The High Holy Week of Pageantry: Miss America 2013, No There She Is

If you follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook you know that I was scratching my head when Mallory Hagan was announced the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant. I felt that I knew so little about her that after she was crowned I actually had to look up her platform in the program book […]

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The High Holy Week of Pageantry: Miss America 2013, Press and Predictions

The time comes round every year: Miss America week! Tomorrow is the live broadcast and as usual I’m excited (but this year should be especially interesting with a 20/20 feature on the pageant starting at 8 pm). The 2013 Pageant will be a little different for me than last year’s— a time when I thought […]

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Bikini Babes: Olympic Gold and Pageant Bling

Last week some pageant bling helped me get into the holiday spirit. Take a look at these amazing/atrocious gowns from the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant and tell me they don’t make you think of a) A Christmas Tree and b) A Mrs. Claus outfit gone wrong. (Well, actually only if Mrs. Claus was a part-time […]

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The “Cool” Power of Pageantry

This morning I was on NECN’s Morning Show talking about the controversy surrounding the Indian Land Elementary Warrior School Pageant— a child beauty pageant meant to be a fundraiser in South Carolina that was ultimately canceled after parent protests. You can read more of my thoughts on “Parents against pageants” by clicking here.  In a […]

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What happens when you are first-time parents who study competition and education? Part II

Almost 9-months ago, right before my son was born, I blogged about how my work and my husband’s work would impact our parenting.  Obviously so much in our lives has changed since then– yet much has remained the same. Various “family business” over the past week captures all of our various interests… and hint at […]

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A Readingista Reviews Sportista

Today a book review I wrote of the new book Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States, appeared on The Rumpus. This may or may not mean I am the next Cheryl Strayed… This summer my husband and I had Olympics fever. We watched NBC’s tape-delayed broadcast every night and live online coverage of our […]

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Writing and Reading at Slate’s Double X

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to receive an email from Hanna Rosin that Slate’s Double X was interested in a piece I was working on about a variety of former Miss America contestants running for political office. Today it’s a feature at the online magazine, focusing on the history of the Pageant and […]

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Bully for Beauty: In the Press

This past week I was thrilled to appear on NECN’s Morning Show to talk about issues in the lives of today’s high schoolers (from the celebratory to the traumatic)– and what parents and educators can do to help. Bullying is a major issue for kids today, and the new documentary Bully was the impetus for […]

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Kelsey Beck: An Ivy League Beauty with Pageant Roots (from Huffington Post/Stylelist)

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post/Stylelist Children often join the family business, and these days kids end up following in their parents’ footsteps in variety of fields. Mitt Romney followed his father into politics. Ivanka and Don Jr. joined the Trump family business, appearing in the latest incarnation of Celebrity Apprentice. Superbowl MVP […]

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Miss America 2012, Part 2 (The Pageantry of the Pageant)

As promised, here are some of my thoughts on this year’s Miss America Pageant. 1) This year’s Pageant was a real Pageant, complete with an entertaining production. The crowning moment of Miss Wisconsin, Laura Kaeppeler, captured this well. Yes, those are mascara-tinged black tears running down her face. My first reaction via Twitter (I LOVED […]

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