What Pageantry Taught Me

Hello my lovelies!

It has been quite some time since I have last written, but boy do I have many updates for you all.  I began the journey to participating in the Miss Beloit Pageant over a year ago, and it taught me more about myself than I ever imagined.

MB-509First and foremost, many people believe that being in the pageant world, means that you must be a size 0 and extremely beautiful, but from my experience it is quite the opposite.  While the media does portray pageant women to be thin and beautiful, I came to find a side of pageantry that is much more meaningful and important.  I found that people cared more about my intellect and talent, than my size and looks.  As a curvy gal, this experience allowed me to flourish and embrace my body, mind, and soul on a level deeper than I had ever reached.  Being apart of the Miss Beloit Pageant, taught me to love myself, and appreciate that although I am not perfect, I can alwMB-432ays strive to be the best version of myself.

Although I didn’t walk away with the crown, I walked away with a sense of pride in myself.  I am proud of who I am, all I have accomplished, and all that has yet to come.  The night of the pageant, was humbling, and I found that so many young girls and women found my confidence (in my not so size 0 body) to be inspirational.  I have lived an incredibMB-394le life, and I am glad that I was given this opportunity to help other young women see beyond the looks and perceived notions of who should be in a pageant.  I am young, confident, and curvy, and yes I walked across a stage in front of hundreds of people in my two piece swimsuit.  To all the young women out their who think that if they are a specific size they will be happier, this is just not true.  You must be happy with who you are, and love yourself for all the perfectly imperfectness that is you!     MB-510