Katie Millar, Miss Utah in the 2007 Miss America Pageant, demonstrates that "a girl will see that she doesn’t have to show a lot of skin to get attention or do well in society today." I'm not a big fan of beauty contests, but I'm happy to see a contestant promoting modesty. From KUTV in Salt lake City:
Katie Millar says she entered a local pageant when she learned she could win a scholarship to help pay for college. That decision took her all the way to the Miss America Pageant where Katie says she faced some criticism for her efforts to represent her values and standards.
Miss Utah competed for the big title just one week ago. And she did it in a little different fashion than the others. In the swimsuit competition she was the only girl to wear a conservative one-piece bathing suit.... Katie was hoping to make a statement about modesty. "There were a lot of people who said, ‘if you wear this you won’t do well,’” recalls Katie. “People don’t appreciate traditional standards. They don’t appreciate modesty.” She chose an evening gown with sleeves, a high back, a modest neckline and a slit that came just to her knee.
“When I did make the top ten,” said Katie, “the first thing that went through my mind was, ‘I get to wear my one piece swimsuit on national TV and hopefully a girl will see that she doesn’t have to show a lot of skin to get attention or do well in society today.’”
Good luck to Miss Utah!