This pageant will crown two, "Miss Landmines," one by a panel of judges and one chosen by online voting. The pageant's winners will receive a new prosthetic limb, and all contestants will be rewarded for participation with government aid to go back to school or start a small business.
The pageant's goal is to raise awareness of the landmine problem and its immeasurable devastation in the African nation and to empower women and people with disabilities; however, with its motto, "Everyone has a right to be beautiful," the message may be getting lost.
The women are all beautiful and comfortable with their bodies, which even as a non-disabled person I can recognize the difficulty of, but should empowerment really come from realization of beauty? Is this true empowerment, swimsuit competition and all?
I am having such difficulty with the idea of this pageant. I want to embrace it because it IS causing conversations about landmines, disabilities, and women (such as right here), but I almost feel that these women's bodies are being used by the movement, similar, though not as graphically, as the way PETA uses women's bodies to promote a good cause.Thoughts?