Breast Implants and Miss America

On Sunday, September 14th, Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 after impressing the judges with her vocal talent and platform against domestic violence. Since being established in 1921, the Miss America competition has continued to grow as an achievement program and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. This competition gives women ages 17 to 24 opportunities to fulfill their personal and professional goals while also participating in issues surrounding culture, politics, and community. Though the Miss America competition is much more than just a beauty pageant, the contestants’ appearances certainly play a role in how they are judged.

Woman wearing a pink bikini and a white sash

The Judging Process

In the preliminary competition scoring, the Lifestyle and Fitness (Swimsuit) category accounts for 15 percent, and Presence and Poise (Evening Wear) is worth 20 percent. In the finals competition, the swimsuit portion increases to make up 20 percent of their final score. While Artistic Expression (Talent) and Presentation and Community Achievement (Interview) are worth slightly more (35 percent and 25 percent, respectively), there is still significant weight put on how the young women look and present themselves in a swimsuit and gown.

Although contestants are primarily judged based on confidence, personality, and poise, the way they look definitely has an effect on their scores. It is human nature to favor more attractive people, even if it is subconsciously, and women who fill out their swimsuits and gowns appear better proportioned and more attractive. In addition, the way the contestants perceive themselves affects their level of confidence. A contestant with a positive self-image who sees herself as attractive will generally project more confidence, which is received positively by the judges.

Plastic Surgery

Contestants are discouraged from altering their own natural beauty, but the Miss America competition does not restrict them from undergoing plastic surgery. All women want to look and feel their best, and breast augmentation is a very important way that plastic surgery can help boost self-image, increase confidence, and enhance one’s chances in the Miss America pageant as well as in daily life.

If you are considering any breast enhancement procedure, please call the Arizona Center for Breast Surgery at (480) 451-3000 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and looks forward to helping you achieve the appearance and confidence you desire!