• Miss Teen USA’s Active Wear Sponsor Is Encouraging Contestants to Own Their Sexy
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    Sabrina Rojas Weiss

    Miss Teen USA’s Active Wear Sponsor Is Encouraging Contestants to Own Their Sexy

    Body-positive activists who cheered Miss Teen USA's move last year from swimsuits to active wear might not be so thrilled by this year's sponsor.

  • Curvy Model Shamed for Entering Arizona Modeling Contest
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    Sabrina Rojas Weiss

    Curvy Model Shamed for Entering Arizona Modeling Contest

    Karista Harris received hateful messages for entering a magazine’s modeling contest. Karista Harris has been in the pageant world for more than 16 years, and regardless of the stereotype of shallow beauty contests, she says it’s always been a supportive community for her. “Wow, I woke up this morning to some very derogatory name calling and surgery suggestions in my inbox,” she wrote on Facebook last week, after posting her profile on the Face of Foothills voting site.

  • Miss USA winner Kara McCullough says she's an equalist not a feminist -- and Twitter is not happy
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    Erica Rae Chong

    Miss USA winner Kara McCullough says she's an equalist not a feminist -- and Twitter is not happy

    She also believes health care is a privilege and not a right.

  • Beauty Queen Exposes Surgery Scars to Bring Visibility to Her Disease
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    Amy Capetta

    Beauty Queen Exposes Surgery Scars to Bring Visibility to Her Disease

    Beauty queen Victoria Graham, who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, proudly shows her surgery scars. Victoria Graham is much more than just a pretty face. The 22-year-old Maryland college student, who was crowned Miss Frostburg in October (a local title associated with the Miss America Organization), is on a mission to raise awareness about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) — a rarely diagnosed genetic condition that affects connective tissue in the skin, joints, and blood vessels.

  • Mrs. Grandma Universe and More Unusual Beauty Pageants From Around the World
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    Jame Jackson

    Mrs. Grandma Universe and More Unusual Beauty Pageants From Around the World

    It’s been well reported that Miss France, 23, was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday evening. Iris Mittenaere, a dental student, became the first French woman to earn the crown in more than 60 years. Agnes Jakosalem is the first Filipino woman to win the Mrs. Grandma Universe pageant.

  • Who Is Kata Sarka? This Hungarian Beauty Claims Donald Trump Made a Pass at Her
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    Alex Eriksen

    Who Is Kata Sarka? This Hungarian Beauty Claims Donald Trump Made a Pass at Her

    Hungarian celebrity Kata Sarka has joined a list of women who claim Donald Trump made sexual advances toward them while the current president-elect was married. Hungary’s contestant in 2013 was Rebeka Kárpáti.

  • Somali-American Competes in Hijab and Burkini for Minnesota Beauty Pageant
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    Gordon Hurd

    Somali-American Competes in Hijab and Burkini for Minnesota Beauty Pageant

    Halima Aden first came to the United States when she was 7, after her family left the refugee camp in Kenya where Aden was born. Since settling into Minnesota’s growing Somali community — according to census data, the largest such community in the U.S. — Aden has thrived and is currently attending Saint Cloud University. But the 19-year-old’s current claim to fame is the fact that she’ll be competing in the Miss Minnesota beauty pageant this weekend (Nov. 26–27) in a hijab, burkini, and other fully covering garb — a first for the state.

  • Deemed Too Fat, Miss Iceland 2015 Decides to Call It Quits
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    Gordon K. Hurd

    Deemed Too Fat, Miss Iceland 2015 Decides to Call It Quits

    This week in international body-shaming: Miss Iceland 2015 Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir decided she’s had enough of contests following a pageant owner’s instructions that she lose weight. As reported in the Iceland Monitor, the owner of the Miss Grand International beauty contest sent Jónsdóttir a message advising her to “stop eating breakfast, eat just salad for lunch and drink water every evening until the contest. ...

  • Did Alicia Machado Breach ‘Weight Clause’ as Trump Campaign Claims?
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    Beth Greenfield

    Did Alicia Machado Breach ‘Weight Clause’ as Trump Campaign Claims?

    Alicia Machado has largely been the focus of campaign news this week. The Trump camp claims she breached her Miss Universe contract — pageant experts disagree.

  • Why Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach Doesn’t Have Time for Drama
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    Noël Duan

    Why Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach Doesn’t Have Time for Drama

    This job only lasts one year, after all.

  • You Can Enter the First Beauty Pageant Judged by Robots
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    Noël Duan

    You Can Enter the First Beauty Pageant Judged by Robots

    Is there an objective algorithm for beauty? (Photo: Courtesy of Beauty.AI)

  • Miss Universe Contestants Post Makeup-Free Selfies
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    Noël Duan

    Miss Universe Contestants Post Makeup-Free Selfies

    This Sunday, women from 80 different countries will compete for the Miss Universe title, and the judges and audiences are expecting glossy lips, glamorous blowouts, and  smoky eye makeup — along with the Brazilian tans and dangerously high stilettos. But last night, current Miss Universe Paulina Vega of Colombia asked the contestants to share their barefaced selfies with the world on social media. “Every #MissUniverse is #ConfidentlyBeautiful. Are you?

  • TBT: Beauty Pageants That Judged Your Ankles
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    Noël Duan

    TBT: Beauty Pageants That Judged Your Ankles

    The legs of contestants in a ‘Miss World’ beauty competition sponsored by Mecca Dancing in 1953. (Photo: Getty) In the 1930s and 1940s, hosiery companies like Max Japy and department stores like Selfridge’s sponsored “pretty ankle competitions” as promotional events, in which the best-looking ankles received free stockings — and bragging rights. Women would line up with the top half of their bodies hidden by curtains and swathes of fabric, while the judges, many of whom were men (including policemen), would touch and measure their high-heeled ankles. A line-up of women’s ankles (the rest of their bodies being hidden behind a sheet) is judged by two men and a woman while a third man looks on, in Kent, England in 1932.

  • For Betty Cantrell, Being Miss America is Her First Full-Time Job
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    Noël Duan

    For Betty Cantrell, Being Miss America is Her First Full-Time Job

    When 21-year-old Betty Cantrell from Georgia was crowned Miss America on Sunday night with high marks from judges like Zendaya and former Miss America Vanessa Williams, she took a selfie with her beaming fellow contestants. “A night I will never forget!” The Mercer University undergraduate and vocal performance major sang “Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio” from the opera “Madame Butterfly” and answered a question about whether Tom Brady cheated or not. “It was kind of a funky question to ask me if Tom Brady cheated,” she later told the Associated Press.

  • Miss Amazing Pageant Wants to Change Our View of Disabilities
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    Noël Duan

    Miss Amazing Pageant Wants to Change Our View of Disabilities

    Miss Amazing is a non-traditional pageant for girls and women with disabilities.

  • Competing for Inner Beauty: The Pageant for Women Over Age 60
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    Noël Duan

    Competing for Inner Beauty: The Pageant for Women Over Age 60

    Dr. Jane Goldberg competed in the Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant for women ages 60 and over.

  • From Saran Wrap to Scotch Tape: 15 Pageant Beauty Secrets
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    Noël Duan

    From Saran Wrap to Scotch Tape: 15 Pageant Beauty Secrets

    Alyssa Campanella was all smiles and tears upon being crowned. Photo: Miss Universe Organization With the Miss Universe pageant this Sunday, we’re going to be glued to our TVs taking in all of the excitement. Related: #TBT The First Miss Universe Pageant On Hair & Makeup: Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011 “At Miss Universe 2011, Miss Venezuela always had perfect curls everyday. My face couldn’t even hit the pillow! I gave up and just stuck to using a curling iron every morning.” Kamie Crawford, Miss Teen USA 2010 “Preparation H—that is the best trick in the book.