There a lot of people, mostly women, many of whom are feminists, willing to opine on the ills of the Miss America Pageant without knowing a thing about the girls who enter them, let alone the money you can make. This is nothing new. You'd think by now there'd be a higher bar on expressing opinions and rendering judgments on another girl's choices that are actually nobody else's business.
Having been Miss Missouri, which seems like a lifetime ago, I never knew anyone who enjoyed that part of the pageant. It never bothered me. But then I spent my life in leotards, starting dancing as soon as I could walk and not stopping until I left Broadway.