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Who You Gonna Call?

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 06.28.2016 | Entertainment
Phyllis Sudman

In a couple of weeks, the Ghostbusters Reboot will hit the theaters. The original was a classic. I was fourteen when it was released back in 1984. I c...

A Christian Arab Just Won Israel's Transgender Beauty Pageant

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.31.2016 | Religion

Israel's first transgender beauty pageant, won by a Christian Arab on Friday, brought together contestants from the Holy Land's main faiths in an unco...

Senior Pageant Queens Show The True Beauty That Comes With Age

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.07.2016 | Fifty

For the older ladies of Ms. Senior Arizona, pageants are about so much more than just a silly tiara. For the last 27 years, the state pageant has been...

Immigration, Ambition, Identity Shape Film Miss India America

Jim Luce | Posted 03.25.2016 | Entertainment
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Jim Luce

It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the culture of South Asian immigrants that both ambition and identity do a similar dance, often with greater intensity, and is among the latest variations on a familiar American story.

How I Got There: Angel Blue

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 02.01.2016 | Entertainment
Lan Anh Vu

Angel Blue is an American soprano singer, Miss Hollywood 2005, and BBC presenter of the BBC Proms and the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition....

What It's Really Like to Win a Beauty Pageant

Quora | Posted 01.27.2016 | Style
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora , the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Yo...

Top 10 Sexist Media Moments of 2015

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 12.29.2015 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Women's achievements are constantly overlooked by mainstream media. We're usually much more updated on the happenings of celebrities.

What I Learned From Miss New Jersey USA

Ed Tseng | Posted 12.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ed Tseng

I love spending time with peak performers from elite athletes to successful business leaders, top students, musicians, and models. One of the first th...

Miss Thailand Aniporn Chalermburanawong To Wear Rickshaw Costume In Pageant

Associated Press | David Moye | Posted 10.09.2015 | Weird News

BANGKOK (AP) — The smoke-belching, ear-splitting, undisciplined rickshaws known as tuk-tuks are part of the chaos on Bangkok's clogged streets. Soo...

Young Medical Student, Fashion Model and Former Beauty Queen Opens Up On Cancer and Adoption

Shanay Thompson | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices
Shanay Thompson

It has been three years since my diagnosis out of college and I am happy to be in remission today, living my twenties to the fullest. In honor of Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, here is my personal open letter to my future adopted child:

Ashley Callingbull Is The First Native Mrs. Universe

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

Ashley Callingbull, a 25-year-old from the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada, on Saturday became the first native woman and the first Canadian to e...

You Know What's Worse For Women Than Donald Trump? Other Judgmental Women

Kiara Imani Williams | Posted 08.18.2015 | Women
Kiara Imani Williams

I am so tired of the constant "slut-shaming" and female bashing I see all over social media. It's like feminism now requires all women to take on this responsibility of making sure every woman across the globe approves of her actions.

Why I Lost 70 Pounds to Become a Beauty Queen Grandma

Janice Celeste | Posted 08.13.2015 | Fifty
Janice Celeste

Over the years, I lost myself in being a mom and a wife, and I just couldn't seem to lose weight. Being overweight and finding myself on daily blood pressure medication wasn't enough to get off my butt to get serious about weight loss. Pageantry became my carrot on a stick.

Senior Pageant Queens Prove Beauty Has No Expiration Date

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.13.2015 | Fifty

A far cry from the stereotypically cut-throat and ruthless beauty pageants you've heard about, Ms. Senior America is more about working what you've go...

Trying To Be Pretty In A Southern Beauty Pageant Town

Literally, Darling | Posted 07.07.2016 | Women
Literally, Darling

Where the hair is higher than the heels and the smiles are sweeter than the tea, glamour shots are more important than freshman yearbook photos and beautiful Southern belles are expected to groom themselves to pristine perfection.

Multiracial Miss Universe Japan Symbolizes The Country's Transformation

The Huffington Post Japan | Kosuke Takahashi | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

With more foreign workers and tourists going to Japan, the homogeneous nature of the country's society will likely change more than ever in the coming...

How Beauty Pageants Both Helped and Hurt Me at the Same Time

Sarah Hillware | Posted 06.03.2015 | Women
Sarah Hillware

The real competition should lie in community service hours logged, charity dollars raised, and persons inspired. Women should be judged based on character and contributions, instead of looks.

What You Can Learn From a Senior Beauty Pageant

Michelle O'Berg Figueroa | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Michelle O'Berg Figueroa

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, behold this: A senior beauty pageant. Wrinkles are celebrated. Gray hairs flaunted. Skip the bathing suit competition. Loose the measuring tape -- there's no height requirement. There's only one requirement: Be 58 or older.

Two Insider Books Take on Beauty Pageants and Figure Skating: The New Memoirs of Dick Button and Kate Shindle

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Hilary Levey Friedman

As the authors detail in their books figure skating and pageantry are at a relative low point in popularity, especially compared to their previous highs of television ratings and press coverage.

Dear Miss Universe: Our Filipino Telenovela

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Bino A. Realuyo

Once a year, I close shop. And it doesn't happen during Semana Santa, but during a Philippine gay holy week, that is, Miss Universe season. It's been the case for as long as I can remember -- since my childhood in Manila, during which the street kids where I grew up would stage our version of Miss Universe in friends' houses.

Why I Decided To Enter A Beauty Pageant At Age 68

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

We are so very different from one another, this daughter and I. She is so very and naturally beautiful, has great concern for how she looks, and makes effort for it; although I look relatively good for my age, 68, I have little concern for it, and put minimal effort into it.

WATCH: Beauty Pageant Runner-Up Rips Crown From Queen's Head

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 01.31.2015 | Weird News

A beauty pageant contestant should be graceful and compassionate. But oh how they can be such sore losers. Just take a look at this Brazilian pagea...

Behind the Scenes at Miss Universe: What Really Happens

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.27.2015 | Entertainment
Paula Froelich

Several weeks ago, Miss Universe pageant officials, naively or not, asked me if I wanted to come down for a few days for a Miss Congeniality-esque experience while the 88 women who had qualified from their respective countries got ready for the big night. Of course I did.

Miss Universe: A Perennial Win for Diversity

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 03.21.2015 | Entertainment
Jimmy Nguyen

After the uproar over the lack of diversity in this year's Academy Awards nominations, it's good to know there is one upcoming television special that will showcase diverse faces: the Miss Universe pageant.

Yes, I Can Compete In Beauty Pageants And Still Be A Feminist

Kiara Imani Williams | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Kiara Imani Williams

To the self-proclaimed feminists who judge me for my involvement in pageants, I want you to know that I do not compete in pageants for the attention of men. I am proud of my body, but it does not define me or validate my worth. I compete in pageants because I like them. Feminism and femininity can co-exist.