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11. IWas A Pageant Girl

When Tara, one of Carly, Sam, and Freddie's classmates, mentions on iCarly that she competes in beauty pageants and expects to lose the next one to a girl named LeAnn Carter, who has won 99 pageants in a row, Sam gets upset. She reveals that she used to compete in pageants herself and always lost to LeAnn until LeAnn fell down some stairs and people accused Sam of pushing her, leading to Sam getting banned from competing for seven years. Since LeAnn being about to win the 100th pageant in a row as the first girl ever upsets her so much, she pushes Carly to compete in the pageant.

11. iWas a Pageant Girl

While Carly is preparing for the pageant, Sam finds out that she's eligible to compete in the pageant (due it being six months past the seven-year mark of her suspension), and enters herself supported by Carly. She does well at first with a speech about "Ending world hunger - for the children." The final portion is the talent competition, during which LeAnn does an impressive saxophone solo--Sam gets nervous about what to do for her turn, and decides to sing the song Carly was gonna sing until she runs into Ernie, who was her dance coach back during her pageant days, and they do a routine that Sam refers to as the "train station routine." Sam manages to win the overall title for the pageant.

Spencer and Freddie decide to go on a double date. Originally, they planned to go rock-climbing, but along with the girls, they decide to play a game called "What Am I?" (Spoof of the well-known game, Hedbanz) before their scheduled climb time. Eventually, their dates leave out of frustration with how wrapped up in the game the guys are and the occasionally stupid questions they ask each other. After the pageant, the girls try to get the guys' attention, and because the guys are too wrapped up in their game, the girls reveal their cards. The episode ends with the guys getting annoyed and starting over with new cards.

Sam: [embarrassed] When I was little ... I used to compete in beauty pageants ...[Freddie and Carly share a look then begin to snicker. Sam pulls her straw out of her soup can and spitballs a lentil at Freddie]Freddie: Aaaah! Ow!Carly: Are you OK?Freddie: No! There's a lentil in my eye!

Halima Aden, a 19-year-old Muslim from St. Cloud, Minn., wanted to compete on her terms. She wasn't sure how the pageant would react to her request to wear a burkini. "I prepared myself to hear 'no,' " she says. "But I was hoping they'd say 'yes.' So when they did allow me to wear a burkini, I was so thrilled."

I thought this was the perfect time to represent myself as a Muslim woman and encourage other girls to live their life with conviction and not to be scared. To represent a population where women do dress like that especially with all that's happened [banning the burkini in towns in France] and so many girls feeling scared to wear their hijab.

One girl from Kakuma messaged me and said, "I'm so proud of you for living your truth and sharing your truth with the world." And that makes me not ashamed to be from Kakuma. Because a lot of people won't mention the fact that they were born in a refugee camp because there is some kind of stigma attached to it.

When I entered the pageant it was a one-time thing. But after receiving so many messages from girls and just realizing how important it was to do what I did, I don't want to send the message that it's OK to be a quitter.

I think this is such a good cause [to] spread the message that everybody is beautiful in their own way and that beauty isn't a one-size-fits-all. If I can find different ways to spread that message, I will. And if that means me continuing to do pageants, then that's what I will do.

The appearance in front of 20 million people was part of the Miss America pageant held this past Labor Day. And the contest, in which she was a top 10 finalist, was only part of Paige's duties as Miss New Jersey, a title she earned last June.

She began competing again sopho-more year, but she was discreet about her involvement in the pageant circuit. To college friends, she explained her frequent absences from campus as pursuing voice lessons.

"I wanted them to know me before associating me with pageants," Paige explains. "A lot of people have a view of a pageant girl that is not a positive image. They see it as oldfashioned. They don't think about what it offers, including scholarship money and the platform it gives you to speak out about important issues."

After posting the announcement, fellow beauty queens shared their support and congratulating the women. In her comment, Abena Appiah, who won the Miss Grand International beauty pageant in 2020, shared that the couple had met while competing in the pageant.

Do you remember the moment that you decided you were going to compete in pageants? Not the exact moment. I just wanted to try it. I was 21. I was working in the modeling industry/fashion industry. I was just tired of constantly being customized to be a certain size and being limited for the industry. I wanted to expand myself from that, and I thought pageantry was something similar but in a way that you can be more empowered, [where] you were able to use your voice and your wisdom and your knowledge to advocate for certain causes.

