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? The beautiful Lindsay Abrams, who'll be competing for the crown of Miss Maine USA, thinks that in the world of pageantry the message of body positivity is a powerful message you can send - " I would love to spread positive encouragement on body image, that everyone if built differently and everyone is beautiful. I want to inspire others to embrace their beauty, to lift others up instead of tearing them down. Positivity is important and everyone deserves to feel beautiful" - she explained.
Preparing for the title wasn't only physical for her but also mentally - "You need to know yourself inside out and over the past four years that's what I have done. I found passions of mine, learned that I'm a giver and decided to spend more time volunteering this past year."
Her goal this year physically was to be fit and strong - "Being in good physical shape helps you mentally and helped me focus on myself. The body and mind go hand in hand so it was extremely important to me that both were in top shape so I could stay focused on being the best version of myself."
I had the opportunity to interview the beautiful Lindsay on her preparation for the upcoming Miss Maine USA Pageant.
Did you know ? Maine is one of the less successful Miss USA states, with only eight placements as of 2012. In 2006, Katee Stearns made the semi-finals, becoming only the fifth woman from Maine and the first since 1977 to make the cut. In 2010, Katie Whittier became the first delegate from Maine to reach the top five, finishing 4th runner up. In 2011, Ashley Marble became Maine's first consecutive placement.