Dark Side of Beauty Pageants Essay

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The Dark Side of Beauty Pageants

With their glamour, expensive dresses, jewels and, big fake smiles, beauty pageant contestants are just hiding their true personalities under materialistic things. People may say that beauty pageants aren’t always about looks. The contestants are scored on beauty, personality, evening wear, athletic wear and over all perception of the contestant. Beauty contestant ages range from 2 years old to 60+ years old. The fact that contestants lie about their beliefs in order to get a good score for their personality and, present stereotypes to the world that young women to develop eating disorders shows that beauty pageants are bad for our society. Beauty pageants have been a cause of eating
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This shows that beauty pageants do have a large impact on the way people view themselves, causing eating disorders. Over all beauty pageants have brought eating disorders, low self esteem and depression to many women in our society. Many beauty contestants lie about their true feelings about certain topics just so they will receive a good score in the questioning/ personality aspect of the contest. People may say that contestants describe their true beliefs. An example of this is when Miss California described her anti-gay marriage beliefs to pro-gay marriage judges. Miss California (Carrie Prejean) may have discussed her true feelings about her political views on gay marriage, but she was then negatively judged on her beliefs about gay-marriage. “Wow. We’re stunned on many levels. First, that a judge would actually suggest a contestant say what the judges want to hear, not what she really believes” (Augusta Chronicle). This refers to judges that want to hear the things they believe in. If the contestant has the same beliefs and view as the judge they will be scored higher. Also Perez Hilton stated on the Today show that Carrie Prejean should have “left her politics and religion out because Miss USA represents all Americans”(Boston.com). If Miss California left her politics and religion out of this how else would she have stated her point without people knowing where she was coming from?

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