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Rightly said, beauty pageants have allowed a young girl to think that they have to be beautiful. How can the worth of an individual solely depend upon appearance? It is a direct objectification of women. The overall attractiveness and appearance plus ons are massively surveyed before a panel of judges, and the women conduct themselves in a way to please the audience.
It upsets me, on how this whole concept is so influential, leading to us, as girls, and those younger or elder, to un-acknowledge our real selves and transform into someone, dying to be delightful to a bunch of eyes.
We, as women, demand respect from men. And that is, because we deserve respect. But that thought is something we devalue by wearing what would please the society to be around us and cherish our existence. Who ever got the solemn right to describe what a trophy woman would look like? Man discovered the words “beautiful, adorable, cute, gorgeous, sexy” and the list never ends. Does that define their very definite, infinite meaning? Does beautiful have a waist size, a skin tone or definite and precise features? Without imperfections, you and I wouldn’t exist. And that’s how the world works.
Undoubtedly, the beauty pageants are a wonderful boost to the self esteem of those who are confident about their looks, (mind you, I never mentioned a definite definition of beauty, or gorgeousness), it revoltingly forces those who don’t confide in themselves, to stop eating or work out more than their body can withstand.
How can a child, ever hope of having an appreciative body, in his/her young years? As a child, if you are perfect to the eye, your parents tend to grab that good in you and pressurize you to persuade it. Parents are never wrong, but they can be pressurizing. ¬†Which could lead you to set winning the beauty pageants as your ultimate goal in life, in the years you could’ve and would’ve loved your life to the fullest. And when you don’t win it, you break. You fall, deeper than the oceans and you lose the most important person who could get you out of it – yourself. If this isn’t unhealthy for the mind, call me an illiterate.
Spending hours and hours to apply the right lipstick shade, with reference to your skin tone and a perfectly winged liner, isn’t a crime. But taking so many efforts to please others, is. It is an open invitation to let people judge you on your looks, when your mind and heart, just needs honesty, and to hear the truth. And your insides are more beautiful than your outsides.
And I’m sure your minds have an obvious question popping up, “How could I be so sure of the unhealthy side of beauty pageants?”
Have you ever heard of anorexia or bulimia?
Anorexia nervosa, often referred to simply as¬†anorexia,¬†is an eating disorder characterized by a low weight, fear of gaining weight, a strong desire to be thin and food restriction.
Bulimia nervosa, also known as simply¬†bulimia, is an eating disorder characterized by bing eating followed by purging.
Isn’t it scary, how the world could be so conscious of their looks, that they would end up having serious disorders? How the defined perfect figure could harm lives? More than the social issues, and the falling “-isms”, health is the only thing that is primary.
I know I am not being an extremist here, not at all! Here’s the funny part, these models are to walk on music, focused and efficiently. But are these models trained to dance and express themselves? To live clumsy, like a regular person, and to eat whole heartedly? Yes, its your life, you could be a model, or you could be an engineer, a doctor and so on, and so, I want to be a serial killer. Would the society accept that? I want to murder people. I could be a schizophrenic. But I will do what I want to do. Does that justify me? Similarly, beauty pageants are not negative, but they are largely putting an unhealthy impact on our minds, and overflowing them with man-made judgements. And obviously, we are loosing our own self of doing the right judgement. We are turning into hypocrites. And we are supporting something that might have caused serious damage to somebody, to continue now and forever.
You could simply search up on the Internet for an expert’s word, but as a girl, and more than that, a friend on humanity grounds, I would just suggest you to be satisfied with yourself and keep yourself healthy. Staying in shape, never ran out of style. But slaying with shape, never stood up as style. We should run as much as our mouth does, for as long as our physical strength supports us. For as long as our mind is healthy, and beautiful, and we are satisfied wholly, I don’t think we need a couple of people to select amongst ourselves, as to who excels and who fails when visioned from a narrow eye. If you know what I mean. We should shun the pageants, before it shuns our innerselves.
‚ÄúIt’s not very easy to grow up into a woman. We are always taught, almost bombarded, with ideals of what we should be at every age in our lives: “This is what you should wear at age twenty”, “That is what you must act like at age twenty-five”, “This is what you should be doing when you are seventeen.” But amidst all the many voices that bark all these orders and set all of these ideals for girls today, there lacks the voice of assurance. There is no comfort and assurance. I want to be able to say, that there are four things admirable for a woman to be, at any age! Whether you are four or forty-four or nineteen! It’s always wonderful to be elegant, it’s always fashionable to have grace, it’s always glamorous to be brave, and it’s always important to own a delectable perfume! Yes, wearing a beautiful fragrance is in style at any age!‚Äù
‚Äï C. JoyBell C.
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