Beauty pageants have long been a contested part of our culture: some see them as a hangover from a far more patriarchal era, while others defend them for helping women of all ages to feel more.
Pageants Are Social. Beauty pageants are competitions, but they’re also social events where the participants will have plenty of time to talk to each other, share in their common interest and hopefully make new friends. For girls who have recently arrived in a new area or just want to meet new people, beauty pageants are one way of branching out.
The pageant evolved over the years, from a two day beauty peant that consisted primarily of a bathing suit contest, to one with a focus on more “professional women” (Wikipedia “History”).Today, women participate not only in events that focus on their beauty and poise, they also answer interview questions designed to test their intellect, as well as other challenges.
Each goddess presented Paris with a gift but Aphrodite was ultimately the winner. In the year 1854, P. T. Barnum began the first modern beauty pageant. However, shortly after they began, the public shut them down. They thought beauty pageants were demeaning to women. Beauty pageants were introduced into Americas’ society in the 1920’s.
Dr. Blain Roberts, professor at Fresno State and author of Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South, gave voice to these hesitations around the efficacy of beauty pageant integration. “Some historians would say that a black woman, in order to be successful in an all-white beauty pageant in the 1960s, had to engage in a type of racial passing,” she.
The problem with “beauty” pageants is that it has set the standards and norms of who, what, and how someone should look like to become “beautiful” or “handsome”. For example, the conventional Philippine standards of beauty have bias against dark-skinned people and tend to favor those who have fairer complexion; or the fact that many of us consider those who have acne as a rather.
Excerpt from Essay: Children's Beauty Pageants: A phenomenon in need of greater regulation Given the tabloid attention given to children's beauty pageants, the question of whether children should be allowed to participate in these venues has been given increased scrutiny. Proponents of pageants state that they boost participants' self-esteem or at worst do no harm.
List of Disadvantages of Beauty Pageants. 1. Contestants spend a lot of money for a chance at the crown. Women have to pay for dress, makeup and hair and all the money spent on these things just go away when they don’t make it anywhere near the Top 20.