to Experience Extragavant Joy

Bree Boyce Marsh chooses JOY! My buddy and Miss South Carolina “sistah” made a decision several years ago that changed her life in a dramatic way. It is Miss South Carolina week and in honor of this exciting event and the theme of my new book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops,” I thought of Bree Boyce Marsh. Bree possesses many of the same qualities I highlight in a chapter in my book entitled, “Fearless and Fabulous Esther.”  Like queen Esther, Bree is brave, bold and beautiful. But it did not start out that way. Bree was 17 years old and weighed in at 234. She Continue Reading

America – Melting Pot or Septic Tank?

I was PROUD to sing the National Anthem at the Miss South Carolina Pageant last week. It was a fun week filled with Queens, Princesses, Princes, Wanna-bees, Should-a-Beens, I’m-Done-With-This Pageant, and I-Can’t-Wait-till-Next-Year Competitors.  It was a beauty queen melting pot of variety of gowns, bodies and political opinions. It was a slice of America on steroids. Continue Reading