Beauty of Beauty Contests
Every person wants to know their worth. They want to be known and want someone else to verify the one thing she should already know. You are gorgeous. You are beautiful. The first impressions are based on appearance and pose. Some people find enjoyment in competing on who looks the best, who has the best talent, and who is a team player. Beauty pageants or contests are widely accepted all over the world with women, men, and children who eat, breathe, and sleep excelling in all categories. But why is it so important? I think that beauty contests are beneficial for a number of positive reasons. Participants use their physical talents to excel competitively just as those who decide to try out for a sports team. Beauty contests were not only designed for entertainment, but also for opportunity. Some may argue that beauty contests are degrading and should be banned on all corners of the world for exploitation. When the outlook of society holds beauty prominent, a beauty contest promotes the ideal of perfectionism in human kind in the form of entertainment. With that being said, should these contests be branded as a good or bad influence on the people of the world?
A beauty contest is a competition that mainly focuses on the physical beauty of its contestants (Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia). Beauty pageant contestants perform an elaborate balancing act between representing themselves in terms of liberal personhood and individual achievement and participating in competition dedicated to the display and maintenance of ideal feminine form (Benet-Weiser 25). There are beauty contests for various categories of age, sex, culture, and sexuality. Although the main focus is on beauty, the contests also include categories in talent, swimsuit/ evening /formal wear, question and answer, and judgment of character. Each contestant has the opportunity to compete in the performance of their given talents. They also display their figure in chosen apparel for a
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