Thursday, September 9, 2010

Beauty pageants : an insult to womanhood?

Long legs, beautiful curves, flawless skin- and what springs to our mind immediately: supermodels and beauty pageants. What people fail to identify over here is the long hours of hard work, strict regimen the girls undergo to achieve that picture perfect figure. Nowadays, when junk food is taking over an average young man’s life the sacrifice these girls make by resisting it almost on a daily basis surely deserves appreciation. Modeling and beauty pageants act as an avenue for their sacrifices to be recognized, but what do people generally do? They sneer at them and pass lewd comments and the elders just complain about the degeneration of moral fabric of yesteryears.

When a quiz contest comes on television, why only a quiz contest even those melodramatic soaps which vilify women the whole family sits together to watch it happily, but when it comes to the beauty pageants all that comes to everyone’s mind is indecent exposure of flesh , what I want to ask is that if they have it what’s wrong in flaunting it ,never mind the gender… what people are not able to understand is that all those beauty pageants participants have undergone tremendously stressful regimens and have been able to achieve that trim figure with a lot of discipline…. According to me these people are as good as or even better than those people who participate in quizzes or the overly made up heroines and villains of the soap eras being telecasted on television...

In fact beauty pageants should be treated as a celebration of womanhood (I specify woman because they are the ones targeted in general, in fact they are the only ones targeted). The rewards for work done day in and day out to achieve something that most of them can only dream of is very valid and doesn’t deserve a moral speech on it and should not be treated as an insult.

The beauty pageants are just like any other competition where the judges decide on who is the best among the good people in the field….and the winner must be appreciated not sneered at for drifting away from the so called moral principles of our culture….

Any sane woman would not participate in a beauty pageant if they feel they are an insult to their gender... participation is a matter of choice and no one must be forced into it or out of it for no reason but what has become commonplace nowadays is the people and society sneering at them…. I do agree these participants are subjected to some lewd comments and sometimes as much as societal boycott but that doesn’t mean that the women choosing this path are doing anything wrong, it simply implies that the person who does these things are corrupt by the mind and it is that person who is an insult to the society not these girls…

Beauty pageants are as fiercely fought as any other competition in the word let it be mental or physical... in fact these pageants test both the mental capability and physical aspect so in a country like ours where academics and anything related to academics is worshipped there needs to be a complete change of mindset towards these participants and shows...

So in the end I would like to say please put aside any narrow mindedness and appreciate the participants and the models and the amount of hard work they do and encourage anyone who wants to take this path there is nothing wrong in it if they are guided properly…. We must concede these people do their bit even if it is for a short period of time towards spreading any message or working towards any charity….so let’s treat them as a symbol of empowerment and let them do their work properly

P.S. the anger was due to one girl in my neighborhood being treated badly due to her affiliation towards the beauty industry...

4 comments:

  1. Dude... i dont think therez much negativity right now ... fashion is always appreciated as long as it suits a person... if a gal wears a mini skirt, all that today ppl talk is whether it suits her or not, not abt why does she wear such? the trendz keep changing and so the fashion... nothing wrong in adapting new ones, but our people also need to remember that they should neva forget our traditions too :)
    Beauty peagent contests, they do not draw so much flak nw..Priyanka chopra, diana hayden or lara dutt were the most appreciated by most of the country when they were miss world or miss universe wateva... People do strtd understanding .. its a gud phenomenon though...

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  2. My heart goes out for your concern towards them.Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Go on..................

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  3. Good to see your views on this, rather well expressed. As for me, as long as someone makes a living honestly, whether through beauty pageants or otherwise, and does not waste his/her life just spending others' money, it's wonderful.

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