First off before I begin, it is about time that Miss America got rid of the swimsuit portion of the “beauty pageant.” It is also time that we stop women from degrading themselves by walking across the stage in little to nothing while being “judged” by their outer bodies, for women are more than their bodies.
When I was little, people told my parents to put me in pagents because they thought I would go far, but my mom put her foot down. My mother always believed that pageants were the gateway to many things: eating disorders, perverted and sick men looking at little girls, and image issues.
Those are the three things my mom hated about pageantry, so she never let me step one foot into the pageantry arena, and I am so glad she never let me do so. As a young woman, the one thing I am self-conscious about is swimwear. As woman in her twenties, I don’t have a “body” like many women, and to know that people “judge” women based on swimwear sickens me to death.
I won’t lie, I have a small frame and my thirteen year old cousin has more meat on her bones than I do, and trust me, she always reminds me of it, so do you think I would join a pageant to have myself trot on stage in “little to nothing” just for people to judge me and label me as a “not as worthy of the crown” due to my small stature while the woman behind me is considered beautiful due to her being “well endowed?”
I don’t think so.
“Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.” Proverbs 31:25
I have more to offer than my body, and I might not have a lot of “body,” but I do have a big heart, and that is something your body cannot give you. I don’t need to prove my womanhood by how much sex-appeal I have, and Miss. America is wrong by judging women by their physicality, for that sends out a message of narcissism.
Miss America was teaching young girls “If you want to compete to be beautiful, we must judge your body” or “Beautiful girls only come in certain sizes.” Not only does this lower self-esteem, but it also opens the door to anorexia, bulimia, and other non-specified eating disorders.
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
Miss America is only about ego, the outside appearance, and it’s also a bunch of women who want to be known for beauty instead of the inside. A naturally beautiful woman doesn’t have to “compete” to be beautiful, for her worth comes from Christ and from her gentle and meek spirit, and that is proof enough of her beauty.
Miss America lies to lure insecure women in and Miss America loves to feed off of women’s cravings of “wanting more beauty.” A year ago, I got an offer to compete in a beauty competition, and I ripped up the invitation when I really began to think about what pagents stood for.
When I saw that there was a swimsuit portion, I ripped up the paper into shreds. My beauty is not in how much skin I show, my beauty is not in the “fancy gowns I wear,” and my beauty is not in the 100 pounds of makeup that I put on my face to appease the judges, but my beauty comes from God, for I am made in His image, so I refuses to degrade myself by joining a pageant, for I am worth more than that.
I am made in the image of God,
I am His daughter,
I am lavished in perfect grace,
I am redeemed,
I have a future of hope,
I am worth more than rubies, and I do not need any pagagent to tell me how much I am worth, because they cannot even begin to comprehend the worth of those who find their identities in Christ.
Every woman is priceless, and it is time that women break away from the insecurities and begin living in perfect grace. Beauty industries are thriving off of women’s insecurities. You have commercials about “weight loss,” about “anti-aging” creams, and other things that prove to make you look better and younger, and women are slaving themselves to these things.
You have Victoria’s Secret that have models with fake implants, lip injections, and airbrushed faces walking down runways that make ordinary women feel “inadequate,” which is wrong, so I am glad that Miss. America is finally judging “beauty” on something more than a woman’s body in a bikini.
It takes a really shallow person to think a woman’s beauty only comes from her body, but sadly, in 2018, society is trying to program little boys into thinking that women are only sexual objects that are only meant for pleasure and appeal. Women were created to be a helpmeet to a man, not an object who is only defined by her body.
“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
I want to be known for how much I love people, for how much I help people, for how much I love God, and for how much I stood up for godly living, morality, and inner radiance. Any woman can be known for their body, but not every woman can be known for their love for Christ. The body is the first thing that goes when you age. Your looks begin to fade, and you begin to get gray hair, but that is okay, because you are still beautiful in God’s eyes.
“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The Lord does not look at the body, but He looks at the heart. He could care less about where your clothes come from, but He cares more about where your joy comes from and where your identity comes from. Many women fail to realize that their identity is found in the man who shed His blood on a cross for them, and these same women are the same ones who spend their nights crying due feeling empty all the time.
The most destructive lie that women believe is the lie of vanity. This lie is the reason young girls find themselves insecure and trying to “prove their worth” through bodily profits rather than finding their worth in Christ. It is time we teach young girls that beauty originates in the heart and not in the body.
So Dear Miss America, it is about time to realize that women have more to themselves than just a body. It has been long overdue that you implement some standard of morality, but now it’s time that you begin to tell little girls that they don’t have to compete for beauty, because they are already beautiful.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
A little girl is worth more than a crown, for she is worth more than rubies, so why demean the worth of women by only giving one woman a crown when every single person in the world were all viewed as worth dying for by Christ?