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In a recent interview gURL Talk, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA both expressed views on Toddlers and Tiaras, their bodies and advice to young girls. Miss USA stated that she does not support children in pageants. She says that if she had a child and her child were to ask to compete in pageants, she would laugh at say no. Miss Teen USA had a slightly different view. She basically said she’s not for them, but she isn’t against them either. She believes you just have to get involved and see what works for you.

Miss USA also talked about her body image. She says when she was younger she was always teased for being too thin. But it’s not like she did it herself, her body was naturally built that way. She says health is very important to her and she plans on maintaining a healthy body. I can relate to her. I am always teased for being too thin but I can’t help that I have a fast metabolism and a thin build.

Then both girls offered advice to teen girls. Both basically stated that you shouldn’t let others opinions influence you. You shouldn’t let people’s opinion change the real you. The only person whose opinion matters is yourself. Live your life for you and not anyone else.

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http://www.gurl.com/gurl-talk-usa-teen-usa-talk-toddlers/

Top 3 social media Influencers for my Blog

An influencer is a person who inspires us to do things. Who are the top three influencers that my blog derives from? There are many people who inspire me to do great things. But my top three are Miss USA 2011 (Alyssa Campenella), Miss Universe Organization and Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2011 (Victoria Johnston). They are all about pageants and my influencers when it comes to my blog.

1. Miss USA 2011 

Since Miss USA began in 1952, titleholders and tens of thousands of women in the fifty states and the District of Columbia have contributed to making the competition a national tradition. In 1972, the 21st annual search for Miss USA was held in Puerto Rico and was broadcast live via satellite for the first time. Here is the current Miss USA. Before she became Miss USA 2011, she was Miss California USA. She’s a 21 year old who originally hails from New Jersey. She captured the Miss USA on June 19, 2011 at the The Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Miss USA talks about her journey through life and the hardships she went through. She’s lived on her own since she was a teenager. Her audience is not just focused on a particular group of people. Her audience can be anyone. She’s an inspiring young woman who can offer great advice to anyone. Her Facebook page has pictures of her journey as Miss USA. She has tons of comments and wall posts from friends and people who just love her. Her Twitter feed congratulates the new state titleholders who will compete for Miss USA 2012. She tweets about her life, what she’s doing and fashion. Her strengths are that she talks about anything, not just pageants. She’s real about what she says and I can’t see any weaknesses.

2. Miss Universe Organization

The Miss Universe Organization produces the internationally-recognized MISS UNIVERSE, MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA competitions. The MISS UNIVERSE and MISS USA competitions air as live specials and consistently rank among the most-watched television programming in the world. 
The first Miss Universe pageant was held in Dorado, Puerto Rico. That event inaugurated a series of annual television specials, which presented the culture and attractions of some of the most spectacular regions of the world to an international audience of hundreds of millions of people. I look to the entire organization to get news about what’s going on in the pageant world. They talk about the current titleholders for each state, country and even Miss Universe. They keep up-to-date with each of these girls and what they’re doing. They don’t have a specific Facebook page. But each titleholder creates a page to document their journey as part of the Miss Universe Organization. Again, there is no specific Twitter page either. It’s basically the same for Facebook. They’re strengths are that this is a strong organization that has been up and running for over 50 years. It’s a long and hard tradition to keep up but somehow they manage to do it in style. Their weakness though, is that they don’t focus enough on the state or country titleholders.

3. Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2011

Her name is Victoria Johnston. She’s a 19 year old young lady from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She competed in the Miss Wisconsin Teen USA for 4 years before capturing this title. And in 2010, all her hard work and dedication finally paid off.  She talks about her life and what she believes in. She talks about her dreams of becoming of high-fashion model and wanting to strut the runways in Italy, France and New York City. Her best words of advice?, “Never give up on your dream.” I met Victoria Johnston at a pageant event and she was gorgeous and very sweet. She’s not some stuck-up pageant princess. She’s a hard worker and has a good head on her shoulders. She inspired me to never give up on my dream of becoming Miss Wisconsin Teen USA. She’s worked so hard and showed what it takes to win. Her Facebook page is about her journey as Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2011. She posts lots of photos and keeps up-to-date on what she’s doing. Her Twitter feed is the same. She is strong in every way and is a true believer in never giving up. She has no weaknesses.

One rejected, China embraces pageants

In 1993, the Miss World beauty pageant was commanding 1.8 billion viewers worldwide.  That same year the front page of the state-run Beijing Youth Daily published an article with a bright red headline reading, “Peking University women reject beauty pageants.” The article slammed beauty pageants as objectifying women and received widespread support from readers.

Nearly two decades later, concerns about the “unhealthy wind” of bikini-clad contestants, as traditionalists once preached, has all but disappeared. China has a raft of pageants, talent contests and modeling competitions as societal and government attitudes change in the world’s most populous nation. Much as China seeks to build its naval might on the seas, Chinese society now has few qualms about women showing navels to gain glory among the footlights of international beauty pageants.

