“Mom am I beautiful” says 4 yr old Jane “well of course sweetheart, why would you ask such? ” Well mom I don’t look like the girl who was crowned the prettiest. I can only shake my head in sadness knowing that a 4 yr old girl thought she wasn’t beautiful because of someone else’s opinion on beauty which brings me to the question “Do beauty contests really serve a purpose in today’s society? ” There are many different kinds of beauty contests. They are for both men and women and range from infants to adults in age. It’s putting in young girls and women minds that they have to reach the description of beauty from society.
It is all about what is inside and the person that they are that makes them beautiful. What the media and shows such as beauty contests have done is make everyone think that if they are not super skinny, tan, tall, and have just the right features, then they are not pretty. Who is to say what is beautiful and what is not? Who has that right? Everyone has their own opinion on what is beautiful. Beauty is what we make it out to be. While beauty contests may be empowering to the people in them, they have some negative effects on the people in today’s society especially the younger female population.
They think that beauty contests are the definition of beautiful, so they develop eating habits in order to be as skinny as them and sometimes undergo cosmetic surgery in order to fix something they don’t like about themselves. It also doesn’t help that this is also what the media think is beautiful as well. There are more than 50 major beauty contest each year in the U. S expenses to be a part of the contest is ridiculous! Entree fee is $50 -500 , dresses are $250-10,1000, hair and makeup is $150-300. Must I go on? Can you imagine how much more money it’ll be to have a coach, shoes, accessories etc? Just to be titled beautiful!
Over the past few years there has been a numerous of beauty contest shows on air. Some names of the beauty contest shows are; America’s Next Top Model, Toddlers & Tiaras, Little Miss Perfect, The Swan, and the famous Miss USA. There are over 1. 8 viewers for Toddlers & Tiaras per episode. Most of the beauty contest shows on air today have contestants from ages 2-9. There are different categories in pageants Tiny Princess: This baby and toddler beauty pageant is for babies and young children between 0 and 3 years old. Princess: Our Princess level beauty pageants are for young girls in the ages of 5 to 7.
Sweetheart: For girls ages 8 to 10, our Sweetheart Child Beauty Pageant is the ideal choice. Preteen: This preteen level beauty pageant is created especially for girls in the age range from 11 to 13. Jr. Teen: This early teenage beauty pageant or junior beauty pageant is an ideal choice for young women between the ages of 14 and 16. Teen: The Royal International Miss Teenage Beauty Pageants are developed for young teenage women from 17 to 19. Miss: Our Miss Beauty Pageants are young adult beauty pageants for young women between the ages of 20 and 24. Ms: This beauty pageant is developed for women who are age 25 or older.
Each state holds a beauty contest. Thousands of girls try to apply for beauty contest but many are denied Participating in a single glitz competition, according to Cartwright’s research, runs about $3,000 to $5,000. You spend thousands of dollars expecting an amount a money back but you might not win so it’s a hard choice. Parents aren’t sure they’ll get their money back. Now don’t get me wrong beauty contest does have some pros they create a lot of jobs, send some people to college, and allow smaller communities a bigger voice. There are many cons as well such as it sets up beauty as a sexual stereo type for Women.