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Bella English

FYI, beauty pageants don’t empower women

If Bert Parks weren’t already dead, it would kill him. The host of the Miss America pageant for nearly 25 years, Parks would no doubt have been aghast at Miss Kansas in the recent pageant.

She’s the one whose tattoos were revealed during the swimsuit competition, in which she wore a red bikini. On her right side, starting at the top edge of her bathing suit bra and ending at the top edge of her bikini, is the Serenity Prayer. You know, the one where God is supposed to grant you serenity, courage, and wisdom. On her left shoulder is a large US Army Dental Corps insignia.

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