Netizens pick on Singapore beauty pageant contestants over their looks

It's tough being a beauty contestant, whether you're drop-dead gorgeous or not much of a looker.

Invariably, there would be unkind remarks one way or another - from sexist ones to the downright crude at every contest.

The finalists of last Saturday's Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant were not spared either as they were mercilessly cut down by some netizens after a reportedly less-than-flattering photo of the group went viral over the weekend.

They criticised the girls for not having good looks and wondered if the contest was a joke.

Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant finalists draw flak over their looks

  • From left, Ms Grand Singapore Crystal Lim, Ms Singapore Chinatown Christina Cai, Ms Singapore Tourism Queen Tricia Koh and Ms Singapore Global Beauty Queen Amanda Li.
  • The Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant finalists were back to face the public after a ‘journey of transformation’.
  • Crystal Lim, 22, student. Height: 170cm; Weight: 58kg Exercise Regime: From weighing 75kg two years ago to being one of the 4 winners at the Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017 on 25 August 2017, I have changed my exercise routine and diet over the last two years. Nowadays, I work out 3-4 times a week, doing HIIT workouts at home or at the gym. I also enjoy going for slow jogs at the park. Exercising has become my favorite form of relaxation and motivation.
  • They were involved in a charity car wash on Sun (Aug 6) at the Red Cross House on 15 Penang Lane, from 11am to 6pm, and proceeds from the event would go towards the Singapore Red Cross
  • Taking the criticism in their stride, pageant organiser ERM Singapore Marketing said in a statement on Friday (Aug 4) that the contestants have undergone a ‘journey of transformation’ and are now ‘ready and confident to showcase their own definition of beauty to the world’.
  • The event comes after a rocky July, where netizens criticised 16 of the 19 finalists, saying that they were ‘ugly’ and ‘repulsive’, after an unofficial photo of them taken by a member of the public was posted online.
  • According to Shin Min Daily News, some of the finalists have been afraid to make public appearances after the hurtful remarks made by netizens.
  • Some unkind critics on the Internet have slammed the participants of the Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017 for their lack of good looks.
  • These girls in the 2017 pageant look good and happy in this photo. But some netizens think they are not beautiful enough.
  • Contestants taking part in a fitness session. Being fit and healthy contributes to overall looks.
  • 2017 contestants trying out life-saving skills at ONEKM mall.
  • The contestants in Singapore Beauty Pageant 2016 look good generally.


Photo: Singapore Beauty Pageant's Facebook

Then they unleashed their barbs again today when the organiser put up a group photo of the girls after their hip-hop workout at a gym on the pageant's Facebook page. But the girls also had supporters from the internet who told them not to be disheartened as physical looks alone do not sum up the full meaning of being a beauty.

Photo:Singapore Beauty Pageant's Facebook

Well, it's understandable that most of the contestants might not look as stunning like those in Miss Universe or Miss World pageants which expect far higher standards. And the girls probably know that.

So why be so harsh on participants who were having fun in lesser-known contests, which also help to promote international friendships on smaller platforms?

To the girls, please have a swell time as you boost your fitness, confidence and deportment together. We love your enthusiasm.

Comments by a supporter on Facebook.