Georgia Beauty Queen Charnae Ware Wants To Break Pageant Stereotype By Spreading Positive Encouragement On Body Image

Everyone has a slightly different idea of the perfect body image but we are heavily influenced by societal pressures and the media. Society’s expectations color our beliefs about the ideal body image and sometimes this creates problems or causes harm.

A lot of young girls say that body image is one of their biggest struggles. So, do pageants make this better or worse? Charnae Ware, who competed for the crown of Miss Georgia USA, thinks that in the world of pageantry the message of body positivity is a powerful message you can send - "I am not the typical pageant girl, I have curves I am and I'm most definitely not super tall. I believe there has been such a high standard placed on what beauty looks like and how you have to look to win a pageant that people forget what it actually means to be a beauty queen" - she explained.

Charnae thinks that inner beauty and believing in being "your own kind of beautiful" is what matters most - "I think I can bring that image of not every girl has to look the same to be a pageant girl."

In addition to being a pageant girl Charnae is a senior at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia where she majors in Mass Communications and minor in Pre-Law - "I work at Sephora because I have an extreme love for makeup. I really enjoy enhancing different women's already beautiful facial features but making them feel even more amazing with a touch of makeup" - she said.

I had the opportunity to interview her about her recent pageant experience in the Miss Georgia USA Contest. Did you know ? The state of Georgia has never won the Miss USA Pageant, however they almost won the crown when Emanii Davis and Tiana Griggs made the Top 3 in 2016 and 2014.

Lets know a little more about the beautiful Charnae through this interview!

You competed at the 2018 Miss Georgia USA Pageant. What is your most memorable moment from the pageant ?

My most memorable moment from the pageant would be something that many would think is out of the ordinary. I remember the first night of competition, the preliminary competition, there was a little girl backstage who was helping with the pageant and a woman who told us when to go on stage. As I stood in line awaiting to go on, the women sees the little girl and says “Can you believe she says someone here told her she is not able to do a pageant, she says’s she is not pretty enough to be in a pageant.” I wanted to burst into tears so badly hearing that news it broke my heart. Instead of getting emotional I took that as fuel to go on stage and think of all the girls out there who think they are not good enough to be in a pageant.

And when i got off that stage I found that little girl and told her, “You are beautiful and whoever told you that you are not pretty or good enough to be in a pageant lied and you can do whatever your heart dreams of.” Seeing her face light up and her smile going from dim to bright as the sun made me feel like a true queen and it was then that I knew it does not take a shiny, rhinestone crown to be a queen, it was that moment that felt bigger to me than possibly winning the title Miss Georgia USA. 



What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants? 

Something that inspired me to walk into pageants is there are so many standards of what beauty is and it has become a generational curse for young ladies to feel like they have to look a certain way to be known as beautiful. So, I came into the pageant with those girls in mind to see that you can be uniquely different and be beautiful.

What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?

I would like to see more diverse body types win the prestigious pageants such as USA, I would like to see more girls who are not just pretty or Instagram models but girls who have a unique identity. 


Many misses have said that their dream since a child was to participate in a pageant as prestigious as Miss World (or Miss Universe). It this your case ? And if so, why ?

I have not necessarily always dreamed of this opportunity, but I have always felt like I could encourage a young girl who has always dreamed of this moment. 


Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not? 

Social media now plays a major role in marketing and branding yourself. It is important to know what you stand for and know how to portray that image to the world in a classy manner. 

Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?

I think I would say making comparison is a joy killer and seeing what other others did in comparison to what I'm doing is one thing I would go about a little differently. I think it is important to stay in the lane in which God has placed you to be and to focus only on the path in which he has for you take on the journey to success. 

What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?

I would say know not only WHO you are but WHO's You are, we all God's children and have been created for a purpose. You are uniquely beautiful in some way but you have to know and be able to embrace that characteristic whatever it may be. Most importantly know that you are a queen with or without a crown because we all have a kingdom with Christ.



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