As the unofficial pageant representative for Lovelyish (see my post on beauty pageants here), I thought I would put in my two cents on Miss California. Naturally, I did not miss this year’s Miss USA pageant. However, I hope it is safe to assume that most people heard about the controversy around Miss California’s response to Perez Hilton’s question about same-sex marriage.
Obviously, this debate is split right down the middle – either you believe Miss California was right to stand by her beliefs, or you support Perez Hilton’s side and legalization of gay marriage. While my personal belief is that gay couples should be entitled to marriage, I do not have an issue with Miss California’s conservative beliefs.
In fact, I am religious myself. My problem lies with the way she isolated gay couples in such a negative manner.
This is where the expectations of a beauty queen comes in. Pageant women are meant to be a symbol of beauty. There is no doubt that Miss California is physically beautiful - she has perfect blonde hair, a beautiful white smile, a lean and tan body, and gorgeous makeup. But her answer detracted from her beauty in my eyes.
Miss California’s response lacked sensitivity to people with different beliefs than hers, in particular gay people and people who support gay marriage. There have been many suggestions to how Miss California could have answered differently: she could have said that the decision should be left to the politicians or she could have stated her answer but expressed love to those who believe otherwise.
A pageant queen should have the intelligence and the heart to love all of her people. She should never make anyone feel inferior, despite possessing overwhelming beauty, talent, intelligence and goodwill. But Miss California’s answer did not carry grace, and so I do not feel she is as beautiful as she was before she spoke.
What do you think of Miss California? Do you believe she is beautiful?