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As generations have come and gone, we change our understandings of topics presented with certain periods to how they are now. However, there seems to be two understandings to the concept of beauty pageant competitions, when there should be ONE main understanding, with some forms of middle ground.
ONE belief is the notion that beauty pageant competitions only phrase women for their physical, sexual appearance and performance, which resonated with older generations who grew up long ago.
The OTHER notion, is that beauty pageant competitions provide all genders a way to learn about themselves and find their identity which can be brought out in the “real world”.
In this blog post, I will be expressing how beauty pageants stress the SECOND notion from a Millennial’s era of experience and perspective of the society we live in today!
Here are the several ways in which beauty pageants enhance a contestant’s whole despite rules and regulations provided by each pageant.
~Finding what strengthens who you are and overcoming weaknesses: confidence
During a beauty pageant competition, contestants are put in situations where they are literally being watched by every move they make, so it can be a little nerve racking competing. However, in life there are going to be other occasions where “contestants” are going to be judged based off of some performance they are given; whether it is based on a job, a class presentation, or a case competition. Beauty pageants help people find their strengths and weaknesses that they can learn how to use to their advantage in life.
A characteristic of Millennials is having confidence within them, whether or not it shows it is deep down in them, we just have to let it out!
Tanya Korobka, Lucky Attitude, lists Millennial characteristics, which includes the characteristic confidence!
In an article from The Odyssey Online called Don’t Talk Down On Pageants by Francesca Craven, she emphasizes how she found her confidence, public speaking ability, and interview skills through pageants. These skills made her a strong individual and she would not be the same if it was not for those competitions.
She quotes that “pageants aren’t just about looking pretty; they help young women grow.”
Francesca Craven, The Odyssey Online, (follow her at @francescacraven)
Most people do not realize that a contestant actually finds their strengths and weaknesses during the pageant, not before, like Francesca. One can practice answering potential questions in front of friends but when put in a competition format, anyone could freeze, despite if they’ve done something similar before or not. Therefore, during competition, contestants learn to compensate different broken bridges and build them, giving them the ability to be used during and after competition.
~ No winners nor losers, just becomers
Despite whether or not one wins or loses a beauty pageant competition, they learn something about themselves. In every competition there are winners and losers but the winner and the loser title should not define our identity. Just competing in beauty pageants, learning to become your pure self is more than what materialistic items like money or a crown would ever benefit you.
Beauty pageants allow a person to flaunt who they are inside which transforms to their beautiful outside selves.
~Here is a little insight about me~
When I was in middle school, I competed in beauty pageant competitions and at first I had the understanding that these competitions only cared about how you acted and what you looked liked. But, I was wrong, and if I had not done beauty pageants, I would not have become the person I am today! Because of beauty pageants, I was able to gain a better understanding of myself in terms of what my strengths are and how I can use them, and it opened new doors for me.
When I was a “pre-teen”, I would never try new things, I was too scared of change and failure but once I did beauty pageants, despite whether or not I won a ‘title’, I became enlightened about the idea of trying new things! Resulting, when I got into high school, I joined the girls water polo team and still continue to play at college. Through this I have used my open-mind-ness to try new moves and improve my skills in the game and outside the game with my teammates.
In my college career, I recently had the opportunity to tour the Microsoft Headquarters and Social Command Center because I joined a club at my university and embarked in the club. First of all I could even discuss how joining campus activities was something I learned from pageants but going to Microsoft was something I never thought I would do. At Microsoft, I was able to have intellectual conversations with a variety of people in which I gained from doing beauty pageants and playing water polo and other activities I have partaken in that I have not mentioned. But it all started from the experiences I gained through doing beauty pageant competitions.
But you see, I would have never had these opportunities or experiences if I didn’t learn how and what I needed to know about my characteristics to become an individual to take up opportunities like these that will shape the life I live and the legacy I leave behind when I pass on.
~Embracing who you are
Through several different competitions within beauty pageants, everyone can use their character traits in a variety of ways.
Everyone can embrace who they are in beauty pageants.
The middle image and description that is directly from the article Not Just For Girls: Meet The Boys Who Enter Beauty Pageants and Win from The Huffington Post shows the Collins siblings, who do pageants for the pure joy, happiness, and insight regarding themselves. The article discusses how sister Ella had low self-esteem from being bullied and after competing in pageants she was able to embrace her quirkiness and bring that into her life separate from competition. Her two brothers, Jude and Jake saw this and wanted to embark on the pageant journey. All of the siblings embrace their unique characteristics and perform as themselves during competition.
Mother Sara states:
‘“They don’t have any routines and they don’t spend hours practicing at home – they get out there and wing it. They blow kisses and wink. But it’s all down to them.’
She added: ‘Jake, in particular, absolutely loves it like you wouldn’t believe. He’s such a diva and he’s only five years old.”’
The Huffington Post UK, (check out the article of Collins siblings in beauty pageants)
You! Fellow Millennial, a characteristic of our generation is that we embrace diversity, as stated in The List of Millennial Characteristics in Lucky Attitude; check the list here of Millennial characteristics! This is in fact represented in beauty pageant competitions. The old way of viewing beauty pageants still sticks around because the people raising us only saw beauty pageants in that fashion, but today, our society is basically run by us Millennials. We are at the age of adulthood, where we now have a say in what takes part in the world! Anyways, there are beauty pageants in which a huge variety of people are contestants in and the involvements of creating an emphasis in diversity is represented in beauty pageants. The boys competed in beauty pageants, Nigerian women compete in their own beauty pageants as well as in the well-known competitions like Miss America.
In this article ‘Be Graceful, Patient, Ever Prayerful’: Negotiating Femininity, Respect and the Religious Self in a Nigerian Beauty Pageant, they literally quote that they are “demonstrating how religious subjects can be formed outside church institutions.”
A Juliet Gilbert article from Cambridge Core, (check out ‘Be Graceful, Patient, Ever Prayerful’)
Now onto the subject of HONEY BOO BOO. I mean who does not smile when they hear that name? 😉 Honey Boo Boo also, as strange as it may seem, is a representation of embracing her pure self in beauty pageant competition. Even though she and her mother June go a little extreme when preparing for competition, Honey Boo Boo still embraces her unique personality and characteristics while competing whether or not she wins a “title”.
In an episode of Toddler and Tiaras Honey Boo Boo does not win a big award and she stated that she was sad but she showed the judges her tummy, and she continues to conclude that they do not know a good thing when it is presented to them.
Here is the video of Honey Boo Boo-Toddlers and Tiaras Clip from @HoneyBooBooNews on YouTube. Go Subscribe!
Honey Boo Boo then carries on with her life after this scene. She may not be slim but she uses this physical feature as a unique factor to who she is. No matter what outcome she gets after the beauty pageants she competes in, she will always embrace this as a positive feature.
Yes beauty pageants emphasize on the glitz and the glam of outer-wear but they do not prescribe how to be yourself once on stage. In conclusion, beauty pageant competitions allow every body to overcome their weaknesses, find their strengths:confidence, become who they want to be, and embrace their gender, cultural, racial, and personality characteristics. Look beyond Miss Universe and into other beauty pageant competitions, there you will see a pure and raw version of someone. But even in Miss Universe, if you look deep into each contestant, you will find these features within them!
Logging out, Helen ❤
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