Contestants line up for Miss Lakewood...

Contestants line up for Miss Lakewood pageants

There are 21 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Oct 22, 2010, titled Contestants line up for Miss Lakewood pageants. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

Do you wish they all could be California girls? Well, they will be today at 4p.m. at Lakewood High School when local teens and young women compete in the Miss Greater Lakewood/ Miss Greater Lakewood Teen Pageants 2011 theme, "California Girls." Current reigning titleholders Kristin Bopp, Miss Greater Lakewood 2010, and Lauren Alvarez, Miss Greater ...

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Frank the plumber

Long Beach, CA

#1 Oct 23, 2010
What no swimsuit pictures?
fatso

Bellflower, CA

#2 Oct 23, 2010
What a shallow competition. Not just this one but all Miss This and That Competitions.

Why not just call it the 'If You Are Even Close To Being Ugly, Don't Try And Enter This Competition' pageant.

Tell it like it is, it's 99% vanity, 1% Not Ugly competition.
Vor

San Jose, CA

#3 Oct 23, 2010
well hello young hotties
Clapton

Long Beach, CA

#4 Oct 23, 2010
Only four people entered the "Miss Greater Lakewood" contest? Maybe it's time to discontinue this once-proud event. And what is "Greater Lakewood" anyway? Has Lakewood become some sort of imperialist power?
JonBenet

Hilmar, CA

#5 Oct 23, 2010
Clapton wrote:
Only four people entered the "Miss Greater Lakewood" contest? Maybe it's time to discontinue this once-proud event. And what is "Greater Lakewood" anyway? Has Lakewood become some sort of imperialist power?
It reminds me of a friend who helped run the "Miss Greater Washington" pageants in Washington D.C. for several years. For some reason almost all of the contestants and winners were white, even tho the population of Washington is overwhelmingly black.
RealChristian

AOL

#6 Oct 24, 2010
HARLOTS FOR SATAN! Flames that burn the flesh but never comsume await.
Croak

Hilmar, CA

#7 Oct 24, 2010
@RealChristian

I don't recall the Bible verse that says "Thou shalt not enter the Miss Greater Lakewood Competition," but your general point is valid. There are much better ways for young women to build their confidence and assert themselves.
get a clue

Pasadena, CA

#8 Oct 24, 2010
JonBenet wrote:
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It reminds me of a friend who helped run the "Miss Greater Washington" pageants in Washington D.C. for several years. For some reason almost all of the contestants and winners were white, even tho the population of Washington is overwhelmingly black.
So what? Blacks are overrepresented in professional basketball. Maybe we should have "affirmative action" for professional basketball, so asians and jews would finally be represented. That would make for better games, right? Young Black women generally don't enter beauty contests, since they don't generally have the self-discipline it takes to be competitive. Just like asians don't have the height to be competitive in pro basketball.
Some black women do have what it takes to compete, but the majority don't.
giveup

Pasadena, CA

#9 Oct 24, 2010
Croak wrote:
@RealChristian
I don't recall the Bible verse that says "Thou shalt not enter the Miss Greater Lakewood Competition," but your general point is valid. There are much better ways for young women to build their confidence and assert themselves.
In the real world, a woman's sexuality matters. It's a bargaining chip in their game of life. To deny that it is, is childish and stupid. Winning beauty contests leads to better opportunities for the women, if for nothing more that hooking a rich man for marriage. Always has. Always will.
okay

Pasadena, CA

#10 Oct 24, 2010
fatso wrote:
What a shallow competition. Not just this one but all Miss This and That Competitions.
Why not just call it the 'If You Are Even Close To Being Ugly, Don't Try And Enter This Competition' pageant.
Tell it like it is, it's 99% vanity, 1% Not Ugly competition.
If the world ran the way you would have it, your handle would have to change to "steepinginmyownurineinmy momsbasement" Is that what you want?
Croak

Lynwood, CA

#11 Oct 24, 2010
giveup wrote:
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In the real world, a woman's sexuality matters. It's a bargaining chip in their game of life. To deny that it is, is childish and stupid. Winning beauty contests leads to better opportunities for the women, if for nothing more that hooking a rich man for marriage. Always has. Always will.
OK, I have to concede your point, you are correct. Exhibit A is Lu Parker, former Miss Charleston, now a telegenic reporter on KTLA and GF of Mayor Villaraigosa. She's hot! But if I were her I wouldn't hold my breath for Mayor Tony to put a ring on it.
M Archer

AOL

#12 Oct 24, 2010
get a clue wrote:
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Young Black women generally don't enter beauty contests, since they don't generally have the self-discipline it takes to be competitive.
Some black women do have what it takes to compete, but the majority don't.
I take it you place great value on "clues" since you seem to have so few yourself.
Smokin Hot Lisa

United States

#14 Oct 24, 2010
Well, I see all the fat ugly men who can't get a date have replied to this story. Losers!

