This is kind of a follow up to the one thread I posted here.
As some of you know, last weekend I attended the Miss Junior Teen Pennsylvania Pageant in Harrisburgh, PA, and if you read my earlier post in this forum, you would know I wasn't looking forward to the opportunity of 'being fake'.
The pageant was a 2 day experience. Saturday afternoon I participated in the Optional Talent Contest in which I read a poem I previously posted in Teen. I was very upset because I wanted to memorize it to prove something to myself and I only had 20 minutes to do so. Not only that, but I got very upset since that was the first time I was on stage in almost 4 years and didn't do half as good as I should of.
Sunday was tough. I had my Poise & Appearance Competition very early in the morning and we had to come from a different hotel because the Pageant people screwed up. We were running a little late and as I was putting my shoes on in the car, I asked my mom, "Do I have to wear any makeup?". She said no and I was really happy.
In case you don't understand Poise & Appearance, each girl gets on stage and says something like, "My name is so and so from so and so and someday I hope to do so and so." I was 3 minutes late so they pushed me to the end, which was fine with me since I didn't have my speeched planned out.
Finally it was my turn and I went up there and said:
Good morning my name is Susan _______ and I'm proud to be representing my hometown of ______ _____, PA. I belive beauty comes from within, and no amount of makeup can hide what you truly are on the inside. That is why I am comfortable enough with my inner beauty to come before you today with absolutely no makeup on. Someday I hope to run a beauty pageant where young girls can also be comfortable enough with who they are on the inside to not feel the pressures to wear makeup. Thank you.
I never had so many people clap for me in my entire life . Although the judges didn't seem to like it so much. Guess I'm just not 'The All-American Girl' type they were looking for. I'm the kind of girl who doesn't wear makeup to state pageants . Go figure.
So in the end I did get my nails done and my hair dyed blonde but I didn't give in completetly. I hung on to my personality and made the people I care most about proud. Oh yea, and I was 'famous' for the rest of the day, I loved the attention .
In the end I didn't place or anything, but I think I got them pretty good.
"Do you love me because I am beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?"