Randall Smith, owner of Renaissance Pageants, stepped out of his luxury sedan, flawlessly dressed. In the backseat of his car sat several big boxes. I asked if they were crowns and trophies. 'No,' he said. They were products.
Competitors come with troupes of handlers and backup performers. When a queen is fully tucked and sewed in, she needs help mounting all of the opulent looks in store for the evening; and the more backup dancers you have, the more you can impress the judges.
I am going all out this year. I pride myself in originality, so I have never actually bought a costume. I am going to go as a Carl's Jr. Girl and wear a bikini and have the cheeseburger in hand. That will come in handy late night!
It's impossible for a beautiful woman such as Jena Sims to also have brains. Wrong! Jena is a smart, capable woman who not only makes us smile when she's in front of the camera, but runs her own non-profit organization called HBBQ's Inc. (Has Been Beauty Queens).
Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee joins me to speak about the need for more diversity in images of beauty and in media. Brook also talks about her favorite Asian-American media personalities, such as comedian Alec Mapa and actress Amy Hill.
For a country that got rid of royalty on its road to independence it seems Americans could also now grasp the wisdom of doing away with the hierarchal idea of beauty queens as well. Can't we see the beauty in everyone and celebrate without any beauty king or queen being crowned among us?
Okay, I'm still not a fan of the beauty pageant. But I have new respect for Miss America as I have watched the new queen cope with the seriously depraved Neanderthals that troll through the dark side of American life.
The French Senate voted this week to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 and to impose up to two years in prison and steep fines of up to $30,000 euros for adults who try to enter children into illegal pageants or run illegal/underground pageants themselves.
If we live in an age of equality, isn't it time there was a pageant for men? Why should only women be scrutinized for their appearance? Isn't it high time there was a nationally televised Mr. America pageant that judged a young man's talent, his brains, his choice of evening wear?
Picture the stage lined with Ken doll clones all fitted in black tuxedoes and strategically placed eagerly waiting to hear results. What you cannot see inside Mr. New Jersey's unique white blazer is a man's heart pounding with anxiety and the burning secret he's about to unleash.