Thanks to a great post by Lydia at .Alice in a New Wonderland I've been inspired to take a look at our changes in beauty over time as far as Miss America (she did hers with Miss Italy)!
1965 Vonda Van Dyke
1977 Dorothy Benham
1985 Susan Akin
1995 Heather Whitestone
2009 Katie Stam
Miss America really hasn't changed a whole lot. They all seem to at least (thankfully) have a some-what curvy body regardless of being thin. I'm happy to see this trend but I see what my friend had posted and realize there's still a specific body type that all pageants are looking for. They want something that is attainable but in general can promote the wrong idea for many many girls.
I, myself, am curvy, but heavy-set. While I would love to be the next Katie Stam, Megan Fox, Jamie Eason, etc, I'm not going to kill myself and trick myself into believing that I am something more than just me! Fact is, I love my body (maybe minus about 10lbs) and I have no lack of care from Steven or other people for who I really, really am! :)