I just love a good flashback montage*, don’t you?
(*Due to the fact I majored in french and creative writing in college, and not filmography, by “montage” I mean “collection of photographs with snarky captions attached” rather than “collection of film clips set to kicky music”.)
For a person who dedicates all her free time to reading and writing about fitness and healthy body image, I find it really interesting to look back at the transformation of body image standards over the last century.
When it comes to beauty pageants, everyone has their own opinion. To slightly misquote Mitch Hedberg and take his joke completely out of context, “you either love them or you hate them. Or you think they’re okay”. But they’ve been a big part of American mainstream culture for the last 100 years and they do a great job of documenting the basic beauty trends and standards of each time period.
So let’s take a look shall we? Beauty and body image throughout the years flashback montage (with commentary made up by me):
Personally, I would like to see a pageant that doesn’t allow any beauty helpers. I think contestants should be asked to roll out of bed at 6am and march straight down that stage donning both their PJs and a whopping dose of confidence before quickly running home to shower, change and get to work by 8. Now that woman deserves a crown.
Pageants: love ’em? hate ’em? think they’re ok?
Body image: Overall, our definition of beauty has evolved from a softer frame to a more muscular, leaner figure- is this a good, positive change or are we losing sight of the natural roundness of the female form?
Should makeup and spray tans and hair styling be allowed?