Beauty pageants are an American tradition, and I had the privilege of being a judge at the Miss District of Columbia pageant. Fifteen young women competed for the crown, and I was one of six judges. We watched the contestants in their nightgowns and swimsuits, asked them questions on stage, and enjoyed their talents. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. But how did I become a judge? I didn't pursue a career in politics, philanthropy, entertainment, or hairdressing.
Instead, I chose to become a local columnist. I wrote about my hometown of Washington, DC and its people. Eventually, I was asked to be a judge at the Miss District of Columbia pageant. The pageant was held at the historic Maryland Theater in Hagerstown. It was an amazing event that showcased the beauty and determination of the contestants.
The winner received a crown and a chance to compete in the Miss America pageant. The pageant also featured some unique promotions. For example, there was “(Don't Go Back to) Rockville Night” which featured a raffle of a REM poster signed by members Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills. The Thunderbolts also encouraged a Rockville Express fan to move from the visitors' stands to the local stands with free food and drink. The proceeds from the event benefited Moss Hollow, a summer camp for at-risk children. It was an amazing experience that showed me how beauty pageants can make a difference in people's lives. So if you're looking for an exciting way to show your love for Washington, DC, consider attending a beauty contest in person.
You'll be amazed by the beauty and determination of the contestants, as well as the unique promotions that make these events so special.