Nearly two decades later, concerns about the “unhealthy wind” of bikini-clad contestants, as traditionalists once preached, has all but disappeared. China has a raft of pageants, talent contests and modeling competitions as societal and government attitudes change in the world’s most populous nation. Much as China seeks to build its naval might on the seas, Chinese society now has few qualms about women showing navels to gain glory among the footlights of international beauty pageants.

"China wants to win the most gold medals, the Nobel in everything and, well, why not a Miss World or Miss Universe competition as well," said Dr. Louise Edwards, of the University of Hong Kong. Pageants such as modeling contests and children’s competitions advance, China has also spawned some less traditional types of pageants, including Miss Laowai China, a two-year-old competition to crown the most beautiful foreign woman in China; Miss Chinese Cosmos, where contestants are Chinese women living overseas; and Miss Pregnant, which needs little explanation.

Beyond commercial incentives, local governments also view beauty pageants as status boosters. “Localities really think it reflects well on them if they have the ‘most beautiful woman,’” said Edwards. The central government is also utilizing pageant winners as cultural ambassadors to promote China’s image overseas. After Zhang Zilin won the Miss World pageant in 2007, she was called upon to appear in a government publicity campaign, first appearing on the jumbo screens in New York’s Time Square in January. The screening coincided with Hu Jintao’s official visit to the United States. She was later chosen to run in the Universiade torch relay, a global competition for university students held earlier this year in Shenzhen. She will also be appearing in a campaign for L’Oreal Paris and has recently graced the covers of Chinese Elle and Harper’s Bazaar magazines.

For Liu, who will vie for the Miss World title next month, her Chinese title has brought adulation, if seasoned with some online scorn. “Most people said ‘congratulations to you,’ and more participants were very happy to see my success. But some people who didn’t understand the situation had a little doubt,” said Liu, referring to online criticism. She added, “You know if you are on the top there must be all kinds of voices. It’s really very common, so I don’t care.”

Defending pageants: Toddlers and Tiaras

Hundred dollar dresses, spray tans, heavy make-up all create this scene of the glitz and glamour for beauty pageants. But these pageant moms are all the rage for the high costs and media exposure awarded to their children. There are over 5,000 child pageants in which 250,000 children compete annually.

The mothers say that these pageants don’t sexualize children. One mother stated, “If people are looking at a child in a “sexy way”, then there’s something wrong with them. None of these pageant parents believe that their children are being sexualized. They say it’s a learning experience for their child and it’s all about having fun. But some people may argue that some of the costumes are too revealing for a young child.

Then there are the costs that people complain about. The entrance fees for some pageants range from $500-$1000. One mom said she has spent over $100,000 on travel, costumes and lessons. That’s $100,000 that could go for a child’s college fund or even the cost of a house. The winner of the pageant receives a crown, sash, trophy and a dream of media exposure. Sure there is also a cash prize, but the parents say that it doesn’t even come close to what they’ve actually spent.

In reality, it’s all about the media exposure and these parents pushing their children to be “famous.” These pageant moms don’t agree. They say it’s a learning experience and a confidence builder. They also say it’s the child’s choice to compete in the pageants. Is it really? Take a look at this video of an episode of Toddlers and Tiaras.

Pricey Pageants.

This dress is definitely stunning. But it’s pricey. The cost for this head-turner, $2,100. Pageants can get spendy. But do you really need to take out the big bucks to get the best looks? It really all depends on the person. Some girls in pageants think that spending thousands of dollars on a gown will help them win the pageant. But actually in all reality, it matters on the personality. No dress can really describe your personality. All it is- a piece of material. Having a custom-made dress shouldn’t factor in on who wins the title. In this economy, most girls can’t afford these types of dresses. If you’re looking to spend less try local dress shops or even chain stores like: JC Penny, Deb’s, Macy’s, Kohls, etc. These stores sell hundreds of dresses at a fraction of the cost of these over-priced designers.

You can even go on the web to sites like E-bay, and find quality pageant dresses. Whatever your situation is, it’s not always necessary to shed out thousands of dollars on a gown that you’ll probably only wear once. Sure these dresses are gorgeous but remember it’s not the dress who makes the person. It’s the person who makes the dress. So don’t stress out if your dress isn’t the most expensive. Show your personality and you’ll shine more beautifully than any dress.

Who should I follow?

So recently I joined Twitter. I am currently following 71 people. I would say that a majority of the people I follow are celebrities. In my opinion, celebrities are definitely the most interesting people to follow. If you want to keep up with the latest gossip all you got to do is follow a celebrity. Obviously my blog topic is pageants and I want to follow those who are involved in the “Pageant World”. These are my top five that I am following.

1. @TheRealMissUSA

-This is Miss USA 2011. She is a major focus of the pageant system and I aspire to be as great as she!

2. @TheRealTeenUSA

-Another major focus in the pageant system. Currently I am involved in the Miss Teen USA system. Danielle Doty is definitely a great choice to represent Miss Teen USA.

