Not only is the whole thing of Miss Universe pretentious but there’s one thing about it that also shocks me every year. Find out why I hate beauty pageants.

Disclaimer: Before you read this, I’d like to inform you that you’re about to fully waste a minute of your life. But it’s only a minute. I mean, you already do countless useless things per day that occupy hours of your life. Anyway let’s just begin as I don’t want it to become a minute and a half.

Disclaimer 2: This isn’t some feminist rant about why beauty pageants are degrading (okay the first part is). Ugh, never mind. Let’s get started with this already.

Hey gorgeous! Remember the time when winning the Miss World and Miss Universe title was such a big deal, and when the whole family used to watch these beauty pageants crossing their fingers, waiting for when the title was gonna be announced, hoping their country won? Yeah, that still happens.

Yeah, in a time when the beauty pageants have already been criticized for being focused on solely on physical attributes and rewarding cliché answers to cliché questions. You can only see how mad people always are at it if you google it. Not only is the whole thing pretentious but there’s one thing about it that also shocks me every year. What is that, you ask?

Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s the Miss Universe title. Universe. And by that, you mean all the space-time including all the planets in all solar systems in all galaxies and their moons and asteroids, and all the species in them. Surely you understand the implications of this. I mean I’ve always found it hilarious to call someone Miss Universe even though we don’t let aliens compete or even inform them of the contest.

BEAUTY-PAgeants miss universe contests-embarassing-stupid-hateAs it is, other species on earth don’t get to compete. So it’s only for humans. I mean, imagine if we had an alien invasion tomorrow. And some female humanoid species visited and started living here for a year. So will they be allowed to compete? If so, and if we still win, then go ahead and call your winner Miss Universe. Until then, she’s just Miss Human on Earth only. Also, if that happens, I’ll post another article on how the Earth judges were partial towards their species by awarding the Miss Universe crown to their own species.

Thank you, bye bye.

Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email