Wednesday, August 18, 2010

News Flash: Miss Universe Pageant Going Sexy

Apparently former Miss Universe Pagent orgainizers are in an uproar over the fact that Miss Universe contestants are being photographed in little more than body paint to promote the August 23rd Pagent, and event run by Trump Enterprises, Inc.   The photos are being justified by saying that Miss Universe candidates come from a variety of cultures, some of whom embrace nudity. 

Miss USA

Miss Albania and Miss Ireland
Miss Japan
Miss Guatelmala fand Miss Mexico

Also, the ladies were able to choose whether or not they wanted to be photographed topless--point being, I guess, that no one was coerced into the photo shoot.  (I apologize that three of the above pictures did not enlarge well; I suspect the photographer has them copyright protected.  I just wanted you to have an idea of what the flap is about. )

This outrage was preceded by by similar objections to photos of the Miss USA pageant contestants in lingerie.  The Miss USA pageant is also run by Trump Enterprises.  Click here to visit the website that features pictures of all the Miss USA contestents in lingerie, the theme of the photos being "Waking Up in Vegas.."  Below are photos of Miss Minnesota and Miss Maine in lingerie and in swimsuits.

Miss Minnesota, above and below

Miss Maine, above and below

All of this should be no big surprise;  the pageants' ratings have declined in recent years.  Donald Trump, who in his personal life has been known to cast off a wife or two for younger models. is well aware of the allure of a beautiful woman. 

Sex sells.  Even Dancing With the Stars was struggling in the ratings so they have resorted to skimpier and skimpier costumes along with sexier, more provacative moves on the part of their contestants.  Everywhere you look, suggestive behavior, language, and attire are being used to draw in viewers. 

Are women in these pageants being objectified and exploited? Maybe so.  But guess what?  When you agree to enter a competition which is going to require that you walk across a stage in high heels and a skimpy swimsuit, it  kinda' goes with the territory.  No one is being forced to participate.

Protest?  Get my panties all in a bunch over it?   I think it's one big ho hum (as in yawn, not a sexual act performed by a hooker).   We all have remote controls for our tv sets;  if we object, all we need do is change the channel!

That's how I see it.  What about you?

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Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Oh, I'm so shocked.... First I find there's gambling going on at Rick's, and now there's sex in the Miss Universe contest. I don't care; I'll be watching something else. Anything. Else.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

I think that it's all quite sad but everything today is about sex isn't it. Wait till they all get older and find out it ain't what it was cracked up to be afterall.

Mommakin said...

Ho Hum. I'll be laughing about that all day.

Nicki said...

You are absolutely right! These girls choose to enter the competition! Even if they entered it not knowing that they would be wearing nothing but skibbies (um, hello, ladies...the swimsuit thing has been going on for years), they can back out at anytime. Furthermore, if anyone thinks the competition ever wasn't about sex, think again. Have you ever seen an obese woman up there wearing polyester? Me neither. I say, if these beautiful woman want to do this, power to them. If we don't want to watch it (because we really feel like throwing the cheetoes that we are shoving in our faces at the TV), we can utilize the power button on the tv!

Brian Miller said...

i am with you. we have choice just like they have we pine for the innocense of a younger age...maybe, at times...all in where you get it i guess...

Melissa B. said...

We've come a long way, baby...or have we? Anything for the ratings, I guess. Hope you have a lovely Wednesday. It's rainy here, so I'll probably spend the day trying to stem the tide of water that wants to encroach in my basement!

Andrea said...

Surprise, surprise, not! too sad...I can remember as a little girl anxiously watching the pageant hoping my state would win.

I won't have my little girls watch it, too "riskay"

jules said...

"Ho hum." Ha ha ha ha. As for the girls, it's their choice. It's not like the paint covers any less or more than the skimpy bathing suits. I don't plan to watch regardless, but for those who do ,hey it's something new to look at. I always think that body paint is looks neat.

The Retired One said...

I agree but sometimes I think it is sad...I remember too being a little girl and being so excited to watch the pageant and inspiring to be as pretty and smart as they appeared to be...looking at them as role models.
Now, the role model thing would only aspire one to be a stripper or tattoo artist.
But artistic freedom is artistic freedom and as you state, you have the remote control for a reason.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

I find the whole damn things sad but our society is going that direction in everything. I'm beginning to feel for the first time. It sickens me but I don't watch, have never watched and will never watch. I have choices and a great remote control.

p.s. if Trump is involved it will always go to the bottom first. He is a bit of pond scum himself. So i don't watch him anywhere either.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

I meant to say
"I'm beginning to feel OLD for the first time."

