The lovely Miss Nebraska, Teresa Scanlan, was crowned Miss America this week. I have always been a bit of a closet pageant fan. They were such a big deal when we were little. You got to see all the fancy dresses and hear all the blathering on about world peace. I still love to watch all the pretty dresses (as manifested in my obsession with the Golden Globes and Oscars).
When I saw the little blurb on Yahoo! news about the new crowned Miss, I scrolled down and noticed a few of the more dissatisfied comments. Most of them were about pageants being stupid and yadda, yadda, yadda. But a fair amount of them made snarky comments about a blond haired blue eyed girl not being appropriate as a model of American beauty.
I think all of us know that beauty here in the great melting pot encompasses the entire spectrum of colors, shapes and sizes. If anything, her waistline makes her more of an abberation then her hair color. Curious, I went back and took a look at the last 20 years of Miss Americas. They look something like this:
Admittedly, there has been a cluster of blonds recently, but I don’t think they are walking away with the title year after year.