Samantha Tucker is an MFA candidate at (The!) Ohio State University. Her first collection of essays, The American Dream Starts Here, is ready for a publisher. Find Sam at www.theamericandreamstartshere.com.
I don’t know why my mother told me I was born on the day Vanessa Williams resigned her Miss America crown. Except that I do: She foresaw my future beauty and/or power coming at the cost of another woman’s, projected sashes, crowns, and glory, if only because Vanessa Williams lost them. My mother is no fortune-teller, no temple-rubbing psychic, so she’s gotten a few things wrong. I am not a pageant beauty, and