Essay on Dark Side of Beauty Pageants

1440 Words Jan 7th, 2010 6 Pages
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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The musical “Smile” shows the “dark side” of beauty pageants. It relates to contestants having big fake smiles while on the stage performing. In the article about the reason why the musical “Smile” failed explains the truths about pageants. Alvin Klein concludes “I guess it must be about hollow values”(1). This shows that the people who are running aren’t being true to themselves, explaining their true values. As Klein said some of the contestants have “hollow values.” As far as pageants go, the one to represent “all Americans” is the woman that lies about her true beliefs and values to match those of the judges. Beauty pageants also create negative stereotypes in the world. Many people might say that they aren’t any different than the jocks and nerds. That makes my point; no one likes stereotypes, or classifying people without getting a chance to know them.. Sarah Delia stated “the girls who participate in pageants are the perfect cheerleader types from high school — the ones who never had a misplaced strand of hair or blemish on their face”(Lessons from Miss America). They create the stereotype that women should have curves and be skinny, and if one doesn’t live up to these then they are an outcast. From the article “Stereotyping is Leading to Terror, says first Muslim Miss England” the first Muslim Miss England warns people about terrorism and stereotypes. "Even moderate Muslims are turning to terrorism to

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