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Miss Beautiful, 1921 (International Women’s Day)

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Below are two images:  The first is the line-up for the 1921 Miss America pageant, and the second is the winner, Miss Margaret Gorman.  The first Miss America Beauty Pageant was calling a spade a spade:  What they try to pass off as a “scholarship” program nowadays is a sad joke; but in the line of women shown below, I see something else besides honesty:  Diversity.

Since the 1980s I really couldn’t tell you what the differences were between the winner and the losers – all have to fit a particular body type, height, & weight before they’ll even be accepted into the modern beauty pageant; they don’t even need talents – just a good producer mixing their vocals so they can lip-sync to the musical talent portion (my cousin was one such producer, so that’s straight from the horses’ mouth).

Back in 1921, however, the variety of candidates proves that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and each young lady was unique.  Personally, I think a primary ingredient in beauty has been stifled beneath the image that media tries to sell women:  Diversity.  This past week was the International Women’s Day, and I think it’s a good opportunity to remind each woman that uniqueness, not conformity to an impossible image, is beautiful.

1921 - First Miss America Pageant

Margaret Gorman, First Miss America (of 1921)

Margaret Gorman, First Miss America (of 1921) — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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