When I was a kid, I remember watching Miss Universe and Miss World beauty pageants. I couple of years down the line, I was introduced to Mister World contest. Till a couple of years back, I used to make it a point to at least know the names of the people who had won these contests. These days, there are so many of them that most of us don’t even care.
Just yesterday, I came across two new ones- Miss Earth and Miss Transvestite. (P.S- While writing this post, I realized that the second runner up in the Miss India contest is sent to compete for the title of Miss Earth). The former caught my attention because an Indian won the title of Miss Earth-Air and the latter caught my attention because it “offers great opportunities for transvestites/transgender from all over the world to present their individual beauty and intelligence in a friendly atmosphere.”
“I am pursuing medicine and I believe medicine, health and the environment are inter-related,” she says. “So I could relate to the intellectual side of the pageant very well,” she adds.
Makes me want to cough. What intellectual side is she exactly talking about? How to apply make-up in three easy steps? How to cat walk and how to keep your tummy tucked? Also, how to act really surprised/shocked when your name is announced and you get to do the balancing act with the tiara placed firmly on your head. Even though this is an extreme example, you can watch a video on Miss Teen USA that I had posted some time back. Maybe I’m being too cynical here, but do we really need pageants like these?
Does anyone take the winners seriously? Most of them are reduced to eye candy. All of them talk about their love for the poor and how they will go about changing the world etc., yet, none of these “social acts” done by these beauty queens get any media time.
I would think that Pooja Chitgopekar would’ve spoken about the social causes that she supports in this interview, but she dutifully goes on to talk about Bollywood and her interest in pursuing a career in films.
Have these beauty pageants become a tool in the hands of women who aspire to get a break in films? I think that’s the situation at least in India, if not the rest of the world. The names that come to my mind are Sushmita Sen, Aiswarya Rai, Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra, Juhi Chawla, Tanushree Dutta, Dia Mirza…I can go on and on. You get the picture.
Some of the comments in the Rediff article make me want to cringe in embarrassment because they are really cheap. Doesn’t Rediff moderate its comments section? I would expect such a popular website to moderate its comments for sure. This way, we bloggers are better! At least, most of us are averse to profanity and cheap talks.
“Jai Hind Jai Maharashtra. Nice to see a marathi girl”
The retort to this comment was ludicrous and it’s best if I don’t publish it here.
Someone else started talking about how “fair” Miss Spain is and how Miss Earth Air looks like a “maid servant” because she’s dark. This shows the racism that breeds in our country, which is really sick considering the fact that most of the Indians are dark skinned; yet, they make fun of the color of their own skin.
Another guy left his phone number in the comments section. Umm..you never know…Miss Earth Air might read his comment and decide to give him a call? 😐