Sarah Palin, to Vogue as reported by Newsweek.
I was speechless at such an admission. Even I, in my never having watched a beauty pageant ways, knew that beauty pageants consisted of several parts and that a bathing suit competition was one of those parts. I shudder at the fact that someone would enter a beauty contest and not recognize that they would be (a) judged on their physical appearance, and (b) objectified in the suit the pageant mandated they bring. The whole point of a beauty pageant, from the whole judging perspective, is to examine the physical beauty of the contestants! I suppose the contestants may enter for some other reason - I hear a lot of them offer scholarship options - but on the whole, no one enters a beauty contest without being ready for the objectification. The sole reason why one would enter a beauty pageant - even for the scholarship money - is because they think they are beautiful enough and fit enough and fit the paradigm of beauty well enough to win!