Beauty pageants have been around since the Middle Ages when during the English May Day celebrations a May Queen was crowned. But unlike our current pageant winners who go on to work toward advanced degrees and to advanced popular causes, folklore has it that our early May Queens’ reign was more short-lived, literally; since they were put to death once the May Day festivities were over.
Beauty pageants are contests and are subject to contest laws. What do you need to have a legitimate skill contest? 1. An actual skill that can be assessed. 2. Winners selected based upon exhibiting that skill. 3. Qualified judges who have the expertise to judge that skill.
Is “beauty” a skill? We may remember our mom saying she had to “put on her face” before going out, but unless you want to judge on how adept or fast someone is at putting on makeup, etc., it’s tough to say that “beauty” is, in itself, a true skill. (more…)