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I still want to be Miss America

When I was little, I wanted to be Miss America. Every year, my mom and I would turn on the pageant, and I’d watch in awe of the contestants’ beauty, how other-worldly their looks seemed to me. I was obsessed with anything and everything as feminine as possible, so a contest with a sole premise of encouraging women to be super “girly” was my dream. As I got older though, my attitude towards the pageant began to shift. I still watched Miss America each year, but I no longer longed to be her as fiercely as I did before. I blamed it on growing older; I thought that since younger me was the one enthralled in the contest that it was just a fantasy meant for little girls who wanted to be pretty when they grew up. But now, as I watch the changes being made throughout the pageant and industry that is Miss America as well as the ever-changing concept of gender equality in the modern world, I realize that that’s not at all why I started telling myself to lose such a supposedly childish dream. Each Miss America contestant introduces themselves by identifying the state they represent. This year, however, the women added something onto their introductory line: their level of higher education. From Harvard to Texas A&M, the 51 girls competing for the crown were undoubtedly educated in a variety of fields from a plethora of universities, but prior to this year’s contest, that information wasn’t televised. This sparked the first of a string of girl power additions to the now swimsuit portion-less night that focused much more heavily on the substance of the women rather than solely on their physical appearance. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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