Beauty Pageants in general include the fact that the contestants are being evaluated as objects and gender stereotypes. Each contest is judged based on their beauty, which creates a stereotypical image of the "perfect, beautiful" woman. Each contestant competes against each other based on beauty. Sometimes, pageant girls strive for unrealistic body qualities, because of the overall image of the perfect woman involves a twig like figure, covered in makeup, with a spray tan. Sometimes, pageant girls become depressed due to the unsatisfaction of their overall image. As a whole, beauty pageants are negative for our society because they profess an unrealistic image of the ideal woman in which all woman believe that they need to follow, which leads to unhealthy lives and choices that the contestants chose to make.
Beauty Pageants give women a chance to improve their social skills. Social skills are crucial today considering most struggle interacting with people or even publically speaking in front of large crowds. Those are essential especially if you are in college, or you have a job that includes presenting something in front of an audience. Pageants also give a self confidence boost. It provides them a chance with being comfortable in front of strangers which in turn, makes them feel pretty good about themselves. By being comfortable in front of strangers and crowds, it gives them a chance to also take up new activites like dance, drama, singing, etc. Tons of communication is involved not only with the contestants but even the parents. Communication as in the parents work together to prepare the kids for the pageants.
Beauty pageants do in fact improve social skills due to the Q&A part of the pageant, however, the question of the contestants genuineness and truth is questionable. There is a question of the consistency of answers from the contestants. During the pageant, the contestants are asked a question from a broad pool of topics consisting of society issues. During the pageant, some contestants due in fact get harder questions than others, but it is their answer that sometimes determines the outcome of the winner of the pageant. For instance, this past year at the USA pageant, a contestant from Ohio did not answer the question correctly, therefore she lost her chance at winning completely. The contest involves beauty and brains, however the question of truth in their answer is what is questionable. Whether the contestant answers truthfully or not, the judges will never know. Whether their answers are valid or truthful remains up in the air.
It is true some could easily lie however the winner isn't just based on their answer. The judges base it on how they carry themself in general. Granted, their answer can sure be a factor because if they sound uninteligent they will clearly be punished for it. This is exactly where social skills come into play with the good parts of pageants. If one wasn't confident enough to be on stage and speak freely and openly with confidence, they would be deducted from the pageant. The judges pick the winner by how they carry themself all in one. If they have good speaking and interacting skills, it helps the judges pick a winnter. If they freeze up and can't speak, it is clear they won't be the winner. Social skills weigh more than the answer alone would.
Beauty pageants tie into confidence. They are being judged based on their confidence. Most kids in this day in age lack confidence. Confidence is essential. If you lack it, you will never be happy or satisfied with yourself. Beauty pageants give kids a chance to be confident with who they are and with other people. They are judged by their level of confidence on stage. It is basically a pageant of confidence, that ties in with other things such as looks, fashion, etc. It provides them with a sense of accomplishment along with the confidence. Its been debated that these should serve as extra curricular activities, however, should not be interfered with academics. The winner of the pageants usually receive scholarships. The pageants also involve community service.