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.


Those giant, sometimes weird, pageant crowns they win? Like everything these days, they're usually ordered online, and they cost the pageant from $5 (for bulk ordered participation crowns) to hundreds of dollars for the huge monstrosities that generally can't actually be worn by the contestant without them holding it on their head with one hand.

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Ever wonder how/why the waists of some contestants are so teeny tiny? Hemorrhoid cream and plastic wrap. Says one former miss USA, “I slather on hemorrhoid ointment, wrap myself up with Saran wrap, and run on a treadmill with an incline for 30 minutes. It’s not permanent, but it tightens you up.” So the next time someone tries to sell you a $25 wrap thing...just get a tube of preparation H.

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Sometimes the women in the finals get serenaded. On stage. Despite how romantic and lovely Disney movies and musicals have made this moment seem, it's kind of awkward.

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Time schedules for large national and international pageants are *insane*. Several weeks of 18+ hour days in the WEEKS leading up to Pageant Day, with very little time between activities or appearances. So the next time you apply eight layers of concealer and highlight to your dark circles, feel like a Beauty Queen!

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While people love to mock and replay every dumb answer a Beauty Contestant makes (Like, the Iraq, and, such as), Beauty Pageants in the US place a heavy emphasis on education and scholarships, and yes, there ARE feminist Beauty Queens. You can be a highly intelligent, progressive, feminist, non-white, Beauty Queen who competes *because she enjoys it*. Isn't she lovely?

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Photos: Feature image: Capable97 via Shutterstock, 23. Greg Doyle, Miss Universe 2007 rehearsals 5, CC BY 1.0, 22. Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA, Paying attention to detail (455279239), CC BY-SA 2.0, 21. Paul Chin from Manila City, Philippines, Binibining Pilipinas 2008 result, CC BY-SA 2.0, 20. LloydGallman, Child beauty pageant, CC BY-SA 4.0, 18. Ethan via flickr, CC BY 2.0, 17. Wcnghj at English Wikipedia, NYC Transit Museum Miss Subways, CC BY 3.0, 15. Jorge Mejía peralta from Managua, Nicaragua, Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza en Nicaragua 11, CC BY 2.0, 12. Khanh Hoa newspaper’s reporter, Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza2, CC BY-SA 3.0, 7. Mk2010, Elmer’s Office Glue Stick, CC BY-SA 3.0, 4. Jorge Mejia, MissNica07, CC BY 2.0, 1. Dietmar Lang, agência latina press, Miss-universe-2011-leila-lopes, CC BY-SA 3.0

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