Beauty pageants have long been controversial, and the competition is often criticized as being sexist. Despite the controversy, many women still participate in beauty pageants to compete for the title and other prizes such as scholarships, fashion contracts and cash. Some people even go so far as to argue that beauty pageants are empowering, because they give women a chance to achieve their dreams. However, the reality is that these competitions are extremely competitive and require a lot of hard work and dedication.
The first step to entering a beauty pageant is submitting an application. This will typically consist of a platform statement, pageant resume and a photograph. If the pageant director approves the application, the contestant will be allowed to enter the competition.
During the competition, the contestants will be required to display a dressy look and a sports or swimsuit look, depending on the type of pageant. They may also be required to perform a talent. There is usually also an interview portion. During the interview, the master of ceremony will ask each contestant one question. The judges will then evaluate the contestants based on their appearance, poise, confidence and intelligence.
The reason that beauty pageants are so controversial is that they send the message that women are passive objects to be ogled and judged, rather than active participants in society. In addition, many young children are forced to participate in these competitions at a very early age, which can have adverse effects on their self-esteem. It is also not uncommon for children to suffer from tantrums and negative emotional outbursts as a result of the enormous amount of pressure involved in these events.