‘Witchy’ beauty gets boot

“woo hoo witchy woman see how high she flies
woo hoo witchy woman she got the moon in her eye”

Did The Eagles every think their song Witchy Woman would apply to the plight of the reigning Miss Canada Plus Stephanie Conover?

Looks like poor Conover’s interests in yoga, reiki and tarot cards are enough for Miss Toronto Tourism pageant organizers to cross themselves repeatedly, say 12 Hail Marys, shower in holy water and recite powerful Bible passages.

The Toronto Star reports that when Conover supplied biographical information to pageant organizers they decided to pull the plug on her joining the pageant’s judge panel.

In The Star piece organizers have been reported as saying the following:

“We just got her bio a week ago and we don’t agree with it,” said Karen Murray, Miss Toronto Tourism pageant director. “We want someone down to earth, not someone into the dark side or the occult.”

“We need a judge who has an upright reputation and we would be proud to introduce to the audience,” noted a Jan. 24 letter to the Miss Canada Plus group from Murray and another official with the Miss Toronto Tourism pageant.

“Our board of directors has eliminated her as a judge as tarot card reading and reiki are the occult and is not acceptable by God, Jews, Muslims or Christians. Tarot card reading is witchcraft and is used by witches, spiritists and mediums to consult the dark world.”

The letter went on to quote a couple of passages from the Bible, including one from the book of Leviticus that warns, “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spirits for you will be defiled by them.”

“We hope that Stephanie Conover will turn from these belief systems and will repent from her practice of them,” the letter reads.

Conover’s interests in tarot cards and reiki are of no relevance to her abilities to judge a beauty contest. Furthermore, she is Miss Canada Plus, the winner of a pageant designed for plus-sized women, an empowering event which showcases the fact women with curves are beautiful. She stands for those hardly ever truly celebrated publicly- she does not stand nor advocate for tarot and reiki.

If the organizers of this superficial skin fest showed this much concern about the possible damage and negative messages beauty pageants create for girls and young women, rather than concern for someone’s spiritual past-times, they would have one good heel to stand on.

Drop the organizers of this pageant a note tell them how unfounded and sad their decision is. You can reach them at: 

misstorontotourism@yahoo.ca

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