Beauty pageants are designed to serve the male gaze. Women are pit against one another only to be scrutinized by toxic standards set by patriarchy. They have been found to lower self-esteem and self-perception among the participants. They are outdated and offensive in this day and age of feminism and inclusivity.
Why do I find this so offensive?
Beauty in uniqueness.
Narrow definition of femininity.
Are they empowering ANYONE?
Not really empowering anyone!