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Bella Poll: Have You Ever Been in a Beauty Pageant?

In the small town where I grew up, the local beauty pageant was kind of a big deal. Recently, my friend and I were reminiscing about her brief stint in pageant circuitry. While I wasn't one to parade around in a swimsuit and sing showtunes, my friend was all for it. In fact, her talent was belly dancing — and showing off her rock-hard abs.

Besides Sandra Bullock's character in Miss Congeniality, other celebrities have entered these beauty competitions, and many got their starts in showbiz as a result. What about you? Have you taken any walks along the runway, dazzling the crowd with your perfected wave and bright smile?

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SalescoopCat SalescoopCat 8 years
I've never been in a beauty pageant before-- but I did do some modeling when I was around 10. I've always been a girly-girl, and although I would never want to be in pageants anymore, when I was younger I loved watching Beauty pageants, shows and competitions.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Many and I don't think they are degrading or demoralizing or whatever other words snarky people wanna use. This is America, a free country, no one forced me to be in a pageant. A little icing for the cake - I modeled and entered pageants (and won a few too) till I was 29 years old and made plenty of money doing it. And since I made lots of money, I don't work now and can read your comments or do whatever I wanna do all day. :)
polkadots567 polkadots567 8 years
dear god, no! i'm not one of those people who think they are degrading, i just would never do it!
GKitty GKitty 8 years
I did meet the minimum standard of beauty of that time. (big butt!!)
eveday eveday 8 years
Jessiebanana, not every woman who has been in a beauty pageant lacks of self-respect. Some (or many) might, not all of them. Sorry, but you're generalizing.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Of course not...I have self respect.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I haven't, but a friend of mine did and we went to it and I loved it! We hooted and hollered for her SO LOUDLY!!! It was great! I think they're great, as long as the person in the pageant wants to be there, being forced into it isn't cool. I'd never put my kids in one. But I am oddly obsessed with Toddlers and Tiaras!
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I have and would do it again if I were 12. After the age of 12, it gets complicated, ugly and fake.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 8 years
I did a scholarship pageant once in school... no swimsuit competition, but I did an interview, physical fitness, talent, and poise [walking in my fancy dress], and answering questions on stage. Totally didn't win. I wasn't expecting to, we all knew who was going to win beforehand [it wasn't decided, it's just kind of how it goes]. My mom said I got the most applause for my talent though. My dress was a little too slinky for a school scholarship pageant, but I loved it.
telane telane 8 years
No, I did modeling as a toddler though. My mom quit taking me to auditions when someone suggested she help me gain weight and that my hair would look better if it was darker (I used to have white-blonde hair).
missyd missyd 8 years
:rotfl: weffie, of course it does! Those are the best ones! lol
weffie weffie 8 years
does a wet t shirt contest count? :P
eveday eveday 8 years
Yes, when I was 4 or 5 years old :OOPS: I took the second place...the girl who won had green eyes and wore her hair in pigtails. *I still think I was robbed! :raspberry:
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
No beauty pageants for me. I think they're more of an American thing though.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
nope...i wouldnt want to be, but also, the opportunity never presented itself
Le_silla Le_silla 8 years
i always wanted to do it but where i live (belgium) we don't really have that
missyd missyd 8 years
I was in a beauty magazine once called Lou Lou in an phot shoot/advertisement - it's a Canadian fashion mag.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
No- I don't have a very good smile- I feel like pictures I see from pageants the girls always have really great, photogenic smiles. But I really like watching Tots and Tiaras or whatever that show was called, those families were pretty nutty!
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