Beauty Contests: Good or Bad?
A beauty contest is a competition in which the entrants, usually women, are judged as to physical beauty and sometimes talent, with the winners awarded prizes or titles. There are several disputes over the affects of beauty contests, but in reality beauty contests give negative images to girls of all ages. Beauty contests build up the hopes and dreams of little girls, and even teenagers, only to hurt them later in life. Sure it’s fun to get dressed up and have everyone looking at you; it’s always nice to be told you’re beautiful, but being beautiful isn’t going to get you through life. Being in beauty contests places the importance of a women's physical beauty above her intelligence, which leads most women to believe that their self worth is linked to their appearance instead of their personality. A lot of women that are more physically attractive than most other women think that things should be handed to them, without giving any effort to work for it, but that doesn’t happen in the real world. There is a saying that goes like this, “beauty catches attention, but personality captures the heart”. This means that your looks may get you to where you are, but they will not keep you there. It takes more than physical appearances to survive in this world. Just because you are beautiful and can win a contest because of that advantage does not necessarily mean that people in the world will like you. It isn’t always looks, personality counts too. Beauty Pageants also give young girl's very low self-esteem and contribute to the increasing rate of eating disorders and suicidal thoughts among young women (http://www.blurtit.com/q281887.html). If beauty pageant participants fail to live up to the unrealistic standard of beauty then they often live their lives feeling that they are ugly and worthless (http://www.blurtit.com/q281887.html). Mothers of these children are usually trying to live their own dreams through their young daughters. They...
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