The Miss USA Pageant And The Politics Of Beauty

May 19th, 2010 | 7 comments | Posted by Jen

One of the most awesomely fake controversies of the year has got to be the decrying of newly-crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih–the first Muslim-American and second Arab-American winner of the pageant–as a “politically-correct” choice, and the hostility demonstrated primarily by the Right toward this idea of politics mixing with beauty. Because anyone with half a fucking brain knows that politics ALWAYS mixes with beauty.  Apart from a preference for facial symmetry, which has been proven in different scientific studies to be an objective and cross-cultural beauty criterion, humans aren’t born with an innate sense for what’s beautiful.  In other words, beauty is not so much in the eye of the beholder as it is in the thinking.  Our thinking, as in…our ideologies, belief systems, and politics?  Why people are bringing this up now as some kind of newfangled liberal invention is beyond me.  Was it not political that the first Eurasian Miss USA was only crowned in 1984, the first Latina Miss USA in 1985, and the first black Miss USA in 1990?  Did the fact that white chicks almost always took home the title of Miss USA in the thirty-plus years before that have nothing to do with politics, and, more specifically, the political notion that “American beauty” equals Caucasian?

Look, if Miss USA is getting more politically-correct, we should all be singing hallelujah.  Let’s not forget that these women still put Vaseline on their teeth to keep that crazy person’s smile on their faces and they prance around in bikinis and stilettos as though that’s a completely normal thing to do when half-naked in public, so a little swinging of the pageant’s politics toward something more progressive and a little less racist is a Barbie-heeled step in the right direction.

ALSO, just to reel this in from an overthinking place: Rima Fakih is smokin’ hawt.  I mean, REALLY. SMOKIN’. HAWT.  (And quite symmetrical, so it seems.)  So can we all just STFU now and enjoy that?

[PopWatch: Miss USA controversy: Did her crown come straight from the PC police?]

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  3. stepaside says:

    Seriously, right?

    It’s annoying how Fox News’ headline was “Miss Oklahoma Named First Runner-Up…” as opposed to announcing the actual winner. As if we didn’t already get who Fox News thought should rightfully assume the title. Jeez.

    I’m just soooo effing tired of these cries of reverse racism, reverse racism masking as PC-ness, affirmative action creating reverse racism (these people really need to look into the origins of AA) blah, blah, blah. Excuse me while I play my tiny violin. Jeebus.

    And to end my rant, why yes, she is smokin’ hot.

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  5. dalianmoon says:

    I’m just happy that Miss USA is from my area. And, as a white woman, I’m happy to live in an area with one of the largest (or maybe THE largest) middle eastern populations in the country. Here’s to the diversity that is America!

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  7. sarahsmith says:

    I like this site.Our thinking, as in…our ideologies, belief systems, and politics? Anyone with half a fucking brain knows that politics ALWAYS mixes with beauty.I’m just happy that Miss USA is from my area.Miss USA is getting more politically-correct, we should all be singing hallelujah.Miss USA Rima Fakih–the first Muslim-American and second Arab-American winner of the pageant–as a “politically-correct” choic.
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