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Rachel
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Well Miss Universe is coming up! I was wondering what does everyone think of Beauty Pageants? I remember when i was little my friends and i used to want to be Miss NY in the Miss America Pageant. We would have parties to watch that pageant and think those girls competing were so pretty and great we really looked up to them. Now i am not so sure if i like pageants. I heard that Miss Brazil (Miss Universe Pageant) admitted to having a lot of work to make her look so great. I thought that was horrible! What do you guys think?
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Oh beauty pageants. As much as I would like to believe the organisers that they are more than flesh parades, our recent Miss Singapore one didn't give me a choice to get rid of that stereotype. During the question and answer session.

Q: What would you bring with you on a deserted island and why?

A: My handphone so I can make calls (logical so far) and I can take apart the phone and give off radiation so people can find me (lost audience at this point of time)

Q: What do you admire most about women?

A: Looong pause. I admire how they can juggle their career and family at the same time. Like my mother and grandmother. They could juggle their career and family at the same time.

I'm sorry if I am being mean but these contestants just made me sigh. And others laugh. Alot. They couldn't even speak proper english. How sad is that?

I have stopped watching these pageants since I was 10. It just doesn't hold alot of meaning or interest for me.


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I dont agree with anyone under the age of 18 should be allowed to be emitted into beauty pagents, to me its soft porn. i come on think about it, no matter what people say the girls are judged on how they look. i was whatching the Miss Teen USA padgent and the bathing suit compitions were unbeleaveable!!! the 5 remaining contestants wore the same bikini, and the other contestant were in the same tankinis. please tell me that they were not judged on how they looked?!?
sorry but thats my POV
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If you think that is bad, I watched a documentary about 2 years ago about beauty pagents for 5-year-old girls. It's apparantly big business with local, regional and national finals. What I saw horrified me.

Beauty pagents for adults are OK. One assumes contestants enter them with their eyes open. Most cultures have a facet that celebrates beauty.

I remember that one of the last "Miss Canada" pagents before the organizers called the whole thing off was a contestant teaching "How to Pack a Suitcase" as her "talent" contribution.

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I saw that documentry. I don't agree with beauty pagents. Why do we need em? Especially for little girls. I think in a way, they are degrading, and they're just another thing that makes women feel bad about themselves, in my opinon at least.

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I can't say that I like them, but if adults want to take part, then that's their perogative. One thing that I find really sad is that the women involved aren't allowed to have ever been pregnant- including if they had an abortion- basically, they have to act all "virginal" as though that is the epitome of what it is to be female.
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Ah yes, the whole virgin/slut ideal... seems very popular these days (or maybe it has always been this way) to send conflicting messages. Oh sure, I'm a virgin honey, but I also know exactly how to get you off.
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I also saw a documentary about child pageants. These poor little girls were often "forced" into doing them. I mean by forced - never given a choice. There's so much pressure on them and some of them just can't handle it which is why you get a lot of crying going on.

As adults people can make their own decisions. Some of the pageants offer very good scholarships I think (that's one of the justifications I've read for people being involved in them). At that point it is a personal decision and if somebody likes doing that then they should go for it.


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I know when I was 7 and 8, I loved to watch beauty pageants, and hoped to comptete in them when i was older. Now at 15 i feel that pageants is a show to make me feel bad about my body. And it is just a show for looks. I rather be in a spelling bee anyday, so i can prove that brain are so much better than looks!

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I've never watched one.

Don't intend to either. They don't interest me, it's just a bunch of idealistic women walking around. Like I don't get enough of that at school .

I don't see any need for them. I wouldn't go as far to say that they promote unreal goals, because the women are women, not unattainable supermodels. But they don't really have a useful purpose. Oh well, some people are weird.

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hey Pink you are right
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Don't intend to either. They don't interest me, it's just a bunch of idealistic women walking around. Like I don't get enough of that at school

i don't like those pageants, they don't excite me at all. Sorry if i am offending anyone.

[This message has been edited by golden101 (edited 05-06-2001).]


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I think that they are Ok, no biggie. My mom and I used to watch them all the time when I was younger, and we used to pick out which one we thought would win. It was fun.

I would never enter a pagent myself. Some are fun to watch, but I wouldnt want to do it.

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I think beauty pageants totally defy the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover." Personally, I hate 'em.. they try to show America that beauty is a twig-sized, six foot tall woman. I don't mean to disrespect you twig-sized, six foot tall women, but it's degrading. I'd rather be known for my mind than my looks anyday. But, on a less-hateful note, if you like modeling, go for it! Do what makes you happy..
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I think they make for good TV ...That's about it

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beauty pageants are so fake. a lot of the ones that i know of (for the younger girls) aren't about how "beautiful" the girls are, but they're about how much money the parents spend on the costumes. and i saw the ads for this one documentary on HBO about the child beauty pageants, and the girls are doing stuff that boarders the actions of a stripper.
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i know this is an old topic and all that but...aaah im such a hypocrite! i got "nominated" as a canidate for the miss va. teen pageant...and my friends are encouriging me to do it, but i dont know...i cant believe im actually considering it.
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Provided you go into it with an open mind and no illusions, I don't see how the experience could harm you. It might be the inspiration for an article for Scarleteen on beauty pagents as seen from the perspective of a participant.

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Why I personally could care less about beauty pageants, I'm with Bobo on this one, Dust. If you don't have any illusions about it and don't have to invest into killer amounts of money and energy in it, it might be an interesting experience, no matter what.

When I was younger, I sometimes sat in for a friend of mine and did get on TV for him as a hair model. While that wasn't important for me or life changing, it was at least funny at that time (even though I keep the video undercover these days). So if you think it could at least be fun and if you don'T see it as your chance to get to "stardom" - why not?

And I agree, an article for us afterwards would be cool, too.

So how did you get nominated?

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i think a whole bunch of people selected me or turned my name in or something like that!! im not really sure. i've been getting things like that in the mail since i was a toddler. my mom never wanted me to be in them anyway, so she just turned down the offers. after thinking about it...i decided not to. because by competing in the states, there is a chance that i'll get picked for the finals, then will go onto the nationals. that is something that i dont want to do...the only reason i wanted to participate in the first place, was so that i'd have some really good photos of myself . but i've decided that not even that is worth it. im going down to the studio next week, to get some portfolio stuff done. and i am totally content with that.
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I've been in pageants many times before. My high school hosts a pageant every year, and so does my town. I don't see anything wrong with pageants. Pageants are a great way to make friends and I love getting all dressed up. I have many good friends whom I have compeated in pageants with. How many of you posting have been in a pageant? Not many from what I'm reading, please stop judging things on what you hear or read. If you've never been in a pageant then how do you know what people do. Sure, they may tape their boobs, but thats just because some dresses aren't made for bras and they need support. Pageants are not as bad as yall make them out to be. My parents never forced me to be in pagaents, it's MY choice to compete, and it's my friends choices to compete too. Most of us compeate in pageants just for the fun of it. There great fun! Just try it one time, you'll see! God Loves Yall!

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when I was younger, I was a model.
it was a huge pain in the butt, they'd call at anytime and say I had to be downtown with my hair and make up done in like 20 minutes. my mom spent a lot of money to get me through classes and such. in spite all of that, I still did have a lot of fun. I wanted to be an actress and a model for the rest of my life. when I turned 12, my manager raped me.

i feel bad for beauty pagent girls and models. if it happened to me, what makes it so that it wont happened to anyone else.

you get taken advantage of and your life gets turned up side down.


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And why are all of these women so skinny? If If there isn't even one average size contestant there has to be something fishy going on.
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