India, Sept. 5 -- I must admit that I didn't think much of Harnaaz Sandhu when the news first broke out that India won the Miss. Universe title 21 years after India last won.

Yes, I know it's a great deal. Yet, I don't endorse these contests because of their pigeonholed perspective of beauty.

Remember the fiasco that happened when Pushpika De Silva, Mrs Sri Lanka 2020, winner was stripped of her crown because she was divorced? There's no denying the misogynistic side of these pageants. However, there is some good news as from the 72nd Miss Universe in 2023, a woman's marital and parental status will no longer be an eligibility criterion.

These beauty contests are still far from inclusive, however, because of their cookie-cutter beauty ...