When I was little, I watched the Miss USA pageants religiously. I made ballots and forced my sister to vote along with me during the episode. When Vanessa Williams won the pageant in the early 80s (before she was stripped of her crown), I met her at a hotel appearance. I remember sitting on her lap for a photo (I must have been 5 years old or so) and she told me “you’re so beautiful.” I have never forgotten that moment!
Over the years, I stopped watching the pageants. I guess I just lost interest and stopped looking at the ladies like role models. But I can still appreciate the fashion!
Evening gowns can either be glamorous and flattering or look like an 80s prom dress gone wrong. There is a fine line. Here are a couple of photos from last night’s festivities. You be the judge!
This is Miss Alabama. All I can say is “seriously?”
This is Miss Georgia. Much more class, in my opinion.
And here is the mermaid dress, worn by the winner, Miss California, Alyssa Campanella.
Here she is with her crown.
I must say, I miss the talent competition. Now all they do is strut around in a swimsuit, an evening gown and have a short interview. What happened to the talent? The singers, the dancers, the baton twirlers, the ventriloquists, the sign language experts…the talented gals always came out on top. Now all the ladies have to do is look pretty and manage to not look or sound stupid during the interview portion of the competition.
But enough of my rant. What are your thoughts about the fashions? And what are your suggestions for the featured evening gown designers?