Texas Tech University - La Ventana Yearbook (Lubbock, TX)

 - Class of 1981

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They are the ' apples of the public ' s eye " You were the apple of the public ' s eye As you cut the ribbon at the local mall A mirage for both you and us How can it be real? We loved your body in the photograph Your home state sure must be proud The Queen of the United States . . ' - Miss America by Styx Many Tech women are " queens " in their own right and are using their assets of beauty, intelligence and talent to win local and state beauty pageants. " I was approached in a restaurant and was asked if I would be interested in entering a pageant, " said Dawn Holmstrom, Miss Wichita, KS. " I turned the guy down four times before I found out the pageant was a scholarship-type with talent, " she said. " My peers asked me to do it, I was in- terested in pageantry as a form of com- petition, " said Tina Gilmour, 1980 Miss Playmate and former Miss Killeen. D ' Yon Hawkins, 1981 Miss Playmate and former Miss Vernon, said her mother and boy friend encouraged her to enter. " My mom wanted me to be in the Miss Vernon pagent. I wasn ' t plan- ning on winning. " Hawkins said her boy friend ' s fraterni- ty supported her in the Miss Playmate contest and, " He pushed me to exer- cise, " she said. Some enter the pageants for the scholarship money. " The scholarship money is fantastic, " said Alice Kindle, 1978 Miss Playmate and current Miss Duncanville. Holmstrom said she was a firm believer in the scholarship pageant and said frankly, " It ' s a business! " Other reasons for entering the pageants varied from contestant to con- testant. Jo Jacquelyn Edmondson, Miss Texas Tech and former Miss Texas Farm Bureau Queen, said the pageants allow- ed her to show off her designs. She sewed all the outfits she wore in com- petition. Gilmour also said she learned more about herself from being in the pageants. Holmstrom, who entered the Miss America pageants, which included talent, said she had the opportunity to perform on stage, something she had always wanted to do. Also, winning the Miss Wichita pageant helped her pay for attending Tech. All of the girls mentioned getting job offers after being in the pageants. LuAnn Caughey, Miss Abilene, said, " It ' s like a job - it can open a lot of doors for you. " Preparing for the pageants is time- consuming and strenuous. Imagine exer- cising two to three hours daily, starving yourself to lose weight, tanning, and cramming current events into your head for just one night. However, the con- testants claimed the work is not for one night only and it really pays off. " It ' s not like you ' re doing all this hard work for one night. It gives you con- fidence, " said Holmstrom. " For the last pageant, " said Caughey, " 1 worked out three hours a day, took speech lessons and read etiquette and self-improvement books. " " 1 ate one meal a day to prepare for the pageants, " said Hawkins Basically, women compete in one of two major pageants - the Miss America pageant and the Miss USA pageant, janis Ceddes, sponsor of the Miss Lubbock scholarship pageant, con- trasted the two. " The Miss America pageant is a scholarship pageant to fruther education, " she said. In the Miss America pageant, the talent is worth 50 percent of the competition, while in Miss USA, there is no talent competition at all. The interview, the evening gown and swimsuit competition each con- stitute one-third of the other 50 percent of the competition in the Miss America pageant. The Miss USA pageant has the interview, evening gown and swimsuit competition only. " In the Miss America pageant the judges are looking for a well-rounded, pretty girl, one that can meet the public. In the Miss USA, I ' d im- agine the judges are looking for looks and personality, " Ceddes said. " 1 think the judges are looking for a girl next door, " said Kelly Whit, Miss Panhandle - USA. Edmondson said the contestants are judged on poise, beauty and in- telligence. " You have to stand out, " she added. Many consider being judged on looks alone as sexist. Of all the women inter- viewed, however, no one said the con- tests were sexist. Caughey said pageants are not sexist, but, as she put it, " It could be con- sidered so depending on how the girl acts on stage. ' Edmondson said, " Some of my friends ask me how 1 could be in such pageants, but 1 have never once been in swimsuit competition. " The controversial Miss Playmate pageant sponsored by Society of Pro- fessional journalists/Sigma Delta Chi had 10 entrants, while the Miss Texas Tech competition attracted 29 con- testants. The Miss Texas Tech competi- tion did not feature swimsuit competi- tion. Miss Playmate poses for the centerfold of the Playboy section in La Ventana, but does not have to do anything she disapproves of, according to Sandy Mitchell, La Ventana co-editor. Hawkins said, " I don ' t think it (the Playmate pageant) is sexist. 1 don ' t do it to show off my body. " She said her boy friend was supportive, but he worried what the picture would look like. " My dad was totally against it! Boy- friend-wise, they loved it! But they didn ' t understand when I had to go to banquets and functions with males on- ly, " Gilmour said. " 1 feel I represented the school, " she added. Winning pageants means doing public relations-type work, meeting famous people and being in parades, to name just a few duties. The honor also involves work, lots of it. Melissa Gore, South Plains Maid of Cotton, had to learn about every aspect of cotton. The work may be tough, but there are many pluses. The winners are of- fered jobs in such fields as public rela- tions, newscasting, and modeling. Even missing first place does not mean losing. In the Miss America pageants, there are scholarships for the runners-up. At the local, state and national Miss America pageants, scholarships totaling $2,000,000 are awarded annually, ac- cording to Miss America officials. Since the work is so time-consuming, many times the contestants had to sacrifice friends, boy friends and other activities to fulfill their duties. But they all stressed that the fun times were worth it. Whit said, " When you enter a pageant, it puts you on a natural high. " Through pageant competition, the Tech women learned more about themselves. " 1 guess it ' s always been an inner ambition, " said Edmondson. Perhaps Hawkins summed up many of the contestants ' feelings when she said, " I ' d do it again tomorrow. "

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