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Plus-Size Alabama Pageant Winner Stays Positive Amidst Backlash

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Plus-Size Alabama Pageant Winner Stays Positive Amidst Backlash

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A 23-year-old plus-size model, Sara Milliken from Atmore, Alabama recently clinched the title of “Miss Alabama” at a National American Miss (NAM) pageant.

Milliken’s journey to victory at the NAM’s pageant was no easy feat, with this being her third attempt after eight years of interest in the competition.

However, the celebration was short-lived as social media erupted with criticism, questioning the promotion of “unhealthy lifestyles” and “glorifying obesity.”

Amidst the uproar, it became evident that many critics failed to distinguish between different pageants in the U.S., each with its own criteria and emphasis.

While some pageants prioritize physical appearance, others, like the National American Miss, value communication skills, personality, and community service over looks.

In an Instagram post the pageantry clarifies that “Pageants are not all the same.”

Contrary to misconceptions, Milliken did not compete in Miss USA or Miss America, but in the National American Miss contest, where categories such as talent, spokesmodel, and community service hold significance. NAM’s mission statement underscores the importance of communication and confidence, setting it apart from traditional beauty pageants.

As the debate continues, this will not stop Milliken from continuing to compete at the national.

H/T: https://www.wkrg.com/
Photo credit: https://www.instagram.com/thenamalmiss/, https://www.facebook.com/AmandaMorenoConsulting