For the last few days (we’re on day 2 of 11) I’ve been serving as a Social Media Ambassador for Visit Baton Rouge and covering the Miss USA Pageant activities going on here in town; thus far it’s been a whirlwind of sequins, hairspray, high heels and photo ops. Everything – I mean everything – is a photo op.
It’s a happy, cheery, candy-coated world of filtered loveliness – in a good way. Everyone affiliated with the Miss Universe/Miss USA organization is smiling, friendly, pleasant, and seems genuinely excited to visit our lovely city. It’s a bit of a change from the normal lot I hang out with (and love!) at HR and Recruiting events where there’s cynicism and sarcasm and the conversations are punctuated with world-weary sighs of jaded resignation.
These Miss USA contestants have their lifelong (for as long as lives are at ages 20 or 22 or 23) dreams on the line. I’m sure that underneath much of the PR-smiley joy that is shared with the adoring public there are times when a gut wrenching stab of fear causes Miss Whoever to wake up at 2 AM in a cold sweat as she feels a twinge of anxiety about the whole deal.
As I’ve observed the poise and professionalism with which these contestants pose for pictures, converse with children and hug the old geezers men that inevitably want a hug I’ve wondered how they keep that energy on high. After all, in their relatively short lives, they’ve done this stuff a million times; a lot of them began competing in Miss Teen USA pageants and have been parading around with sashes for years. I would have grown tired of it long ago.
But you know what it comes down to? Each of these contestants is very clear on her goal. Before she signed up for this fishbowl life Miss Whoever knew it was all about being triumphant. Wearing the crown. Getting to go on speaking tours with Donald Trump. Being called Miss USA. I’m sure she’s imagined herself, envisioned herself, gliding triumphantly down the runway over and over and over.
I can guarantee you that everything Miss Whoever has done over the last 5 or more years has been with a determined focus on achieving her goal.
That goal became sticky.
So Miss Whoever will persevere, eye on the prize, until the last musical note is played on June 8th. Whether she rides on out with the crown on her head or heads out of town after being relegated to “not the Top 5” she will have given it her all.
No messy residue left behind. But sticky nonetheless.
Behind the Scenes fun: this picture of Super Stick It! was taken in the wardrobe/make-up room at the contestant’s hotel. This, my friends, is apparently the magical elixir that makes sure a bosom doesn’t pop out of an evening gown and alleviates that pesky problem of one’s swim suit riding up into one’s lady bits.
“Stick It! is the entertainment industry’s double-stick tape that can be applied apparel-to-apparel or apparel-to-body. It is hypoallergenic and resistant to heat and moisture. Its unique flexible soft material design is almost undetectable and comfortable to wear. Stick It! stays put, yet is gentle enough to use on fine fabric. It leaves no messy residue behind.”