Why Pageants Should Stop

Why Pageants Should Stop

Just because you are beautiful does not mean you are or should be a role model.

The feeling of winning a pageant is something every girl has probably dreamt of. The crown being lightly sat on our perfect hair, tears of joy falling from our face while our makeup stays completely intact, roses from a famous celebrity who is celebrating our title and realizing we are about to be a "role model" for many girls.

But are pageant girls really role models, after all? Think about it. These girls are highlighted for the charity work they do after winning, but the people in charge of them, such as the pageant itself, plan all of the charity they end up doing, and these girls just do it because they are told that is the agenda for this day of being a role model.

It is possible some of these girls do not even want to do charity work and would rather being doing anything other than charity work. It is possible these girls do not support these causes and it is all just a cover to make them look good, have grace and be that role model. Who wants a role model who is not true? It is hard to prove if these girls really care or do not.

Going along with this, previous and current winners of the hierarchy of pageantry can have backlash, but still are accepted and keep their crown. Where is the line crossed where a girl should not be able to keep her title? Recent, Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay was crowned her title, and then tweets she sent were found that contained one of the most discriminatory and fowl words ever. Yet, she is still Miss Teen USA.

Another issue is style. Part of being a pageant girl and winner is having style. These girls own the best dresses and clothing items that are probably unrealistically excessive for most girls to afford. Is it really a good idea to have a role model who most girls cannot live up to because they do not have the same connections or family finances?

Lastly, pageant girls own beauty because pageants are partly based on this. We create role models out of girls who are extremely beautiful, whatever beautiful actually means, but what are the consequences to this? Is it possible that pageant girls are very similar to the covers of magazines and models that tend to bring girls down because they cannot be them?

Maybe we should stop pageants because it is possible the winners are not actually role models. Alternatively, maybe we should not stop pageants but curve them toward more realistic girls and expectations, regardless of how old the girls in pageants are and are representing. Just because you help with charity, wear diamonds and are beautiful does not mean you are or should be role model.

Cover Image Credit: Independent UK

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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9 Tips, Tricks And Hacks To Make Your Curly Hair Live Its' Best Life

Let your curls thrive!


Being a curly headed lady I've had my fair shares of trials tribulations when it has come to my hair. I've had countless bad hair days growing up. You think you've had bad hair days? You should see some of my childhood photos. I went through a phase where I tried to brush my curls out because I wasn't allowed to straighten my hair. Clearly, that was a terrible mistake that I regret dearly.

As I've gotten older I've learned to love my curly hair. I seriously wouldn't want it any other way. But it has taken a lot to get to that point. It's taken lots of tips, tricks, and products to make my hair the best that it has ever been. I believe that all girls with curly hair deserve to fall in love with their curls, and I know how it hard it is to find the right remedy that works for your curls.

Over the years I have found out what works best for me and what keeps my curls strong, healthy and bouncy. Some of these tips will work for everyone and some won't. Figure out what works best for you and your lifestyle.

1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! 

Anyone will tell you that curly hair loses moisture way faster than any other hair type. It is so important to deep condition your hair once or even twice a week. This will give your curls the extra bounce they need and replenish them. My absolute favorite deep-conditioner that I found in high school is the Aussie 3-Minute Moist Miracle. It's $2.97 at Target and will last you a long time. My favorite "luxury" deep-conditioner is DevaCurl's Melt into Moisture which retails for $36. This may sound pricey, but trust me it will last you for months.

2. Invest in some scrunchies 

Not only are they coming back into style, but they are truly the only type of hair ties that don't rip my hair out. Every other type of hair tie I've owned regardless of whether or not it had metal on it has ripped chunks of my hair out. Scrunchies are relatively cheap, cuter than regular elastics and even look a heck of a lot better when worn on your wrist as opposed to a black hair tie.

3. Do not use a towel to dry your hair 

I know, you're probably thinking "Is this girl crazy?" Well I am definitely not. A few years ago when I was really struggling with my hair I came across a blog with millions of tricks. The one that stuck with me was to not use a towel to dry your hair. A regular towel will cause your hair to frizz, while a cotton T-shirt won't rub against your curls the way a towel will. Since I read that article maybe four or five years ago I haven't used a towel on my hair. Sure you get some funny looks when you walk around with a T-shirt on your head in the communal bathroom, but you'll get tons of compliments when your hair is nice and frizzless.

4. Always ask your hairdresser if they have experience in cutting curly hair 

Nothing is worse than having a bad hair cut experience, and I have had plenty. Too many to even count. I have spent many nights crying thinking about how I was going to get out of school the next day following a terrible haircut. Many hairdressers are experienced in cutting curly hair, but do not be afraid to ask them multiple times if they for sure know how to cut your hair. It's much better to be safe than sorry.

5. Do not let anybody convince you to get layers if you do not want them

Everyone with curly hair has been told at one point or another that their hair would look great with a bunch of layers. This may be the case for some people, but it is definitely not the case for everyone. I've had layers multiple times over the years and have come to the conclusion that I hate them. They always give me major "triangle-syndrome" (when the hair takes on a fluffy, boxy pyramid look) and I end up looking like "Hey Arnold!" So if you know that you don't like layers on you do not let another hairdresser convince you that this time will be different. Chances are they won't be!

6. Skip the shampoo

Say buh-bye to shampoo forever! Well not forever, but for a week or two at a time. Like I said earlier, curly hair craves moisture. Most shampoos have sulfates in them that strip the hair of its natural oils that moisturize the hair. People are now starting to say that washing your hair less is the key to healthy hair and it really is! Most people can go a couple days without shampooing their hair, but girls with curls can go about a week or even two! Curly hair usually doesn't get oily so you can really get away without washing your hair. But, I know what you are thinking? Won't my hair be super gross and dirty? No! Instead of shampooing your hair everyday use just conditioner instead. It will still clean your hair and give it a mega moisturizing boost! Then use both shampoo and conditioner when it is time to wash your hair.

7. Read the labels on your products 

When buying hair products most of us just go with what's cheapest or what has the cutest packaging, which I am totally guilty of myself. Unfortunately, it's not that easy for those with curly hair. When buying products me sure to make sure your shampoo and conditioner is sulfate-, paraben- and dye-free. That may seem like a lot to have to look for, but I promise you it is not. A key tip is to look and see if the first ingredient is water. This means that it will be moisturizing and not dry out your hair. Many brands are actually switching to sulfate-free formulas.

Here are a few brands that are cheap and great for your curls:

Love Beauty and Planet

The Pantene Pro-V Gold Series

Maui Moisture

Organix Brand

8. Put conditioner in your hair before you go swimming

My entire life I always wanted mermaid hair and never had it. All my straight and wavy haired friends always did while my hair just got frizzy. This made pool days and beach days very sad for me. Then one day I just decided to put a whole bunch of conditioner in my dry hair before I went swimming. Surprisingly, this was one of smartest things I've ever done. Say goodbye to frizzy hair and hello to hair like Ariel.

9. Embrace it 

This sounds incredibly cheesy, but it is so true. It is much easier said than done but it is life-changing. Loving your hair is just one step towards being a more confident you. These tips won't guarantee you endless great hair days. You will always have some bad ones. But doing some of these will help guide you to the road of amazing curls.

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