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Beauty Pageants

Don't Judge Me Because I Judged a Beauty Pageant: Myth-Busting the Pageant World

Karen S. Exkorn | Posted 03.20.2014 | Women
Karen S. Exkorn

So much for my preconceived notion that pageantry was anti-feminist. In fact, it seemed to be quite the opposite.

Aiming for Perfection? Surgery Is Just a Distraction, Not a Solution

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 03.03.2014 | Women
Jonha Revesencio

In our efforts to create a better version of ourselves, we lose sight of who we really are and the problems at hand.

Southern, Queer, Beautiful and a Total Pageant Queen (Part 1)

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

Randall Smith, owner of Renaissance Pageants, stepped out of his luxury sedan, flawlessly dressed. In the backseat of his car sat several big boxes. I asked if they were crowns and trophies. 'No,' he said. They were products.

Southern, Queer, Beautiful, and a Total Pageant Queen (Part 2)

Matthew Terrell | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

Competitors come with troupes of handlers and backup performers. When a queen is fully tucked and sewed in, she needs help mounting all of the opulent looks in store for the evening; and the more backup dancers you have, the more you can impress the judges.

Even in the Face of Oppression and Intimidation, Beautiful Things Can Happen: A Q&A With Former Miss Universe Brook Lee

Michael Chang | Posted 11.07.2013 | Celebrity
Michael Chang

The 2013 Miss Universe® pageant is just around the corner (Saturday, November 9th on NBC), and I had the chance to catch up with the winner of the 19...

Speak Up With Jimmy: Catching Up with Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Celebrity
Jimmy Nguyen

In this interview, Brook reveals highlights and life lessons from her year as Miss Universe. She also re-enacts her famous answer to the final question which helped win her the crown.

Actress Jena Sims of New Film Last Vegas Talks About Paranoia and Her Strip Poker Scene With Ian Somerhalder on The Vampire Diaries -- Part II

Ilana Rapp | Posted 12.29.2013 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

I am going all out this year. I pride myself in originality, so I have never actually bought a costume. I am going to go as a Carl's Jr. Girl and wear a bikini and have the cheeseburger in hand. That will come in handy late night!

Actress Jena Sims of Film Last Vegas Talks About Kissing Jerry Ferrara and Being in Beauty Pageants

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

It's impossible for a beautiful woman such as Jena Sims to also have brains. Wrong! Jena is a smart, capable woman who not only makes us smile when she's in front of the camera, but runs her own non-profit organization called HBBQ's Inc. (Has Been Beauty Queens).

Five Words: 'Honey Boo Boo's Amurrican Starquest'

Posted 10.22.2013 | Arts

"Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television." That line from Woody Allen's film, "Husbands and Wives," seems to adequately capture the s...

Speak Up With Jimmy: Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee on Diversity in Beauty and Media (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 12.16.2013 | Style
Jimmy Nguyen

Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee joins me to speak about the need for more diversity in images of beauty and in media. Brook also talks about her favorite Asian-American media personalities, such as comedian Alec Mapa and actress Amy Hill.

An Open Letter to Jakiyah McKoy and the Little Black Latinas

Icess Fernandez Rojas | Posted 11.27.2013 | Latino Voices
Icess Fernandez Rojas

This open letter is in response to the backlash of a little Afro Latina girl winning a pageant. The pageant was for Little Miss Hispanic Delaware. The reason for the backlash? She's black.

Beauty Pageants and High School Queens: Is it Psychologically Good for Us?

Anne Speckhard | Posted 11.23.2013 | Women
Anne Speckhard

For a country that got rid of royalty on its road to independence it seems Americans could also now grasp the wisdom of doing away with the hierarchal idea of beauty queens as well. Can't we see the beauty in everyone and celebrate without any beauty king or queen being crowned among us?

Diss America

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.22.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Okay, I'm still not a fan of the beauty pageant. But I have new respect for Miss America as I have watched the new queen cope with the seriously depraved Neanderthals that troll through the dark side of American life.

The French Government Bans Child Beauty Pageants and I Hope it Catches On

Deborah Cruz | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Deborah Cruz

The French Senate voted this week to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 and to impose up to two years in prison and steep fines of up to $30,000 euros for adults who try to enter children into illegal pageants or run illegal/underground pageants themselves.

PHOTOS: Boundary Breaking Beauties Meet!

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices

Two women who broke color barriers and made history had the chance to meet for the first time on Wednesday. The first Indian American Miss America...

A Petition for a Mr. America Pageant

Emily Bracken | Posted 11.16.2013 | Comedy
Emily Bracken

If we live in an age of equality, isn't it time there was a pageant for men? Why should only women be scrutinized for their appearance? Isn't it high time there was a nationally televised Mr. America pageant that judged a young man's talent, his brains, his choice of evening wear?

Is Miss Uzbekistan Actually A Beauty Queen Imposter?

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.16.2013 | Style

The first-ever Miss Uzbekistan is one of 110 pageant queen hopefuls in the 63rd Miss World Competition. The only problem? Apparently, nobody in Uzbeki...

10 Beauty Queen Lessons That Apply To Real Life

Michelle Hanson | Posted 11.12.2013 | Women
Michelle Hanson

I have memories of my judges smiles, and of the sound of my sweet teen yelling for me every time I stepped on stage. Photos are wonderful, but the memories are far more valuable. Live in the moment.

Behind The Scenes of the 2013 Miss'D America Drag Queen Beauty Pageant

Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices

This week on Gwist! Get to know the lovely "ladies" of the 2013 Miss'D America Pageant, starting with the inimitable Miss Ivy Profen! Broke Foodie's S...

Child Beauty Pageants: Why Should We Condone Them?

Yii-Huei Phang | Posted 10.30.2013 | Teen
Yii-Huei Phang

Instead of beauty pageants, why not try dancing or singing? Those activities allow a child to gain more self-esteem and even some discipline, but without reinforcing unattainable standards of beauty.

WATCH: We Can't Believe We Never Knew About Miss Arab USA

Posted 08.26.2013 | Style

Tickets are now on sale for Miss Arab USA, a pageant that we have to admit wasn't completely on our radar until now (Thanks, Jezebel!). The beauty con...

What Is It Like To Compete in a Beauty Pageant?

Quora | Posted 10.16.2013 | Women
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Cynthia Zhang, Title winner of Miss NY Chinese 2010, One of the four Asian Americans represent...

First Gay Mr. USA Shares Story and Special Message for Closeted Gay Youth

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Marjoriet T. Matute

Picture the stage lined with Ken doll clones all fitted in black tuxedoes and strategically placed eagerly waiting to hear results. What you cannot see inside Mr. New Jersey's unique white blazer is a man's heart pounding with anxiety and the burning secret he's about to unleash.

What Is It Like To Compete in the Miss America Pageant?

Quora | Posted 09.01.2013 | Women
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Jen Corey, Miss District of Columbia, 2009 It's the most amazing experience any girl co...

Beauty Pageants Are Bad for Everyone

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 08.20.2013 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Today's pageants are a sanitized and sanctioned outgrowth of nineteenth-century carnival sideshows.