The pageant swimsuit competition has become more and more controversial as society has reformed its view of pageantry and its place in our culture. A Philippines pageant may have just made the pageant swimsuit competition a little more controversial.
The pageant swimsuit competition
This year, 40 contestants competed in a competition called “Beauty of Figure,” in which all contestants wore a two-piece swimsuit with a veil over their faces. This was the first time in the pageant’s history that the competitors have ever been presented this way during this competition. (Read: Pageant Swimwear Tips: From Head to Toe)
Pageant organizers from Carousel Productions said that this part of the competition was meant to assess a competitors’ curves, execution and pose while enforcing strict impartiality for the judging panel. Carousel Productions went on the say that other preliminary competitions focus on the contestant’s facial beauty and poise as well as her intelligence. The three competitions and other pre-pageant activities make up the final score, which is used to select the Top 12.
The final show will be held on July 15 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, and a 2017 Miss Earth Philippines will be chosen. (Read: How to Create a Winning Pageant Mindset)
The public commentary
The “Beauty of Figure” competition received mixed reactions from fans and press. This is the first time preliminary competitions are open to the press. Norman Tinio, a popular pageant blogger in the Philippines, wrote that some were put off by the idea of faceless bodies being judged on their appearances. (Read: 5 Tips to Model a Swimsuit)
Some comments were made about the veils making the contestants appear to be going to a wake instead of competing in a pageant. Some argued that the novel concept of covering one’s face but not one’s body misses the mark because the judges should be examining the “whole package” that a contestant brings to the table. This disjointed judging does not allow for judges to examine and make determinations on the girl all together but rather the pieces of her.
Although the event was streamed on the Miss Earth Philippines Facebook page, Tinio also said that many of the photographers became very uncomfortable taking photos of faceless bodies, so there may not be a lot of coverage over this unconventional method of competition.
What do you think? Totally unorthodox and bad for contestants or good for the fairness of the pageant? Let us know below!