• Karen Ibasco of the Philippines wins Miss Earth 2017
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    Staff Writer, Singapore

    Karen Ibasco of the Philippines wins Miss Earth 2017

    The Philippines’ Karen Ibasco won the title of Miss Earth 2017 on Saturday (4 Nov), beating out 85 other contestants from all over the world.

  • Photo of Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017 finalists draws flak online
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    Audrey Kang

    Photo of Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017 finalists draws flak online

    Miss Singapore 2017 finalists in action as they perform their unique talents and take the catwalk in gorgeous bikinis and outfits in their very first public appearance this year. Beauty pageant contestants in Singapore can’t catch a break. First there was Ris Low, who won the Miss Singapore World title and made waves online for her poor English and credit card fraud.

  • Bollywood Actresses Who Are Beauty Pageant Winners
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    Bollywood Journalist

    Bollywood Actresses Who Are Beauty Pageant Winners

    Though the trend has somewhat stopped but there was a time when all the beauty queens used to come to Bollywood and made quite a name for themselves. Here are the beauty queens of Bollywood.

  • 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.

  • Biracial Miss Japan Ariana Miyamoto is Changing Perceptions of Beauty in Japan
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    Noël Duan

    Biracial Miss Japan Ariana Miyamoto is Changing Perceptions of Beauty in Japan

    Miyamoto is the first biracial Miss Japan, and the first half-Japanese, half-black woman to compete in Miss Universe. But she is doing so with some criticism from citizens in her own country.

  • #TBT The First Miss Universe Pageant
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    Alexandra Perron

    #TBT The First Miss Universe Pageant

    Photo: George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images In 1952 the first Miss Universe pageant was held in Long Beach, California. A total of 30 contestants competed in the pageant, which was started by California clothing company Pacific Mills. At the time, the pageant was combined with Miss USA, which means Miss Utah and Miss Hong Kong were sharing a stage. Photo: George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images The 1952 title went to 17-year-old Armi Kuusela of Finland and Miss Congeniality was a tie between Myriam Lynn of Belgium and Valerie Johnson of Montana.