I felt the need to start by explicitly stating the definition of both of these terms because oftentimes, people have the misconception that feminists are “crazy” females who do not shave their legs or armpits and basically hate men. This could not be any further from the truth. A feminist is simply a person, female or male, that wants equal rights for both genders, and an outspoken feminist simply notices and points out that equal rights for both genders have not yet been achieved.
And yes, you can compete in a beauty pageant and call yourself feminist. The gorgeous Larissa Hirst, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Universe Great Britain 2018, thinks that the Miss Universe Pageant allows women to celebrate their differences and being confidently beautiful - "Women are like diamonds - we are all different sizes, shapes and colours, and yes we have flaws. If more people celebrated their differences, I think the world would be happier."
Larissa currently works in financial journalism which is a male dominated environment - "I think being able to thrive in a challenging field will help me. I also blog on my female news site, Feminists in Heels, which is my way of empowering women by giving them a bigger voice in the world" - she explained.
Check my interview about Larissa's preparation for the Miss Universe GB pageant below! Did you know ? Great Britain has never won the Miss Universe title. The closest it could reach was in the year 2013, when Amy Willerton secured the Top 10 spot at Miss Universe 2013 pageant.