Stop Promoting False Beauty Through Beauty Pageants

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    Beauty pageants have proven to capture the hearts of millions with around 2.5 million girls participating in them today. Sadly though, these types of events have proven to lead many girls to have self-insecurities, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Today's petition will present 4 reasons as to why I believe beauty pageants should be eliminated. WME | IMG, the orginization who owns Miss America (the ultimate goal for these girls to achieve), would make a significant impact for this petition by closing its doors. If this petition does not go through, the unending cycle of self-insecurities will continue to repeat itself, with each continuing cycle more worse than the last. If this petition does go through, hopefully many lives will be saved from a decline in eating disorders as well as a realization of something more beneath the surface.

1         “Pageants, particularly those designed for younger children, focus primarily on appearance, attire, and perceived ‘cuteness’. Talent competitions occur in some pageants and often are a secondary component of the experience. Thus, pageants suggest to young children that there is value in focusing on their appearance as judged through the eyes of others. This can lead to significant body-image distortions, and adults who once participated in child beauty pageants may experience low self-esteem and poor body image.” These potential effects can be explored more using the link above. Focusing on only outward appearances can lead one to look at life through a “looks only matter” point of view.

2         These girls can participate in these pageants as early as two years of age. That’s around the time that babies start to speak. Some have never known anything else except wearing thick layers of makeup and flattering dresses. When these girls compete in these pageants, their goal is to be as appealing and attractive as ever. Parents of these girls sometimes enforce these aspects upon their children even before these girls are aware of it. I don’t know about you, but this is definitely not the message I want to be sending to someone as young as my eleven-year-old sister.

3         The next reason why I believe desperate measures should be taken is because beauty pageants place a standard of weight that girls must obtain to be “beautiful”. This desire of the “right weight” has led to eating disorders which have led to death. Also, 15% of women suffer from having an eating disorder. This percentage is ridiculous! Girls and women alike should not feel compelled to change their weight to approve someone else’s standards. But sadly, this is exactly what beauty pageants promote.

4         Finally, beauty pageants can have a bad sense of competition. Many things in life are revolved around competition, but beauty pageants seem to take it to the extreme. “While some pageants are brief events that require little preparation, the world of pageants can be cutthroat and extremely competitive. Children learn a host of unhealthy values, including the desire to defeat their competition at all costs. Tantrums and meltdowns—by children and parents alike—are common backstage at beauty pageants, and long-term participation in pageants can teach children that their primary source of worth is how many pageants they win and how “beautiful” they are perceived to be.” (If you would like learn more click, unhealthy values.)

         The elimination of beauty pageants would help young girls to view themselves as more than objects of appearance. The percentage of eating disorders might not disappear completely, but I believe it would be greatly reduced. Also, these girls would learn that beauty and looks should not be a form of competition. And finally, each one would hopefully see that true beauty lies beyond the surface.



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