The Truth about Beauty
Beauty is only skin deep. This couldn’t be truer. This quote is in shorter terms saying that physical beauty is superficial and that a beautiful exterior is no guide to a person’s interior or character. I learned the extent of this quote at my first ever beauty pageant. Miss teen Maryland taught me many things in life, but the greatest being the importance of inner beauty.
Walking into a room full of the most beautiful women of Maryland is incredibly overwhelming. Girls with the bodies of supermodels, smiles of television hosts, and complexions that put Marilyn Monroe to shame. Everyone is dressed in professional business suits because the first part of the Miss Teen Maryland Pageant is the interview portion. Everyone waits nervously in line to be asked questions in front of a large panel of judges. The questions could be anything and everything. I watch as girls walk out of the room; some with looks of relief while others almost in tears. I’m next in line and the butterflies are in full flutter. My names called and I walk into the room with a giant smile on my face and take a seat.
I walk out of the judge room with the most fake smile on my face. I want the girls to think I did great when I know that I didn’t. The judges asked me very controversial questions, one being do you believe that gay marriage should be legalized. I said no. The look they gave me was of utter shock. I had always heard rumors that in the pageant world these questions that the judges ask you are not opinion; there is a correct answer. I found this to be ridiculous that someone can’t express their honest opinion, but I looked past it and onto the next portion of the pageant.
The next morning I wake up and get dressed for our very first pageant practice. As I walk down the hotel steps and take a seat amongst the other hundred pageant girls and I notice something; hardly anyone is conversing or socializing with anyone else. Everyone has a look of determination on...