What These Straight Hair Miss Universe Winners Say To Young Girls

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All my life I've witnessed a fair skin woman with long straight hair win Miss Universe , with that one exception of Leila Lopes, Miss Angola who took the crown in 2011. Our past has seen other women of color be crowned before Leila, these include:

  1. Janelle Commissiong (1977), Trinidad and Tobago
  2. Chelsi Smith (1995), USA
  3. Wendy Fitzwilliam (1998), Trinidad and Tobago
  4. Mpule Kwelagobe (1999), Botswana

Source: MissUniverse.com

But I was too young to remember or even follow the pageant at the time, so the fact that in my over 10 years + of watching Miss Universe only one black woman has been crowned is quite bothersome. But that is just one of my personal reservations with the Miss Universe competition (not to mention that Donald Trump is the corporations owner)

A little over a week ago, Miss Universe 2014 took place. I was saddened that Miss Jamaica didn't win. Not because of her color (she was as light as most other women) but because she actually looked different than all of the other contestants. When I say different, I refer to her short Halle Berry hair. Kaci Fennell who represented Miss Jamaica at this years competition stood out from the very beginning.  Her confidence and demeanor won the hearts of everyone short into the competition. After Miss Venezuela, Paulia Vega was announced the winner, the audience erupted in boos. Other people who shared the same sentiment took to Twitter to express their frustrations and outrage with the hashtag #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon. The digital conversation soon became a trend on Twitter Kaci Fennell made it to 5th place. Her grandfather claims that her loss is associated to her short hair, a claim that I too believe.

But, let me tell you what Ms. Fennell winning would mean to the standards of world beauty. It would mean that she would have challenged this idea that the world's most beautiful women have long hair.

It would mean that women from the around the world with short hair would feel comfortable auditioning for big beauty pageants like Miss Universe. Then I thought, will we ever see a woman with natural hair on that stage? These standards of beauty don't give room for models with natural hair. Naturalistas and short haired women will simply not feel good enough for such competition.

Maria del Russo says:

But, facts are facts. Just looking at the numbers, women with longer manes have won more Miss Universe titles than those with shorter crops. (We'd venture to say, at amuch higher proportion than the occurrence of the long-locked in the regular population.) And, statistically speaking, they have generally won the titles regardless of the trends of the time — even in the '60s, when Twiggy's pixie was widely imitated.

So I ask myself, what is the point of Miss Universe? (think about the bigger picture). What statement of beauty is this institution making one every year? It's definitely not what their mission says. Here's what their corporate site says"

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture which uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best. MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.

Bullshit. The world wants ALL women to feel beautiful, confident, and empowered regardless of their hair texture, hair length and skin color.

BLOGGhislaine LeonComment