Remember Vanessa Williams, our first ever black Miss America?
Defrocked then dethroned!
Remember how she showed her ta-tas in Playboy mag and was soon after let go of her tiara duties? I guess most of America was not ready for beauty that up close. But the title was Miss America and not Miss America’s Ta-Tas, after all. The line between pageant and porn is a little blurry, you say? I guess you’re right.
So now here’s our first ever Brooklyn Miss America, y’all. Park Slope no less.
She seems clean and articulate, plus her answer to the gun control question was a good call (and the only one she could have given considering the circumstances):
“I don’t think the proper way to fight violence is with violence. I think the proper way is to educate people on guns and the ways we can use them properly. We can lock them up, we can have gun safety classes, we can have a longer waiting period.”
But is it just me or does she look a little like a Siamese cat? It’s quite endearing, actually…
When I think about beauty and its varying issues, a certain Korean proverb pops into my head: “Your eyes are your glasses” (제눈에 안경이다). A sweet and short way to say that beauty is subjective and up for debate. Hasn’t it been proven true in your real life, time after time? The person you find utterly beautiful and disarming is a big case of “meh” to your friends and family.
I would like to delve on the topic of “beauty in the eye of the Korean”, but I can’t this very minute. It is a topic fraught with fraught and deserving of careful examination and clear thought…I’ll need to take a rain check.
But we could consider the less intense topic of “beauty on the inside”. We focus a lot of energy on what’s going on with our exterior and not how we’re doing with our innards. There’s no denying that we are what we eat. Think about it: eating a balanced diet will make you look better because you feel better. My father often commented on how Korean food was the best food for your health––well-balanced with lots of greens and grains, supplemented with a little meat or fish. It’s smart eating. Of course, father knew best.
My mom would often mix in other grains e.g. millet or barley with white or brown rice to make what she called “healthy rice” (영양 밥). The super healthy version of this would be “five-grain rice” (오곡밥), that’s brown rice mixed with sorghum, millet, black beans and sweet red beans (adzuki). Eat it and you’ll definitely find your inner beauty.
Healthy rice (영양 밥)
white (or brown)
1. In your rice cooker, combine 1 cup of rice and 1/4 cup each of barley and millet. Pour in about 2 cups of water.
2. Switch it on! Yay!
3. If you find the rice is too dry, add a bit of water and let sit.