Pageant Girl

Credit goes to creator

Credit goes to creator

Neima Belewa and Jane Oyekan

“Smile wide.”
They tell the jewel posing before them
As They begin to photoshop the small gap between her bright shiny pearls
So that she may be the next “Covergirl.”
 
Fix your position they critique her
As she prepares for the very competition that exposes her imperfections
At the age of 16
Though it may not seem
Words are put into her mind
That to be beautiful and divine
She must stand straight
So the judges can rate
What was never wrong in the first place
Her “lifes purpose” is to walk across
That beautiful, stunning, cold, judging platform  
 
To win that prize she must hide behind her disguise
Why am I not surprised
Instead of her self-worth being multiplied she is divided
Between hate and love, trying to be a talented dove
To win the title
Of societies angel from above
 
When she looks over rows of steaks
Her stomach aches
From the earthquake
shaking inside of her
She rumbles and she tumbles
until finally, She cracks
And begins to look around for a little snack
 
She remembers the days when pizza wasn’t her enemy
When breaking a diet didn’t become a felony
If she got a dime for every time, shes said: “I’m fine.”
She’d be rich
I pray for the day that girls women and all can stand up tall
And won’t fall under the negative influence of life
 
The camera lights are blinding
Outside she’s smiling
Inside she is crying
“Smile wide,” they tell the dazzling jewel posing before them
But how can she ever truly smile when all she is is a broken pageant girl