I was just browsing online when I saw a link to the BBC Documentary of Billie JD Porter. The title caught my attention as it talked about Secrets of South America – Extreme Beauty Queens.With the title capturing my curiosity, I watched the video expecting some bizarre beauty pageants in South America. When the face of The Osmel Sousa was featured, I realized that I was in for a wild beauty pageant fan ride! I don’t know but I have really high regard on Osmel and seeing him (even in videos) gives me such “fangirl” moments! Lolz.
Indeed, the next 55 minutes was about Venezuela and its beauty pageant culture. I’ve seen the video 3 times already! Every beauty queen (experienced or aspiring) and all pageant fans should take time and watch the video. It helped me understand why beauty pageants is weaved to the culture of Venezuela and on why Venezuela is the ultimate pageant powerhouse in the world.
Video Credits: TUFF JAM of YouTube
As a beauty pageant fan, here are the things I learned after watching this documentary:
- Preparing for a Beauty Pageant is just like Preparing for a Career – Being a beauty queen doesn’t happen in a snap. In order to become successful, an aspiring beauty queen needs to prepare hard, much like preparing for a successful career. Similar to other professions where being expert requires proper education and thousands of training hours, being a beauty queen requires the aspirant to go through hours of intensive training and learning.
- It is (also) about the win – There is such a saying that says “It is about the journey, not the destination.” A beauty queen learns a lot from the experience of joining beauty pageants and these experiences are priceless. However, the video tells me that it is also about the win! An aspiring beauty queen goes through hours of preparation not because she wants to be a clapper but in order to win a crown. Winning a crown opens a lot of opportunities to the candidate may it be show business or other areas of her interests.
- You fainted like a beauty queen, so learn how to get up like one – I believe Osmel said this in the video 🙂 Every beauty queen should take this into her heart. An aspiring queen should be reminded that there are a lot of challenges on her way to the crown. The journey is not easy! She just needs to be reminded that whenever she fall, get up and get up gracefully 🙂
- Beauty should come first – A beauty queen is a lot of things – intelligent, confident, full of personality, down to earth, etc. But first and foremost, a beauty queen should be physically beautiful in order to be successful. As I talk about beauty, I want to cover two things: (a) The Standard of Beauty – I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and each lady has her own natural beauty. However, since beauty pageant is show business, we aim for these girls to look good – we trim the brows and cut the hair based on the shape of the head, we dress with cuts that looks good on the body type and we wear make-up. The girls do this in order to look good and the lady who looks good the most and embodies the other characteristics wins the crown. At the end of the day, it is the lasy who is beautiful BOTH on the inside and out wins the title (b) Plastic Enhancement – with the issue of physical beauty, it is inevitable not to talk about enhancements. I don’t have anything against the girls who go under the knife and I also fully respect those who decide not to. At the end of the day, if going through the procedure will make you beautiful and will make you feel like one, then I am on board with your decision. The fact that some Venezuelan queens went through the enhancements and still won the crowns means that beauty pageants does not give that much weight to this issue.
- Beauty Pageant Survives – I have heard about some challenges facing the organizers of beauty pageants – ratings and viewership is down, critics are everywhere. However, the world’s largest beauty pageants (MU, MW & MI) has been around for more than 50 years already. ME survived its first 10 years and there is no sign of slowing down. We will be seeing a lot of changes in the next few years – new format, new segments, ect – but please be comforted with the thought that beauty pageant endures and beauty pageant survives.