iOS app Android app

Beauty Pageants

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....

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

Shanay Thompson | Posted 09.09.2015 | 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

(function(){var src_url="

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'...

Trying To Be Pretty In A Southern Beauty Pageant Town

Literally, Darling | Posted 07.07.2015 | 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 c...

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 03.29.2015 | Gay 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.

'How The F**k Is This Still Happening?!?'

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.22.2014 | Comedy

If you want to see everything that's wrong with the Miss America pageant summed up as brilliantly as possible, click on the "play" button and let John...

Former Child Beauty Queen: Pageants Helped Me Overcome My Eating Disorder

OWN | Posted 08.21.2014 | OWN

From the time she was 4 years old, Mari Wilensky had been a pageant girl. With her mother's encouragement, the child competed in beauty pageants ar...

Mom Puts Her 4-Year-Old In A Hooters Outfit

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 07.31.2014 | Weird News

When it comes to "child beautification," how far is too far? For some, the idea of child glamour in and of itself is disturbing. But this was defi...

Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee on Hawaii and Aloha Spirit | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 09.22.2014 | Travel
Jimmy Nguyen

Brook talks about why she loves Hawaii, its tourism, the differences between its islands, and what makes Hawaii unique from other island groups.

Miss Iowa, Born With One Arm, Inspires Young People And Their Parents To Move Past Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact

Nicole Kelly has all the qualifications you'd expect a beauty queen to exhibit -- a sincere disposition, an ambitious attitude, a friendly personality...

Curtis M. Wong

A Musical Celebration Of Women, As Told By Gay Men | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Having left his mark on Broadway and New York’s cabaret scene, Marty Thomas sees his latest role as a full-circle moment. The 34-year-old actor ...

This Woman Jump-Started Her Life At 50 And Became A Pageant Queen

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty

An inescapable part of life is the way it changes gradually as we age. For Jane Rubinstein, three radical changes came all at once just as she was tur...

Miss World Linor Abargil Spoke Up About Being Raped, Now Everyone Can See Her Bravery

Cecilia Peck | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Cecilia Peck

During her reign as Miss World, Linor had to testify against the rapist in a difficult, public trial. When the guilty verdict came in, Linor turned to a news camera in the courtroom and said to all the women in Israel that if she could do it, they could too.