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

Kiara Imani Williams | Posted 12.03.2014 | 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...

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A Musical Celebration Of Women, As Told By Gay Men

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

And Miss USA 2014 Is...

AP | STACEY PLAISANCE | Posted 06.09.2014 | Style

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, was crowned Miss USA 2014 on Sun...

Who Will Be Crowned Miss USA?

AP | STACEY PLAISANCE | Posted 08.08.2014 | Style

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Newly crowned Miss USA Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, says that women need ...

Sex Sells: How Nevada is Confusing the Hell Out of Little Girls

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.08.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! A few weeks ago, we told you about the insane things going on in Mississipp...

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

Karen S. Exkorn | Posted 05.20.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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.