I’ve mentioned on here in the past that I don’t really get into two types of television programming very much: Awards shows and reality television. Not to fault anyone who enjoys said programming, but I’ve never got my kicks watching events where glamour overshadows the rewarding of good accomplishments, nor do I take satisfaction in watching how a likely normal person with good intentions get painted in a vicious light for the want of winning a half-million bucks (uh, thanks, prodding producers?).
One other TV staple, or at least it was when I was younger and my mom and sister commanded what we watched on the TV, is the beauty pageant. Admittedly, a dresser-upper like me would have an inkling to tune in and marvel over the elegant evening dresses and hairstyles the contestants wear on the stage. And, yes, the women on those stages deserved to compete and present their grace and talent. But the then-corniness of the Miss America pageant left me with the impression that it and other similar events were the product of a time when when an older, more conservative, and, let’s face it, mostly male mindset decreed a certain kind of feminine beauty. ([cue old timey music] “I say, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal! Just look at how that pretty little thing struts across that stage. That dame’s the bee’s knees, I tell ya.”)
But rather than go on and on about how beauty pageants feel antiquated (perhaps a topic for another post), let’s use this particular space to highlight one particular beauty pageant figure on the verge of doing something historic.
That, on her official Instagram feed, is Angela Ponce. Yes, she looks photogenic and fashion model-caliber glamorous, which is un modo requerido in beauty pageants such as Miss Universe. Angela has been competing in beauty pageants since at least 2015, when she won the title of Miss World Cadiz. She is the reigning Miss Spain, and is representing her country this week at the Miss Universe 2018 competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Continue reading