Kentucky organization promotes positive pageantry

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — People have strong feelings about beauty pageants. Some people insist that contests boost their confidence and self-esteem, while others say the process is demeaning.

Pure International, a pageant society, is fighting this stereotype with pageant queens of all shapes, sizes, ages and genders.

“You can look beautiful no matter your size or age. It doesn’t matter,” said Yolanda Gould, Kentucky State Director for Pure International Pageants.

Pure competitions welcome men and women, young and old, of all shapes and sizes. At each competition, the organization emphasizes public speaking and community service over looks. It was these values ​​that convinced University of Kentucky student Gillian Clark to enter.

“I had grown up watching ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’, and always thought it looked fun. But I guess I was too scared, not confident enough and felt like I didn’t not the right body type,” Clark said.

After competing and placing in the top 10 of a Pure International Pageant in the “Miss” category, the geology student had the courage to conquer her doubt.

“Just knowing I have that confidence makes me do better in school and makes me feel like a more positive human being,” Clark said.

Now she’s spreading that positivity in the community by helping out with COVID-19 clinics, writing thank you letters to pilots and flight attendants, and running the UK Geology Club.

Clark wants to remind everyone that you can be a beauty queen. So no matter your age, weight, or gender, if you want to represent Kentucky in a Pure Pageant, the next competition is March 11-12 in Carrollton, Ky.

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