“ A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear” says a former beauty queen of society, Marilyn Monroe; and honestly she is right, girls don’t have to be a size two, be perfect, or have their makeup caked on, but they do have to have to love themselves and accept who they are, and have plenty of self-confidence. There are so many reasons to enter a beauty pageant. Although the stereotype is multitudes of girls with big hair, over done makeup, and fake personalities, and having a perfect figure, that’s not even close to reality! (Why you should enter? Miss Teen Arizona, 7 Reasons pg.2) To really see the reality of pageants, skeptics have to be open minded and erase all of their prior knowledge of what pageantry is portrayed as. Yes, pageants do portray perfection, but that is not the half of it. Unless the skeptics have proper knowledge and understanding, they are unable to understand the criteria for judging a pageant.
Self-confidence is the number one reason to enter a beauty pageant. (Building Self-confidence pg.1) Miss Teen Arizona said, “ You would never catch me talking in front of large crowds, or being social at all, until my mom entered me in my first pageant amongst 213 girls! Talk about life changing!” (Building Self- confidence pg.1) She walked away being 4th runner up, and was in awe about how much self-confidence she had gained by participating in the pageant. If she can gain that much self-confidence by competing in one pageant, then imagine how many young women could be influenced for the better by deciding to compete in a pageant themselves.
It is a well-known fact that girls are naturally philanthropic; it is in their nature to want to give. Some girls look for ways to be able to give, and one of the main aspects of pageantry is community service. The winner of the pageant will be able to network with companies as well as charitable organizations and decide on a platform that they feel strongly about. After picking their organization they will go out and represent it. In addition to helping others, the winner will also be able to pick the organization they want to network with. Many contestants find this part of pageantry very personal; if they have lost loved ones or maybe they have been affected by it personally. Pageantry provides some of the best opportunities for charitable work, community service, or positive messages that can benefit particular groups. Courtney Basara, a former Miss USA entrant says, “What I do with this is educate young women who are dealing with female bullying in ways that they can overcome it, ways that they can handle it when they’re in situations, and also…. A message for bullies themselves.” (Duluth’s Miss USA entrant “a winner in life” pg. 1-2) Just as she uses this opportunity so can any other young woman.
Every young woman is talented in her own way. Most girls naturally advertise the talents that have been given to them, because they have that unique ability. Pageantry gives you a window of...