I don't know why, but I've got the beauty queen beat. I cover Miss Georgia every year.
My colleague Sonya Sorich usually live blogs about Miss Universe every year. She's off this week, so I've been asked to do it Wednesday night.
The one thing I know I don't have to watch is some so-called talent in Miss Universe. This is just a pretty girl show. They don't even have to pretend to be in school, like the Miss America contestants have to be. After all Miss America is a scholarship contest, not a beauty pageant.
My father was stationed on Okinawa when I was in high school. After we moved here to Fort Benning, we were watching the Miss Universe Pageant and when they announced Miss Guam, I yelled, "I know her!" The young woman who was Miss Guam was someone in my class at Kubasaki High School. I can't remember her name now, but it was her.
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Make sure you catch the beginning. That's when the women will be dressed in their country's "costumes." Well, brightly colored, abbreviated costumes. The kinds that are routinely seen in the Victoria's Secret fashion shows with lots of feathers, showgirl type head pieces, heavy duty push-up bras, miniscule skirts and practically non-existent shorts. All very eye-catching.
And who knows, maybe you'll watch the pageant Wednesday night and see someone you know.
It starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday on NBC-TV.