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.


The average BMI (Body Mass Index) of a Beauty Contestant in the US in 1930 was 20.8, which is universally in the middle of the "healthy" range. In 2010, it was 16.9, which is considered underweight for anyone.

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The first Miss America Pageant was held in Atlantic City in 1921. Bathing suit contests had been held at beaches in Delaware as early as 1880 (those saucy Victorians!)

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There are four major international beauty pageants for adult women, known as The Big Four - Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International, and Miss Earth. The Philippines holds the most titles from The Big Four.

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Being a Pageant Queen isn't cheap or easy - it's like a full time job. For serious competitors in the US, evening dresses can cost upwards of $1,000 for gowns off the rack, $5,000 and up for custom-made gowns. Professional Hair and Makeup can cost $250 and hour, on top of personal trainers, pageant coaches, professional head shots, transportation, pageant entry fees....

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Globally, Beauty Pageants are insanely popular, with over 3,000 pageants listed on the International Register of Pageants.

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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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