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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.