• SEE PICS: Miss World Manushi Chhillar receives grand welcome in Mumbai
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    SEE PICS: Miss World Manushi Chhillar receives grand welcome in Mumbai

    Miss World Manushi Chhillar landed in Mumbai early Sunday morning, days after becoming the sixth Indian woman to win the prestigious title.

  • 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.

  • 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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    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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    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.