Plus sized Beauty Pageant in Israel: Yay or Nay?
Women in society today are constantly objectified. Billboards, television, even the smiling woman on the Special K cereal we eat suggests we need to look and be a certain way to be ‘approved’. Many things factor into approval- age, hair color, skin color- and these are all represented constantly in certain parameters. However, one thing is fairly constant in the Western world, which is that of body size.
Thin is considered beautiful and angular cheekbones and designers who create garments for prepubescent girls aimed at adult women perpetuate this body hatred and awkwardness that many people have as they age and develop.
In light of this, is it refreshing that Israel created a beauty pageant that required every contestant to weigh a minimum of 176 pounds? On one hand, it’s great to celebrate that women can be beautiful no matter what size, but on the other hand it’s still a PAGEANT which whole objective is about JUDGING and LOOKING at women, so isn’t the very notion of pageantry flawed? Sure, women OF ALL SIZES are beautiful, but this is a competition about JUDGING beauty, and rating people against eachother, which is part of the whole thinspiration problem.
It’s no longer about saying women can be lovely whatever their size, the issue is that women ARE ALREADY lovely, and size is insignificant- as are looks. Sure, we can look at Michaelangelo’s face charts and map out even faces, but that again is against the point I’m making. We need to STOP looking at women as mere masses of weight and start seeing them as people.
I admire Israel’s stance on banning underweight models from its advertisements, and though I think they had goof intentions with the Miss Large pageant, I’m still not happy. It’s a step, but it’s the wrong step in my opinion.
I’m open to thoughts-please comment.