Beauty Queen Won't Return Crown Until Pageant Organizers Apologize

May Myat Noe, the 18-year-old beauty queen from Burma who was recently stripped of her Miss Asia Pacific World title after turning down pageant officials' offer to buy her breast implants, has given a press conference to explain that she will not return her crown (worth $100,000) until receiving an official apology… » 9/02/14 12:15pm 9/02/14 12:15pm

Miss Indiana's 'Normal' Body Is Nowhere Near 'Normal'

On Sunday night, the utterly meaningless Miss USA pageant aired, and a soon-to-be-forgotten woman from Nevada won the title. But America's fickle fascination has been, for several successive minutes, fixated on a woman who didn't come close to making the final cut: Miss Indiana, a woman who audiences were relieved to… » 6/11/14 6:45pm 6/11/14 6:45pm

Miss USA Hopeful Sues After Pageant Recruiter Requests Blow Jobs

In March, Jezebel exclusively reported on the dirty dealings behind the scenes of Donald Trump's Miss USA pageant — specifically the organization's involvement with one recruiter who is, by all accounts and allegations, a sexual predator and scam artist. Eight months later, one of the victims we spoke with, Ashleigh… » 12/02/13 4:30pm 12/02/13 4:30pm

Miss USA Dressed as Optimus Prime Because America

Apparently the National Costume Competition of the Miss Universe Pageant is largely a crash course in cultural stereotypes. While some contestants donned more traditional clothing from their home countries, others created extravagant costumes roughly inspired by their heritage. And Miss USA showcased two of the most… » 11/04/13 2:20pm 11/04/13 2:20pm

The People of Venezuela Really Love Their Beauty Pageants

Like the United States (and pretty much any other place on the planet), Venezuela is a country divided. Debate still lingers over who won the country's presidential election following the death of Hugo Chavez and they're dealing with a struggling economy. But also like the United States (and any other place on the… » 10/11/13 5:45pm 10/11/13 5:45pm

Spork Dresses and Smiles: The Ladies of Tonight's Miss America Pageant

It’s possible you may have been going about your business entirely unaware that one of those rare calendar events is upon us. Much like the appearance of Halley’s comet or the upcoming convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah, Sunday night marks the second Miss America pageant of 2013. » 9/15/13 5:15pm 9/15/13 5:15pm

Does the World Need Plus Size Beauty Pageants?

There She Is, a new documentary short that follows two best friends competing in the 2011 American Beauties Plus Pageant, is an interesting glimpse into the world of pageants for large ladies. These women work on their evening wear looks, interview skills, and stage presence just like the Miss America crew, but you'll… » 6/27/13 5:15pm 6/27/13 5:15pm

Kids With Special Needs Compete in 'Miss You Can Do It' Pageant

The documentary Miss You Can Do It, which premiered on HBO last night, is a heartwarming look at the beauty pageant of the same name that celebrates little girls with special needs and challenges, founded by Abbey Curran, who has cerebral palsy and was the first woman with a disability to compete in the Miss USA… » 6/25/13 1:20pm 6/25/13 1:20pm

Woman Enters Stylish Unborn Fetus in Beauty Pageant

You know what every good parent says about child pageants: the earlier you force your offspring into them, the better. In a perfect world, you'd be able to shove a bedazzled headband through your amniotic sac and set your sonogram to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," but technology isn't there yet. Fortunately, Jenny… » 5/16/13 12:25pm 5/16/13 12:25pm

Kylan Arianna Wenzel To Be First Official Transgender Contestant of…

As recently as last year, the Miss Universe Organization disqualified a contestant—Miss Canada, Jenna Talakova—after they discovered she was transgender. When they finally changed their rules regarding the exclusion of LGBT contestants in April, Kylan Arianna Wentzel of Century City, California, was a shift manager at… » 1/12/13 5:00pm 1/12/13 5:00pm

Pageant Contestant to Have Double Mastectomy to Prevent Breast Cancer…

Miss America contestant Allyn Rose took one of those terrifying genetic tests and found out that she's got the same genetic mutation that may have led to her mother's fatal breast cancer. And instead of waiting for a diagnosis that she believes is inevitable, she's following in the footsteps of other women who have… » 11/19/12 12:30pm 11/19/12 12:30pm