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26th Nov '17 8:52:21 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/BlackWidowers'': In "Miss What?", the guest tells the story of a religious fanatic targeting a beauty pageant called Miss Globe and planning to murder one of the contestants. The police caught him before he could strike, but wondered if there was any way he might have been able to deduce the target before the attempt. Naturally Henry demonstrated that there was with the clue centring on the fact the Miss Globe contest had entrants representing geographical regions as well as countries.
19th Nov '17 7:53:29 PM shawn_allen
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* ''Film/{{IronMan3}}'' had a Beauty Contest that allowed Tony to hijack an uplink to contact his home server. On the monitor in the background, Creator/StanLee's cameo is one of the judges.
11th Nov '17 8:05:20 AM DesertDragon
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Child pageants are notorious for the antics of {{Stage Mom}}s, especially the ones who don't even bother asking their daughters if they want to take part.



* Gay men who aren't drag queens also have pageants, with similar categories as the ladies (though the swimwear portion is usually replaced with underwear). Fetish subcultures like [[{{Leatherman}} leather]] and rubber also have annual contests, but they'll take offense if you call it a "pageant". While these competitions are predominantly held in Western nations, every year a few brave souls from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean enter as well, often risking family shame and/or their own safety when they do so.

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* Gay men who aren't drag queens also have pageants, with similar categories as the ladies (though the swimwear portion is usually replaced with underwear). Fetish subcultures like [[{{Leatherman}} leather]] and rubber also have annual contests, but [[FandomBerserkButton they'll take offense if you call it a "pageant"."pageant"]]. While these competitions are predominantly held in Western nations, every year a few brave souls from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean enter as well, often risking family shame and/or their own safety when they do so.
11th Nov '17 7:57:04 AM DesertDragon
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* In the United States, the two highest-profile pageants are Miss America and Miss USA, the difference between the two being that Miss America is a standalone pageant and one of the longest-running in the world, while Miss USA finds the American contestants for Miss Universe and Miss World[[note]]Interestingly, the United States territories (Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, etc.) will enter the Miss America pageant but not Miss USA. Instead, they'll directly enter the international pageants to represent their territories, and Puerto Rico in particular has won Miss Universe several times]]. Several American actresses got their start in beauty pageants, such as Lee Merriweather (Miss America 1955), Creator/KristinChenoweth (runner-up for Miss Oklahoma 1981), Creator/MichellePfeiffer (Miss Orange County 1978), Creator/LyndaCarter (Miss World USA 1972), Creator/HalleBerry (Miss Ohio USA 1984, runner-up for Miss USA), Creator/JeriRyan (Miss Illinois 1989), and Creator/VanessaWilliams (Miss America 1984) [[note]]The first black Miss America, she gained all the fame ''and'' notoriety you can expect from such a milestone.[[/note]]

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* In the United States, the two highest-profile pageants are Miss America and Miss USA, the difference between the two being that Miss America is a standalone pageant and one of the longest-running in the world, while Miss USA finds the American contestants for Miss Universe and Miss World[[note]]Interestingly, the United States territories (Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, etc.) will enter the Miss America pageant but not Miss USA. Instead, they'll directly enter the international pageants to represent their territories, and Puerto Rico in particular has won Miss Universe several times]].times[[/note]]. Several American actresses got their start in beauty pageants, such as Lee Merriweather (Miss America 1955), Creator/KristinChenoweth (runner-up for Miss Oklahoma 1981), Creator/MichellePfeiffer (Miss Orange County 1978), Creator/LyndaCarter (Miss World USA 1972), Creator/HalleBerry (Miss Ohio USA 1984, runner-up for Miss USA), Creator/JeriRyan (Miss Illinois 1989), and Creator/VanessaWilliams (Miss America 1984) [[note]]The first black Miss America, she gained all the fame ''and'' notoriety you can expect from such a milestone.[[/note]]
11th Nov '17 7:50:50 AM DesertDragon
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In fiction, if there is a StrawFeminist in the regular cast, she ''will'' complain. [[[HilarityEnsues As these things go]], she will be forced to enter the competition for some story reason and is likely to learn AnAesop that there is more to pageants than the perception that they objectify women. Also, [[GenderBender any men]] [[AttractiveBentGender dressing up as women]] will always do well.

