I was recently asked to be a judge at the Mrs. Canada Globe pageant. So many people since then have been asking, what was your reaction? Why do you think they asked you? And most of all, “How did that work?” So here it is. I am going to answer all of your questions right here.
Why me ? Well I think you would have to ask the organizers, but, in talking with the organizers their pageant is more than outward beauty; it is about their personality, character, leadership, volunteerism, and everything that is on the inside. I pride myself in being a vocal advocate for the blind and partially sighted community and breaking down the misperceptions that are out there around blindness. This was something that I never thought that I would be a part of, as it seems like a very visual thing. But I was honoured to have been asked to be a part of this pageant and think that this is a step in the right direction. There are so many women out there who think that their outward beauty is all that matters and they have to look a certain way to be successful or to be liked or to go out in the world. That is not the case what is inside is what truly counts. Your character, personality and everything that you are is so much mor important. Me being a part of this pageant shows that, this is the case even in the beauty pageant world.
How were you able to be a judge for a beauty pageant ? How the pageant worked was there was a preliminary round where they did a introduction, which was a 1 minute speech on themselves or whatever they wanted to tell us. Then there was the swimsuit as well as the evening gown portion. After the introductions and before the swim suit portion I went back stage and got to meet the girls and had them describe what they were wearing in the swim suit competition. This was to give me a chance to talk to the ladies and see how they interacted with me, were they genuine, were they comfortable, and confident in themselves. During the evening gown portion the ladies had to answer a question for the other judges and myself to get to know them as well, and this was part of their scores.
After the preliminaries there was the finals. The scores from the preliminaries were thrown out and they got a score on overall performance or impression and the question that they had to answer. The questions that they had to answer were deep and had to have some thought put into them, they were very moral based and I liked hearing what they ladies had to say on some very heavy topics.
The ladies that were a part of this pageant were intelligent, leaders, volunteers, and all around great women. They had so much to offer and had been very successful in their lives. They were strong independent women who were confident, and sure of themselves. I applaud them for having the courage to put themselves out there and be a part of this pageant. They are all doing amazing work in raising money for charities and being true leaders in their communities, and that is what makes every last one of them beautiful.
So how did I judge a beauty pageant, I judged it the same way I judge the world around me. I listened to what was going on, I listened to what they had to say. I listened to how confident they walked down the runway. And I was able to truly get to know them the real them and leave all the superficial things behind.
When people are blind or partially sighted they don’t miss out on the world around them, they simply experience it differently and the same goes for a beauty pageant.
Until Next Time!
Ashley and Rick