If you’re like Agent Gracie Hart of the FBI, you might think that beauty pageants are anti-feminist. But the fact of the matter is, beauty pageants are more like scholarship programs, and the women who participate (with some exceptions) are bright, talented women who are trying to make positive change (yes, even world peace). Agent Hart eventually grew to love the women she was competing against, because she saw something in them that other people didn’t: strength, sisterhood and grace.
And sure, Miss Congeniality is just a movie. But it showed the diversity of women who vied for the title of Miss United States. And that observation is every bit alive in the Miss Canada pageant, which you’ll see in the video above. The object of beauty wasn’t always defined as buxom blonde bombshell — with each passing year, a new Miss Canada was crowned, adding to an ongoing tradition of finding beauty in many different kinds of women.