Miss America gets her Green on [via Eco Chick].

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 12, 2009
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Great article via Stephanie, covers all the bases—how Miss America, while pretending and to some small extent actually being about the empowerment of women, is really a glorified, sterilized patriarchal auction…how MIss Vermont (of course, Miss Vermont) is turning Miss America a little greener this year…excerpt:


There’s a lot I don’t like about Miss America. Sure, they give many scholarships to women, but let’s be real: Miss America isn’t about advancing women’s rights and causes, it’s about rewarding beautiful women for being beautiful. In my opinion, the pageant misrepresents itself as something greater than what it really is: a competition in which women are largely judged for their looks.

The very existence of the swimsuit contest portion of the competition and the fact that most of these women look like overly made up, perfectly proportioned Barbies come to life contriving to care about world peace makes me less than a fan.

However, I did think it was cool when I recently found out that Miss Vermont, Ashley Wheeler – a contestant in this year’s Miss America competition – is going to be wearing an eco-friendly gown. Ashley’s dress is constructed of hemp and silk, lined with hemp and organic cotton and decorated with repurposed gold lace, beads and sequins.

The gown is made by designer Tara Lynn

…read the rest at Eco Chick, here.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Miss America gets her Green on [via Eco Chick].”

  1. admin says:

    Theresa Marchitelli at 10:34am January 12
    I know Taralynn, the designer of this dress. She’s great! Check out her website. I want to be her apprentice and also take her studio to a social entrepreneurial level by training the women who come to Umbrella (the nonprofit Taralynn and I both work at) for help to work with Taralynn….creating jobs, wealth and all good things.

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