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In fiction, if there is a StrawFeminist in the regular cast, she ''will'' complain. [[[HilarityEnsues [[HilarityEnsues As these things go]], she will be forced to enter the competition for some story reason and is likely to learn AnAesop that there is more to pageants than the perception that they objectify women. Also, [[GenderBender any men]] [[AttractiveBentGender dressing up as women]] will always do well.
11th Nov '17 7:50:33 AM DesertDragon
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If there is a StrawFeminist in the regular cast, she ''will'' complain. [[[HilarityEnsues As these things go]], she will be forced to enter the competition for some story reason and is likely to learn AnAesop that there is more to pageants than the perception that they objectify women. Also, [[GenderBender any men]] [[AttractiveBentGender dressing up as women]] will always do well.

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If In fiction, if there is a StrawFeminist in the regular cast, she ''will'' complain. [[[HilarityEnsues As these things go]], she will be forced to enter the competition for some story reason and is likely to learn AnAesop that there is more to pageants than the perception that they objectify women. Also, [[GenderBender any men]] [[AttractiveBentGender dressing up as women]] will always do well.
11th Nov '17 7:49:19 AM DesertDragon
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In which people are judged by their physical appearance. Expect a swimsuit round -- or it could be the entire contest. Expect the winner to have a [[CoolCrown rhinestone tiara]] and [[PimpedOutCape ermine cape]] put on her [[GoingFurASwim while she is wearing the swimsuit]].

If there is a StrawFeminist in the regular cast, she ''will'' complain. Also, [[GenderBender any men]] [[AttractiveBentGender dressing up as women]] will always do well. Little note for technicalities: a ''pageant'' will tend to involve several different kinds of dresses (evening, swimsuit, etc.), a talent show, and a personality test ("what would you do to save the world etc."), while a contest will probably be much simpler (and hence easier to film).

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In which people A staple of pop culture, a beauty contest/pageant is a competition where people--usually women but there are a few that feature men--are judged by their physical appearance. Expect appearance and social grace. In most pageants, contestants are expected to model an [[PimpedOutDress evening gown]] and a swimsuit[[note]]The swimsuit round -- or it could portion may be omitted if the entire contest. pageant features underage girls[[/note]], display a performance talent, and answer an interview question about a current hot topic (it's not their opinion itself that's judged, but their ability to diplomatically express their beliefs). Expect the winner to have be given a [[CoolCrown rhinestone tiara]] tiara]], sash, and [[PimpedOutCape ermine cape]] put on her [[GoingFurASwim scepter while she is wearing the swimsuit]].

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If there is a StrawFeminist in the regular cast, she ''will'' complain. [[[HilarityEnsues As these things go]], she will be forced to enter the competition for some story reason and is likely to learn AnAesop that there is more to pageants than the perception that they objectify women. Also, [[GenderBender any men]] [[AttractiveBentGender dressing up as women]] will always do well. Little note for technicalities: a ''pageant'' will tend to involve several different kinds of dresses (evening, swimsuit, etc.), a talent show, and a personality test ("what would you do to save the world etc."), while a contest will probably be much simpler (and hence easier to film).
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* In the United States, the two highest-profile pageants are Miss America and Miss USA, the difference between the two being that Miss America is a standalone pageant and one of the longest-running in the world, while Miss USA finds the American entrant for Miss Universe. Several actresses got their start in beauty pageants, such as Lee Merriweather (Miss America 1955), Creator/KristinChenoweth (runner-up for Miss Oklahoma 1981), Creator/MichellePfeiffer (Miss Orange County 1978), Creator/LyndaCarter (Miss World USA 1972), Creator/HalleBerry (Miss Ohio USA 1984, runner-up for Miss USA), Creator/JeriRyan (Miss Illinois 1989), and Creator/VanessaWilliams (Miss America 1984) [[note]]The first black Miss America, she gained all the fame ''and'' notoriety you can expect from such a milestone.[[/note]]

