To the self-proclaimed feminists who judge me for my involvement in pageants, I want you to know that I do not compete in pageants for the attention of men. I am proud of my body, but it does not define me or validate my worth. I compete in pageants because I like them. Feminism and femininity can co-exist.
Girls and women, infinitely diverse in their interests, appearance, ambition, ability, aspirations, make up more than 50 percent of the human population, but you would never know any of this watching our top grossing films. Despite decades of research, it is apparent that we are, as a culture, so used to women being marginal that we don't even notice.
Messages that can change your life come from the strangest vehicles, some times. And if some adolescent out there resonates with the corporate-funded "Like a Girl" campaign, should we worry that she's going to become a product-binging robot because she saw Always' logo at the end of an inspiring message?