M iss Universe just crowned its first black winner in eight years, and of the few good things to come from the beauty pageant, this may be the best. Crowning Zozibini Tunzi the winner of the international pageant sends a powerful message to young girls about what beauty looks like. The Miss Universe pageant began in after the reigning Miss America, Yolande Betbeze, refused to model in a swimsuit after the pageant. From the get-go, Miss Universe has prioritized pretty faces over personal dignity, but that makes it no different from any other beauty pageant. Often, this is a rare crossover controversy where conservatives and feminists agree. Sad that men won't be able to ogle women anymore! It's also telling: If you're upset that you can no longer see women in bikinis, you're only there for the dehumanizing spectacle. Speaking of dehumanizing, it's actually not a left-wing talking point to argue that promoting women for parading around half-naked is a bad thing. When a woman's value seems to come from her appearance, that is dehumanizing.
Williams originally made history on September 17, , when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown. She attended Syracuse University and studied musical theater. In , while working a summer job as a receptionist at a modeling agency in Mt.
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Miss Naked Beauty is a short-lived, six-episode reality television show produced by Maverick Television , aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. The show, presented by Gok Wan and Myleene Klass , was conceived as a radical "reality" take on beauty pageants. Some women  applied to become the "ultimate 21st century beauty queen". In the first episode, hundreds of remaining applicants were whittled down to just twelve finalists, by a panel of judges composed of fashion stylist Gok Wan, musician Myleene Klass, magazine editor James Brown, journalist Kathryn Flett and musician, actress and TV presenter Mica Paris. In subsequent episodes, various issues were explored such as body image , plastic surgery , self-esteem , modern versus Renaissance and earlier notions of beauty, eating disorders , over-reliance on makeup, the fashion industry. Meanwhile, the programme also progressed as a pageant, eliminating contestants in typical reality TV style, down to five finalists. Despite its name, the show only features brief nudity mostly bare breasts , and should not be confused with nude pageants, such as Miss Exotic World. The show sought a "natural-beauty campaigner" in the winner of the show. The lady crowned Miss Naked Beauty won the chance to write a magazine column about beauty, become the face of a new modelling agency and be a part of the series of Gok Wan's other show, How to Look Good Naked.
From the outside, beauty pageants appear to be absolutely perfect. From the gorgeous evening gowns the contestants wear, to the flawlessly executed interview answers, the pageants seem to take on an ethereal quality. The truth, however, is that they're anything but flawless. Desiree Lowry , an organizer for the event, told reporters, "When I'm listening and she says, 'I don't like the camera,' I say that is a big problem. Miss Puerto Rico is a public figure and part of your job is to be in front of the camera. She had to hand over her crown to Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach. Harvey later said he lost sleep over the blunder, which went viral.