Hi, Loves. I honestly never thought in my life I would sign up to participate in a pageant, let alone be selected to participate in it. However, after hearing and reading about how contestants were inspiring people by displaying interests in STEM or representing people of color, along with exposure to former Miss Washington Allyson Rowe’s Youtube channel and Instagram, I checked out the Miss USA website and saw for myself that it offers a platform for and actively encourages women to make a difference in regards to issues near and dear to their hearts. I saw that, in fact, the job of Miss USA is to make a social impact. This reminded me of the scene in the Princess Diaries 2 where Princess Mia Thermopolis, during a parade, notices some boys teasing a girl by tugging on her braids. Princess Mia then stops her carriage, comforts the girl, and softly scolds the boys. She then proceeds to make the girl, who expresses desire to be a princess, feel special by saying “Anyone can be a princess.” This fictional princess as well as many real ones, through acts of kindness, demonstrate that carrying an influential title- a title that means eyes are on you- and using it for good can go far, whether that be through boosting others’ confidence or working to right wrongs.
For GA citizens, Miss GA is the stepping stone to Miss USA, but even just by participating in Miss Georgia, participants have a chance to call attention to a social issue of their choosing. The social issue I want to revolve my platform around is showing love to those who are suffering from drug addiction. We often see drug addicts as people to avoid. Instead of looking at them as a collection of personality traits and past, present, and future events, we often only look at their mistakes and encourage others to not be like them by showing images of how drugs affect people physically and mentally. As far as I’m aware of, we aren’t really compassionate toward people suffering from drug addiction and don’t really focus on causes of drug addiction beyond peer pressure, but drug addiction can be a call for help and regardless, I genuinely believe that compassion goes a long way in the lives of others and that it can bring people out of dark places. Not only that, but it is also nurturing to the souls of the people on the giving end.
As someone who more and more prizes femininity, it is beautiful to see pageants increasingly working to spread the message that tiaras and gowns, while externally beautiful, can actually be a reflection of one’s inner longings to beautify the world around them by sharing and acting on their values. I am asking for help to cover the costs of this pageant because as someone who has been struggling to figure out her place in the world, one thing I am learning I can do and love to do is show people how much I care about them by being with them in their darkness, and this gives me a chance to take that to a higher level and encourage me to live out my values every day by remembering that I am potentially someone’s role model. Chances are gifts, and I’m praying hard for this chance and hoping to see where it will carry me. I also hope to make some kind friends along the way and make some bit of difference regardless of the overall outcome. This is a huge journey and I’ll need many helping hands to get through. It is definitely not something I can do alone. <3