news & views ● editorial
By Ashley Burns
W Tell us Some of
Your Good News
ith the advent and spread of the 24/7 cable news media cycle of the
past decade or so, the national and international news focus has be-
come more about competition than it is about delivering stories.
What was once a journalistic obligation among the biggest net-
works and media outlets to deliver timely, informative and factual
news, has since become a contest to deliver the quickest headlines for the sake of
ratings and web trafﬁc, and that has led to an inﬂux of what we can simply call
More and more, we see stories that are heartbreaking or terrifying instead of
positive and uplifting, because the prevailing belief in the mainstream media is that
bad news draws more viewers than the good. Lately, obviously, we’ve seen plenty
of upsetting news stories that have had people wishing they could be ostriches,
popping their heads in the sands every time a breaking news announcement comes
across the screen. But it doesn’t have to be that way, at least not for us.
At Pageantry magazine, we know that our readers and family in the Glamour
Lifestyle industry are among the world’s most positive inﬂuences, from their in-
credible and unique platforms to their ﬂawless smiles and infectious energy.
That’s why we’ve always encouraged you all to share your stories with us as often
as possible, whether in our pages or through our website and Facebook page.
As the industry leader for over 34 years, we’re constantly looking for new ways
to share all of your stories with your peers across the globe, and that has led us
to the creation of our unparalleled website, Pageantrymagazine.com, and espe-
cially our Pageantry PodCast, which allows you to hear some of the biggest
names in the Glamour Lifestyle industry—from Miss USA and Miss America
titleholders, to the directors of the industry’s A-list events, to the people who de-
sign your amazingly gorgeous gowns and makeup and jewelry styles—telling
their stories of success and how they use each day of their lives to inspire the peo-
ple around them.
Take this issue’s cover model and 2013 Miss USA Erin Brady, for example.
Erin stunned the crowd from start to ﬁnish at this year’s Miss USA competition
amid the scorching heat and bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, as she simply
revealed to the massive live audience and the millions of people around the world
who she is and why she deserves our respect and admiration. Erin’s upbringing
wasn’t one that most young women would be proud of, as she was raised in a
home that was plagued by substance abuse.
However, because she realized at a young age that she needed to be a positive
inﬂuence, not only to her sisters but also girls across the country, she used her sit-
uation not as a crutch, but as inspiration to rise up and prove to everyone that
anyone can overcome adversity if they remain positive and focused. Erin’s story
is one of just many that help us relieve the tension and negativity of the 24/7
news cycle and realize that not everything has to be bad news.
As always, we encourage our readers and fans to keep sharing their stories
with us via email or Facebook, so we can include them in our positive news focus
and help to keep inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to strive to be bet-
ter people. After all, if we didn’t use our status as the Glamour Lifestyle indus-
try leader to help tell your stories, then we wouldn’t be doing our part either. And
it’s your stories, selﬂess efforts, incredible passion and all-around kind-hearted
dedication to your causes and platforms
that not only keep us wanting to publish
them, but keeps everyone else wanting to
read them more. Ⅺ