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This week I was inspired to write about this topic when a close friend of mine asked me what the point of pageantry was. (Yes, you’re right! It was a boy!) Now I’ve asked myself this question many times throughout the competition, but still have yet to find a definitive answer. These past few days, I have done some research on the pageant world in an attempt to unravel the web of pageantry and hopefully discover some enlightenment. With any luck, somewhere in this soon-to-be-essay post, you will find a more meaningful insight as to why I’m doing what I’m doing.
Of course, like anyone else educated by social media, I thought all pageants were purely superficial. In my mind, pageants were affiliated with negative physiological and social defects along with a great amount of inappropriate attention towards young girls. (Translation: Pageants taught girls to rely too much on external features, and too little on internal qualities.) These competitions were designed to separate the prettiest from the pretty, and single out society’s idea of the “perfect” girl. This perspective encouraged many harmful habits among young girls as they started to believe in body image distortions and develop unhealthy mindsets of “perfectionism.” Perfectionism can be defined as a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less. Extreme tanning, excessive makeup, and sometimes even starving oneself are all examples of how girls across the world attempt to achieve this misguided concept. (That escalated quickly.) Sorry to get a little off topic, but I will elaborate more on this idea when I introduce my platform. Back to pageantry!
Fun Fact: Did you know child beauty pageants are illegal in France, and punishable with up to 2 years in prison? Yikes. They must be banned for a reason.
After I first placed in this pageant, I was terrified I would be associated with negative connotations such as being ditzy, superficial and self-centered, but as I researched deeper and deeper, I realized this pageant is nothing like the pageants you see on T.V. This pageant is a chance to break the stereotype and become a positive role model for young teens across Canada (along with an amazing scholarship). This gives girls the opportunity to feel confident about themselves and stand-up for something they believe in. It would be a great honor to follow the footsteps of my personal role models and make a change in the world. Some of these strong female characters include Idina Menzel, Malala Yousifazi and (my personal favorite) Beyoncé.
Throughout this process, I have learned many skills on becoming more poised, polished and proficient in the glamourous world of modeling and acting. Not only have I learned more about fashion and trends, but also more about societal issues, such as gender inequality, and the actions being taken to solve them. Yes, in some circles, the point of pageantry may be to objectify physical attributes, but in my own experience, pageantry can be used as a tool to carve the future leaders of tomorrow, and provide a healthy, positive image of beauty.
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