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Beauty Pageants Pros and Cons List

Since the 19th Century, beauty pageants have been held around the world that highlight the
good looks and talents of their contestants. While there are some obvious positives that can be
taken from these contests and the crowds that they attract, there are also some notable negative
factors that should be considered as well. To this day, these events are growing worldwide and
the variety of contestants that participate and the affect that they have on society. It may just be
a question of the pageants being a good outlet for the individuals growth or just a shallow event
that that promotes the wrong values.
LIST OF PROS OF BEAUTY PAGEANTS
1. Qualities and Skills Are Tested
One positive aspect of beauty pageants is the fact that one can really become good at public
speaking and performing in front of large groups. When you get practice at being in front of
people and keeping your cool, you will feel better about doing it and expressing yourself freely.
This could be valuable training for a future career in music, broadcasting, and other jobs that
require you to speak to groups of people with confidence. You can see your comfort level grow
with experience and you can get a level of comfort that helps you grow as a person.
2. Fitness and Discipline is Needed
The level of fitness and discipline that it often takes to participate in beauty pageants can help a
person in the contest and in the future. Getting your body in top shape to be in a pageant is
typically very hard work and you learn how to put in the effort. Not only do you gain knowledge
on how much it takes to get to peak physical condition, you can also learn a lot about patience.
After putting in the time to get yourself in shape, you can get a greater appreciation for the
results you see and use this outlook to help you in future activities.
3. Can Win Prizes and Awards
Winning and participating in pageants can lead to great prizes and opportunities for those who
are involved. Many of the top beauty pageants do not award cash prizes for the winners, instead
they usually give awards like college scholarships. There are good opportunities to travel the
world and represent the pageant that you are involved with and make new connections. Doing
charity work and being the face of your pageant are other benefits of getting involved and
winning. There are other pageants that do offer cash prizes and can really help the contestant
fund their passion.
4. Fosters Goals and Ambition in Life
Going through the experience of participating in beauty pageants can help you to go for other
things in life that you want and really push you forward. The confidence you gain will be there
when you do other things that challenge you and you will have the self-esteem to do what you
want. Contests that require you to show a talent can encourage individuals who are not focused
only on their beauty to get involved and prove that looks and talent can go together. Having to
answer tough questions on the spot can also improve your ability to think quickly and accurately.
LIST OF CONS OF BEAUTY PAGEANTS
1. Can Become Shallow and Overconfident
One downside of being in beauty pageants is the chance that you can become shallow and hung
up on the beauty part of it all. Getting into a beauty pageant and winning one can be great but it
can also make someone care about their looks even more than they did before and become
conceited. People will shower contests winners with so much attention that the positive aspects
of what the competition should be can be pushed to the side and overconfidence can take its
place. Contestants should try to keep a straight head about it and use it to build good qualities.
2. Feelings of Depression if You Lose
Losing a beauty pageant can also cause someone to lose confidence and come away with a
negative outlook on the whole experience. Someone who really wanted to win a pageant and
those who may already have a lack of self-confidence can really feel depressed and empty.
Without a good network of support, someone can let a pageant affect them in a way that is
unhealthy and counterproductive. It is best to remember what positive things you gained from
participating and build off those factors and reinforce what is good.

3. Focus on Physical Beauty is Bad for Younger Children


Children participating in pageants can experience all the negative results that can come with
losing just like adults can. Since young kids are not mature enough to handle things the way
adults can, they may be more likely to take a defeat hard and lose some self-confidence. There
has been considerable criticism of having children participate in beauty pageants and having
them focus so much on looks and judges can be harmful. If a child is going to be entered into
these types of competitions, they should be taught the right lessons and have fun doing it.
4. Taxing on Health and Financial State
The toll that entering beauty pageants can take on your finances and health can be quite taxing.
It is not cheap to get from city to city to get into pageants and the clothing alone can be
expensive. Training hard to get your body where you want it can be tough too and eating
disorder can occur when you take it too far. You have to find the balance between being focused
on your goal and care of yourself at the same time. It you can avoid the pressure getting to you,
you can enjoy what you are doing without it being extra stressful.
There is no perfect way to be a beauty pageant contestant and winning and losing is decided by
someone other than you. Getting the most out of being in pageants and using the positive
factors to improve yourself as a person, is the best result you can ask for. Winning is a bonus that
should not shape a person and losing should not either. Everyone can get something good out of
being involved and find a happy ending. Beauty is a nice quality to have but there are more
important qualities to be had and pageants are forums that can help you increase these more
honorable characteristics.
Pros
1. Competition
Not every girl is athletic and interested in competing in sports. However, this does not mean they
dont still have a competitive edge. Competition is healthy for girls of any age and only helps
bring out you inner drive. It is invaluable to learn what it takes to work hard for something and
see all of your effort pay off. It is also a good lesson to learn that competition doesnt always
leave you standing as the winner. Beauty pageants are extremely competitive and fierce. This
means that you might. It always win, but you can learn and experience the thrill of competition
by entering beauty pageants.
2. Discipline
You might think that beauty pageants take no effort and are simply about standing around and
looking pretty. However, this is not what beauty pageants entail at all. There is so much hard
work and preparation that goes into competing. Learning the value of discipline is a huge benefit
that can be gained from beauty pageants. The structure that it takes to be successful at this type
of competition is very strict. You have to develop healthy eating habits to allow you to maintain a
great figure and you have to develop a talent that will impress the judges. You also have to learn
to articulate your opinions and show off your personality on stage. It is not easy to compete
when the lights go on. Discipline will take you far and it can be learned by competing in
pageants.
3. Support
If you have watched one too many reality shows, you might have the impression that beauty
pageants are catty and can bring out the worst in both parents and children. However, this is
normally not the case. Most parents that get involved in their childs beauty pageants often
develop a bond with their kids that allows for unconditional support. You and your child can bond
in a way that you never thought possible. The amount of competition and you have to fight
through only makes you appreciate the wins more. The amount of support that can be felt when
competing is a huge benefit to beauty pageants.
Even though beauty pageants have their upside, there are a few aspects to this type of
competition that not everyone will find appealing.
Cons
1. Money
The fact is that competing in beauty pageants is not cheap. It not only costs money to enter
pageants, but there are a lot of additional expenses that you have to consider. From the cost of

your evening wear and costumes to hair and makeup, it can be downright expensive to show off
your beauty. This doesnt even take into account the cost of a pageant coach or talent props.
However, if you do win many times you have the potential to earn funds for college scholarships.
This is an investment that has the potential to pay off.
2. Emotional Toll
Not everyone ha get ability to deal with the scrutiny that beauty pageants involve. Being judges
d in any way can be difficult for fragile individuals to deal with. For this reason, it is suggested
that only children of a certain age compete. The emotional damage that can be done by
pageants can have a negative impact on some people. This means that not every type of person
is cut out for the world or beauty pageants.