Beauty Pageants have been a part of American culture for a long time and, for a good portion of that time, mocked by many in the general public. But the beauty pageant system is vast and diverse and the benefits are deep for those who love the pageant life. Supporters say there is more than meets the eye to the benefits and education of contestants in the systems but there are critics who point to shows like 'Toddlers and Tiaras' as evidence of a seedier side to the beauty pageant. We go more than skin deep to explore the beauty pageant system, when Charlotte Talks.
Candace Matthews Blanchard - Mrs. North Carolina America 2011 and Mother of a Junior High pageant winner
Fred Galle - Director, Mrs. America Organization; Executive Director, SC & NC Mrs. America Standards Ethics & Compliance Committee
Dr. Elwood Watson - Author of There She Is, Miss America and Full Professor of African American Studies at East Tennessee State University