Not going to lie, I used to watch beauty pageants all the time. Grandma Sis would tape them for me, and I specifically remember watching the Miss Teen USA 1990 on her Beta VCR over and over again. Tonight, I had to watch the Miss USA pageant at work. The format hasn't changed much since the 90s, but the hair is smaller. Also, they make a point to note several times that the crown is made from synthetic "conflict free" diamonds. Translation: really high quality rhinestones. The crown is kind of like fake fur: an old status symbol updated with contemporary collective morals.
Miss Arizona gave a really great answer about health care in which she did not say the word "health care." Instead, she just talked about having integrity, no matter if you're on the left or right. Excellent stock answer, Miss Arizona, but we still don't know if you're for or against universal health care in the United States. I may disagree with Miss California believing that marriage should only be for heterosexual couples, but at least she voiced her concrete opinion on the issue. Even though she completed contradicted herself saying that she thought it was great that people in America could chose between same sex marriage and opposite sex marriage, but then said "In my country, in my family, I believe marriage should between a man and a woman." (Also, Perez Hilton didn't ask what she thought, he asked if other states should follow Vermont with legalizing it. She could've just said, "It should be left up to each state.")
And now, the video I will never get tired of watching, the greatest moment in all of pageant history...Miss South Carolina from Miss Teen USA 2007 answering the final, and most crucial, question of the night: