Miss Universe 2015 gaffe reveals Pia Wurtzbach’s real beauty!

Wow, what a way for Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach to win the Miss Universe title! I don’t really know who to feel sorry for the most, host Steve Harvey or Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo (who Harvey mistakenly announced as the winner) for the mixup, but all three acted with grace on stage despite the gaffe that set off the emotional roller coaster.

Here’s Ms Arevalo’s message following the gaffe recorded on video posted on Twitter by the Miss Universe organizers. “Everything happens for a reason. I’m happy for all; for what I did. For […] this dream come true. So thank you all, for voting for me…” And a clearly mortified Harvey also tweeted, “I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.”

Well, I did have something to say about all the Miss Universe stuff I was seeing on my timelines today and I was gonna draw upon my colleague Gogs’s timely ‘blast-from-the-past’ post where he poses the question Why Pinoys Are Fixated On Superficial Beauty Contests where in a paraphrase of sports writer Dan Wetzel he expresses his misgiving about these beauty pageants, to wit: “Some people just are born with better looks than others so where is the competition there?”

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Well, yeah, babes are pretty much born winners I suppose seeing that physical beauty of the caliber of international pageant competitors and supermodels are pratically structural in nature — something only genetics can account for, for the most part. Thing is, there is that subtle beauty that can be bred into anyone that does not readily reveal itself in the way these contests are run and presented on TV. In that respect, for me the gaffe worked out quite well for Wurtzbach in the priceless way she reacted to the news that she was, in fact, the real Miss Universe this year…

Classy! I’m biased, of course, but Wurtzbach’s real beauty seemed to have come out in those short few seconds Harvey’s error sunk into her. That was what made her a winner!

In modern times the debate over how relevant the Miss Universe conest is has been heated. The contest itself, people argue, the way the contestants were paraded before the judges and those template interview questions they subjected them to don’t really highlight the inner “substance” of the contestants’ beauty. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think those who are over-thinking these shows expect too much of beauty contests. As Benign0 pointed out also in an old article

Many of the “beautiful” qualities highlighted in beauty contests involving females are fitness indicators. Heterosexual human males have evolved a finely-tuned mate selection mechanism that carefully evaluates prospects on the basis of these — and many of these aim to send out one primary message: this specimen is fertile!!

Well, that is a no-brainer, right? In short, it’s really around the long silky hair, the flawless skin, the statuesque bone structure, the curves (and fat) in the right places, and the grace with which a contestant exhibits these that beauty pageants are traditionally designed to indentify winners. No surprise that all of those are really criteria that the males of our species had evolved to pick the right specimens among us ladies to invest in a chase!

What I found ironic is how most of those who derisively call out beauty contests as relics of a gender-insensitive past style themselves as “feminists”. Such “feminists” fail to see that these contests are actually showcases of the awesome arsenal women have at their disposal. Perhaps if women weren’t too busy baring their claws at each other and, instead, worked together to direct their natural charms towards wielding power in a feminine way (rather than act like and directly compete with men the way some of these narrow-minded “feminists” would have them do), we’d see true girl power at a scale that makes us “equal” to men in our terms. Our natural terms.

Let beauty contests be beauty contests. Ladies, feminine beauty, after all, is the power we have over the boys. Of course it is true that feminine beauty varies across individuals. Some have more of it and some have less — which means some will have more power and some will have less.

Those of you who’ve seen (and understood at the right level) the excellent movie Ex Machina will know what I mean. [Spoiler alert] Ava got into Caleb’s head mainly because she had the right stuff. There’s that same lesson in it that Miss Universe teaches us; and that is that beauty is not an intelligent construct. We just simply know it when we see it. No need to overthink it.

[Thumbnail photo courtesy @TotesMcGotes on Twitter.]

7 Replies to “Miss Universe 2015 gaffe reveals Pia Wurtzbach’s real beauty!”

  1. Yay! a Filipina won the miss universe, i was happy for about 30 minutes chatting with my friends…

    Then back to reality…

    since the dawn of time, almost everything revolves around men (no intended bad meaning with it) because men have the voice in this world. So now that female learn fight for their rights, they were categorized as feminist in a bad way. I think female specie is still adjusting with fighting for equality, especially that not all women are accepting of women liberation. Particular reason is on verse in the bible (i will paraphrase) that women should be submissive to men or is that a wife being submissive to husband?. I respect that, but if the husband is a lazy, good for nothing chauvinist pig, will god really set you life to submit to that kind of man? What is making my head ache sometimes when i hear some argument about this is that all the blame will be given to the woman, “she was not good enough to change her husband” or some other twisted version of that.

    Philippines like beauty pageant because they know those people will gain the most respect here in our country, beauty = respect, admiration. ugliness = insult, unsolicited degradation. Yeah i experienced the ugliness side on almost a daily basis. It was depressing but since i decided to not give a f***, and focus on my my loved ones and turn my back to insults… i am happier.

    I hope filipino’s would stop looks discrimination or hate attitude towards those innocent people who is just walking in and really doing nothing to harm them that didn’t meet their eye candy standards. You could look the other way anyway so why the effort to hurl hurtful words.

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