The questions centered around what higher good could come from a Christian woman participating in the pageant.
"What would make a Christian Miss America stand out against her pageant peers?" asked Katelyn Beaty in the blog her.meneutics. "Why would a young Mormon woman, but not an evangelical one, dare to buck the ubiquity of bikinis and bronze-tanned skin in favor of something more modest? Can Christian pageant contestants gain the worthy cultural and political influence that usually comes with a pageant crown without losing their souls?"