A Thorn in a Beauty Pageant

By now, pretty much the entire world has learned of what is being called the worst moment ever in beauty pageant history.

The wrong contestant crowned.

I can imagine many thoughts and even fears that go through the minds of every girl and woman that participates in a beauty pageant.

Wardrobe malfunction.

Accidentally falling.

Saying the wrong words.

Worrying about the announcer or host saying the wrong words at the most pertinent moment of the pageant, probably was never even a distant thought. Well, that thought was recently manifested.

One woman’s disappointment was another woman’s dream.

Steve Harvey accidentally announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe Pageant.

Now, when I started my Monday morning, I had no idea of this prominent news. It was only until I scrolled down my social media pages that I started to read comments about Steve Harvey. The comments were vague; therefore, I was still clueless to what had happen. I changed my radio dial, thinking I had missed a joke on his radio show.

The relevant news was no joking matter.

It wasn’t until towards the end of my day that I was aware of Steve’s honest mistake. Being a fan of Steve Harvey and admirer of the work that God has done in his life over the past years, I immediately sympathized with him and went into prayer. Although Steve is vastly known for being a trailblazing comedian, before I even saw the many videos and heard his side of the story, his character had already declared to me that this was not a result of his comedy act.

Steve respects women too much to intentionally try to public humiliate them.

Yes, there are several thorns that linger from this unfortunate incident. The thorn is shared by the three main parties: Pia Alonzo Wurtzback, Miss Philippines and the official Miss Universe; Mr. Steve Harvey, the pageant host; and more so, Ariadna Gutierrez-Arevalo, Miss Colombia.

I have prayed for all parties involved and specifically for Miss Colombia. No beauty contestant wants to ever walk in the shoes of Miss Colombia.

Or do they?

The media outlets have been having a field day with this story. Without any genuine consideration to the women affected, rather being fixated on bringing bad publicity to a reputable man. Right now, most people are focusing on what a tragedy this is. I would like to shed light on this situation.

Encouragement to Miss Universe
Congratulations for going through the work and making your dream come true. You had to briefly endure the disappointment of being acknowledged as First Runner Up, which is not a demeaning title. Soul search and discover why you had to experience that regret even in the short time you did. As you do so, wear your ‘crown’ your title gracefully and with boldness. Do not feel guilty or apologize for being the winner!

Encouragement to Steve Harvey
First, I commend you for having the humility to acknowledge and rectify your mistake. It speaks volumes to your character. There is no need for me to give you a motivational speech because I know you will rise above this and you are not concerned with the negativity. (You are not the first host to make such a mistake. It also occurred in 2006. )What God has blessed, no man can un bless. But knowing the man and father you are, it does bother you that a young lady had to have such an experience. Man makes mistakes, but God doesn’t. It may not be revealed this week or next year, but there is beauty in this thorn. Weather this storm and the ending will shock you.

Encouragement to Miss Colombia
You, my dear, have been crowned for a greater work. I will not even try to tell you that I understand the unhealthy emotions you must have encountered and currently dealing with. You might not be able to see anything positive in this situation. But I challenge you to consider this perspective. You surpassed many other great women and are First Runner Up. And it may not mean much to you right now. But even in a moment, you were allowed to take a walk that you had been dreaming about, probably your entire life. It is not by accident that God allowed you to experience what nearly every little girl dreams of. You have been given a unique platform. How you handle this disappointment is going to determine not only how great you are going to continue to become, but the greatness of so many other young ladies and girls that have to deal with insecurities, setbacks and regrets in so many other ways. Do not allow this experience to defeat you. Mourn your disappointment, but do not get stuck in it. Use this as your victory banner. Crowns are given for a season. Your crown is for a lifetime and can be used to empower many!

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.“ 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

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