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Miss Homeless Pageant: Charitable or Out of Line?

In an act of charity (?!), Belgium social worker Mathilde Pelsers and her daughter, 19-year-old beauty queen Aline Duportail, organized the first-ever "Miss Homeless" Pageant.

The pageant, which took place over two months and included 10 homeless female contestants, was designed to raise awareness for the homeless population, and awarded the winner, 51-year-old Theresa Van Belle with a one-year, rent-free apartment stay — and the title of "Miss Homeless."

While the motivation for the contest seems well-intentioned, the pageantry itself seems a questionable show of support. Surely there are better ways to raise awareness for this cause — ones that don't involve the exploitation of the homeless as pageant spectacles. I don't know about you, but judging homeless women on their runway skills seems in bad taste. So tell me, what do you think? Is the "Miss Homeless" pageant an innovative way to raise support or does it cross the line?

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