MODS - If this thread already exists, please post a link to it and close this one - thanks! How do you guys feel about "beauty" pageants like Miss USA or Miss Universe, etc? I'm only referring to adult ones not kiddy ones (thats a whole other thread). I think the thing I really don't like is the use of the word "beauty". Human beings will always be drawn to superficial attractiveness but for these pageants to declare what exactly an ideal "beautiful" woman is, is just ludicrous IMO. To me, beauty encompasses so many elements that don't always include being physically attractive. Because of similar public criticism, pageants claim to care more now about education and moral substance - but I don't buy it. I still seem the same Barbie-doll contestants - I know they always made me feel sub-par and inadequate when I was growing up and if I ever have a daughter I would not want her to ever feel that way. These pageants set a standard that most women cannot live up to. I think even if you are blessed with that kind of "pageant" attractiveness you still end up feeling like you don't measure up to everyone else? Its such a vicious cycle isn't it? They should rename them "Physically Attractive Pageants". I'm also curious to hear if anyone has ever been in a pageant and what the experience was like.