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Share this article Share Women who participate are usually between 15 and years-old and are judged on categories such as 'beauty', 'personality', and 'poise' after parading in a number of outfits including swimsuits. Outlining the reasons for its decision they said that such contests 'reinforce the idea that women must be valued and rewarded exclusively by their physical appearance, based on stereotypes'.
They added that they are 'a discriminatory and sexist practice', and an 'act of symbolic and institutional violence against women and children.
They stated that the new contest would be for 'people between 15 and 30 years who, in an individual or collective way, have stood out in volunteering activities aimed at improving the quality of life in neighbourhoods within the city or the district. It has an enormous symbolic value. The municipal state made the decision, within the framework of this bill, to stop subjecting the women of Chivilcoy to the exhibition, objectification, and selection that beauty pageants imply, with the added bonus that instead they will promote other values that aim to encourage the construction of citizenship with a gender equality.
More than just a pretty face: This year's Miss World winner, Rolene Strauss, 22, from South Africa, is a bilingual medical student In a similar move, Russian MPs proposed a ban on child beauty pageants as they harm children physically, psychologically and intellectually. More recently the organisers of the most famous beauty pageant of all - Miss World - announced they will no longer have a swimsuit round in the competition.
In an interview with Elle, chairwoman Julia Morley explained: 'I really It doesn't do anything for the woman. And it doesn't do anything for any of us. We are really not looking at her bottom. We are really listening to her speak. They encourage participants to support and get involved in charity projects and prove they have brains as well as beauty. The year-old is a bilingual medical student who wants to use her position to promote the importance of a good education.