Her heartbreaking admission comes as the beauty pageant world is growing larger than ever, with reality shows like Toddlers and Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fuelling its rise. In fact, the industry is now worth 3billion-a-year in the US.

After winning the Grand Supreme title (one of the highest honours in the pageant world) when she 15, Brooke was ineligible for another crown and she and her mother Pam, 50, agreed she would retire.

She credits her supportive father Randy, 52, for helping her to feel good about herself as an adult, but unsurprisingly, Brooke insists that should she have children of her own, she will not allow them to compete in beauty pageants.

Now, the financial consultant seeks to channel these devastating life experiences into a force for change and to inspire other women to "recreate their stories", using her newfound pageant platform to spread her message.

In "Daisy and Josephine," the "Little House on the Prairie" star's first picture book, a lonely girl travels around the world with her celebrity father, just like Melissa Gilbert did while growing up.

Fortunately, Max will be spared that particularly Americanpreoccupation with super-babydom that turns some kids into freakishdemi-adults. The French could care less if Jean-Luc or Marie-Claude is achess champion, a beauty pageant winner or a piano virtuoso at age 2.What's important is that everyone eats dinner together at the same hour andfinishes every course, and at around 8 o'clock every evening you can almost heara great sigh as millions of French sit down at their dinner tables allover the country, doing just that. (Family values that have been around solong, nobody much talks about them.)

Still, I sometimes wonder if this absence of competitive Americandrive will make my little Max any less capable of, say, raiding the stock market. Clearly he'll be different from Johnny in certain ways -- he'll be able to wear socks with sandals without getting abuse, or kiss girls in day carewithout getting expelled ("Vive la diffirence," the French would say in the latter case) -- but later on will he have that somewhat older, self-contained quality that seems to set French children apart from their American counterparts?

Nice bright day. I drove to Stillwater and picked up five girls (Nieves and two other Filipinas, one from Iraq, one from Panama). Three stayed with me. The others are in farm homes. Party this evening at the E. and R. Church. All eight young people are fine!

I took 3 girls and one boy back today. Gerry Schaefer took the others. I had a visit with Chien Min Wu. Now that the immigration service has quit breathing down his neck he is much happier. He needs a job now to qualify for immigrant status. Lovely spring day.

Cold day and threatening to be colder. Arline Van Hanen called me long distance and asked me if I could take her 14-yr. old year niece Sandra for a few days till they find a foster home for her. Of course I agreed and she is here. A beautiful girl greatly gifted

Lovely day. Just before S.S. Gladys Davis called me from Amarillo and told me she and a friend are coming tomorrow. I am very happy about it. I taught my S.S. class. At the church service the three girls were confirmed and we had a communion service. Cloudy this evening. The lovely tall wheat is really getting yellow.

I drove to Enid; checked about my plane reservations, bought some blinds for my back porch and saw Ethel Hawkins and Esther Porter. Many combines are at work but about 9/10 of the wheat is harvested. In the evening the Schaefer girls took me for a drive to see the harvest. Hot day.

I finished my review and sent it off air mail, special delivery. It should reach the office in N.Y. Nov. 25. We have as foreign students in Marshall today a coull couple from Japan and their 10-year-old son with the Louis Reims, A.A. Noori from Iran with the Don Huffers, two Pakistan girls with the Albert Enmeiers and the Halls. Too tired to attend lodge.

I attended a very fine Thanksgiving service at the church this morning. I have seldom been so deeply moved. Then I went home with the Schaefer girls, for a fine turkey dinner. Mrs. Orr and the Richard Webers there also. It was a perfect day. All our foreign guests at church but the girl with the Halls. Got letter from Paul Wu this morning. He is happy with good job in S. Dak. It made the day perfect.

I took the two Pakistani girls back to Stillwater this morning. The other one, whom I picked up at the Halls, is fine too. Mrs I did some shopping in Stillwater. Came back after the OU-OSU football game started in order to miss the traffic. Very warm day. [Later OU won.] 041b061a72


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