Crown Chaser has such a bad meaning! What is a crown chaser? Why do they do it? Should we hate them? Let’s explore this concept.
Although there is not definition in a dictionary some where, here is mine. Crown Chaser: a pageant competitor who repeatedly competes in pageants. Okay, this is a little simplified. I think of young women and girls who compete in different divisions as they age up in the National American Miss or Miss American Coed programs. I also see women who compete in various pageants at the state level in hopes of capturing the illusive national crown. And, there are lots of one day pageants both in the Glitz and Natural systems that have no responsibility that goes with it.
Hmmm, so far, we don’t have a great definition. Beyond someone who competes repeatedly, are there other behaviors that make up a Crown Chaser? I have seen girls and women who compete in multiple pageants only to give up the previous crown for the new crown. This robs the first runner up of their crowning moment and leaves the director frustrated. Often, the newly crowned queen will not receive the benefits of the new title and has a very short year to promote the pageant. So, now we have someone who competes often and will give up a title for a “new and improved” title.
I also know a lot of women and girls who compete at least once a year, hold multiple titles over the years and do a ton of volunteer work and bring awareness to a variety of platforms. These women are wearing their crowns and titles for a reason outside of their personal gain. They truly want to make a difference and believe that the crown is a great way to help others. At the same time, I know plenty of women and girls who simply want to collect titles and have no intention of ever making an appearance or volunteering.
What’s the difference?
I think in the end, Crown Chasers and Multiple Title Holders have a lot of similar behaviors in that they compete often. The biggest difference seems to be in the heart. A Crown Chaser is focused on themselves. They do not care about anyone else. They bring harm to the entire pageant community by easily trading titles with no concern for the director or their first runner up. All they are thinking about is themselves. A Multiple Titleholder has a completely different focus. They are focused outward. The truly believe they are making a difference with their title and value representing their system well for their full term.
So how do we know if someone is a Crown Chaser? It comes down to the heart. How do we know someone’s heart? We can’t. God is the only one who can truly look into someone’s heart and know why they do anything, good or bad. 1 Samuel 16:7 reminds us, “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” And again in Jeremiah17:10 “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.” We need to be very careful labeling someone a Crown Chaser, because it is not our job to judge.
So, the next time you try to label someone a Crown Chase, stop and look at the heart. In the end, you can’t really see the true motivation, so I recommend you simply bite your tongue. Mom was right, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.