After watching the Bb. Pilipinas Beauty Pageant, I caught myself asking the question, “What in the world did I just watch?” Don’t get me wrong, Catriona Gray is a very deserving winner. And also, being a sports fan, I thought it was pretty cool to see a former Lady Spiker in Michele Gumabao succeed in a different field.
In the end, though, didn’t everyone deserve to win? Growing up, I’ve learned that what makes a woman beautiful is not what is on the outside, but instead what’s inside. For me, the main problem of this contest is that it focuses too much on a woman’s looks and not on who she is. Yes, there is a question and answer portion, but honestly most of these answers are rehearsed and don’t really give us a glimpse of the contestant’s personality.
This then begs the question – why do we still have beauty pageants? We’ve moved past other archaic things like Roman Gladiators, that test a man’s strength, but still keep events like this, which objectifies a woman’s beauty? Is it just purely because of tradition?
The only answer I could come up with is that people just like winning things. How else can someone explain why there is more than one beauty pageant every year and why there is a pageant to determine who gets to go to another pageant. For a casual observer, it’s just very perplexing.
It also left me wondering, when is Mister Universe happening? In this world that is pushing for equality between men and women, why do we have a Miss Universe but no Mister Universe? And while people might argue it’s the same for men in sports, I’d humbly disagree. The women have the WNBA and the NWSL in the United States to play basketball and football, respectively, and locally, they even have the PFF Women’s League.
In my opinion, we’ve reached a point where beauty pageants are no longer needed. Are these women really more beautiful than the doctors that save lives, teachers that patiently teach kids, and the mothers that decide to stay home just to care of their children? Really, every woman on this planet is beautiful in their own way, which is why I don’t think we need a contest to decide Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Globe…. I’m sure you get my point.
Essentially, what I am trying to say is that a woman’s true beauty lies within. And my main problem with these pageants is that we do not get to appreciate a contestant’s inner beauty, but instead focus mainly on their looks. I’m sure all people will agree with me when I say, a woman’s looks may get your attention, but it’s who they are that makes us stay.
It’s time for mankind to move past a contest that hails a single person as Miss Universe. It’s time for us to forget the illusion of beauty that pageants have given us. It’s time for us to acknowledge that every woman is the Miss Universe of someone’s life.