If recently you’ve been thinking “My gosh! There hasn’t been a whole lot of beauty pageant news lately,” well now you can rest easy, I’ve got a double whammy for you today! Firstly, in the world of, um, Miss World, you better say goodbye to bikinis because they no longer have a place on that coveted pageant stage.
“The organization has decided to take itself out of the swimsuit world because it isn’t the path they’re trying to take,” Chris Wilmer, the national director of Miss World America said to ABC News. “It’s not just a beauty contest, it’s ‘beauty with a purpose’. There didn’t seem to be a purpose to have the swimsuit.”
Wilmer then went on to say that Miss World should be a “spokesperson who can help a community. “She’s more of an ambassador, not a beauty queen. It’s more about the outreach and what a woman could do with a title like Miss World.”
Okay, Chris Wilmer, we’ll just see how good the ratings are for the show next time round. Not that I’m complaining, but come on, these people have to be kidding themselves if they actually think that this competition is anything more than a glorified swimsuit contest to those watching, even if a woman with the Miss World title does have a lot of scope. Oh, and this part of the competition isn’t going to be completely scrapped. There will still be a swimwear/ beach-wear/ seaside fashion portion. Just without y’know, stuff you swim in. Right… I see.
Meanwhile, the town of Chivilcoy in Argentina has decided to get rid of beauty pageants and their ilk completely. The reaction to the decision hasn’t been entirely positive, seeing as a lot of women in who work in media from the area began their careers by starting out in beauty pageants. However, the town council has made up its mind on the decision, saying that such competitions encourage eating disorders and violence against women.
“The council said that from now on Chivilcoy’s festivities and anniversaries would be celebrated by recognising the achievements of young people. They said the contests will be replaced with carnival mask competitions and prizes for volunteering.
Correspondents say a debate has been emerging for some time in Argentina about the validity of beauty competitions.”
Make what you will of these decisions and why they were made, surely it’s a step in the right direction if there’s less competitions in the world that essentially glorify women’s appearances over anything else.