Miss Beautiful Morals


When you think of beauty pageants, you think of young beautiful women strutting their stuff in front of judges, a live audience, and television viewers. Every year millions of people are glued to their TVs watching Miss Universe or Miss America and we all have our favorite beauty queen. We watch as they show off their talent, evening wear, swimsuits, and their on-stage question. In America we have an organization that judges women based on their face, hair, and body even though they do so much humanitarian and ambassador work.

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Because of the strict rules against women in Saudi Arabia, they created their own beauty pageant unlike the ones hosted in America. Since Saudi Arabia women cover their face and body with black robes and a veil, they are on a quest for “Miss Beautiful Morals” that shows the most devotion and respect for her parents. The winner doesn’t have to be pretty because they only care about the beauty of the soul and morals. The idea of the pageant is to measure the contestant’s commitment to Islamic morals rather than take into account a women’s body. Contestants spend ten weeks attending classes and being quizzed on discovering you inner strength and the making of leaders. They are observed by female judges that grade how contestants interact with their mothers.

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The best thing about this pageant in my opinion is that contestants are being judged on their character and values of being Muslim women. In a world where everything is based on physical looks it is refreshing to know that pageants like these are happening. It is amazing that Saudi Arabia is fighting the westernized style of beauty pageants by making them more about the women and their inner beauty while focusing on values. As a female it is hard not to compare your body or looks to the beauty queens in the Miss America pageants. If America had beauty moral pageants maybe women would stop being ashamed of their bodies and become more focused on their aspirations, faith, and moral values. This pageant is a new change for women and it allows them to show the world what a women should be.

Sources: Huffington Post

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7 thoughts on “Miss Beautiful Morals

  1. I think this is an amazing idea! The U.S. should adopt this mentality a little bit more considering the reputation we have to be “crass” or “too individualistic”. The fact that women are being celebrated in this regard for being whole in their morals and values makes me extremely happy that it will start running into other countries as well. I know my sisters would benefit from role models like them! Great post!

  2. I agree! This is a very interesting take on a pageant. I believe it would definitely be a good addition to the pageants we hold here in the United States but it would obviously be a little different due to culture. Maybe adding a section similar to this to one of the well known pageants it would influence other programs to be started. I definitely don’t think this would turn anyone away from the pageants it would only draw more viewers. And once again, I like the comparison with the United States it really puts things into context for me!

  3. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the beauty of physical things and although there is more to pageants than just appearance, a lot of it is how you portray yourself. I think there is so much beauty in the ability to base attraction off aspects other than looks. I would love to see this incorporated into U.S pageants. One portion of most pageants is the swimsuit and fitness category and many people work so hard on the physical outlook rather than the intrinsic beauty. There is much more that should be seen within a person.

  4. I never knew this was going on. I think this was an amazing step for women in the middle east especially when the western view point of women is that we see them as oppressed. I wish America would focus more on the inner beauty and a women’s morals. This could lead to less sexual harassment and sexual assault in our country.

  5. I would have liked to seen more information on the subject because I found it really interesting. Its awesome that there is a pageant, which focuses on your inner thoughts rather than focusing so much on ones physical features. Although in general the pageant sort of sounds like one big exam. Memorization of question and reiterating the material back. It would be interesting if there was no studying beforehand involved. I think the westernized culture could learn a lot about beauty from the ideologies on beauty in the muslim culture.

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