3. @SherriHill

-Sherri Hill is one of the most prestigious fashion designers. Her dresses are beyond gorgeous. They may not be cheap, but it’s totally worth the beauty. I am following her because I want to stay up-to-date on the current fashion.

4. @TyraBanks

-America’s Next Top Model creator and producer. She’s a best-selling author and very successful model. She was the first to strut what real curves are on the Victoria’s Secret runway. She’s a fierce woman who speaks her mind.

5. @KendallJenner

-This girl right here is going to the modeling industries’ next best thing. She’s definitely a talented model and is going to do great things with her career. I mean of course this girl is going to be a big star- her sisters are the Kardashians!!!

So there you go. I would say these are my top five choice to follow if you want a heads up on the pageant and modeling industries. These 5 right here are always current and they are fun to follow.

This is my second pageant. I little less than a month after NAM Wisconsin Teen 2010, I competed in a more local pageant. This was the Miss Jackson County pageant. It wasn’t all that different from NAM. The scoring fields were: interview, evening gown and speech. This particular pageant was a lot more difficult than NAM. Even though there were only 7 of us competing for 5 titles that were offered, the speech was definitely the hardest. We were asked a question and then were supposed to come up with a 2-minute speech about that topic. The interview was sort of hard too. But atleast we got to be ourselves. The evening gown portion is always my favorite part of any pageant. I get to be all dressed up and wear a gorgeous dress. This dress was really pretty and i enjoyed wearing it. Nevertheless, I will always be a pageant girl.

This is my second pageant. I little less than a month after NAM Wisconsin Teen 2010, I competed in a more local pageant. This was the Miss Jackson County pageant. It wasn’t all that different from NAM. The scoring fields were: interview, evening gown and speech. This particular pageant was a lot more difficult than NAM. Even though there were only 7 of us competing for 5 titles that were offered, the speech was definitely the hardest. We were asked a question and then were supposed to come up with a 2-minute speech about that topic. The interview was sort of hard too. But atleast we got to be ourselves. The evening gown portion is always my favorite part of any pageant. I get to be all dressed up and wear a gorgeous dress. This dress was really pretty and i enjoyed wearing it. Nevertheless, I will always be a pageant girl.

National American Miss Wisconsin Teen 2010

My very first pageant. This is National American Miss Wisconsin Teen 2010. I was so excited to receive my letter that invited me to my very first pageant. There were about 68 girls competing in this pageant. I was a Top 10 Semi-Finalist. I was so surprised. I had competed in evening gown, interview, personal introduction and community involvement to snag my Top 10 win. Along with the main competitions, I also competed in all the optionals competitions. I had competed and placed in- Casual Wear Modeling, Talent, Top Model, Spokesmodel, Actress and Photogenic. I had either won or came 1st Runner-up in each of these. I had also won the Spirit of America award and Best Resume. My parents were extremely proud of my accomplishments.

Twitter

Hey everyone. I just started using Twitter! All of you follow me @margihw23.

What is True Beauty?

True Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

According to Dictionary.com, the definition of “True” is the following three statements: 
1. Being in accordance with the actual state or conditions;  conforming to reality or fact; not false.  2. Real; genuine; authentic.  3. Sincere; not deceitful.

The definition of “Beauty” according to Dictionary.com is:
1. The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).

So, to put together these words, logically, “True Beauty” means a “genuine, person’s exterior qualities.” Is that all it’s really about? People are judging others on whether or not they are beautiful… and it’s all a matter of opinion. Not everyone likes the same things and no two people are identical. So, who are we to judge whether or not someone is beautiful. We’re all different, but we’re all still the same. I know that’s a contradiction in itself, but we look at others on the exterior and we’re all original; however, sometimes you have to go deeper than that to find “true beauty”.  What is “true beauty” in the non-logical and completely opinionated definition? My definition: a person who has spirit, who can be who they really are without worry; someone who’s dedicated, honest, supportive, helpful, caring, and, most of all, unique. They have to be themselves. Flaws and everything. No one can be their own person without being unique, and that’s what every person with true beauty is. There’s no such thing as normal. Every person that I meet is trying to find themselves. They’re searching, but they’re searching for the wrong thing. They’re searching for a sense of “normalcy” when there’s no such thing! No one’s normal and that’s what makes a person unique without them even knowing. Nevertheless, the person that realizes this uniqueness in everyone, including themselves, is the one with true beauty. No amount of make-up can make that. We all have true beauty somewhere inside us. It’s our personality. Who we are as a person is what people should be judging us as, if at all. Our outer beauty is a plus, but to be truly beautiful is to have an even greater inner beauty. Writing this reminds me of the show True Beauty with Tyra Banks. They judged the person’s outer beauty while judging their inner beauty without the contestants knowing. The show helped people realize that it’s not all about what you look like, but it’s also how you act that makes you a beautiful person. Children, teenagers, even adults need to remember that not everything is based on how you look. If everyone knew they were being judged on their true inner beauty before their outer beauty, I’m almost certain that everyone would act a little nicer and smile a little brighter every day. That’s what everyone needs. That’s what true beauty really is.

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