Beauty Contest

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Argumentative Essay - Beauty Pageants - Exploitative?
A beauty pageant is a competition that is based solely on physical attributes but often includes talent, personality and question and answer portions. Most beauty pageants are made for women especially young girls at the age of five. Although beauty pageants are seemingly harmless and just provokes the competitive side of women, it should not be welcomed to young girls at age ten and below because (a) beauty pageants set their own definition of what is beautiful, (b) it may affect their future outlook in life, and (c) it is a form of abuse to young girls. Even though most beauty pageants are for women and is a competition on physical appearance, it is difficult to join one especially since they have their own definition of what is beautiful. Most of us look not only on the outer beauty of people but also on the inner beauty. In beauty pageants, what is important is your outer beauty. They give more importance on how you look in a dress and how well you can carry yourself. This can be a setback to young girls wanting to join beauty pageants because in a way, these pageants are discriminatory to others. To be able to join a pageant you must first meet their requirements such as having the right height and weight, having the right size of body and most of all having a beautiful face. Aside from these, you must also be the right age. The most common of all pageants are the ones for young girls wherein they need to wear sparkly clothes just to attract the attention of many. Children who are aspiring beauty queens tend to be pressured by their parents. According to the article entitled, “The child beauty-pageant queens who grew up” (2008), mothers hire make-up artists just to apply make-up on their daughter’s faces. And these girls cannot do anything about it because it is their parent’s will. During these events, young girls are criticized by judges as they get on stage wearing skimpy clothes, shaking their butts...
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