Beauty pageants vs. confidence

Beauty pageants do not set good examples for children and teens.

Beauty pageants do not set good examples for children and teens.

Mariah Vargas, Memorial Staff Writer

Many claim that beauty pageants improve participants’ self esteem and send positive messages to young women, while others claim that pageants objectify women and create a homogenous ideal of beauty. Though there are plenty of positive outlooks about beauty pageants, the idea of letting young girls be judged solely for how they look is just intolerable. 

Girls shouldn’t have to wear a lot of makeup or fancy clothing to be beautiful. When they see how pageant participants dress and look, they receive the wrong idea that wearing makeup and expensive clothing is the path to beauty. Girls shouldn’t feel that they need to portray a certain image to make themselves pretty or noticed.

Beauty pageants aren’t just an elaborate game of dress up. Girls are being judged and pressured to win. The only worries young girls should have is how to convince their parents to buy them a new toy or how they’re going to defeat the difficult obstacle of monkey bars, not how much makeup they should wear or what others think of them. They need to focus on education and activities that’ll have a long term benefit. 

Pageants do not help boost self esteem or make girls feel confident, it negatively affects the contestant’s mindset. They may feel the need to look or be better than others, and when they adapt to that, it could affect the way they treat people. 

Not only are child beauty pageants a bad idea, teen pageants are too. Teens are also easily influenced by others and are more self conscious. They see models all over social media and the comments about how “perfect” their body shape and skin tone are, or about their gorgeous hair and makeup. Our society sees that as beauty and think that’s the way they have to look to be noticed. People are already wrongly judging others by the way they look, so why have a contest that encourages that? 

Some pageants offer scholarships, but there’s another way to earn them: by going to school. If teens focus on school, work hard and receive good grades, there’s a high chance of earning a scholarship. They don’t learn anything from pageants other than what it’s like to be judged in front of thousands of people and how to be morally shallow.

There are no long-term benefits from beauty pageants and it gives children and teens unrealistic expectations. Contestants should balance the pageant with other beneficial activities so if they were to lose, they still have something to focus on.


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