25 Little-Known Facts About Beauty Pageants That You Probably Didn’t Know

Beauty Pageants are a global pastime and are found in almost every culture and in nearly every theme imaginable. While in the United States Beauty Pageants and contestants have fallen prey to a lot of stereotypes, most of the beauty candidates are hard working women who spend weeks and even months preparing for five minutes on stage. For your consideration, here are 25 Little-Known Facts About Beauty Pageants That You Probably Didn’t Know.


Apparently, you can be the most beautiful woman in the Universe more than once. In 2009, Dayana Mendoza from Venezuela won Miss Universe for two consecutive years.

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Since most mainstream adult beauty pageants have very strict ideals of beauty, there are a lot of specialty pageants - for short women, married women, plus size women, etc.

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Over two and a half million adult women participate in Beauty Pageants each year in the US alone, and Beauty Pageants are a Worldwide phenomenon. That's a lot of hair spray and tooth whitener.

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Beauty pageants are indeed beautiful. But if you want to know the science behind why they are so beautiful, check out these 25 facts about human attraction and natural beauty.


Some people in Venezuela are so obsessed with Beauty Pageants that they send their daughters to special academies also known as "Miss Factories," to groom them to be Beauty Queens. Often women under 18 undergo cosmetic surgery, hormone therapies to stave off puberty in an attempt to grow taller, mesh sewn onto the tongue to make eating solid food impossible, among other things. However, Venezuela has the most International Beauty titles of any other country.

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While many are quick to speak against Beauty Pageants for women of any age, many contestants report an increase in self esteem, confidence, and overcoming shyness. Confidence is the best participation trophy.

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