Long live the beauty pageants!
icouldusesomehel p

Santa Fe Springs, CA

#15 Oct 24, 2010
The crown is a six-pack of empty Colt 45 cans duct taped together, the cape is made of hundreds of little crack bags and the wand thingie, well that's right her and I'm keepin' it warm...
German Girlz

AOL

#16 Oct 24, 2010
http://wimp.com/bicycleskill/

The talent portion will pit these girls against the best Lakewood has to offer.
Teen Queen

Laguna Hills, CA

#19 Oct 25, 2010
After reading all of these comments, most of you have no clue about what a pageant entails. Until you actually have experienced one firsthand, I wouldn't judge. That is what is so wrong with society - most people like to "judge" others because it makes them feel better about themselves and their situation.

I, myself, am a past Miss Lakewood Teen winner and can honestly say that these competitions are meant for three things only and they are: to teach grace, self-discipline and poise. I entered this pageant several years ago, as a junior in high school - not very much self-esteem, but looking to build up my self-confidence and presentation. I had always "heard" these things are about "who you know in the system". I knew no one.

I went on to win several different categories - Teen Photogenic, Teen Essay, Teen Congeniality, Teen Evening Gown and Miss Lakewood Teen. I was awarded several beautiful trophies, sash and crown. I don't think I was the prettiest girl on stage, however, I still won.

Little did I know that winning such an honor - to represent the city I grew up in and loved so much would turn out to be something I would regret my peers even knowing existed. I was teased, tormented and called names from that point on. It wasn't until my adulthood that I realized that competing in that pageant, as well as placing in the top 12 at the Miss California Teen Pageant later that year really did teach me more than I was aware of in my teen years.

I am a self-confident, independant woman, a mother, own my own business and I have a loving husband who adores me.

So to all of you who "hate" on beauty pageant contestants - not all of us are conceited. Not all of us are attention-seeking harlots, we are self-respected, professional and mature beings. I walk around with pride knowing I represent myself with diginity and poise.

One last thing, color is NOT an issue. I wish people would stop throwing out the race card for everything. Just because you are Asian, Mexican, Black, White or whatever, doesn't mean anything. Life is what you make it. It is easier to use our "differences" as a crutch than to fight past them and achieve bigger than what the person next to you believes you can accomplish! Btw- I'm ASIAN, may be short, but I have a BIG personality :) The sky is the limit people!
Beauty is only skin deep

Seal Beach, CA

#20 Oct 25, 2010
Teen Queen wrote:
One last thing, color is NOT an issue. I wish people would stop throwing out the race card for everything. Just because you are Asian, Mexican, Black, White or whatever, doesn't mean anything. Life is what you make it. It is easier to use our "differences" as a crutch than to fight past them and achieve bigger than what the person next to you believes you can accomplish! Btw- I'm ASIAN, may be short, but I have a BIG personality :) The sky is the limit people!
If race is not an issue, then why do you even bother mentioning that you are "ASIAN"?
Teen Queen

Laguna Hills, CA

#21 Oct 25, 2010
In response to "Beauty is only skin deep" - because I'm trying to show that not only white people enter and win these things like someone earlier in the thread mentioned :)
Confidence Builder

AOL

#22 Nov 15, 2010
I competed in 3 teen pageants. Although I never won I gained much more than the title. I gained self-confidence, learned public speaking skills, and gained many friends in the process. For those of you who like to put down anything that is "foreign" to you, educate yourself first. I learned a great deal from my pageant involvement, and I would encourage any other young girl who wants to try it to do it.
icouldusesomehel p

Santa Fe Springs, CA

#23 Nov 15, 2010
Confidence Builder wrote:
I competed in 3 teen pageants. Although I never won I gained much more than the title. I gained self-confidence, learned public speaking skills, and gained many friends in the process. For those of you who like to put down anything that is "foreign" to you, educate yourself first. I learned a great deal from my pageant involvement, and I would encourage any other young girl who wants to try it to do it.
Do you recommend pageants for heavy girls? Say, about 245.

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