Miss America Ends Swimsuit Competition, Aiming to Evolve in This Cultural Revolution
New York Times - June 5, 2018
I've never like reality shows. Beauty pageants often fall into that category especially when drama is involved with either contestants or the pageant itself. Humans are programmed to thrive on drama - it awakens the consciousness from the humdrum of every day life. In a beauty pageant drama are remembered more than the parade of lovely young ladies who share their thoughts and emotions.
The Steve Harvey Miss Universe Pageant incident is a prime example. Then there was the saga of Bess Myerson who became famous in 1945 as the first Jewish Miss America and to date is the only Jewish woman to win the title. She had many accomplishments but is most remembered with the Bess Mess. Her career in public service ended in the late 1980s when she was indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges. She was acquitted after a highly publicized trial.
What is guiding this need for change in the Miss America pageant? As always we go back to people who want to make a difference - no longer in a small way but on a larger scale. That's all that seems to matter in a challenged society. The more you want to change things, especially for women, break old paradigms and glass ceilings, that's what is next for women. Nothing else matters in the bigger picture. You don't have to go metaphysical to do it with healing and energy. You just have to be programmed to live it and help.
Speaking of energy highs ... If you haven't been in a beauty pageant you don't understand the rush, the high, all of that as you walk the runway. It's an amazing feeling especially when you look good and feel confident. It's like nothing exists but yourself and the runway as if being detached from everything else. It's exhilarating ... sometimes like an out of body experience. I know. I've been there.
Maybe there should be two Miss America contests or none at all. Is it about money and scholarships? The world runs on money in any form even if you say it is not important in your life. Money creates freedom which is key. Life can be fun without it but with it the opportunities become endless. Don't believe people who tell you life is better without money. There is so much you can do to help others when you have money. You could change the destinies of so many people if you have the resources to do it, which does not mean raise funding but just being lucky enough to have abundance to make the choices needed to help others ... the mantra in a hologram based on abuse and healing.
Ellie April 2018
In the future ... a woman chosen as Miss America based on merit would be wonderful for women everywhere as they move forward in every industry. I am all for that but I also love the idea of the glitz and glamour hopefully without dramas as beauty contestants strut their stuff and realize what they represent in terms of their country, women at large, and other issues that challenge us today. Most Miss America contestants and winners are prepped long before the pageants and realize that everything is changing as we live in a different reality than that which existed even yesterday.
Council of Fashion Designers of America
Speaking of walking the runway or red carpet ... The Brooklyn version of the Met Gala took place Monday night. Great clothes. Check out the fashions if interested. #CFDA Awards red carpet 2018.
I've always been interested in fashion and design something I would have majored in but my destiny was to become a teacher. I studied fashion in High School not college though my family had many designers, pattern makers, and going back to our original members who came here from Europe, when it was fashionable to be an immigrant, tailors. It all started with my Grandfather Samuel who came here at the turn of the 20th century.
Lord & Taylor is closing its 5th Ave storeCNN - June 5, 2018
Looking for another sign of how tough it is in the world of retail? The century-old Lord & Taylor store on New York's Fifth Avenue,is going to shut down next year and become a WeWork space. Hudson's Bay (HBAYF), the Canadian-based owner of Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, agreed last October to sell the Fifth Avenue store to WeWork for $850 million. The iconic store is located between 38th and 39th Streets and not far from Times Square.
Lord & Taylor is the oldest department store in the United States. Headquartered in New York City, it is a subsidiary of the oldest commercial corporation in North America, the Hudson's Bay Company. Lord & Taylor has 50 locations, and four L&T outlets. English-born Samuel Lord started a dry goods business in New York in 1824, and opened the original store that would become Lord & Taylor in 1826, on Catherine Street. His cousin, George Washington Taylor, joined in 1834, and the store was named Lord & Taylor.
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