On Monday Oct. 13, I was expelled from the Miss UCF Pageant. Not because I wasn’t talented, or pretty or a worthy contestant.
It was because I have a child. I was considered good enough to represent my fellow students and women, until it came to light that my uterus wasn’t pristine. To be completely honest, it’s infuriating. Having a child isn’t indicative of what kind of candidate I would have been. It has nothing to do with my character, my personality or my sense of community. My child is not the sole defining trait of my life. But somehow the Miss UCF board felt that this aspect of my life gave them a reason to judge me. So they kicked me out.
It was unfair, it was unjust, it was discriminatory. It should be noted nowhere in the rules does it state that Miss UCF cannot have a child. Even if it did, these rules were NOT presented to me at the time of my audition. Nowhere else in America can you be excluded from opportunity for having a baby. It’s illegal. But apparently beauty pageants are somehow above the law. I learned that larger pageants, including Miss […]
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