The Fix Is In: Miss Universe 2016

To me there are three High Holy Days of Pageantry each year: Miss America is the apex (with a Holy Week to go along with it), then Miss Universe, and Miss USA. It’s no secret that my favorite part of Miss Universe are the national costumes. I actually missed them live this year because I […]

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Stick-thin, Stripper shoes, and Slick bodies: My Random Reflections on Miss Universe 2014

It might be because I am 30+ weeks pregnant and I was so tired after a dinner out with my husband I fell asleep before it even fully aired (full disclosure: given the time change and tape delay I actually looked up the results before I even went to dinner), but I found this year’s […]

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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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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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Whitey Bulger’s Beauty Pageant Connection (from The Huffington Post Culture)

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS ON THE HUFFINGTON POST CULTURE! He was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for twelve years. But Whitey Bulger was ultimately brought down by Miss Congeniality. No, not Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock’s eponymous female FBI character in the 2000 film), but Anna Bjornsdottir. According to The Boston Globe, which […]

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Miss Universe 2012: Pageant or Informerical? (from orgtheory.net)

Last night Miss Angola, 25-year-old Leila Lopes, was crowned the 60th Miss Universe—the first ever winner from Angola.  She beat out 89 other hopefuls in Sao Paulo, Brazil to take the crown.  The hosts declared this to be the “most coveted title in the world,” a statement I’m sure many would disagree with, even if […]

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