When Miss Earth Thailand Paweensuda Drouin had a hard time during the Hashtag segment of the Miss Earth 2017 pageant, people are quick to talk about the term ‘Millenials‘ (as misspelled during the pageant). But what this blogger find surprising is that a lot of those that painted criticisms over Fahsai not knowing the term, have a very shallow understanding of what it means to be a millennial. So for this post, the blogger lists down the generations and how they translate into pageant fans…
Before reading on, note that this is a sarcastic write up. It pokes a mocking fun at the good and bad points of several generations; from the Baby Boomers, the Millennials to the GenerationZ. Do not take this article too seriously for your own good.
Baby Boomer Generation – those who were born in the mid-40’s to mid 60’s. The Boomers are the generation of privilege, the wealthiest of the generations in this list as they received peak levels of income….Thus they are the generation of excess and consumption. It is also the generation of changing ideals with the rise of feminism and civil rights movement during the maturity of the Boomers
They are the generation that saw the birth of the heritage pageants of Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International. They are the ones that could afford the extra expensive tickets to watch international pageants live, stay in luxury hotels because they don’t want to be associated with the baklang darak & hamog that watch the pageant in general admission. They can slap you with their thick wads of money spent on pageants because they can buy you, your friends and this club! They are the ones who can tell you the scandalous past of former winners because they lived through it and are still probably doing it still. And they can regale you stories of which beauty queen/s married for money and status. They are the Alpha fans, the Nyoras, the dinosaurs of pageant fans.
Generation X or GenX-ers – they are the pocket generation that overlaps between the baby boomers and the millennials. Typically said to be born between the mid-60’s to early 80’s, they are described to be the Rebel Generation or the Skeptic Generation. They are witness to the shift from analog to digital… the last generation to play on the streets, get dirty and have fun.
This generation got to experience the Golden Age of pageants while watching the likes of Brooke Mahaelani Lee, Michelle McLean, Diana Hayden, Aiswarya Rai, Wendy Fitzwilliam, Mpule Kwelagobe, Linor Abargil and Sushmita Sen. This is the generation who started clipping newspaper features of beauty pageants because they are dirt poor when they were young badettes hiding from their fathers their stash of pageant mementos. This is the old school generation that clips magazine articles and pics of beauty queens and hold on to them like dear life! They are the first to collect photos of beauty queens in diskettes when pageants started to go digital in the mid-90’s. Now they are professionals career-wise and could afford decent tickets to watch pageants. They are approaching aging/ maturity and are next in line to be called thundercats of pageantry.
Millennials or Generation Y – There is a general debate on whether the millennials were born between the mid-70’s to mid-80’s or those that were born from the 80’s to late 90’s. Millennials are said to be the most tech-savvy of generations and are generally liberal in their political, sexual and social views. Millennials live with the traits of confidence and tolerance, but also describes a sense of entitlement and narcissism.
This is the generation of the Zuleyka’s, Oxana’s and Dayana’s. They are the generation who like to bitch and whine online just like the pageant girls they grew up with. Facebook judges, that is what best describes them… as they judge pageant girls by what they see on social media outlets. So if a pageant girl doesn’t post training pics, she is immediately branded as lazy. Or if a girl posts regular pictorials, she is tagged as a photoshop or photoshoot beauty. This is the generation of superficial beauty where their only standard of beauty are that of Latinas and/or caucasians. Currently they comprise the biggest population of pageant fans and are the noisiest on socmed because they don’t have anything else to do outside pageantry… #charot
IGeneration or Generation Z – they are said to be those that were born typically between mid-90’s to mid-2000’s. The generation that grew up online thru social media.
Online Trolling – yes we’re all guilty of that but the GenZ’s tend to take it to supernova levels. Extremely judgmental! They are quick to judge a person or a group just by surface alone, hence they are more likely to behave like a lynch mob online. They tend to bandwagon together because of their innate insecurity on their opinions that they seek validation from others. With their impatience, they tend to read only the blurbs and titles without comprehending the full articles. Hence judging a book by its cover. Their narrow comprehension leads to hasty judgments and emotional outbursts. They are the generation of fake FB and IG profiles because they aren’t confident to show their pimply, twinky and powerbottom faces without being ridiculed.
That is your pageant fan generation for you. Hopefully you survived reading through this blogpost… If it hit you like a ton of bricks, then its your fault for not steering clear! #LOLs
* Twenge, Ph.D., Jean (2006). Generation Me. New York, NY: Free Press (Simon & Schuster)