More harm... They can lead people to body image disorders and other disorders too like low self esteem, eating disorders etc.
I think they do nothing but damage. I can't see anything good about them.
The Human body is a beautiful invention.
Imbrace your own creation.
It depends on how anyone wants to look at them. The woman who wants to compare herself to the pageant contestants, more than likely has been comparing herself to models already, and that is worse. The pictures of models have been photoshopped and altered unrealistically.
I saw an interview with the young lady who won Miss America the other night. She was raised on a farm and didn't come from money. One comment from that interview stuck with me. "I won a scholarship. I get to finish school." As she said this she was grinning from ear to ear.
I also enjoyed the young lady who is a nurse and did a monologue on the importance of her job as her talent. I actually posted the video on my Facebook page. Nurses are special people and they do a job I couldn't do.
Two years ago the was a contestant who proudly showed her tattoo. She was also a member of the National Guard. She was out to make a point of empowering women and breaking the stereotypes.
I don't believe children should be in pageants, but I see nothing wrong with adult women participating. Especially when they use it to have a voice and to make people think.
I would say yes. I was never in one and if I was I wouldn't win that's for sure.