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Do You Feel Like You're in a "Beauty Contest" With Other Women?

Do You Feel Like You're in a "Beauty Contest" With Other Women?

Carla Bruni is known for her former career as a model and her singing and songwriting abilities, but as the first lady of France, she is obviously in the public eye for politics, too. On her official website, Bruni has talked about being among other first ladies, with her site noting earlier this year in an entry: "As with Michelle Obama, it is a beauty contest between Princess Letizia, a former star journalist, and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, ex-top model." It seems to be a compliment, but it could be interpreted in other ways, too. What do you think about comparing your looks to others? Do you ever feel like you're in some kind of beauty competition with other women, whether it's self-imposed or not, or do you just ignore any comparisons?

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chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I didn't see the post that was removed, but it seems like there's been a slew of hateful anonymous posts on the Sugar network lately. It's find to disagree, but I don't know why people feel the need to personally attack others who are just truthfully answering the questions posed on here.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Thanks Genesis.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Yogaforlife- you don't have to explain yourself. We all support you. That comment's been removed. It's so wrong for people who don't even know you to say stuff like that about you. :hug:
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
I compare my appearances to other girls all the time, so I guess you could say it's something like a "contest" but one I always feel I lose.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Just to clarify, Anon, you're comments were uncalled for and rude. When I was in my early 20's I was confident in my looks and health, especially because I had an unhealthy obsession with working out due to a lot of free time in college. I was extremely fit and well, everyone looks great in their early 20's - for most people it is the peak of beauty. My mother, who has always been emotionally abusive and jealous of me told me when I turned 25 that she's going to laugh because now that I'm past my prime, I'm going to get fat and ugly like her and that I won't know how to deal with it. She's said she's going to watch and laugh as I age and start to look more and more like her. She has always pointed out every flaw in me and compared me to all my friends and it has made me paranoid. I would say my unhealthy obsession with comparing myself to others is from growing up watching my shallow mom who only values someone's physical appearance do it and having her criticize me all my life.
miss-leanne miss-leanne 7 years
Always, unfortunately.
karrots karrots 7 years
Unfortunately, women have a tendency to compare themselves and/or others. It's good to appreciate other people's traits. But it's not healthy if you're not happy with what you have. Yes, Queen Rania is very beautiful. But when I was in Jordan last year, I ask some local people about her. They think she's a bit too skinny. :) Goes to show, beauty can be subjective.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Usually I don't feel like I have to, unless it's an occasion where I really have to pull out all the stops. In my day to day life I only feel as though it's a beauty contest when I have a zit coming up or my hair is unusually fuzzy.
gooz1231 gooz1231 7 years
just wanna say queen rania is prettier than all 3 of these women. she is stunning
3liz4b3th 3liz4b3th 7 years
always. i wish i knew how to turn it off.
asktaz asktaz 7 years
ofcourse its a competition. i hate to say it, but we ladies always want to be prettier or skinnier or smarter or have a better boyfriend, and we dont want to be the last one single etc.. its stressful, and sometimes immature and unhealthy, but its inevitable. however, competition also helps you self-improve which isn't always so bad.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Also those kind of crap comments about other women like the one from Anon on here are horrible. This site is supposed to be a place to vent and get support and share tips and laugh. Not to tear other girls down!
TammyO TammyO 7 years
I agree, Anon should get lost. But anyway, I'm more about comparing with exercises and other things I can do as opposed to other women I know. My friend rocks with pull-ups and push ups and I'm like "Arrgh! I want to do that!" I compare with that kind of stuff, but not with looks, well not anymore.
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 7 years
Ugh, I do this all time although I know its unhealthy. I'm trying to get better though. Anonymous- that was a horrible comment. She was just expressing her feelings, which I'm sure many women can relate to. I'd love to see what YOU look like.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
A little I guess... but I get seriously jealous when a girl is my age and has a better career or is more highly educated.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
If it is, I'm winning. Kidding! I've gotten into the habit of instead of saying "she's prettier than me or she's not as pretty as me" I tell myself "we're beautiful in different ways"
sham28 sham28 7 years
Not really- I don't think about it unless someone is spectacularly gorgeous + sexy. But I have skinny competitions, unconsciously. I always lose those, which is ok. Being 8 pounds over your ideal weight is still pretty healthy. It sucks to be a girl.
1955nurse 1955nurse 7 years
Whether or not people want to admit it, this IS very true. From the time we are babies, we find ourselves constantly being compared to others - a sibling, cousin, friend, neighbor etc. And then we start school - and it gets WORSE. And by the time we enroll in college we hope that we will be accepted for who we are-and find out that we end up being compared to all those "Sorority-types". It never ends!!!!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I compare myself constantly and I know it's unhealthy. Almost all my female friends are around 25 and I'm going to be 30 soon. They still have flawless skin, gorgeous thick hair, are like 5'9" and are size 0's and 2's. I'm just starting to get some fine lines around my eyes (from a childhood worshipping the sun and working at computers so much) and I've always had thin babyfine hair. They never have puffy dark circles under their eyes and I'm constantly battling them now. I'm a size 0-2 also, but because I'm only 5'5", standing next to them I feel short and frumpy. Ugh - it's a constant battle for me because I used to have that flawless skin and I was so petite (altered clothing smaller than a zero)that even though I was only 5'5", I looked long legged and thin. Now not so much!
samirasaurus samirasaurus 7 years
It's really weird that you posted this, because just yesterday I broke down because I've been feeling really insecure. I just started college, and I'm surround by so many beautiful people...it's hard NOT to compare myself to them.
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