Leave it to veterans to take something kind of creepy and lame like beauty pageants and make them meaningful and badass. More than a pretty face contest, the Ms. Veteran America pageant is a celebration of what makes women veterans awesome. Which are the same kinds of things that make all veterans awesome—loyalty to country, courage in the face of adversity, and the ability to do a lot of pushups. And, you know, look great doing them.
The pageant is worth a longer look. And while we’re not usually big Buzzfeed fans, their long form piece on it is worth checking out.