It dis­tracts women from big­ger is­sues

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Ithink its neg­a­tives are much more than its pos­i­tives. Firstly, be­cause it stresses the fact that the per­son who is dis­tin­guished and unique is the one who has good phys­i­cal fea­tures. So, it dis­tracts women from fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing their ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, skills, ca­reer and com­pe­ten­cies. Se­condly, beauty is very rel­a­tive and per­sonal. I believe that ev­ery woman has her own beauty and you can never com­pare the beauty of one woman to the other. You also can­not set univer­sal cri­te­ria for it — it dif­fers from coun­try to coun­try, cul­ture to cul­ture, and re­gion to re­gion. So, I believe that there should be con­tests where the best thinkers, artists, en­trepreneurs are brought to­gether, so it is more com­pre­hen­sive and where they not only fo­cus on the dif­fer­ences but also em­brace them. You can never be the best at ev­ery­thing. You also can­not im­prove your phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, but you can im­prove your skills.

It also af­fects chil­dren quite neg­a­tively when it comes to chil­dren’s beauty pageants. They should live their lives in such a way that par­ents naturally en­cour­age skills that are good and pos­i­tive. As for health and fit­ness — you can be curvy and still be healthy and you could be stick-thin but not healthy. If you have healthy habits, you stay healthy. There is no real con­nec­tion be­tween your ap­pear­ance and your health, es­pe­cially since hor­mones play such a big role.

How­ever, in­stead of ban­ning pageants im­me­di­ately, they should be lim­ited and our fo­cus should be on other con­tests that cel­e­brate real tal­ent. Over time, as the fo­cus shifts to other con­tests, they can be done away with al­to­gether. From Dr Suzy Sobhi Dean of Stud­ies at Health, Sci­ences and Safety In­sti­tute liv­ing in Ras Al Khaimah

Niño Jose Here­dia/©Gulf News

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