Once again, we learn that what a person has to do to be considered the standard bearer or the best teen female has nothing to do with how much they love their fellow man(/woman?), what they have done in their homes or communities, how smart or talented they are, but instead it’s based on how well they look in a swimsuit and evening gown, and how well they do on an interview.
Miss Katie Blair was this year’s winner, and the interview portion of her site reveals some interesting information:
- The craziest thing she ever did was bungee jump from 125 feet in the air.
- Her awards are from high school, including a secretary position, a winner in a fashion competition, prom queen and “Most Likely to Star in a Sitcom” placement by her class.
- She lists that she was on the track team and a starter on the basketball team as other accomplishments.
- The person with the most influence on her was a family friend.
- Her goal: “[I]n five years I hope to see myself as a 23 year old woman, preparing to graduate from college with a Bachelor’s degree in advertising, marketing, and fashion design, having traveled the world as Miss Teen USA 2006. I plan on being on my way to a successful career and great marriage, but ultimately I know God has a perfect, maybe even better vision for my life in five years.
- “I would like the judges to know first of all, how thankful I am to have this opportunity to be selected as Miss Teen USA. But, most of all I would like them to know how real I am, how funny, confident, smart, and ambitious I am. I am a unique eighteen year old girl who has a dream, and who has worked hard, and will continue to work hard, and do my best to accomplish that dream.”
While I’m pleased that she acknowledges God– even this can no longer be taken for granted– and that He may have a better plan for her life (which I assume means that she’d be willing to follow it) I’m still unsure that Christians should be involved in a competition like this. Granted, there’s nothing wrong with the body God gave you. There’s nothing wrong with taking care of it. But should you parade it? Does this cross the line into causing men to stumble? Does this edify the brethren.
In any case, I hope she uses her new found fame for the cause of Christ and does not use it to glorify herself.