What does Squeaky means when she refer to "being people" in the end of the story?

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At the end of the text, The loudspeaker announces the winner, "Miss Hazel Elizabeth Deborah Parker," and "Miss Gretchen P. Lewis" in second place. The two girls smile at each other, but not as they had the day before. This time their smiles are real, "considering we don't practice smiling every day, you know, cause maybe we too busy being flowers or fairies .. . instead of something honest and worthy of respect . . . like being people."

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