There are just 10 days until Miss America. I realize, you the reader, are probably not as pumped about this as I am. Most people probably aren’t keeping a countdown or planning a Miss America party with an excitement matched only by my giddiness over birthday plans. But this year, I think there is a strong argument to sit up and pay attention.
For the first time, in the history of Miss America, one of the contestants, Miss NY, has a gay rights platform. For an organization that is perceived as so traditional, maybe even out dated to some, this is a contestant who is daring to go somewhere new. To say it’s a ballsy choice is an understatement. And will it make people uncomfortable? Absolutely. Is there the chance that it will make Mid-America question the All-American image? Without a doubt. But isn’t that what women are meant to do? Little girls may be sugar and spice and everything nice, but a woman is intelligence and heart. While there will absolutely be 53 outstanding young women on that Las Vegas stage, I can’t help but feel passionately about what this contestant has to say.
Isn’t it amazing? I’ve watched this video several times now, and passed it along to several more. Each time I’ve watched it, I’ve felt myself get emotional. THIS is the definition of Style, Scholarship, Service and Success and I can’t wait to root her on next Saturday.
Representing Indiana- Gabrielle Reed!