This year’s Miss World pageant contains an online component, where viewers can log on to vote for their favorite candidate. Trend Hunter has long covered the bizarre relationship our culture has with beauty, and the unusual beauty pageants in the slideshow below showcase the depth of our fascination.
Sure, the Miss World pageant is the oldest major beauty pageant still in existence that judges international beauty. But not everyone can be a representative of their country, so naturally fringe beauty contests were bound to pop up.
Nature fans will either love or hate the variety of animal beauty competitions in existence. Cows, goats and camels are just three of the bizarre subjects celebrated in these beauty pageants. I’m sticking to watching the Miss World pageant.
There are also beauty pageants that honor their participants’ difference from cultural norms. The transgender beauty contest in the Philippines, the Depth of Beauty pageant and the Thai Miss Jumbo Queen beauty contest are three such examples.
Whether you’d rather attend the Miss World pageant or an inmate beauty contest, you’ll find a competition to suit your fancy below.
$2.72 Million Camels
Dubai Prince Splurges on a Dry Hump
Depth of Beauty Pageant
Where Inner Beauty Counts
Animal Beauty Contests
The 'Most Beautiful Goat' Competition
Miss Longest Hair
Spokesmodels Getting Ugly as California Cow Vies for Pageant Title
The Award for the Ugliest Icelandic Native Goes to...
Blogger Launches Inmate Beauty Contest
Winner Gets Bail!
"Miss Sister 2008" Catholic Beauty Contest
Big Is Beautiful
Miss Jumbo Queen Thai Beauty Pageant
Offbeat Beauty Contests
Amazing Philippine Beauties Contest (UPDATE)