Dear Alea -
Last years Miss Virginia was a women's studies
major from Harvard (Nancy Amanda Redd) and she
did lots of defending of these pageants. I think
that it isn't detrimental to feminism as long
as we can redefine beauty -- that it includes
both within and without. I think that the pageants
have done that over the past few years.
this particular woman is African American and
I think that her candidacy also challenged traditional
notions of beauty on race alone -- it use to
be only whites with blond hair and blues eyes
are considered. By expanding our definition of
beauty in this public way -- we can open up "bauty" to
I hope that helps.