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Beauty Pageant First of Its Kind, Only Holocaust Survivors Can Enter

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There’s always a bit of negativity and stigma surrounding beauty pageants. Child beauty pageants in particular are often shamed.

Shows such as “Toddlers & Tiaras” give us a behind-the-scenes look, while films like “Miss Congeniality” help us laugh at the lighter side of things.

Now a beauty pageant that began in 2012 is getting quite a bit of notice due to its unique and unconventional requirement.

To enter this competition you only need one thing — to be a Holocaust survivor.

“It’s something special. I wouldn’t believe that at my age I would be a beauty,” 2018 Miss Holocaust Survivor Tova Ringer told The Times of Israel.

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While the pageant is reportedly receiving some backlash, this contest does not appear to be disrespectful in any way.

In fact, a closer look reveals this contest is about inner beauty. A celebration of the strength and courage of the women who survived the Holocaust.

The Times reported thousands of people attended the contest, held in October. Among the audience were ministers, public figures and Nazi death camp survivors.

Ringer expressed her delight at being crowned the 2018 queen. “I’m very happy,” she said. The great-grandmother lost much of her family during the Holocaust.

Now a documentary called “Miss Holocaust Survivor” is in the works. The campaign to bring these survivors’ stories to the world has a mission in mind.

The Kickstarter campaign for the documentary explains the history behind the pageant and why it’s so important to those who participate.

“Dr. Izabella Greenberg, a psychologist working with Holocaust survivors at Yad Ezer, noticed that women in particular had a sense of diminished self-worth…” the campaign page explains.

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“They had no opportunity to get to know their bodies, to feel pretty, feminine, appreciated, loved. In short, to feel beautiful.”

The idea behind the “Miss Holocaust Survivor” pageant is about “[reinforcing] the survivors’ sense of self, to give them back at least a bit of their own self-worth, using the glitzy frame of one of our time’s most recognizable shows.”

A truly beautiful and touching idea. If you’d like to support the creation of this film, visit its Kickstarter page or follow Miss Holocaust Survivor on Facebook.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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