Do Beauty Pageants Serve a Purpose in Today's Sociey?

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Do Beauty Pageants Serve a Purpose in Today’s Sociey?

Saundra Dugger

Com 220
Mr. Atkins
May 22,2010

Do beauty contests really serve a purpose in today’s society? There are many different kinds of beauty contests these days. They are for both men and women and range from infants to adults in age. Beauty contests do not serve a purpose in today’s society. The only thing that it is doing is putting in young girls’ minds and a woman’s that they have to be beautiful. We need to teach the younger generations that they are beautiful no matter what their size, or how they look. It is all about what is inside and the person that they are that makes them beautiful. What the media and shows such as beauty contests have done is make everyone think that if they are not super skinny, tan, tall, and have just the right features, then they are not pretty. This is not true! Who is to say what is beautiful and what is not? Who has that right? I know that everyone has their own opinion on what is beautiful, but the truth is, nobody is ever going to be right because there is no definition of beauty. Beauty is what we make it out to be. While beauty contests may be empowering to the people in them, they have a negative effect on the people in today’s society especially the younger female population. They think that beauty contests are the definition of beautiful, so they develop eating habits in order to be as skinny as them (socyberty, 2008) and sometimes undergo cosmetic surgery in order to fix something they don’t like about themselves. It also doesn’t help that this is also what the media deems beautiful as well. I don’t know where all of this originated from, who deemed skinny, tall, tanned beautiful, but whatever happened to beauty being on the inside that matters? I do not make friends based on who is beautiful on the outside. I have many very pretty friends according to what the media portrays them as, but I don’t care about any of that. The only thing that matters...
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