An Indian medical student was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event in a Chinese resort on Saturday, making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant's history. Manushi Chhillar is the sixth Indian winner of the long-running contest, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai. Chhillar, 20, is a trained Indian classical dancer who also enjoys painting and hopes to open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas, according to the Miss World website.
The current Miss Universe Israel Adar Gandelsman and Miss Universe Iraq Sarah Idan took selfies together and shared them with thousands of followers.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Asked about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during her onstage interview at last year's Miss America pageant, Savvy Shields turned heads on the judge's panel and across the country by offering some advice to both political parties: Stop arguing and start compromising.
Zoiey Smale handed back her Miss UK crown after allegedly being told by Miss United Continents organizers to lose weight. A size 8 beauty queen recently returned her crown after allegedly being told she needed to slim down to compete in an international pageant. Zoiey Smale from Nottinghamshire in England was awarded the Miss United Kingdom title in June and was looking forward to taking part in Miss United Continents in Ecuador.
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.
The Miss Universe pageant always gives us a lot to talk about, and one of our favorite parts of the competition has to be the national costume segment. The ladies go all out to rep their respective countries, with all the sparkle, drama, opulence, and sometimes whimsy they can put into one look.
Alicia Ayliès, the newly crowned Miss France 2017, was handed the title last weekend by the reigning pageant queen, Iris Mittenaere, in the city of Montpellier in the south of France. The 18-year-old native of French Guiana often sports her naturally curly hair, in a nod to her Afro-Caribbean roots, but a new photo is turning heads, because it appears that her hair and skin were retouched to conform with European beauty standards.
Even though Trump sold off the Miss Universe Organization and its pageants in 2015, his reign seems to have made an unshakeable mark — and forever befuddled the public. But that's just the start of Miss USA vs. Miss America confusion.
Whether you're for or against them, beauty pageants are becoming more inclusive than ever, from transgender competitions to beauty contests for disabled girls and women.
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.
Yahoo Beauty caught up with Olivia Culpo at the pop-up Old Spice Nature Exchange Vending Machine in NYC’s Grand Central Station this week to talk pageant beauty tips, favorite products, and boyfriend Nick Jonas.
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.