KA MAN LEE The winner and her chandelier earrings.
In recent Bellevue happenings, the Miss Chinese Seattle Pageant delivered an important lesson about beauty: It's not about what's on the outside, it turns out. It's more about the ability to project a list of qualities like confidence, regality, punctuality, and determination, along with other valued traits, all of them blended up and oozing together. The prior evening, during interview sessions before a panel of judges, the contestants spoke in sentences ranging from the deft to the circular, revealed personalities from the bubbly to the enameled, and described an assortment of hobbies: conducting Bible quizzes, following nail-art fashions, picking up litter, meeting new friends, and promoting world peace. For some, the past has been a succession of dreams coming true, while others have lived very difficult lives and recited the details with astonishing serenity.