The Daily Universe: Underneath the crown: breaking beauty pageant stereotypes, empowering women

A young woman’s year full of training and boots-on-the-ground service will be capped with a crown June 16 at the annual Miss Utah Pageant. Every year each city sends its title holder to compete in the pageant, a week-long process where the girls surrender their phones and go head-to-head in a different event each night. The winner will go on to compete in Miss America Sept. 9, and the rest of the girls will head home.

However, according to Miss Timpanogos Jesse Craig, no one goes home empty-handed. Breaking beauty pageant stereotypes, empowering other women and leading movements are the sorts of things that leaders continue to do forever, with or without the crown.

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