Miss America is Miss North Dakota

Grace Lamp, Staff Writer

On September 11, 2017, Miss North Dakota; Cara Mund, competed in the Miss America completion. She and 50 other young women competed against one another in order to win the crown. In all, over 12,000 women participated in local and state events in order to make the final 51. When the final 51 women make it to the final rounds they have to go through serious evaluation, and there is even an interview round that isn’t shown to the public.
The Miss America Organization (MAO) was founded in 1921, and it is currently one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s education. It is also the largest provider of scholarships for young women. This proves that the Miss America Pageant is different from other beauty pageants. For example, it is significantly older than the Miss U.S.A. pageant, which continues on to the Miss Universe Pageant. The Miss America Pageant is also scholarship based and is more focused on bringing in women and making them feel like a more accomplished person. The Miss America Pageant is more focused on academics and beauty compared to its fellow competitions, and this is proved evident when people watch the intense show.
However, many people like to think that pageantry, even an academic pageant like Miss America, is sexist and degrades women. In fact 80% of women say that the images of women in the media makes them feel insecure.
Senior, Ashlen Wright, who was a previous pageant winner of the title Miss Preteen North Dakota, commented this about the pageants she used to compete in: “The media, like reality T.V. programs, focus solely on beauty, health, and intelligence. Miss America combines those traits to give women a sense of wholeness. And I think Miss America, or pageants in general, are not accepted in society because society doesn’t accept the well-rounded person that the Miss America Pageant pushes for.”
The MAO not only gives scholarships to its contestants, but also gives back to the community. The MAO is currently working on donating to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. They have already raised over $16,000,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMN). The CMN Hospital is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children. They do this by raising funds for its 170 member hospitals, the CMN Hospital is the national platform partner of the MAO. From, scholarships to donating to charities, The MAO diffidently breaks out of the mold society had created for beauty pageants everywhere.