Beauty contests present student dilemma

10:16, August 13, 2010      

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  University students have become a big hit in beauty contests but some deem their participation inappropriate. Undergraduate students were among 26 finalists in a beauty contest to decide who will become the image ambassador for the Chongqing Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo recently. The event was held at the Bayu Theatre on July 31 with 21 undergraduates taking part. The winner and runner-up were two students from Southwest University. Those who defend their participation say it helps in their all round development and is a chance to integrate with society earlier. Here are the arguments For:

  Zeng Zhi

  an English junior at China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing

  Individual development

  "There are different directions for a student's development. There are invention competitions and debate competitions, why not beauty contests? University students should be allowed to work on their self-development according to their own strengths," Zeng told the Global Times.

  "A good appearance is also an advantage. If they are film or television majors, taking part in such contests could be a stepping stone to success," said Zeng.

  Lin Suju

  a first-year food science graduate student at China Agricultural University, Beijing


  "A beauty competition focuses not only on the contestant's appearance, but also on her overall qualities, such as ability to express and create a personal image, scope of knowledge and psychological qualities," said Lin. "Every time you take part in a public competition, you learn about your weakness and make breakthroughs for yourself. Young people should experience as much as they can, including honor, disgrace, success or failure, it all helps people mature," she added.

  Xiong Bangsheng

  a second-year law graduate student at Beijing Normal University

  Real world

  "Taking part in a beauty contest improves one's ability to integrate into the society," Xiong said, adding that there was nothing improper about university students participating in social activities. "The aim of study is to better adapt to society. Students should not confine themselves to campus. Students should not confine themselves to campus. Stepping out into outside world earlier is good for their development."

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