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* In the United States, the two highest-profile pageants are Miss America and Miss USA, the difference between the two being that Miss America is a standalone pageant and one of the longest-running in the world, while Miss USA finds the American entrant contestants for Miss Universe. Universe and Miss World[[note]]Interestingly, the United States territories (Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, etc.) will enter the Miss America pageant but not Miss USA. Instead, they'll directly enter the international pageants to represent their territories, and Puerto Rico in particular has won Miss Universe several times]]. Several American actresses got their start in beauty pageants, such as Lee Merriweather (Miss America 1955), Creator/KristinChenoweth (runner-up for Miss Oklahoma 1981), Creator/MichellePfeiffer (Miss Orange County 1978), Creator/LyndaCarter (Miss World USA 1972), Creator/HalleBerry (Miss Ohio USA 1984, runner-up for Miss USA), Creator/JeriRyan (Miss Illinois 1989), and Creator/VanessaWilliams (Miss America 1984) [[note]]The first black Miss America, she gained all the fame ''and'' notoriety you can expect from such a milestone.[[/note]]



* Also serious business in Latin America. Since the region produces some of the most beautiful women on the planet, it's no surprise that it not only has several beauty pageants in individual countries, but it tends to dominate international contests as well. How serious do they take it? When Steve Harvey accidentally crowned Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant and had to take it back, she minced no words telling the media how humiliated she felt and she even considered suing, and Harvey received ''death threats'' from her countrymen. It took him inviting her to his talk show and publicly apologizing for her to forgive him.
** And guess what country won the crown that year? That's right, the Philippines! It's for reasons like this--other things include the Catholic majority and the Spanish-influenced culture--that the Philippines has a reputation for feeling like a Latin American country that just happens to be located in East Asia.

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* Also serious business in Latin America. Since the region produces some of the most beautiful women on the planet, it's no surprise that it not only has several beauty pageants in individual countries, but it tends to dominate international contests as well. How serious seriously do they take it? When Steve Harvey accidentally crowned Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant and had to take it back, she minced no words telling the media how humiliated she felt and she even considered suing, and Harvey received ''death threats'' from her countrymen. It took him inviting her to his talk show and publicly apologizing for her to forgive him.
** And guess what country won the crown that year? That's right, the Philippines! It's for reasons like this--other things include the Catholic majority and the Spanish-influenced culture--that the Philippines has a reputation for feeling like a Latin American country that just happens to be located in East Asia.
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* Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska, won a local one and came third in her state one, meaning yes, Palin potentially could have been Miss America.

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* Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska, won a local one and came in third in her state one, for the state, meaning yes, Palin potentially could have been Miss America.
13th Oct '17 12:16:05 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}''

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18th Sep '17 12:46:08 PM SeptimusHeap
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* The Miss Miltia Beauty Contest is frequently mentioned but is never actually shown in the second ''{{Xenosaga}}'' game.

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* The Miss Miltia Beauty Contest is frequently mentioned but is never actually shown in the second ''{{Xenosaga}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' game.
16th Sep '17 9:46:21 AM DesertDragon
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* Gay men who aren't drag queens also have pageants, with similar categories as the ladies (though the swimwear portion is usually replaced with underwear). Fetish subcultures like [[{{Leatherman}} leather]] and rubber also have annual contests, though calling them "pageants" is an ill-fit given the ManlyGay men involved. While these competitions are predominantly held in Western nations, every year a few brave souls from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean enter as well, often risking family shame and/or their own safety when they do so.

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* Gay men who aren't drag queens also have pageants, with similar categories as the ladies (though the swimwear portion is usually replaced with underwear). Fetish subcultures like [[{{Leatherman}} leather]] and rubber also have annual contests, though calling them "pageants" is an ill-fit given the ManlyGay men involved.but they'll take offense if you call it a "pageant". While these competitions are predominantly held in Western nations, every year a few brave souls from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean enter as well, often risking family shame and/or their own safety when they do so.
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