Congratulations to Somali-American Muslim, Halima Aden, one of 45 contestants during this past weekend’s Miss Minnesota USA Pageant… one of 15 advancing to the semi-finals… doing so in fine fashion as the very first entrant to wear the burkini during the swimsuit competition and the hijab throughout.
Though the trailblazing Aden didn’t win, her good looks / attitude and her spot on social commentary, as expressed below, have certainly proven her crown-worthy.
“Not seeing women that look like you in media in general and especially in beauty competitions sends the message that you’re not beautiful or you have to change the way you look to be considered beautiful. And that’s not true.”
But… what is true here… sad but true… these pageants are a clear-cut case of non-evolved males objectifying women… insensitive male pageant organizers coercing each contestant to pursue the unrealistic Barbie Doll body… male oinkers ignoring the total spectrum of female beauty… all of which oft needlessly leads to women’s negative self image issues and eating disorders.
While we can commend Halima Aden for smartly avoiding those pitfalls, how can we not be concerned for other women who have yet to do so?