Ok, don’t get me wrong, I did not secretly ingest oestrogen neither do I follow beauty pageant competitions. Infact, were it not for the strong Kenyan community on social media, I’d not have known that a Kenyan reached the top 6 of the Miss Universe 2016. It’s a big deal, no Kenyan has ever reached that far before, not one that I know of.
It’s humbling that a Kenyan can reach that far in our lifetime. It reminds me that the highest point in life is where you put yourself. So I decided to do some little research and I actually found lessons we can all learn from the chocolate skinned beauty pageant:
1. THERE WERE MODELS IN 1926!!
You just have to forgive me, I’m a millennial and it’s hard wrapping my head in the 1900’s before my grandpa and his comrades got independence and actually believe that they had fun. Like seriously, modelling in the 1920’s before Europe decided to throw the entire World in modern combat? That sounds almost far-fetched. Even more absurd is the name they gave it: The International Pageant of Pulchritude. That sounds like a title you’d find when reading Karl Max.
2. BRAINS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT IN PAGEANTRY
Though in most Pageant competitions, two thirds of the points get assigned to beauty, mostly pageantry is about messing with psychologies, knowing how to answer trick questions, employing emotions and most importantly your audience. There’s a rumour that circulated around that Miss Universe Kenya would have been crowned had she not been given a question different from How she felt about Donald Trump.
Many even argue that she was robbed of the crown after all why ask a Kenyan about American politics?
There’s also this stereotype that beauty pageants are intellectually weak. Many derive this conclusion by extrapolating the stuff most actors say on the red carpet. Miss Universe Kenya or more formally known as Miss Esther Were tutns out to be a Marketing Administrator for CNBC and Forbes Africa.
Forbes Africa is a really big deal for those aspiring to be the richest and most innovative business magnates, I’m deducing that she had to work really really hard before she could even apply to be a Marketing Administrator at Forbes… Respect.
3. NOBODY SHOULD BE SCARED OF MATERIALISM
Most nerds and geeks I know often worry about whether their inventions or dreams will go to waste because they lack enough capital or capacity for growth. Turns out that you can strip Miss Esther Were of her title and wealth but you won’t break her. She says that she believed in a world without limitation and that we shouldn’t be defined by what we wear and asserted that there’s no limitation to life. In an age where even the questions science can answer seem to be ending, that’s more than enough welcome advice.
4. REJECTION AND FAILURE ARE NULL DETERMINANTS OF ONES FUTURE
We all have failed or been rejected at some point. Be it with that chick who refused your carefully crafted charms or that Chemistry test you thought you’d aced and I know it’s painful. Somehow we all have a God Complex even when we’re not gods. We fear limits and loathe being frowned down upon as God would doubt his own Immortality if he found himself alone.
In an interview by Kiss 100 FM, Miss Esther Were revealed that she was once rejected for having small boobs and was even advices to get some implants. Fast forward this to the future and try to ponder what implications it might have held for her career had she done it. This marks my last lesson…
5. THE BEST ADVICE IS NO ADVICE AT ALL
Be you. Trust me it would take over 2 raised to a millionth power to make the unique fragment you are. You only have to raise 2 to 100 to know how great that number would be. People will talk, they’ll try to change you but even if they give the best advice, you might not feel comfortable embracing it. Sometimes the greatest riddles to life have their answers hidden in the heart.
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