Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

On January 30, 2010, young geek girls (particularly those of color) did a happy dance.   Caressa Cameron, student at Virginia Commonwealth University and former ugly duckling, rocked it and became our next Miss America.   She is also (for those counting) the eighth African American Miss America. 

This post originally was going to skewer the time-honored tradition of objectifying women (which is does) but I couldn’t help soften at the sight of our current Miss America with stringy hair and braces.  Caressa, I confess, you are MY GAL.  You are proof that not all beauty pageant queens think they can see Russia from their house. Continue Reading »


Some academics at the University of Florida published a study today that really burns my butt has some interesting findings.

Apparently Sarah Palin proves to the world that if you’re good-looking you can’t be smart, competent or be in executive political leadership.  But hey, how can 133 college students be wrong, right? Even if it flies in the face of the scientific method.

I totally disagree with the findings of this study, because I’d like to offer:

Exhibit A: Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm

Exhibit B: Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (we miss you, lady!)

Exhibit C: Governor Ann Richards, who observed during her 1988 Democratic National Convention keynote address that “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” (I miss her a lot, too! Such sass!)

Exhibit D: Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland

Exhibit E: Benazir Bhutto. (we miss you, too, sister) the first elected woman to lead Pakistan and twice was their Prime Minister.

Exhibit F: Michelle Obama.  She’s not elected but you better believe she’s got the full package and is highly influential.

And what about Exhibit G: Jennifer Brunner – currently Ohio’s Secretary of State?  This woman is beautiful and courageous.

There are so many more!! We’ll update later.