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If you watched Miss Universe recently, youâ€™re probably feeling overly conscious of your age, your pores, the crooked teeth your miserly parents always assured you were â€œcharacterful.â€
At the same time, beauty pageants are fun to watchâ€”how could they not be, with all that beauty on display? If you like to look at pretty things, Miss Universe is a must-see show.
You just have to hold on to your perspective. Remember, those women have trained for years to get where they are now, and it hasnâ€™t been easy. That looking beautiful is their job, while for the rest of us itâ€™s very much an optional extra.
So, what can we learn from beauty queens? Some beauty tips, obviously! Try these, which come courtesy of Hollie Domiano, a volunteer in the Miss America program and author of Myths America: A Practical Guide to Pageantry (self-published through Lulu.com for the specialist pageant market):
– Use hair conditioner for shaving your legs etc. It lubricates the hair and makes shaving easier. Your skin will be smoother, too.
– Got sunburn? Take a cup each of cornstarch and baking soda, place in a bath of cool water, and soak in it.
– Need moisture on your skin? Try oatmeal. It’s great for moisturizing dry skin.
For a lighthearted look at keeping our wannabe beauty queen feet firmly grounded, Julie Linker, author of young adult novel Crowned, passes on these â€œtruismsâ€ :
You know youâ€™re a beauty queen when – You know the difference between a crown and a tiara. – You own 2 pairs of taupe leather pumps. – You think 5-inch acrylic heels go with everything. – You paid more for your evening gown than for your car. – Your coach has never caught a football. – Diet Coke is the breakfast of champions.
Hmm, I think I just got disqualified. Whatâ€™s your take on beauty and pageantry? Are you pro-pageants – or do they just make you feel a mess? Abby