Nudist Pageants

Nudist beauty pageants are often frowned upon by naturists as they are often seen as a form of exploitation of women. Nevertheless, they were a part of organised naturism for a long time, and continue to be organised in some resorts and clubs. This group provides a platform for the exchange of views on beauty pageants. Pictures or videos of pageants are also welcome.

Pageants and feminism

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The main criticism of nudist pageants, and probably the reason why they are not often organised anymore, is that they are a form of exploitation and reduce women to (sex) objects. But is that really the case? Aren't they more like the celebration of the beauty of the naked human body? And is the fact of being confident enough about one's body to show it openly for others to view and appreciate not more a sign of body acceptance, liberation and emancipation? Of women and men, for that matter, as the few nudist pageants that are still held these days usually elect both "misses" and "misters" . It would be nice to get the group members' view on this, especially female members.

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sadly we live in a different world now days and if nudist pageants go on i'm sure they are far and few, back in the 80's they had a somewhat pageant at the camp I belonged to except it was the men on parade and since there was no stage we made two loops around the pool which was the focal point of the camp . I always wondered if putting the men on display was a point the women wanted to make about how women are always put on display or just afternoon fun . It would have been nice if the women would have paraded around the pool also but it neve happened.

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I also have seen woman and younger in nudist magazine from back in the day look like they enjoyed being part of pageants and nudist activities.

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Yes I agree, if you see pictures of nudist pageants of the 80s and 90s the women who participate in them all seem genuinely happy. There are some pictures and videos of more recent ones circulating on the net, like the ones at Koversada naturist resort in Croatia, and it seems like a lot of fun, the women who participate seem to be really enjoying themselves and seem very empowered.

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We went to Koversada around 25 years ago and it just happened to coincide the the Miss Koversada pageant. It really was a big deal with a lot of ladies entering, i think the lower age limit was something like 16, and a huge crowd watched. I don't think any of those who entered felt "objectified", none of them were forced to participate, it was simply just a lot of fun for everyone.

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You've said it perfectly. Beauty pageants were a celebration of the female...and male...form, not an objectified. It's unfortunate that the PC crowd has made it a thing of the past.

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In the US beauty pageants date back about 100 years and started as a way to extend tourist season in Atlantic City. I see the general American ones as a way of celebrating an idealized picture of standard package WASP feminity - big hair, big white Vaseline-covered teeth, big boobs, etc - but any woman who had an abortion was disqualified. There was nothing edgy or unpredictable such as on a fashion runway, which made them very boring.
Doing a nudist "miss" or "miss with a few misters" for good measure is making a parody of it all. But how do you do a bikini competition? The nudists would have to carry them on stage! I personally would find an all inclusive, all shapes, ages and sizes body painting competion more appealing.

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We would love to attend a nudist pageant. Of course, all attendees must be naked. Nudists are proud of their naked body to be seen. Just as some faces are more appealing ( beautiful), some bodies are more pleasing to the eye. A pageant with a display of beautiful nude bodies with beautiful personalities would be enjoyable to watch on any day in any place.
I think as the age of nudists is getting older so are their bodies. We do still appreciate mature bodies as well as the younger bodies, each has its charm and beauty. But, it looks like the nudist pageant days are over for now; May be some small fun pageant can still happen.

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May be some small fun pageant can still happen.

Yes that would be lovely, wouldn't it! I wish someone would organise one.

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The main criticism of nudist pageants, and probably the reason why they are not often organised anymore, is that they are a form of exploitation and reduce women to (sex) objects. But is that really the case?
If this is true then it is true not only for nudist pageant but also for pageants of women in bikinis and any other clothing wich show much skin. I think it depend on the surroundings. If there is a clothed audience and only the contestants are nude then it is has a voyeuristic aspect. But we are nudists. It's usual for us to be naked. We see each other nude every day. So why should a nudist pageant with a nude audience and nude judges be wrong? Not only for young women but also men, families and mature people. And maybe the contestants show a skill.

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I was in Cap d'Agde 5-6 years ago and there was a nudist pageants organized. One of the organizer was one of the more active girls one the old pageant movies made in Cap d'Agde. So it still happens, but perhaps more private now.

The main criticism of nudist pageants, and probably the reason why they are not often organised anymore, is that they are a form of exploitation and reduce women to (sex) objects. But is that really the case? Aren't they more like the celebration of the beauty of the naked human body? And is the fact of being confident enough about one's body to show it openly for others to view and appreciate not more a sign of body acceptance, liberation and emancipation? Of women and men, for that matter, as the few nudist pageants that are still held these days usually elect both "misses" and "misters" . It would be nice to get the group members' view on this, especially female members.

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