The Oxford Eagle
Ole Miss is known for beautiful girls.
In 1909, the university started the Parade of Beauties pageant to find the most beautiful woman on campus. The competition is judged 90 percent by appearance and 10 percent by a one-minute interview the contestants have with judges.
The 107th annual pageant will be held in February at the Ford Center.
I competed in pageants for four years, none of which were judged strictly by appearance. While beauty is one element of pageants, there are many other factors that go into the competition. A pageant queen must be able to represent her territory in a positive matter and be familiar with local politics and policies in her region. She must be poised, kind and well-spoken. She’s the ultimate girl next door.
The Parade of Beauties is a different kind of pageant. It focuses solely on looks. While this is a tradition on campus, I don’t believe it should be around anymore.
Girls are judged on their outward appearances and not judged by character. It fuels gendered stereotypes that say girls should sit back and be a pretty face.
I also don’t think this sets a good example for young girls. It shows them that to win and be well-liked, you have to be beautiful with perfect hair, perfect makeup and perfect dress.
I think we should end the reign of the Parade of Beauties and place more emphasis on a woman’s accomplishments and personality than on looks.