A Cause Beyond the Crown

Molly Patterson, Miss Northwest OKCYoung women competing in modern pageants are defying the stereotype of “beauty queen.”  Not only are they are intelligent, healthy, and confident, but they contribute an incredible amount of time to community service. Meet two local ladies who are proving that pageantry is definitely more about mission than makeup.

When Molly Patterson entered the pageant arena as a young teen, her motivation was to spend time with friends and demonstrate her violin talent.  Her poise and fiery fiddle-playing twice landed her as 2nd runner-up for Miss Oklahoma Outstanding Teen.

Over time, her attention focused toward earning college scholarships and making a difference in her community. Upon turning 18, Patterson was shocked at how few of her classmates bothered to register to vote. When she learned that Oklahoma has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the US, she decided to focus her volunteerism toward improving that statistic.

“Votes matter,” Patterson said. “My generation is robbing itself of the right to make choices for the community. This upcoming election will affect them, but if they don