I think rather than feeling persecuted that you're meeting up with a challenge simply because of the gender you belong to, I think it's important to face the challenge for what it is and have your convictions together.
I would tell her to believe in herself because it is not only physical beauty that is important but also inner beauty. Just like what the Little Prince said, the essential things are invisible to the naked eye. (On giving advice to girls with low self esteem)
The pageant was such a fluke. I mean, I was living in an orphanage, and my foster mother bet me $150 to go out for this thing. Nobody, including myself, thought that a foster kid could be a beauty queen. - (on being Miss Teen USA 1993)