Sunday Essyas: Beauty and Skin

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

FOR the Philippines, it just keeps going and going. Along with boxing, cockfighting, and basketball, Filipinos love beauty pageants especially when the candidates would bring home the crown or even when one would bag a simple title.

In 2013, a list of Filipinas won in various major international beauty crowns including Megan Young crowned as Miss World, Mutya Johanna Datul crowned as Miss Supranational and is the first Asian and first Filipina to win the title, Ariella Arida crowned as the third runner-up in the Miss Universe, Bea Rose Santiago crowned as Miss International.

Filipinas therefore obviously have the poise, brains and standards of beauty that certain beauty pageants are looking for.

But what is it that makes them win these pageants?

Aside from the obvious model-like appearance and clever answers, its main physical attribute that makes them stand out is their naturally tanned or olive skin. Just like from the previous batches of beauty queens like Venus Raj, Janine Tugonon, Shamcey Supsup and of course the 2013 set of winners.

Some Filipinos are undeniably basing beauty by one’s skin color. But in pageants, judges from foreign countries admire a darker or fairer tone of skin rather than white that is why most of the time Filipinas win.

However, most Filipinos consider white skin as their standard for beauty known as mestiza beauty due to Philippine advertisements where the beauty product endorsers are whi. The world of social media is also one of the influences for this kind of beauty.

Even if that is what Filipinos embrace, for the next generation of years, our own darker or just fairer skin would be much appreciated by our own fellow race. The Filipino beauty pageant winners every batch have almost the same skin tone which in time may lead to being appreciated by the mainstream.

According to The White Skin Standard in Filipina Beauty article of GMA News Online, in some ways, our international pageant wins let us realize that foreigners appreciate the natural beauty of our Malay race; something we fail in.

But because of those pageants, Filipinos might learn to appreciate the morena look. (Rika S. Fader)


Sunday Essays are articles written by students of Ateneo de Davao University for their journalism class.

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