Don't get me wrong. I couldn't care less if people want to hold beauty pageants, participate in beauty pageants or watch beauty pageants. But almost everything about this article makes my head spin -- from the notion that an anachronistic beauty pageant can be modernized by treating contestants as job applicants for a professional position called "Miss Sweden," to the interminably creepy Donald Trump declaring that his "Miss Universe organization has redefined beauty pageants."
From the Sunday May 27 Chicago Tribune Tempo section:
MEXICO CITY -- This year's Miss Universe pageant is missing one of its most noted contestants: Miss Sweden, a statuesque blonde whose country is one of the few to win the crown three times.
Isabel Lestapier Winqvist, 20, has dropped out because Swedes say the Miss Universe competition, airing live Monday night from Mexico City, is degrading to women and weighed down by scandals.
"We're taking a big beating by being linked to it," said Panos Papadopoulos, organizer of the Miss Sweden contest, which scrapped its swimsuit competition and allowed women to apply for the position like any other job after heavy criticism from feminists.
Donald Trump, who co-owns the contest with NBC, says the Miss Universe Organization has redefined beauty pageants. But the Miss Universe competition is judged solely on an interview and swimsuit and evening-gown competitions.
But Papadopoulos, owner of the Panos Emporio brand swim suits which in 2004 bought the rights to the Miss Sweden contest said Trump's pageant doesn't fit with Miss Sweden's new, more professional image.