Originally Posted by Emily
It also makes perfect sense strictly from an aesthetic point of view. This is probably the first pageant in a hundred years to recognize the timeless truth that weight gain enhances feminine beauty. Indeed, if any beauty contestant in any pageant wants to increase her beauty, the easiest path is to increase her dress size.
So very true. Beauty pageants have suffered steeply declining ratings in recent years, and most people attribute this lack of public interest to some vague "change in the culture." But no one acknowledges the real reason for this diminishing popularity--i.e., the fact that the contestants, always underweight, have been becoming skinner and skinnier for years, to the point that they are now nearly as malnourished-looking as fashion models.
In other words, it is the absence of actual beauty
in beauty pageants that has made them less appealing.
Consider that by far the most celebrated beauty-pageant contestant of the past decade was Alicia Machado, who won the 1997 Miss Universe title at a skeletal size, but then freely and rapidly gained a visible amount of weight. The pageant organizers idiotically threatened to strip her of her title if she didn't starve, but the truth was that the weight gain had turned her into a genuine beauty--perhaps the first truly attractive pageant winner in a century.
This rare photo of Miss Machado at the height of her size increase shows just how attractive her self-indulgence made her. Her dress, designed to compress her suddenly-larger body, can barely contain her swelling curves. Her face has the gorgeous glow, the rosy flush, that uniquely derives from uninhibited weight gain. There is a softness, a fullness in the facial features that is irresistible. The entire look is highly sensual.
If the Miss World pageant organizers who have told Miss England to gain weight were to adopt this mandated increase in the size of their contestants universally and permanently, the result would not only be a more culturally-beneficial pageant, but also a more beautiful one as well--one that viewers would actually delight in watching.
Lillian Russell, demonstrating how a true beauty queen should look. (Note in particular the fullness of Lillian's arms, overflowing her gloves and sheer sleeves, heightening the sensuality of the image.)
- "An American Beauty