Widgets Magazine

Mar 6, 2012

Beauty Pageants

Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? I know, that doesn't really seem to be my style, does it? Well, one year I was invited to be a State Finalist (whatever that means) in the Miss United Teenager pageant.I was excited and flattered and it took me a while, but I finally convinced my parents that I really wanted to give it a try. It was 1982 and I was a junior in high school

I never thought of myself as being a beauty. I struggled with weight issues all my life, but this pageant didn't have a swimsuit competition and it did have a writing segment. Silly me, I thought I might have a chance.

It was held at the University of Utah. Grandma brought me up to campus and I remember getting lost. We eventually found the check-in area and I settled into a dorm. The competition took two or three days and I really don't remember it all that well.

I know that the red and white outfit in the first picture was required and we all practiced and then performed a big number together in those clothes. They sent us patterns and I made the skirt. White strappy shoes were also required. We were allowed to choose our own evening gown and this peach-colored one was actually the dress my mom made for my junior prom.

I felt pretty good about things going in, but by the time I met the other girls I realized I was way out of my element. Having our pictures snapped every 2 seconds was disturbing to me and I didn't love wearing a dress all the time. I felt like most of the time I was pasting on my smile and not being myself.

Not surprisingly, I was eliminated in the first round, but that didn't stop me from tossing my hat into the ring one more time. I'll tell you about that tomorrow.


ccc said...

So neat. I can't believe they expected the girls to make their own skirt--that seems so out of line with the girls of today.
I can't wait to hear what happened next.

Shana said...

From the title of your post, I thought you were going to write about Toddlers & Tiaras!!

Brandi Yee said...

I think you looked great! You had to make your own skirts?? lol...oh man, I would have been screwed, I can't really sew well :( hehe. I think it's awesome you gave it a try, can't wait to see your post tomorrow about giving it another go ;)

Shell said...

What an experience!

Tracie said...

Exciting! Can't wait till tomorrow

LeAnn said...

I loved your pictures and I think it is awesome that you had this opportunity. One of my sweet daughters had a moment almost like this one. She too felt out of her element. I will look forward to the rest of the story.

Arkansas Patti said...

Totally impressed with you and your Mom's dress making skills.
I think you looked adorable.
Be back for part 2.

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

Oh... How exciting!! I can't believe you made that- unbelievable! I would never be able to do this!

Sara Bell said...

Aw, how neat! I like the idea of girls making their own skirts.
My mom entered me into something when I was a baby so I don't really remember it, but my MIL is putting my SIL the sister with Down Syndrome, if you don't remember) in a beauty pageant in two weekends. I'm not sure that I a going to go watch, but if I do it'll be my first experience with a pageant that I can remember.


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