Miss Lebanon 2011 – Is Beauty Enough?

I had the pleasure or should I say misfortune of watching the eagerly awaited Miss Lebanon and to my utter disappointment, I had to watch as 10 beautiful girls made total fools of themselves in front of the entire country!

We went through the swimsuits, the evening gowns, the dancing and finally reached the judgment hour: intelligence! Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of beauty and I do think that it CAN coexist with personality and intelligence however; most of the time, the flaws are what motivate a person to evolve faster and perfection on the other hand is like a grace period… But eventually everyone winds up working on him or her self; it’s just a matter of time.

For now, let us focus on the hopeful judges who had made such an effort to come up with intriguing questions set to bring forth philosophical answers and instill beautiful messages in the minds of the hundreds of thousand people who were watching the event unfold live on satellite TV.

The look of disappointment on their faces said it all. The stress of standing up in front of so many people had gotten to the contestants so badly that I found myself wanting to reach out through the screen and whisper a good answer into their ears… So much for wishful thinking! They struggled with every question and if any of them had gotten off to a good start, it was only seconds before they fell back into the whirlpool of nervousness and came out with yet another flat even irrelevant response…

It just made me think of the saying: think before you speak! I am sure that each of these girls felt the blow of their shallow answers way before they watched the replay and I am sure that had they been given more time to come up with an answer, it would have been more relevant… BUT, this was definitely not an option here…

In future, I would urge the organizers to prep the girls a wee bit just to get them in the mindset of the seriousness of the role they can play in society and how every step counts particularly the questioning bit.

In spite of the superficiality of such contests, I truly believe beauty queens can use the fame and fortune to do great work in society and can send out great messages to young girls who aspire to be like them one day. I would not like my daughter to believe that beauty alone is enough to get her far in life… At least in the sustainable sense…


About Rouba

Rouba a.k.a. Roobz, was born in Lebanon in 1975. She is a communications consultant who has been working with brands and companies across the Middle East and North Africa for the past 20 years. Rouba is also a writer, singer and songwriter who has been performing since the age of 7. She is known for her outspoken views on women’s rights and constant encouragement to those around her. The Lebanese native lived in the US and around the Middle East before relocating to Dubai in 2013 where she lives with her husband and two children, Omar and Naya. In 2011, she began her quest to “Find Her Venus” and fulfill her lifelong goal of recording and launching her first music album which was released in 2012. Today she manages her own boutique communications agency in Dubai and performs at Musichall - one of the most sought out live music clubs in the country. You can view some of her videos on www.youtube.com/roubazeidan

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