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.
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.
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