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Beauty pageants: Are beauty contests harmful to women?

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  • Of course Yes.

    ABC News, a very creditable source, which is viewed by millions of people daily, analyzed beauty pageants and criticism. This source discusses that children are the fastest growing segment of the beauty pageants market, three million children ages 6 months to 16 years have been involved in the beauty pageant industry. “April Brilliant, reigning Mrs. Maryland and the director of Maryland-based Mystic Pageants, says pageants give little girls a chance to "play Cinderella" but, many other people have a different opinion on the topic.

    Beauty pageants are teaching young women that their self-worth is measured by how pretty they are, which often leads to copious emotional problems in up coming years for children. Another concern, is narcissism, beauty pageants may have the effect of too much emphasis on physical attractiveness when forming relationships with peers. Many people also criticize how much families are willing to spend for their children to participate in pageants. “Coaches, modeling lessons, makeup and travel also add-to the enormous price tags.” But, parents argue that the child’s happiness and the chance to earn college scholarships, modeling contracts, and cash the money is worth it in the long run. Parents of participants also argue that, beauty contests are no different than bringing their children to participate in sporting events. One last critique that is mentioned in the article is the concern that beauty pageants are pushing sexuality. Many are outraged by the costumes and amount of make up that a child participating needs, while others believe that it’s just apart of the industry.

  • Of course Yes.

    ABC News, a very creditable source, which is viewed by millions of people daily, analyzed beauty pageants and criticism. This source discusses that children are the fastest growing segment of the beauty pageants market, three million children ages 6 months to 16 years have been involved in the beauty pageant industry. “April Brilliant, reigning Mrs. Maryland and the director of Maryland-based Mystic Pageants, says pageants give little girls a chance to "play Cinderella" but, many other people have a different opinion on the topic.

    Beauty pageants are teaching young women that their self-worth is measured by how pretty they are, which often leads to copious emotional problems in up coming years for children. Another concern, is narcissism, beauty pageants may have the effect of too much emphasis on physical attractiveness when forming relationships with peers. Many people also criticize how much families are willing to spend for their children to participate in pageants. “Coaches, modeling lessons, makeup and travel also add-to the enormous price tags.” But, parents argue that the child’s happiness and the chance to earn college scholarships, modeling contracts, and cash the money is worth it in the long run. Parents of participants also argue that, beauty contests are no different than bringing their children to participate in sporting events. One last critique that is mentioned in the article is the concern that beauty pageants are pushing sexuality. Many are outraged by the costumes and amount of make up that a child participating needs, while others believe that it’s just apart of the industry.

  • Beauty patents are harmful to women!!!!!!!!

    Beauty patents are wrong in my opinion. They focus on women's outward appearance and on how you look after all this makeup and spray tans and waxings not on how beautiful some of them are on the inside. It can give woman children and teens alike self as teem issues and lead to thinking they are ugly. It can even lead to eating disorders so women will go to the extremes to be accepted.

  • Yes, beauty pageants are harmful in some ways.

    Beauty pageants are harmful to women in some ways, as any focus on beauty can be. Young women, especially, look up to celebrities and feel they are supposed to look like them, which is one way in which they can be harmful.. Beauty pageants focus not on skill, but on women's appearance, which also negates the importance of women being concerned more about their personalities and skills.

  • Not a good message

    I am not a fan of the beauty pageant for women. It shows women that what they wear and what they look like is realy important. There is a talent show portion of the competition, but for the most part it's about what you look like and what you are wearing. Not good for women.

  • False Body Perceptions

    Beauty pageants harm women in that such contests lead to unhealthy body images, eating disorders and an entire subculture that thrives on the false perceptions of physical beauty. Instead of focusing so much time on outward beauty, why not spend more time feeding the hungry and housing the homeless? If the billion-dollar beauty industry spent more time on worthy causes, everyone would have better lives instead of better makeup and bigger breasts.

  • Style and Hollywood idea of beauty can harm women

    Not all women buy into the fashion and styles ideas fed to them but the mainstream media. But having them at the forefront of society creates a dangerous precedent that some women feel obligated to follow. There are many body types out there, and not everyone can be a size 0, no matter how hard they try.

  • yes they are harmful

    yes, yes, a million time yes they are harmful to women. it's all in the title: beauty pageant. Sure they can sometimes provide opportunities and open some doors, but at what cost. Women willingly enter a contest where they are aesthetically judged. And to top it all off the final contest is on how well they can BS their way through a question that generally normal people would have to think about

  • Yes, beauty contests are harmful to women.

    I believe that beauty contests are harmful to women. Beauty contests stress the thinnest bodies--body types that many women cannot achieve. Women are made to feel inadequate if they can't live up to those beautiful, rail thin bodies. Beauty is more than skin deep, however. But you would never know that because beauty pageants only perpetuate the value of outside beauty.

  • Beauty pageants are not harmful

    I do not think that beauty pageants in and of themselves are harmful. I think that they can bed one in such a way as to actually strengthen what it means to be a woman. If we change the focus from straight up model physique and sexuality it could be important.

  • Beauty contests are not harmful to women.

    Beauty contests are not harmful to women. I just do not get what they get out of them because usually the prize money will not even cover what the women spent to do the contest. I think for some women these contests are good for their emotional state. If women want to participate then they should be allowed to do so.


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