Beauty pageants have undergone a lot of scrutiny over the years, with many criticizing the fact that women are judged on their looks. Things like the swimsuit competition and the stereotype surrounding the perfect beauty pageant contestant have created a certain stigma surrounding the organizations as well as the person wearing the crown.
Things have evolved over the years, since many pageants didn’t even allow women of color to compete through the organizations during the early years of pageantry. Nowadays, beauty pageants encompass women of all different nationalities, with the Miss Universe pageant helping to give focus to countries all over the world. While the swimsuit round is still a huge part of the competition, the question and answer portion is also equally as important. Contestants should be well-rounded women that have an educational background, the ability to be articulate and knowledgeable, as well as being beautiful. Even after obtaining her crown, the winner usually goes on to fight for a particular charitable cause and inspire other women through speaking engagements and appearances.
The high standards put on the contestants and the seedy underbelly of the organizations have brought some scandals out into the public eye over the years, with each one more indecent than the next. From nude photographs to murders, the beauty pageant world can be just as salacious as anything else in the celebrity world. Check out our list of the 10 biggest scandals in beauty pageants, and see how the world of pageantry isn’t always as glamorous as you might think.
10 Pageant Queens Gone Wild
9 Steve Harvey Messes Up The Crowning Ceremony
8 Vanessa Williams Loses Miss America Crown
7 Miss California Stripped Of Crown
6 Miss Great Britain Slept With A Judge
5 Miss Sinaloa Arrested For Drug Trafficking
4 Miss Honduras And Her Sister Murdered
3 Miss Venezuela Shot And Killed On Vacation With Family
2 Mama June Stands Behind Child Molester
1 JonBenét Ramsey Murder
Long before Toddler’s and Tiaras, many people didn’t know about the billion dollar business of child beauty pageantry. From putting makeup on a six-year-old to the over-the-top costume pieces that parents spend thousands of dollars on, the first time it was really introduced to the general public was after the murder of JonBenét Ramsey. People were shocked by the murder of a child, the mystery surrounding the case, and the secret world of child pageantry. This 1996 murder was never definitively solved, despite being pursued by each successive district attorney to inherit the case. Although many believed the family was involved, new DNA technology helped to exonerate the family in recent years (which shows physical evidence of an unknown person) in key aspects of the crime scene.
Sources: bbc, cnn, nydailynews
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