The objectification of women’s beauty measured by competitive processes, linked specifically to the body, strengthens patriarchal norms.
Camel beauty pageants are multi-million-dollar events on the Arabian Peninsula.
Collectable cigarette cards once depicted ‘exotic’ beauties, classified by the colonial eye. And today’s beauty contests still present women as exotic representatives of their nation.
There is something troubling in the thought of people being made to aspire to heights that are literally beyond their reach.