Beauty Contests Are Bad for Body Image

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Beauty Competitions, or as some people call them Beauty pageants degrade women to mere objects. Such a competition is the exploitation of women by men and other women. If the beauty competition was based on skill or ability, that would be fine. But nowadays people judge them for their outer appearance. For example, if five people were running in a race, only one will win. There is no doubt as to who ran faster. There is also no need for anyone to judge such competitions. These competitions also affect the self-esteem of some women who feel that a size ten isn’t good enough for the competitions. In every pageant or competition, you always see every contestant at a size zero to five. This brings a lot of high self-esteems down because they feel that the world revolves around skinny models. Is beauty not enduring thing? Or does it lasts only a year? Beauty contests are well promoted by the media, with television and images, which influence young women’s opinions on appearance. The participants of these contests are poor role models for these girls as they set impractical body weight, breast size and clear skin standards. This is another way of saying you have to be perfect in order to even compete in these competitions. This sets an ideal female body, which only a minority of women can then become incredibly harmful to young women by encouraging dieting eating disorders and cosmetic surgery, or simply making them feel inadequate and ugly. For instance, when young girls see these models on television they automatically think that throwing up, over exercising, and getting plastic surgery is a good thing to do. The models are showing them that this is the way to fit in. Every woman is beautiful, if she can just be herself. The moment women flaunt themselves, as in beauty pageants, they become an object to be degraded and exploited sex object for a year. Beauty is a quality that is in the one who is seeing what he or she might say to be beautiful. Let’s say, a...
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