First, let me say that I love the mission of the Miss America Organization – “to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community.”
However, the Miss America Pageant is just not the same as when I was a little girl…or is it? I stumbled upon it while channel surfing last night and judging from social media feeds, most of my online friends were either watching Breaking Bad or just browsing like me. I can’t imagine that families gathered in front of their flat screens or that a bunch of girlfriends connected on their cell phones to watch Miss America.
It’s just not an American tradition anymore, and it’s no longer exciting to see who will be crowned America’s most beautiful. Although I tuned in for more than half of the show, I was extremely bored from the beginning to end. I’m not sure if it was the baton twirling, the bikini parade followed by the pageantry stance, the generic Colgate smiles or the 1980s prom queen inspired evening gowns. I was lost.
The problem with Miss America (and I speak for myself) is that America has changed and this pageant is still hanging on to what we deemed as beautiful and talented 20 years ago. Sure we see different races compete and win, but they all just seem like cookie-cutter replicas of each other.
America loves the unconventional and although last night’s ratings are said to be the highest since 2004, the Miss America Organization has a lot of revamping to do.