Everyone’s still talking about Miss California’s gay marriage comments. Now there’s more drama for 21-year-old beauty queen Carrie Prejean. Apparently, there were some nice perks for her as former Miss California. The state’s pageant organization paid her bill for fake boobs.
Prejean received breast implants paid for by the Miss California Organization just weeks before she competed in the Miss USA pageant, confirmed Shanna Moakler, co-executive director of organization. Shanna told “Access Hollywood” that Carrie wanted breasts implants and the Miss California Organization “supported that decision.” Shanna, herself a former Miss USA and an ex-Playboy Playmate, added, “Breast implants in pageants is not a rarity. It’s definitely not taboo. It’s very common. Breast implants today among young women today is very common.”This is hardly the first time beauty pageants have sent messages that amount to a pile of hooey. Pageants profess to be all about inner and outer beauty, to showcase women’s accomplishments and granting scholarships. To a certain degree, that’s true. Pageants showcase some really talented women; take, for example, Vanessa Williams.
But let’s not be naive. Shanna’s probably right in that boob jobs aren’t exactly taboo in pageant-land. I don’t know what’s considered real or fake in the pageant subculture, where women hairspray their legs and wipe Vaseline on their teeth to look extra shiny. But a pageant organization paying for an already gorgeous 21-year-old to get breast implants shows where its real priorities lie.
Whatever your opinion is on plastic surgery, I hope this pageant organizations take a long, hard look at the message they want to send to women and girls. We’ve all seen little, little girls—”Little Miss Sunshine”!—who live for pageants. Do the beauty queens these girls look up to want to teach others that a woman has to pay thousands of dollars for fake boobs to be a winner? [MSNBC]