Following in Sarah Palin's footsteps, one of her former beauty pageant competitors is now running for office. Maryline Blackburn, who beat the former VP candidate turned media personality for the Miss Alaska crown back in 1984, is announcing today that she will be running for a seat in the Georgia state legislature. No stranger to the spotlight, this two-time Grammy-nominated singer was Alaska's first African-American contestant in the Miss America pageant.
This news had me thinking about how a dedication to pageantry could prepare you for politics. I mean, we all know the reasons they shouldn't go the White House route — e.g. lack of geography skills (although there was that Russia incident . . .) — but maybe these two seemingly opposite worlds are more alike than we thought?
For my five reasons why pageant royalty would make good political princesses, keep reading.
- They don't shy away from the camera.
- They'll look good in any sex tapes that might be released.
- They are able to hold their own in an interview setting. Or should be, rather.
- If you can deal with a large group of catty pageant contestants, politicians should be a breeze!
- They can handle embarrassing situations with poise and grace.