What do the women here think about Beauty Pageants? I attended one at a local night club in Barbados. (My girlfriend at the time and I were on a cruise.) Do beauty contests exploit women? Or do they promote self-esteem? Do they focus too much on physical beauty of the contestants? Are the incentives and rewards of winning worth it? What about fraud or chicanery? Anyone here ever been in one? Thanks. 007
Pageants are like any other activity. You get out of them what you put into them. I never did pageants as a child or even a young woman. My mother was completely against them. After I'd been married almost 10 years, I decided life was too short not to try anything and everything I'd always wanted. So I entered a "Mrs." pageant. Didn't win the first time but did win two a couple of tries later. It was great fun and I'm still friends with many of the ladies I met.
Most are politics,I was once in one. in my very young days,I think they do just the opposite as far as self -asteem,Some of the things woman would do ,they put vaseline on their teeth to make them shine,hair spray on their buttucks to keep swimsuit in place.Crazy I say.Beauty to me is natural without make up ,A beautiful mind .Is Hot.Now this is Beauty !!!innocence of a baby girl.
My standard for whether or not I think something is exploitative is this; if I had a daughter, how would I feel about her viewing it. While beauty paegents personally don't upset me, I probably wouldn't want any impressionable person watching women parade themselves around like that. It encourages a culture that evaluates women based on how fake they can be, how spray-painted, stoic, rehearsed they can be. Being a woman is awesome, beautiful and powerful, but women need to learn to be these things on their own terms. Being evaluated and ranked by how good you can perform and how good you look certainly is not a step FORWARD for womankind...