Pageants have evolved through the years. From being mere parades of buxomy beauties, pageants have become avenues where women can empower themselves and be comfortable in their own skin. Pageants wouldn’t have drawn heated passions and heightened interests if not for the swimsuit competition.
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Ever since the bikini made its first appearance in the global arena with Kerstin "Kiki" Håkansson of Sweden being crowned the first Miss World in 1951, important changes have taken place. Feminists and radicals have begun questioning the relevance of pageants and the exploitation of women. They are mosty critical of of the swimsuit competition and the obligatory quarter- turns which they likened to a cattle call or meat parade.
While Miss World has dropped the swimsuit competition from its pageant finals, Miss Universe has made a compromise. They retained the swimsuit segment but altogether scrapped the mention of vital statistics, age, height, hair & eye color to avoid being labelled as promoters of women as objects of fantasies
So why is there a swimsuit competition? Joining a beauty pageant is like applying for a job. Being a beauty queen is a full- time job with a hectic schedule for the winners. It’s not all glamour.
Behind those parties, special guest appearances and photo shoots are the constant travels, endless speaking engagements and personality enhancement classes. You need to be fit, healthy and have the stamina to endure and survive a year of reign as queen.
How they look and appear in their swimsuits reflect on their discipline, attitude & drive. Furthermore, swimsuits are empowering and liberating to women for it gives them the liberty to be in control and to be comfortable with their bodies.
So who among these year's Miss Bohol candidates do you think is most fit for the crown?
Splashed all over this blog special are photos of the 16 candidates in their Mikee Andrei Swimsuits during the Miss Bohol 2016 Press Presentation & Swimsuit Photo Shoot held at the Be Grand Resort, Panglao, Bohol.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Talent Night: July 9, Saturday, 8 pm, Bohol Wisdom School Gym
Grand Coronation Night: July 17, Sunday, 8 pm, Bohol Wisdom School Gym