Does beauty have a limited definition? Can we make that definition more inclusive? Best friends Allison Kopach and Jenny Flores are typical pageant queens. They love makeup, fashion, and anything that sparkles. However, unlike Miss America, at a size 22 the only doors open to them are in the plus size pageant world.
THERE SHE IS follows the two as they prepare for and compete in the 2011 American Beauties Plus Pageant and revisits them in 2012 to reflect on the outcome of the pageant and what has changed in their lives.
Some may question the effectiveness of challenging the beauty status-quo through a beauty pageant, an event that arguably epitomizes superficial beauty. But as Huffington Post blogger Shannon Sutherland recently noted, Allison and Jenny’s participation in a beauty pageant doesn’t enforce the idea that beauty (“traditional” or not) is paramount, but rather creates vital visibility. Sutherland wrote:
“After watching these two women passionately participate in something they love, which just happens to be a beauty pageant, I feel that in order to even the body type playing field, we need strong women like Allison Kophach and Jenny Flores out there participating in activities that society believes they shouldn’t be in…The only way beauty pageants can stop being PR vehicles for the size zero ideal is for women of all shapes to enter them and make their presence the norm.”