Wednesday, April 2, 2008


True Story. 17-year-old Chloe Marshall. On July 18th, Chloe will compete in the Miss England beauty pageant (--which is the equivalent of the Miss America pageant) in London.

--Normally, I'd rather have a root canal than watch a beauty contest . . . but this year's Miss England pageant has piqued my interest. See, Chloe wears a size 14 dress, has an amazing 38DD chest . . . and weighs 176 pounds.


Sarah Cline said...

I'd love to hear more about why this has piqued your interest. Are you glad to see a different body image in a beauty pageant, glad to see a confident woman with an atypical pageant body take part and serve as a role model to other young women? Or has it piqued your interest for another reason? With a daughter of your own, how do you feel about the messages that are constantly sent to our girls through the media, about how they should look, how they should value themselves? I wonder about all these things myself; I have an 11-month old daughter, and I want so much for her to value herself for WHO she is, not what she looks like. I'm encouraged and inspired to hear about women like this one, who is stepping up and out to break "beauty" boundaries, to challenge our ideas about powerful, empowered and admirable women. At least I hope that is what she is doing with this opportunity... Whew, I didn't mean to go on forever there! What are your thoughts on all that?

jb said...

I don't know why I posted this. I just thought it was interesting. I have mentioned on the air before that I would feel like a failure as a father if my daughter was into beauty pageants. That opinion my change someday but I hope she doesn't place that much importance on her appearance and feel the need to compete with it.

Anonymous said...

If your daughter decides to be in pageants you definitely won't be a failure as long as you make sure she doesn't let it go to her head. I competed for many years and loved it but I'm so glad that more and more women and even pageants are leaning towards what real women look like. The older I've gotten and the weight that has decided to settle on my body after having my son makes me look back at what size I used to be and I realize that I tended to stress about weight when I shouldn't have. Even when I competed there were average sized girls that competed and sometimes even won so I don't think they were as much into weight as most people thought but you were still given that impression. Although heavier girls/women normally didn't win or place in some of the larger pageants. I hope that if my daughter decides she wants to be in pageants that she doesn't lose sight of who she is and she concentrates on being healthy and fit instead of just thin.