It distracts women from bigger issues
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