Monday, April 25, 2011

Mormons and Beauty Pageants

I've always loved this clip from the movie Miss Congeniality of adorable Miss Rhode Island when asked to describe her perfect date:

So I shared it on Facebook this morning, and received the unexpected comment, "She looks like a Mormon."

No, no, no. For one thing, she's showing way too much skin for a Mormon. A Mormon in a beauty pageant would look something more like this:
Yes, that's me on the right. Once upon a time, I was a small town beauty queen, something for which I feel a mixture of both pride and shame.

Here I am riding in the parade with my attendants, wearing the world's most unsexy dress.

Elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist.

Yes, this is how I dressed as I presided over fair festivities. I think they came to regret crowning me.


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  1. OK Leah, I love the get-up for the fair festivities. I'm afraid I probably have that green number with the lace collar in a box somewhere.

    I think it's awesome that you were a beauty queen! Every woman should have a crown, and a pageant sash, and a scepter. Did you have a scepter?

  2. Cognitive DissenterApril 25, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Look at you -- gorgeous woman you! I may have owned that dress too. LOL/cringe.

    But it's the smile and the eyes that really shine. : )

  3. Now now Sister Whore... you KNOW it's true: "Modest is hottest."

  4. Thanks, Donna! With the long, straight hair and the sunglasses, my brothers and I decided I was the hippie queen. I did not have a scepter. :-(

  5. Aw, thanks, CD! The dress was originally my older sister's prom dress. I come from a fashion challenged family. :-)

  6. Catherine, yes, there are some dresses that are both modest and hot, but that ain't one of 'em!

    Also, "Sister Whore" would great name for a spinoff blog! :-D


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