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Guest Post: Is the red carpet an “insane” beauty pageant?

Magazines, newspapers and websites are crammed with glossy images of celebrities posing at film premieres, awards ceremonies or the latest hotspot openings. This constant parade has led actress Jennifer Saunders to refer to the red carpet as ‘the new beauty pageant’. She argues that it encourages people to judge celebs, and particularly women, solely on how they look. Are we all just getting a fun fashion fix when we check out those gorgeous gowns, or is there a more sinister side to our curiosity? While everyone is keen to find out who scooped the main prizes at big awards ceremonies, almost as much attention is paid to the way celebrities dress for the occasion. Perhaps this isn’t surprising – when your wardrobe is full of office wear like pencil skirts and smart Clarks shoes, checking out some stunning gowns can serve as the perfect chance to escape to a more glamorous world. Just because you don’t like one dress as much as the other doesn’t mean you’re judging the woman wearing it. Similarly, acknowledging someone’s …