On December 17, 2018, Miss Universe finished her curtain in Thailand and Catriona Gray from the Philippines won the crown.
However, while Katriona won the cheers, she was also questioned.
According to Russian Satellite Network 21, some people believe that Katrionas victory is due to her resemblance to the shape of Europeans and Americans.
Katriona, an Australian-Philippine mixed-race finalist dressed in a long red dress inspired by Manilas Mount Maron, is confident and responsive. She also talks about working with many children in Manilas slums and advocating the legalization of medical marijuana.
On the evening of the 20th, Katriona received Dutter.
According to Russian Satellite Network, after Katriona won the championship, many Filipino netizens pointed out that her facial features were totally unlike Filipinos, and even her skin color was like white suntanned, unlike Filipinos, Isnt this appearance the universal aesthetic of Europeans and Americans?
According to Asiaone, a Twitter user said, In my opinion, this Miss Philippines is like a beautiful white person. The beauty contest is just a continuation and continuation of the white peoples aesthetics.
Another Twitter user wrote that your skin color is always linked to your class. If you have a dark skin today, you will be discriminated against.
The Miss Universe Competition is hosted by the United States and organized by Miss Universe, headquartered in New York, USA. This is not the first time that Miss Universe has been questioned: in 2000, Lara Dutta, the champion of Miss Universe from India, triggered a collective rebound among netizens because of her resemblance to Europeans and Americans.
Russian Satellite Network said Michael Hunt, a Korean visual sociologist, attacked the global obsession with white and called on people to oppose the dominant role of European standards in aesthetic status.
Russias satellite network quoted the South China Morning Post as saying that, in fact, compared with facial features, there is a deeper social problem. Experts say that over the centuries, white people have colonized many Asian countries, so some people are self-deprecating and automatically classify white people as superior races. This concept has remained so far.
Russian Satellite Network also quoted Francesca Ayala, a Hong Kong content strategy analyst who grew up in Manila, as saying that for some people, shallow skin means a stronger family background and a better lifestyle, and this concept will not change overnight.
For 330 years, the Philippines was colonized by Spain and then by the United States. It was not until 1946 that independence was achieved.
According to the Washington Post, the Philippines is one of the most enthusiastic beauty contests in the world as a legacy of the United Stateshabit. Since 2010, the Philippines has never missed Miss Universe.
Even in Hong Kong, Filipinos often appear as family workers (Filipino domestic helpers), who have only one day off a week and spontaneously organize their own beauty contests.
J. Pilapil Jacobo, an assistant professor of literature and gender studies at Athens Yao University in Manila and a longtime beauty enthusiast, also attributes this obsession to the history of colonial countries.
However, for the results of the beauty contest, she has a more positive perspective.
Imperialism deprives us of our native aesthetic standards, such as good stature, good character, and an appreciation of art and aesthetics, she explained. But she also believes that beauty contests can help Filipinos regain their previous aesthetics. We have to restore our standards.
She added that for a country like the Philippines, about a fifth of the population lives below the poverty line. Beauty contests allow people to achieve unattainable victories in their daily lives just like political and economic activities. These projections of beauty, wisdom and cultural awareness accelerate national pride.
Salvador Panelo, a spokesman for the Philippine President, said in a statement that Ms. Greys victory sets an example of self-confidence for more Filipino women and encourages them to work hard for themselves.
According to the Washington Post, beauty queens are generally not criticized for their deep-rooted cultural affinity, but Joms Salvador, secretary-general of Gabriela, a womens group, says that people do not want to be biased against women because of beauty contests.
We congratulate Katriona Grey and all the Philippine people, but we are also critical of certain established facts. We still have a long way to go in terms of womens rights, she said.
In June, El Salvador criticized Philippine President Dutter for using his power to exploit women - kissing them in public, provoking them and telling anti-women jokes.
It is reported that in 2018, at least four Miss Universe contestants accused a Philippine beauty contest organizer of sexual harassment after the event.
Source: Responsible Editor of Observer Network: Qian Mingxiao_NBJ10675