The Miss Personality Contest
BEFORE I begin I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of beauty pageants. I am one of those people who will shout at the TV screen if Honey Boo Boo or some other equally awful and ridiculous show comes on. Maybe it is that I just don’t understand them. Whatever the reason, my feelings are equally strong about the Miss Ireland contest. Yes, it has given us lots of minor ‘celebrities’ which quite frankly I wish it hadn’t but there you go. Yes, they all do look pretty in their dresses and their make-up and they all think they can save the world. You can see I really dislike it, right? So what would make it even worse, do you think?
Oh yes. Introducing a ‘Miss Personality’ contest. Now, theoretically this should work, it takes away the emphasis of how the girl looks which as Miss Ireland organisers Brendan Scully and Sean Montague explain was the thought surrounding the idea, “it’s designed to illustrate how beauty is more than skin deep“. That all sounds fairly normal. So how does one apply for this ‘personality test’? Well, there are a few strict conditions – you need to be aged 17-24 and have never been married or had any children. I’m sorry. What? Why does that even matter here?
The competition has been met with a mixture of scorn and contempt from all sides with some people taking to Twitter to condemn the competition as being everything from sexist to a complete farce. It seems that most people are more annoyed by RTE’s choice of wording in its official release on their website which includes lines like:
On the night of the final, there is a “Beach” section, which is usually themed (last year it was Tropical). The girls are given complete choice on this. No one wears anything they do not themselves select. Last year some of the girls wore kaftans or sarongs – so basically, if someone wants to cover up, they absolutely can.
As a writer, a small part of me died inside after reading that. So basically, if someone wants to cover up, they absolutely can. Yes they said it. Because that’s the prize for winning the ‘Miss Personality’ competition – a place in the grand final of the Miss Ireland competition, where you will be judged, it seems, on a lot more than your personality.
I understand, I think, the method behind it. I can imagine what went on in the meeting rooms while they were dreaming up this idea but when you actually break it down and think about it logically, does it really work? I love the idea that the competition is not about their looks but all about their personality but then to go and throw them into the biggest ‘looks’ competition of all? It just doesn’t make any sense to me. This is one idea that really needed more time to be thought out before it was brought into the public arena. I can foresee a lot of damage control being done to salvage it come the end of the summer.
Photos c/o twitter.com, beaut.ie