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Brandy's Story.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, May 31, 2008

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A friend of Katherine's shares her story. Like Katherine, she's a beauty pageant contestant, but she happens to enjoy what she does.

My name is Brandy.  Brandy Brooke-Haven Ribeaud.  I am nine years old, and I am best friends with Katherine Suzanne McComb, who just wrote about herself.  Well, it's my turn.

I too compete in pageants, but I enjoy what I do.  I enjoy the attention, the people clapping/cheering for what I do (be it singing, modeling, or making the people smile, making them happy), and performing in general.  I have always loved being on stage, and I guess being in pageants is a natural thing for me to do.

Now, people get all bent out of shape when I mention I do pageants, but I don't really see anything wrong with it, no, not really.  I love to look pretty, and I love modeling the latest clothes for people, and I especially love getting the people excited when I do a good old fashioned country hoedown number.  That's another thing.  I want to be a country music singer when I grow up, and I want to sing on the Grand Ole Opry.

Some famous pageant participants have become famous, people like Brandy Panfili (she tours with the national production of "Annie", and she's a great singer), Katherine Cue (she was on this show called "Destination Stardom" when she was a child, and she brought the house down with her strong vocal performances), and others.  Some have gone on to become famous singers or movie/television stars, and I think I'd love to do that, too.

Some people don't understand how good it makes me feel when I get all prettied up before a competition (without my makeup I am not that pretty:  have too big of a nose, straight, stick-thin hair, and I am embarrassed about my big horse teeth).  I get teased a lot when I don't have my makeup or my hair done, and sometimes it gets so bad I cry. 

I don't have that many friends excepting for the ones I met while in pageants, and they have been among the nicest girls I've known.  Like Katherine McComb.  She's stuck by my side like glue, and I can't imagine not knowing her.  She's been a huge blessing in my life.

If I could look as pretty as I do when I do pageants every day, then I'd feel better about myself.  I don't have that good of a self esteem, which surprises a lot of people, because when I do my pageants, I'm all happy, smiley, bubbly.  On the outside, I'm cool as a cucumber while on the inside, I'm dying, falling apart about how ugly I really am.  This is when I'm glad that people don't see the real me; they'd laugh me right off the stage.

I do pageants as a way to boost my self image, and also to work through my shyness.  Mama says I've become a much better person because of the pageants, and she's very proud of me when I perform well.  I am proud of me too; as I said, I want to be a huge country star, and I think pageants will help my wish come true .

Well, I have to get ready (another pageant later); hopefully I'll do well.  If not, it's no loss.  I can try again next time.  I'd best get my fiddle and practice my vocal warmups before the competition; I want to be at my absolute best when I hit that stage!!

I will write in here again soon; take care!  This is Brandy signing off! Bye!

~Brandy Brook-Haven Ribeaud, aged nine (future Grand Ole Opry star!). :D




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Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 6/2/2008
There is nothing wrong with pageants as long as it doesn't become obssesive...God delights in beautiful things why else would he make the world so beautiful and you so pretty?
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/1/2008
I have to start reading more of you excellent
presented short zstories, Well Penned
Love & Peace

Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/1/2008
A very fine story that shows people can be brave and get by without being beautiful! Brandy sounds like a winner,and I like her attitude!
Well done, Karen!...ET
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/1/2008
This is one very mature young lady who knows her own mind and appreciates how she herself ticks. That is amazing, and if it has come through sorting out her own opinions about something which DOES seem to rankle with the fans versus the opponents to the idea, then that is a learning curve that has been a blessing. Some of us get to age 51 and we are STILL unsure about what it is that we think IS good about us, and what others see in us that might court either their praise or their disapproval. A strong write and a strong young character portrayed who has all the world as a pearl before her talented feet.... I hope she thinks THEY are OK!? :)) Bless you and may peace and comfort be yours. Love, Kate xx
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 6/1/2008
Beauty, beauty, why are we so in pursue of that false beauty that come from bottles, pencils, crams...
We are camouflaging beauty with all kind of gargoyle's mask, and forget what beautiful people are inside!

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/1/2008

This is the first time I see you write stories about beauty pageants. It is not glorious as everyone think it is. My daughter has been invited to do beauty pageants several times, but each time she has declined the invitation. The stress and the aggravation isn't worth the few pats on the back of how beautiful she looks, and she knows that too.

Wonderful story well told!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 6/1/2008
Thanks for taking us into her world and helping us to realize the pressure one so young can be under..........M
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 5/31/2008
What a wonderful and realistic write my friend, for there are young girls world wide who are contestants in beauty pageants! There okay, but I never did push for my daughter to do them...she did do a couple of spring modeling shows, but it wasn't for competition. I've seen little girls pass through my classroom whose moms competed them all through the year and stressed them to the point that they couldn't be little girls they had become some type of super model, and the fun that they began with soon left! the others have stated the true beauty of a person lies within the inside of them! You've penned this story with excellence from a view that often is not seen! Well done!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 5/31/2008
The old adage, "Beauty is only skin deep" applies here.
Love your writings

Much love,
Reviewed by Bonnie May 5/31/2008
Beauty is on the inside, thank you for showing it. Love you and your writes. God Bless, Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/31/2008

It's sad, when beauty is only skin deep - when one only feels pretty with makeup and the latest clothes - an excellent write of a girl's insecurities, despite her outer appearance -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/31/2008
It's one thing if the child wants to compete it is one thing, pushing is a whole other
God Bless

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