Volume 91, Issue 16

Wednesday, September 24, 1997

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Agony of victory

She was stripped of her tiera, a $1,000 pearl necklace and her title. Miss Canadian International, Gabriella Petivoky, didn't know what hit her. Wait, maybe it was Danielle House, the former Miss Canada who showed great pride in representing Canada at a bar fight in July – a glamorous move that cost her the coveted crown.

The selection of our beloved Miss Canadas, both at home and abroad, is something that has traditionally been a respectable and honourable annual event. However, the most recent choices of women who would most appropriately reflect the best qualities of Canadians, have turned into royal disasters – losing their crowns almost as fast as they lose their tempers.

Canada's latest blunder-woman, Petivoky, signed the contract attached to her title that stipulated she would not participate in anything controversial while holding the title without permission of the (Miss Canada International) organizers. She then re-dabbed her pen and spilled her autograph onto a Hooters restaurant contract – an American chain renowned for tight shorts and tank-topped waitresses.

Petivoky then proceeded to pose for a Hooters ad which appeared in a local Vancouver newspaper and she also did a TV interview, thereby associating Miss Canada International with the sexy establishment.

The issue here is not whether women should be allowed to participate in bar fights or pose half-naked in newspaper ads (since being half-naked is part of winning the crown anyway). The problem is that these women, by definition, are supposed to be role models more than fashion models. Girls should be looking up to these queens instead of looking down at them when they hit the floor.

A modern-day role model, male or female, should use restraint, maintain composure and portray professionalism and sensibility. To complete the emphasis on Miss, simply add a touch of confident femininity. Such a drought of respectability for Canadian beauty contests can only make us wonder: if they were the best Canada has to offer, what kind of messes will the runners-up get into?

Perhaps the real question is whether or not we need to even have a Miss Canada if it is becoming more and more of a burden to keep her out of the news reports. It can only be hoped that the future contests will be more thorough in the selection of a Canadian representative – going beyond a pretty smile and a flashy dance routine. But who are we to judge, anyway?

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