Opposition to Beauty Pageants

Opposition to Beauty Pageants

A study of the various types of opposition to beauty pageants.

Opposition to beauty pageants as it became aware that there was more misuse of the resources than fulfilling the idea of beauty with a purpose. What started initially as a small competition involving beauty in 1951 began to develop in to a competition of Beauty with Purpose as more and more nations began to participate. Initially it was only nations where women were treated on par with men participated. As the competition involved wearing swimming costumes, there was no competition from the conservation nations. The evening gown was also a more formal wear.

As the size of the contest increased, the prize money and budget also did. In fact, commercial sponsorship began pouring in as the popularity of the contest spread. There were therefore protests over the unnecessary spending at such contests which could be diverted to other meaningful purposes. The competitions had begun the contest in 1952 a few years after the Second world war had ended in 1945, and many countries were in the process of rebuilding. The period from 1950 to 2000 was when there was some form of strife in every part of continent in the world. There were drugs and narcotic scandals in South America, Middle East conflict, hunger and famine in Africa and floods and landslides in South East Asia. Europe and Russia were also involved in their own political instability. But in the end of the twentieth century, many of the problems began to get resolved and the women began to gain equal rights as men in many parts of the world. Hence many countries allowed women to participate in the beauty contests. In fact beauty pageants themselves achieved a different perspective where they now stood not only for beauty but for beauty with a purpose. Now there was a theme for every beauty pageant where issues like world peace, education, elimination of poverty and basic rights of children became important issues.

Opposition usually took the form of rallies and demonstrations. Protesters held peaceful rallies using banners and play-cards to voice their opposition to the contest. This was usually held near by the venues of the contests. As computers and internet developed, opinions of people all over the world began pouring in and there were polls and counter polls all over the internet on various aspects of the competition. But with the national boundaries and difference fast disappearing towards the ending of the twentieth century, the opposition also shifted focus to hold demonstrations and rallies to voice their own problems involving health care, children’s needs and education needs began to gain more importance. As a result there was an increasing protest over this exploitation aspect in the beauty contests. Many protested against the resources spent on lighting, clothes, and technology during the pageants. But that was a time when many countries were going to a difficult phase themselves, It would be plausible to say that it was not possible for every country to spend resources on such competitions every year when they were struggling with basic issues.  Probably this must have resulted in the fact that winners now travel to several countries to highlight the problems there and act as ambassadors and take up several causes throughout the year that they are carry the crown. The involvement of World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNESCO and many other charities to act in coordination with the winners has help them reach and bring to the forefront problems of people as well as animals who are otherwise completely eclipsed form our urbane existence. 

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