Bethany Kludt is a nursing student and a bikini contest competitor. When she was eighteen she competed in her one and only beauty pageant. She believes that every girl should compete in at least one beauty pageant in her life.
While a lot of people dismiss beauty pageants as parading females around for people to judge them, Kludt thinks that pageants can help women reflect on their roles in society and begin to prioritize what they want out of life.
While some people think the different wardrobe changes turn females into life-sized Barbie dolls, Kludt believes that this experience teaches women what kind of clothes flatter them the most. In her opinion, women can take these fashion options into their personal closet. If a woman walks out of the door in an outfit they are proud of, they will be more confident and assertive, which can lead to promotions or more respect from their colleagues.
There is also an interview portion to pageants, during this time Kludt thinks that women begin to analyze their opinions on the major issues that are affecting people today. This moment of self-reflection can shape a women’s thinking and make her a more respectful and tolerant person. Kludt knows that competing in beauty pageants is not for everyone. While some people think that these pageants should be stopped immediately, Bethany Kludt believes that when women participate in one pageant, they will begin to think about themselves and their roles in society that will help them advance in their careers or their other life goals.