‘Plus-sized’ models often healthier than regular ones
Idon’t think they should be banned but they should add a lot more value to these contests than just beauty on the surface. So, they could promote a lot more standards of beauty, definitely weightwise, and could include more talent and intelligence.
The winners, overall, show no diversity in body type.
I watched the question and answer stage of the Miss World contest this year and I liked that they posed important questions to these contestants, but I was not really impressed by the answers.
As for whether such pageants encourage children’s beauty contests, I feel that at that age, you should embrace everything in life; don’t focus on ‘beauty’ that much.
You should let them embrace other parts of their personality, let them explore themselves as they are still figuring themselves out.
I also do not think that such contests help create a focus on fitness.
People who are considered plus-sized by the fashion industry are actually healthy. If that kind of a body image is promoted, people might have a better idea of what is healthy. Because if you are really skinny you might not be unhealthy necessarily, but it cannot be considered healthy either.
In my circle of friends, I don’t think too many people are interested in beauty pageants. We are more into shows like American Idol, because that is what appeals to our generation. I guess it shows that talent is what appeals to people more than beauty on the surface. From Ms Sarah Paul School student living in Dubai