Wednesday, December 30, 2015

B is for Beauty and Brains


Dress: Dresslink | Hat: SM Dept. Store | Scarf: gifted | Belt: Jellybean
Watch: Swatch | Boots: from Korea | Socks: Forever 21 | Clutch: Nine West
Lips: 3CE Matte Lipstick

Ah, the long debated concept of beauty and brains. Can they really coexist? Can someone so beautiful be gifted with intelligence as well? Can someone so intelligent have the physical appearance that can "launch a thousand ships"? I guess it depends on how you interpret both concepts. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and intelligence can never be measured.

You can't have everything - at least that is what most of us believe in. We find it difficult to believe that someone with both beauty and brains can exist. Either you are one or the other. I guess this is one of the reasons why beauty pageants were given birth: to prove that people can be both beautiful and intelligent at the same time. But what does being beautiful and intelligence really mean? Can both be measured by such pageants? Can being crowned as Miss something-something prove that?

In beauty pageants, beauty is judged by how well contestants carried their national costume. They were ranked by how gracefully they answered questions. They were applauded for how sexy they looked in their swimsuits. It took them months - even years for some - to workout and achieve their perfect bodies. They were trained hard on how to handle pressure and how they ought to answer questions. See, the point is, their beauty and intelligence as presented by the pageant were developed and enhanced. Now I am not sour graping because I knew for a fact a long time ago that I will never be a beauty queen. I am also not saying that their intelligence is not innate. Who knows, some of them may have the IQ greater than Einstein's. All I am pointing out is that the intelligence and beauty we saw are something that was developed and enhanced. There is a certain way the contestants have to answer to appear elegant, graceful and intelligent - qualities that a beauty queen must possess, so they say. There is also a certain proportion of body that judges look for which is why they have to train their bodies (to satisfy criteria and bring home the crown). In the end, everything is all up to someone's standards. With that, can we really say that beauty and brains are embodied in such beauty pageants? Can we really say that someone is beautiful and intelligent because they conformed to pageant's definition of beauty and intelligence?


Dress: Dresslink | Hat: SM Dept. Store | Scarf: gifted | Belt: Jellybean
Watch: Swatch | Boots: from Korea | Socks: Forever 21 | Clutch: Nine West
Lips: 3CE Matte Lipstick


Going back to the first paragraph, we always hear the saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". True enough, we have our own preferences and we see things differently. One may be beautiful to you but which may not be for other people. Beauty is a concept that doesn't have concrete definition and should never be bound by any standards or criteria. We all define beauty the way we want to define it. There will never be a collective meaning to it and if there will come a time that people decide they want to have a singular definition, there will surely be bloodbath.

Intelligence on the other hand is somehow more quantifiable than beauty. How? IQ tests, grades,  and entrance exam scores are just some of the measures people came up with. Take the IQ test and if you scored high, you are genius or above average - meaning your intelligence is extraordinary. Get 100 or more on your tests or report cards and people will conclude you are a genius and that you will be able to get any job you want in the future. I believe intelligence is composed of not just your IQ and the quantifiable aspect of your brain but also street smart which is immeasurable. The latter is acquired through experience and a little bit of IQ. Combined you are a person who can overcome most hurdles in life and succeed - a true measure of intelligence, IMO. This is something that beauty pageants are trying to extract from the contestants. They ask questions that are trivial and answerable by common sense to let the world see how knowledgeable the contestant is with what is happening around her and what she can do about it. Such beauty pageants are all about creating change. However, if you don't answer in such a way that will adhere to the change the organizers want, say goodbye to the crown. So how is that a measure of someone's intelligence if they have to conform to what the organizers want to hear?

I am not trying to diss beauty pageants - though it seems like I just did. Some countries take pride in competitions like that - just like my country - and I will never look down on people who enjoy them and people who worked hard for the competition. All I am trying to say is, we should think more about it. Beauty pageants are for entertainment with a cause only and does not represent the views of the world. Winners were judged by a certain group of people only and cannot be generalized. Also, the winners were chosen by organizers who believe she embodies the cause of the organization, satisfies their standard of beauty and their criteria for intelligence.

I am happy for Pia Wurtzbach for winning the Miss Universe crown. My country really takes beauty pageants seriously. But honestly, I am indifferent to such matters. I used to love watching beauty pageants but I feel I already outgrew them. It is a big deal for a lot of people but I am not the least bit bothered by it. I am not at all affected emotionally, financially, economically, physically and mentally by winning or losing the pageant title which explains my indifference - just saying.


This dress by the way was kindly sent to me by Dresslink. In my other post, I mentioned I was a bit disappointed with the romper I received. This dress was sent together with that romper and this one I am pretty happy. It fits me well and the length isn't as short as I imagined it to be (which is a good thing so I can ride public transportation without worrying people will see my underwear).  This dress is easy to style and can be worn as is or styled formally for work or other occasions.


Dress: Dresslink | Hat: SM Dept. Store | Scarf: gifted | Belt: Jellybean
Watch: Swatch | Boots: from Korea | Socks: Forever 21 | Clutch: Nine West
Lips: 3CE Matte Lipstick





Dress: Dresslink | Hat: SM Dept. Store | Scarf: gifted | Belt: Jellybean
Watch: Swatch | Boots: from Korea | Socks: Forever 21 | Clutch: Nine West
Lips: 3CE Matte Lipstick





 Dress: Dresslink | Hat: SM Dept. Store | Scarf: gifted | Belt: Jellybean
Watch: Swatch | Boots: from Korea | Socks: Forever 21 | Clutch: Nine West
Lips: 3CE Matte Lipstick

 



Dress: Dresslink | Hat: SM Dept. Store | Scarf: gifted | Belt: Jellybean
Watch: Swatch | Boots: from Korea | Socks: Forever 21 | Clutch: Nine West
Lips: 3CE Matte Lipstick


Hope you all have a lovely week ahead.

14 comments :

  1. Cute dress! LOve how you added in the scarf!

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    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  2. So interesting question! I think that beauty and intelligence can coexist in a person. I like very much this dress of Dresslink. Nice choice my dear.
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    Eni

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I think so too. I just thought beauty pageants do not really clearly make it seem so because contestants have to conform to their standard of beauty and intelligence. So how do we really measure beauty and intelligence, then? Answer is: both are immeasurable. :)

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  3. Nice Outfit!!
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