Steven Anthony said...

seems to me the paint covers more than some of the swim suits they wear in the competition.

Steven Anthony
Man Dish~Metro Style

Nezzy said...

OMGoodness. There was a time not all that long ago a contestant would of been disqualified for such poses. It is sad when everything becomes about the sex and ratings.

Growin' up I never missed a pageant, but you can bet your sweet bippie my granddaughters won't be watchin' this one.

God bless and you have yourself a glorious day! :o)

Jen said...

I agree, I have the remote.....I say to each his/her own!!! Sad though, that this world has gotten to this....everywhere, everything!!!

Dame Nuisance said...

Amen, Miss Eva! I always thought is was rather hypocritical to demand that the contestants be professional virgins, but have them waltzing around in heels and skimpy bikinis ... but no one is forcing those 'scholarship' contestants to do anything they don't want to do.

Eva Gallant said...

Nicki: I kinda' like the idea of throwing Cheetos at the screen! lol

Andrea: They are just not role models I'd want my granddaughters emulating.

Jules: Only a couple of people commented on the ho hum! lol And I agree, that body paint is beautiful on Miss USA.

Steven: You're right about that!

Jen: Thank goodness for that remote!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Yeah I don't think you can claim objectification if they have the choice to do it or not. I do kind of miss the days where things were less blatantly about sex on TV, but let's face it, even Miss World as far back as the 70s, was all about girls in bikinis, if that wasn't about sex they'd have been clothed all the time, right?

But taking advantage of women, no. If anything it's taking advantage of the MEN who tune in to these things. I mean everyone knows men are run by their penises so you know show them some half clad women pouting and throw in some testosterone-laden commercials, voila! Taken advantage of.

Wow, that was awkward said...

Upon deep reflection, I have decided I have no problem whatsoever with any of this. :)

Anonymous said...

Ohh Brother! I don't put anything past Trump. He's so compelled to make himself out to be viral and sexual,me thinks he protests too much. Can you imagine seeing him coming from accross the bedroom? Naked? On his way to your bed? I'd grab my bag of money and close my eyes. Ms. Universe? Really? Are they sure? Keri

Joann Mannix said...

I feel the same way. As reprehensible as I find this recent low in our culture, (and I'm not talking about pageants, I'm talking about magazine covers and tv shows and this whole worship of misogyny with the idolization of scantily clad plastic girls), these are all consenting adults. The girls weren't forced into anything. I mean, come on, they're pageant girls. They're going to do anything it takes to win that crown. I say, if they make it their goal in life to enter contests where the whole purpose is to be judged on who they are and what they look like let them pose naked. They deserve Donald Trump and vice versa.

There, I feel better now.

natalee said...

i can't even watch these anymore...although i ll admit i do like the miss universe outfits when they represent the country..i found ms usa interesting she was a gold eagle

Kristy said...

Yeah, I don't really care. But, when is it going to be on cable only and not network if that's the direction they're going?

Pat said...

Ho hum, another contest. Click, what else is on?

Kristina P. said...

I hope they do a stretch mark pageant. I will be a shoo in.

Sign me up to be objectified.

Eva Gallant said...

Keri: I think you have the right idea....grab the money and close your eyes!

Veg: As I said, a big Ho Hum!

facepaint_paula said...

being a body painter I can assure you that body painting is NOT about sex.........obviously some people will assume that sex is in everything, BUT my models tell me they feel clothed when that are painted & feel strong & beautiful.

I'm in Europe, England to be precise, & across the channel from me body painting is an accepted art form & there are many competitions celebrating the paintings, not so much here but it is growing.

Painting on a body allows the artwork to move & change, it is not about sex & we try very hard to maintain a models dignity at all times.

These beautiful women pose in bikinis & sexy gowns, the body paint is doing no less than the clothing is. The paintings I have seen are all beautifully photographed & do not degrade the girls at all, nor do they sell sex to me!!:-)

How does any of this differ from the artists renditions of nudes that we celebrate in out art galleries all over the world?? They are not about sex........they are about beauty.


Eva Gallant said...

Paula: I actually agree that some of the body painting is truly beautiful; but when it's associated with Donald Trump, the assumption is that it's more about sex.