Exposing a girl to the scrutiny of beauty pageants can create an imbalance of values and leave her believing that looks are more important than inner character development, according to Laura Agadoni from Global Post. Be... More »

Corporations, local businesses and charities sponsor beauty pageants. The type of beauty pageant dictates the variety of sponsorship, with smaller pageants having a higher degree of local business participation. More »

Tangible benefits of beauty pageants include the opportunity to win college scholarship money and build networking connections. In addition, many pageant participants point to other, intangible benefits. More »

Some well-known bikini contests are the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants, and the Miss Hooters International pageant. The Miss USA and Miss Universe contests feature swimsuit competitions which are major highli... More »

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The disadvantages of beauty pageants are most dangerous for children, as taking part in these contests often drains their families financially and teaches participants that self-value comes from outward appearance. The l... More »

Since the start of Miss Universe pageants in the early 1950s, five Puerto Ricans hold Miss Universe titles. The title of the first Puerto Rican Miss Universe went to Marisol Maralet, winner of the 1970 competition. Next,... More »

Beauty pageants can affect one's self-esteem in both positive and negative ways. A pageant winner’s self-esteem may or may not change as a result of participating in beauty pageants. Beauty pageants mainly teach women to... More »