Beauty Pageants are an important part of the American culture in the 21st century. Many women, including small children, strut down the runway, dressing up in fancy clothes and makeup and charm, with the only and clear intention of catching the judges eye. Many claim that beauty pageants are a harmless activity that contestants can get a boost of confidence from. However, the sad reality of beauty pageants sends the message that women, even girls as young as 1 year olds, should be valued for judges for their appearance, and gives unrealistic beauty standards. With shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, young girls are facing harsh realities of adults choosing which child is the prettiest, the most charming.
Many young woman that have participated in pageants as young girls, still do not love their bodies. Yet, the industry is multiplying quickly. Although child beauty pageants teach participants valuable life skills, in the midst of that, pageants set a unrealistic standard for beauty causing young adolescents to develop self-esteem issues and use too many self-altering substances. Beauty pageants cause self-esteem
They were created to give teens a chance to dress up and compete, something they would do anyway around their house, while learning important life skills. Beauty Pageants have a positive impact on female adolescents because they teach resilience, prepares women for real-world situations and teach females to have self-confidence.
In terms of males, they would begin to be more attracted to the women who the see in the media as opposed to other females who does not look like the women in the media. The young males would grow up to believe that it is okay to view all women in such a sexualized way. Also, if they don’t fit the standard that the media upholds, they wouldn’t be willing to give other females a change. As for young females this not only affects them in their sports career but it also has a major effect on their personal life. Because of the way the media has portrayed women those especially in sports young female athletes would begin self-evaluations to be like they females they see in the media to be recognized.
Imagine yourself sitting in the audience of a beauty pageant. You're watching little girls with more makeup on than Kim K walk down the sparkly runway, hoping they’ll win first place and take home the grand prize. Is this really how you want the future generation of girls to be? First of all, “in 1888, the world's first modern beauty contest is thought to have taken place in the small Belgium municipality of Spa”(“World’s First Modern Beauty Pageant”). This shows that beauty pageants have been going on way to long, that no one knows the exact date.
According to the Miss America Organization, the winner will be prized with $50,000 in scholarship money and the runner-up will receive $20,000 in scholarship money. I agree with Hilary Friedman that although beauty contest aren’t for everyone and that they can be quite uncomfortable for women, it is “an option that can pay dividends for thousands.” However, I also agree that there are other more appropriate ways of getting scholarship money, ways that aren’t so degrading to women. Although beauty contest can be beneficial for some people, they simply overall degrade women. Beauty contest are harmful to women in that they create unrealistic beauty standards in society and they lower their self-esteem. Beauty pageants do more damage than they do good and they should end before they cause anymore damage to our women and our
In an attempt to maintain profits past Labor Day, the city’s Businessmen’s League hosted the Inter-City Beauty Contest to attract tourists and those who wanted to see “thousands of the most beautiful girls in the land” (The First Miss America Beauty Pageant). The competition unfolded with the parade of King Neptune, surrounded by a retinue of women and black “slaves,” and concluded with the appointment of a Miss America based on the enthusiasm of the audience’s applause. Women’s first official protest against the burgeoning Miss America occurred in 1968. The contest, they denounced, was not only racist because of its
Ever since the implementation of Title IX in 1972, the participation of women in sports has been radically increasing, yet their portrayal in the media has not shown the same progression (Liang, 2011). The pages of famous sports magazines like Sports Illustrated and ESPN sports magazine are dominated by mostly male athletes. There is an impression that women’s sports are less interesting than males through their lack of coverage. Even though women athletes are extremely successful with great abilities, the media chooses to present them in a position that sexually objectifies them. Moreover, a lot of times they will be represented in their gender appropriate sports.
Beauty Pageants are events which women and younger girls or boys compete in across the world but the most popular country for these pageants are USA. The age requirements start at 3 years for both girls and boys, I feel this is too young an age to start brainwashing them. Many critics claim that the beauty pageants place more emphasis on the physical aspects of the body and over look the other aspects. This is what causes these pageants to be so unhealthy for the younger children competing. On the day of the pageant the contestants get interviewed and the judges will ask questions.
With the opening of jobs for women, women can pave the world alongside men in the front lines and in the military. As one of the most important Disney lesson, it is encouraged to follow your dream and to never give up. Women have fought for decades to be treated as an equal human being, and they have finally made progress. Why should women stop now when they can see the light at the end of the tunnel? Women deserve the right to dream and create their future because their success will not only open so many new possibilities, they will bring hope as