“The annual Miss America contest is an insult to women.”  What’s wrong with such definitions or concepts of beauty which might be influencing opinion? What are the criteria by which this contest is based? If we ask on one hand what is wrong we might also need to ask what is right. What is your perspective and understanding of beauty pageants?  Do concepts of what is beautiful come into play?  Are there cultural divides between such contests?  What are the pros and cons of having a nationwide competition of this sort?  What comparisons and contrasts between Miss America and other venues?  Are there any drawbacks?  Psychological damages?  What are the issues at play here?  What are the positive effects?  You may need to do some outside research on this topic.

Beauty contests are harmful. It teaches children the worth of a person is almost solely based on appearance. They increase dieting, eating disorders, and lowers their self-esteem causing them to feel simply inaccurate and ugly. These contests objectify women. They have so much pressure put on them and they will either grow up feeling that they are ugly and will never be good enough. They teach young girls that they have to look perfect. This can lead to social, physical, mental, and health problems. This can be discouraging to women to be themselves. They either break you down or get the best of you by all the pressure that is brought to win the crown. Beauty pageants are degrading and harmful to women and children. They turn women into objects to be used and played with. They make the women that don’t make it through feel bad about their looks and make even those the do get through feel like they still have to do something to look prettier. Beauty pageants also set false standards about how beautiful women are supposed to look. So just because a woman is thin and “health?” With certain looks makes them beautiful? Women that are thick or big can’t be pretty or beautiful? Some say that beauty is only skin deep, well it isn’t, a person can have a beautiful soul. A beautiful man or woman can be either kind or horrible. Someone who isn’t attractive can have a beautiful soul or an ugly one. In beauty pageants beauty is only skin deep, and it puts others down. Beauty should be within inside. We shouldn’t be showing girls as little as 2 years old that you have to look a certain way in order to win a prize. Many girls then run into peer pressure and let the crown get the best of them. Theirs more than just looks and i think it truly matters what’s on the inside. Every girl should feel beautiful and lovely and I think we need to teach more kids the importance of self-love without feeling judged and feeling like we need to be at a certain standard because of the media.