Granted, appearing before a massive national TV audience can be quite unnerving. However, when you understand where you will be appearing, the format, whom you will be speaking to and your audience makeup, there is no excuse for being unprepared. In the 2012 Miss USA pageant, Miss Ohio was asked to describe a motion picture that depicted women in a positive role. She had no idea this question would be asked, but should have prepared herself better not just for the response, but better control of the body and facial language used in responding. Add all of this together and it becomes a recipe for an unprepared disaster. I believe she would have done much better had she followed a simple rule of thumb when placed in a difficult situation or having to respond to a question you’re not sure of regarding the best answer. Stop. Pause. Catch your breath and take a beat. Think before you speak and don’t spit out words just to fill the empty space. It may look and feel uncomfortable at first, but in the end the result will leave you with a positive image.
Miss Ohio: Prostitute in ‘Pretty Woman’ is a ‘very positive role’ for women
Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte on Sunday cited Julia Roberts’ prostitute character in the film Pretty Woman as a role where women were portrayed in an “accurate and positive way.”
“Do you think women are depicted in movies and on television in an accurate and positive way? And please give us an example,” Judge Marilu Henner asked the top five finalist during Sunday’s Miss USA pageant on NBC.
“I think it depends on the movie,” Bolte replied. “I think there are some movies that depict women in a very positive role, and then some movies that put them in a little bit more of negative role. But by the end of the movie, they show that woman power that I know we all have.”
“Such as movie Pretty Woman,” she pointed out. “We had a wonderful, beautiful woman, Julia Roberts, and she was having a rough time, but, you know what, she came out on top and she didn’t let anybody stand in her path.”
Actress Daryl Hannah has said that “[o]ne of the things I’m most proud of is refusing to take Julia’s role” in Pretty Woman.
“Every time I see it I like it less and less,” the Splash star explained in 2007. “They sold it as a romantic fairytale when in fact it’s a story about a prostitute who becomes a lady by being kept by a rich and powerful man.”
“I think that film is degrading for the whole of womankind.”