Beauty in the face of adversity.
Among all things that affect a woman (or a person) growing up, is the little influences of the mainstream media. Self-esteem is everyone’s adolescent and life-long issue. What we see acceptable in society becomes the benchmark we put on ourselves and our path to understanding the world.
With a few scrolls for the past few days, it would be inevitable that you will come across Miss Universe as something that might shape your reality of beauty. We live off these validations at every pageant; this year adding more presence with the frenzy of the mistake of a host’s announcement card, and now the so-called power struggle between contestants human behaviourist experts would like to conclude from watching videos of tears, quotes from what they said, a pity party, and then some.
Mind you, that Miss Universe is an ambassador of sorts. Not only will it parade the best representation of global beauty that year, topped with a heavy responsibility to use the excitement and energy of what’s best of herself to offer appearance at more media networks, causes and carry messages of world peace and other good virtue; capability of that ‘brains and beauty’ adage society’s been expecting, and utilize a scholarship usually tied to advancing the skills of personal exposure. Why? Because the promotion of cause via a celebrity works better than the usual worldwide campaign. A human face to carry so much persuasion does do the job.
“To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and a responsibility. If I were to be Miss Universe, I will use my voice to influence the youth and I will raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country, which is the Philippines. I want to show the world, the universe, rather, that I am confidently beautiful with a heart,” Pia Wurtzbach answered in the final Top 3 rounds. She is the new advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness.
So what should you learn from the finale that you keep telling yourself should be indifferent, but could in a way impact social behaviour and their view on beauty? That this year it teaches and reminds us of beauty in the face of adversity. It should, because the memorable should not go to waste. Both winner and runner-up (and host included) carry a grace that parade the same kind of beauty we seek in other human relationships or which we hope to see more of. We see reality at it’s careless best; personal disappointments, society’s pressure to perform, crying self-doubt, and a defeating sense of trying to belong. Familiar? From this, take something good away from it.
Of course, you’re not magnified by a camera to a global audience, but sometimes you feel like you and your everyday actions and vocation does. How then should you face challenges, unexpectedness, uncertainty? Beauty takes many forms, even in resilience, a celebration of rising from the impossible.
It’s been an interesting 64th Miss Universe. More so the people who watch it should be allowed to be beautiful too.