After discussing comic book super women in class, I began thinking about women in today’s society that serve as public role models for other women. I came across Miss America and started to research what she stands for and the competition in which she was selected as winner. According to the missamerica.org, Miss America travels the nation educating others about national issues and speaking about public service. She serves as a role model to American women of all ages and represents “a real combination of beauty, grace, and intelligence, artistic and refined”. The Miss America Organization provides the winner with scholarship money to achieve their career and service aspirations.
One woman to represent the entire nation, serve as a role model for all women and promote wellbeing seems rather idealistic. I thought how does this organization judge the women participating in this competition to find this “superwoman”.
When I discovered the categories that the women are judged upon, I lost any faith that I previously had in this competition to find the real “superwoman”. The categories are the interview, talent performance, onstage question, and the swimsuit and eveningwear section. All of the talents in the 2012 competition consisted of either a vocal or dance performance. The swimsuit section of the competition I found to be a complete joke and I have posted the video along with this commentary. The way the competitors are portrayed in this video reminded me of the way in which woman superheroes were illustrated in the comics we have read in class. The swimsuit section is supposed to represent fitness and lifestyle but it really demonstrates that this is a competition based on beauty.
The quest for one superwoman should be left up to the comic book authors. In reality, not one woman should be left to represent an entire nation. Each individual woman should do her best to represent herself in a positive way and contribute to the good of society. Together we can collectivity inspire others to do good around the world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7AaVyxcb80