Beauty pageants and what it means for young women


A thoughtful look at beauty pageants and what are we really celebrating there by Aya de Leon.

A brown girl became Miss America, which in itself a definitely a good thing. It’s good that more people seem to accept that beautiful does not necessary mean white.

But… what are we really happy about? Happy to let young women starve themselves and spend thousands of $/£/€ purely on making their bodies more appealing to men? If becoming Miss America is not a first step to a successful career (as Aya de Leon suggests) but rather a one year tryst with popularity, is it really worth our time and efforts?

I know it’s not worth mine, even if I was anywhere near ‘our’ beauty standards.


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