I’m not one for beauty pageants, but I’d like you to meet Angelica Galindez, winner of the title Miss Philippines Water 2014 in this year’s Miss Philippines Earth USA pageant.
Notice anything that might set her apart from most pageant winners? Galindez is bald due to alopecia which led to full hair loss by the time she was 15.
“As I grew older, I came to terms with the fact that my hair wasn’t growing back, so I decided to own it. … I decided that this could be an opportunity to show the world that girls like me could be classically beautiful, too.”
She’s a striking looking young woman, and she has a great perspective on life if her chosen profession is any indication. She’s a hair stylist.
Princessified World Leaders
David Trumble is a talented artist who wanted to expose our society’s penchant to reduce women, no matter how complex and well-accomplished they may be, to beauty icons. So he came up with a series of drawings of famous women as if they were Disney princesses.
Here’s how he imagined Harriet Tubman would look if she were envisioned as “Abolition Princess.”
But he didn’t stop there. He came up with a whole universe of characters: Gloria Steinem, Anne Frank, Hillary Clinton, and more (wait until you get a load of Jane Goodall kneeling with her binoculars). Trumble explained that his satirical drawings are meant to ridicule what he sees as the Disneyfication of women.
“Our children come to role models through fiction before anything else. We shouldn’t have a heroine’s individual greatness squeezed into one archetype.”
Good point. No one – great or small – should be squeezed into anything.
The School for Non-Princesses
One school has a blunt message for the girls in its student body: “You’re not a princess.”
According to the article, Mercy Academy Principal Amy Elstone said,
“We knew it was going to be risky going with this message. Our girls are growing up in a society where they’re told by their parents that they’re a princess, and our message is that they’re not a princess, they’re so much more.”
How true: they are so much more.
I think we fantasize about joining the ranks of royalty through beauty pageants, Disney characters or even just being Daddy’s Little Princess [gag reflex just kicked in big time] because we know there is something to this royalty thing. It’s built into our soul, it’s a longing that will be with us for eternity, and it’s all because of who God himself is:
The Lord is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. (Jeremiah 10:10.)
We not only get to spend eternity with God in his kingdom; we live there as royalty.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10.)
Beauty pageants, cartoon princesses, even actual earthly royalty are nothing compared to the merciful gift we are offered in Christ.