The Purpose Behind Beauty Pageants

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Many people are against beauty pageants, because people think that pageants are sexist, judgmental, and degrading of women. Do beauty pageants still serve their purpose in society? Yes, many contestants gain a lot by doing pageants. Contestants of any age and gender have their benefits from doing pageants. “Three parents who were interviewed put their children into pageants because they have birth defects. ‘Her plastic surgeon thinks it’s wonderful because he sees parents hide their children with a facial defect,’ according to one mother, whose daughter has a cleft palate. ‘We don’t go for competition or for her to win. We go to meet other children and parents. We don’t want her to think she’s different, that she isn’t beautiful.” (Cromie). The main reason people participate in pageants is the benefit of gaining confidence. (Shappert). Parents enter their children into pageants when they are young so they can learn to be comfortable with who they are and meet many new people. (Cromie). The downside of placing a child into the pageantry world is that it can become very costly. Parents can spend hundreds up to even a thousand dollars just on the dress, this is not including the hair, nails, fake teeth and coaching, if the parent wishes to increase their chances of winning. (Cromie). Another disadvantage to putting young children or even young adults into pageants is that the thought of winning can get to their head. The competition can become too serious for them. On television shows like Toddlers and Tiaras children are often shown throwing tantrums when they do not win. The television programs shown on TV are not always based on the truth. Companies must entertain people to keep them interested and tuning in for more. In ord... ... middle of paper ... ...nd do not take it farther than they have. (Palmero). Winners of pageants go on a year long parade, showing of the title they so proudly won, along the way they show the confidence, recognition and communication skills they gained. The purpose of beauty pageants is to find ones personality, their own strengths and weakness as a person, gain confidence and raise their self-esteem, and prove to people that it is not impossible to have beauty and brains. Works Cited Cromie, William J. “The Whys and Woes of Beauty Pageants.” News.harvard.edu. 2000-2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. Palmero, Paul “Do Beauty Contests Still Serve their Purpose?” Lifestyle.inquirer.net. 2010-2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. Rhonda Shappert “What are the Benefits of Beauty Pageants?” Winningthroughpageantry.com 2010-2014. 07 May. 2014. “Why Object to Beauty Pageants.” Object.org.uk 2014. Web. 06 May. 2014.

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