This weekend, Kira Kazantsev from New York won the 88th Miss America pageant at Atlantic City, which was inevitably followed by a slew of blog posts viciously skewering Kazantsev and the Miss America pageant in general. Gawker honed in on Kazantsev’s “rhythmless red-cup percussion“ rendition of “Happy,” inspired by the movie “Pitch Perfect.” Salon, in an otherwise sympathetic post, called the pageant “a collective American Nelson Muntz moment.” And Bustle redubbed Ms. America ”Miss Symbol of Conventional Gender Mores.”
Every year, I read these posts lambasting the Miss America pageant for being sexist, lame, irrelevant, and outdated, and the contestants themselves for being little more than a dumb person’s idea of ideal American femininity, anthropomorphized celery stalks liberally smeared with self-bronzer and Bonne Bell purple eyeshadow. And I agree with them, to some extent. (That flip-cup rendition of “Happy” wasn’t stellar, let’s just leave it at that.)
But mostly they just make my eyes roll into the back of my skull. Keep reading »
I didn’t watch the Miss America Pageant last night because “Breaking Bad” was on and DUH. But when I learned that the woman crowned, Miss New York Nina Davuluri, was the first woman of Indian descent to be awarded the crown, I was like, Oh cool. Stupid honor, no doubt, but hey, diversity! Some people who apparently take the Miss America Pageant seriously had the opposite reaction. Davuluri was forced to spend her first few hours with the title defending herself against those who say she’s not American simply because she’s brown. First, there were the moronic tweets (collected by The New York Daily News):
“How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots.”
“If you’re #MissAmerica you should have to be American.”
“9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?”
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After fumbling her answer at the Miss USA Pageant, Miss Utah Marissa Powell gotten a few chances to redeem herself. Her near-nonsense answer had to do with the gender wage gap, and yesterday, she appeared on “The Today Show” for another chance at answering coherently. However, I find this video much more satisfying: Miss Utah partook in some great self-effacing humor on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, as she sang her original fumbled answer to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Hey, a beauty queen who, like any other person, sometimes makes mistakes, but can laugh about them later? I’m into it. [ABC]
After her total fail of a response at the Miss USA pageant when asked about the gender wage gap, Miss Utah Marissa Powell tried to redeem herself with a more streamlined answer on “The Today Show.” Check out her interview with Miss America Erin Brady and see what you think!
What better way to celebrate the beginning of Full Figured Fashion Week (and cleanse your palette after Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant ridiculousness) than with a documentary about plus-size beauty queens? “There She Is” stars two friends, Allison and Jenny, who love everything about beauty pageants: the makeup, the hair, the costumes, the glitter.
But unlike the women who compete in Miss USA and Miss America pageants, Allison and Jenny are both a size 22. Keep reading »