Argentinian Town Bans Beauty Pageants

Plastic surgery and extreme diets cited as rationale

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The town council of Chivilcoy, Argentina just banned beauty contests, arguing that the competitions promote unhealthy standards of beauty that cause women to turn to plastic surgery or extreme diets. The town council said that they’ll hold carnival mask competitions instead. Beauty pageants in Argentina, as in the rest of Latin America, are massively popular. Argentinian women frequently place favorably in contests like Miss World and Miss Universe, which often serve as reliable pipelines to careers in other image-focused fields, like broadcast news and entertainment. Perhaps not coincidentally, Argentina recently placed 21st on a list of the top “plastic surgery countries” in the world.