Yes, I said it. I was never a beauty queen. Was never. Past tense. I was never, am not and will never be a beauty queen. “But Desiree, what are you talking about? You won a pageant,” many may mention. Indeed I did, but I was never a beauty queen.
Being crowned the title of the 2014 Miss Georgetown Fair Queen was breathtaking. It took me months to grasp that it was my name called on that lit-up stage that August night. That year was certainly a year of a lifetime. I loved (I know no better word to express my immense enjoyment) attending charity events, hosting events and visiting with community members. But was I a beauty queen? No.
When I decided to compete, I never considered it a beauty pageant. I first competed in the pageant because I wanted to learn. I was 16 the first year I competed and never expected to win. I thought it would be cool to get on stage and prance around in a pretty dress, but the pageant taught me so much more. It taught me how to enhance the life skills I already had. I learned to walk with poise, carry myself with confidence and speak publicly comfortably. It was never a beauty pageant.
A few years later, I decided to compete again and won! This time, I competed because I truly wanted to win. To be a representative for my fair is something I strived for. I developed a passion to share knowledge about my fair and agriculture. I believe every contestant should be honest with herself and ask the question, “Why do I want to win?” For me, I wanted to win not just to represent the fair, but to serve others. I was and am very involved in my community, but the crown would make more of an impact. For many, especially children, my work had more of an impact when there was a shiny thing on my head. On stage that night I prayed. I prayed that I would share God’s love in all that I do and to God be given the glory for all that I would do that year. It still is not a beauty pageant.
Again, beauty has never crossed my mind when I think of the word pageant. Pageants aid in developing young women. Crowned or not, pageants build confidence and life skills that can not be discovered anywhere else. Pageants are not about competing against other women. It is a personal journey to make you the best you can be. A true queen is discovered by her heart. When her motives are pure and her heart is genuine, then she will succeed. Still its true, she’s not a beauty queen.
Though it is cliche, it’s true what they say. Beauty comes from within. Heads turn not because she is beautiful, but because the crowds can feel her beautiful soul. A queen must possess phenomenal public speaking skills and the ability to interact with people of all ages. She must hold herself with poise and demonstrate respect and integrity. Only a contestant that understands the power she holds in her words and her actions can strive. It was never about beauty, and I was never a beauty queen.