Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Opinion: Miss Cameroon USA Quality Slips

A beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants, although some contests have evolved to also incorporate personality, intelligence, talent, and answers to judges' questions as judged criteria.

Reading from the above definition, and judging from the recent candidates gracing the web page, one will question if the candidates are receiving the support they desire to grace the stage to represent an entire nation as goodwill ambassadors.

It is of no doubt if one compares the Miss Cameroon USA contestants to that from Nigeria, and Ethiopia etc., the quality of the contestants has a stark difference in the orientation, style, quality of pictures, dresses, write ups etc. Going through each contestant on the Miss Cameroon USA page you wonder what type of orientation, due diligence, effort and or support are the organizers giving to the contestants to make sure the quality improve year over year. I believe for the organization to appeal to the right audience and make it worth of its weight, these young contestants will need proper orientation as to how to develop the right portfolio.

Because of the love to see young girls striving to represent Cameroon or ambassadors for any nation, they have to be very polished in every aspect and well articulated in their write ups. One cannot help but to recommend the organizers focus on using professional photo shoots, hair stylist and wardrobe consultants within the community to help prepare these young girls to present themselves in this grand stage in style so to attract the right audience that can support and sponsor them to realize their dreams of being ambassadors of Cameroon.

Anonymous KB Reader


  1. Kiki your reader is missing the point. The Miss Africa USA beauty pageant is a business, not a benevolent philanthropy or charity or branch of some government. It organizes feeder Miss "You name the African country" USA as part of is up stream revenue generation strategy. The main driver is the ability of the contestant to pay their participation fees, not the "quality" of the contestants.

    The organizers know that invariably, all the one-legged frogs wanna be beauty queens would be weeded out, so it does not hurt their image or their bottom line if the registered contestants are on par with contestants from other countries. They only need one good Miss Cameroon USA contestant to make it to the Miss Africa USA pageant. It is bad for business to be too picky during the feeder country specific pageants because it is foolish to leave good money on the table.

    Once the reader understands this simple cold blooded business calculation, he/she will have a better appreciation why things are the way they are. I reckon this perceived drop in quality of the contestant may actually be a sign that the business is booming. The contestant pool has expanded. More aspirants are willing to pay the pageant entrance fees.

  2. I have never really understood the part this Miss Stuff play in development or usefulness. Can someone tell me how it is relevant. I'm not saying it isn't. I just don't know how it is.