interview | Discipleship
A Stroke Freed Me to Redefine Beauty
Former model Katherine Wolf reveals how a nearly fatal experience altered her faith.
interview | Discipleship. A Stroke Freed Me to Redefine Beauty. The former beauty queen, model, and mother to a then-six-month- old baby boy had to redefine her life.
Opinion | Sexuality
Miss America and the Bikini QuestionSubscriber access only
Do modern-day pageants ask young evangelical women to compromise their values an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny too much?
Mandy McMichael, a Duke PhD candidate whose dissertation explores the role of religion in American beauty pageants, attended Saturday's pageant in Las Vegas.
Opinion | Sexuality
A Bikinied Muslim Miss USASubscriber access only
The backlash to Rima Fakih's win suggests mainstream America still wants their national beauties to be Christian.
When I tell people that I study religion and beauty pageants in America, they usually ask, "What do beauty pageants have to do with religion?" "Everything," I reply.
Opinion | Pop Culture
Why We Love, and Hate, 'Honey Boo Boo'Subscriber access only
The new reality show's popularity reveals our cultural weariness and hunger for something more.
Mama gives Honey Boo Boo "go-go juice," a concoction of equal parts Mountain Dew and Red Bull, to energize her daughter before she competes in beauty pageants. (Well, okay …).
Opinion | Sexuality
Toddlers, Tiaras, and Surviving Princess ManiaSubscriber access only
A review of journalist Peggy Orenstein's new book, 'Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture'.
Orenstein has gone into the trenches of Disney marketing, Miley Cyrus concerts, child beauty pageants, and American Girl stores for an insider perspective.
Opinion | Church
Five-Senses Spirituality: Why Our Whole Bodies Need GodSubscriber access only
'Awaken Your Senses' teaches Christians to know the Father through our flesh.
Images, incense, Christmas pageants, even instruments were suspect. animals, birds, trees, oil and wine all speak in their various ways of God's infinite wisdom, beauty, and love.
Reporting | Sexuality
Beauty Pageant for Landmine Victims ScrappedSubscriber access only
Cambodia's government says the contest makes fun of the disabled. The founder says he's only trying to humanize them.
the contest but changed their view, saying the contest would damage "the dignity and honor of people with disabilities." Besides the view that beauty pageants inherently objectify their
Reporting | Discipleship
Iranian Christian Women Freed from Evin PrisonSubscriber access only
Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad and Maryam Rustampoor were imprisoned for 259 days after converting to Christianity.
She has written about online romance fraud, beauty pageants for landmine victims, and Paula White's new ministry, among other topics, for Her.meneutics.
Opinion | Church
Keri Wyatt Kent: The Priority of Neighbor-LoveSubscriber access only
The spiritual-formation expert says justice is really about becoming more like Jesus.
magazine. She has written for the CT women's blog about Pentecostal preacher Paula White, China's one-child policy, and Cambodian beauty pageants.
Opinion | Sexuality
Carrie Prejean's Book Urges Women to Stand Up for BeliefsSubscriber access only
'Still Standing' doesn't claim Prejean made the right decisions, only that she has the right to make them.
"For me, pageants had always Still Standing evokes similarities to an earlier memoir about a beauty queen, Yes, You Can, Heather: The Story of Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995
Opinion | Sexuality
The Other Miss California ControversySubscriber access only
Carrie Prejean might have stood up for Christian sexual ethics by skipping the Miss USA pageant altogether.
Mr. Hilton absurdly wants to translate his opposition to this truth into a standard for beauty pageants." Gary Bauer, president of American Values, apparently sent an e-mail blast Monday
Opinion | Sexuality
Donald Trump Says Miss California Can Keep the CrownSubscriber access only
But will conservative Christians continue to put her on a pedestal?
In case you forgot what kind of merit beauty pageants offer, take a look at this quote: "If her beauty wasn't so great, nobody really would have cared," Trump said.
Opinion | Sexuality
Miss CA Becomes Ad Spokeswoman for Traditional MarriageSubscriber access only
Meanwhile, two pageant directors say they paid for Prejean's breast implants weeks before Miss USA.
Christian groups for her statement on same-sex marriage in the Miss USA beauty pageant, is Shanna Moekler, co-director of the organization, said, "Breast implants in pageants is not a