Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Beauty? What beauty?

For years, beauty pageants, have been going on. And forever they have been mired in controversy. The women’s rights organisations blame beauty pageants for ‘exploiting women’. While others have gone on record saying that events such as Miss India are nothing but skin shows. To all of which assorted organisers have come back with the same reply, “…not an exploitation of women. Don’t call it a beauty pageant, because intelligence also plays a big role in a [half-naked] woman winning a title…” So on and so forth. And wonder of wonders! This time the organisers of the Ponds Femina Miss India contest have actually stayed true to their words. They have gone beyond mere anatomy, bikinis and good make-up. Just take a look at the winners. They definitely don’t look like the winners of a ‘beauty’ pageant. Far from it. And no amount of make-up can save them it seems. Also, looks like reality TV has also taken its toll, and the winners who got the maximum votes got them from the congenitally blind.

Finally ‘inner beauty’ has been rewarded over shallow, skin-deep Maybelline/L’Oreal-enhanced external beauty. Has to be. There’s not much that’s externally beautiful about this year’s Miss India winners. But they ‘look’ intelligent. And if you’re thinking that intelligent women have to be necessarily unattractive, think again. Take a look at yash birla. So, has a new age dawned? Can we expect an IQ round at next year’s pageant? Will Mensa be a proud sponsor? Shall we see dissertations being presented? It’s too soon to tell. But a fine start has been made. On an a side note, hopefully next year’s bunch of ‘intelligent women’ will a lot more pleasing on the eye. After all, it is us poor folk who will soon (very soon) have to watch these crusaders against poverty and champions of the underprivileged in a hot-n-steamy bollywood item number.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This year's Miss India is actually my mom's good friend's daughter. have seen her with snot running down the nose. Also literally seen her at the (without) nappy stage & this has to be said for her, she really knows her mind & actually for a change has a mind. Tho she's not even finished school--- got an offer to model with (the famous) Elite Corp, in urope before that so dropped out of Pearl Fashion Academy to do that.
Cheers!

shenoy said...

and you'd have thought that (the famous) Elite Corp only has good looking women on their roster. but nice to hear that she has a mind of her own. the rest of them seem like they have to share minds on a 2-by-3 basis. btw, who be you anonymous one?

shenoy said...

and you'd have thought that (the famous) Elite Corp only has good looking women on their roster. but nice to hear that she has a mind of her own. the rest of them seem like they have to share minds on a 2-by-3 basis. btw, who be you anonymous one?

Anonymous said...

Man agree cent percent. But the fact is that people need avenues to display and review beauty and this being one of them. Well the intelligent tag is added so as to avoid a contest being compared to female slave auction or a mujra