Beauty pageants

“Miss World Go To Hell” [Updated]

Featured image The Miss World pageant is being held in Bali, Indonesia, this year. In deference to anticipated protests by Muslim extremists, the pageant’s organizers announced some time ago that there would be no swimsuit competition. Instead, they substituted a sarong round. In my view, such pre-emptive capitulation is a terrible precedent, so I am not covering this year’s Miss World contest. Still, the latest news is worth noting: Indonesian Muslim hard-liners »

Miss Utah vs. Barack Obama and Jay Carney

Featured image The Miss USA pageant was last night; it was won by Erin Brady, Miss Connecticut: There is an interesting trend toward the Northeast in Miss USA, as last year’s winner (and this year’s Miss Universe) was Olivia Culpo, Miss Rhode Island. But today’s news about the pageant focused less on Miss Brady than on Marissa Powell, Miss Utah. Miss Powell was the third runner-up, but she was deemed to have »

Now They’re Messing with Miss World [Updated With Comment By John]

Featured image I knew John would be first in line to cover the congressional campaign of Erika Harold, but there’s another beauty pageant story breaking today that Power Line will need to un-cover fully: the Miss World pageant, to be held this year in Indonesia, has decided to ban bikinis to—wait for it—avoid Muslim threats: BIKINIS have been banned from this year’s Miss World contest – to ward off Islamic hardliners in »

A Second Amendment Celebration

Featured image One of my favorite Facebook groups is “2nd Amendment Hotties,” and apparently more than a few other people like it too, as it has something like 16,000 “likes” on FB.  Would seem an omission not to share some of its awesomeness with Power Line readers, especially since we’re still in a too-long hiatus of beauty pageants worthy of John’s coverage.  So enjoy this respite from scandalmania for a holiday Friday. »

Another Thing to Thank the NRA For

Featured image Either Hinderaker is too busy right now, or we’re in that in-between period like we suffer after the Super Bowl and before baseball opening day when we only have the NBA to tide us through for sports, but there’s clearly a dearth of coverage of beauty pageants on Power Line right now.  Thank goodness for the NRA, which has been holding its convention this weekend.  And thank goodness for Robert »

Mirror, Mirror

Featured image Turns out Obama’s comment that California’s callipygian Kamala Harris is the nation’s best looking attorney general was not just politically incorrect, it may be inaccurate.  Some folks in Nevada have cried foul, and are saying “Hey—wait a minute, we have the hottest state attorney general!  Check out our Cortez Masto!” [UPDATE] But wait!  There’s also Florida’s attorney general, Pam Bondi!  And she’s a Republican! (Thanks for reader tips on this »

Sports Illustrated Swimsuits Versus Lyndon Johnson

Featured image Okay, so this may be the weirdest Power Line headline ever.  You’ll have to bear with me here, though maybe I should say “bare” with me.  Because I was briefly inclined to post an embedded video of “Secrets of a Sports Illustrated Body Paint Model” (because this is clearly an important topic, even though I’m crazy busy this week), but then after reviewing the video several times (quality control you »

What Sports Can Do for You and Humanity

Featured image So last summer we noted here our enthusiasm for Australian high hurdler Michelle Jenneke, whose pre-race dance seemed extremely promising.  Well, we weren’t the only ones.  Turns out the good people who assemble the all-important Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition thought so too, and decided Michelle deserved inclusion in this year’s photo spread.  Here she talks about her fondness for the hurdles between fitting fine bathing attire: »

Miss USA Wins the Crown

Featured image Say what you will about Donald Trump, he runs a pretty good pageant. I didn’t live-blog tonight’s Miss Universe show, but I kept notes as it went along, and so what follows are my impressions as the event unfolded. With a lot of stuff left out, like how mediocre the music was, and who in the world are the judges, anyway? So here goes: There are always some contestants who »

Miss Universe: The Betting Odds

Featured image The finale of the Miss Universe pageant is Wednesday evening. The preliminary round took place on Thursday; it wasn’t televised but was streamed live on the internet. You can watch it here if so inclined. The pageant’s National Costume event was last night; some consider it a rather odd feature of the Miss Universe pageant, but you can watch that, too, on the Miss Universe site. With the finale only »

Miss Universe Gets Hot

Featured image The finale of the Miss Universe contest at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas is only ten days away. And yet, betting has not yet gotten underway, so it is hard to say who are the favorites. I wrote about some of my personal favorites here and here, noting the representatives from Australia, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Czech Republic, Venezuela, Finland, Montenegro, Russia, the Netherlands, Singapore and Cyprus. Wow–that is quite a »

Miss Universe 2012, Part 2: Another Digression [UPDATED With the Thales Joke]

Featured image Honestly, I haven’t gotten over the election yet, and scanning the news produces a numb sense of impending doom. Moreover, being a resident of Minnesota, I can’t seek comfort in sports, unlike some people we know. So what’s left? Let’s focus on the Miss Universe pageant, set to climax in Las Vegas on December 19. The pageant is in a preliminary stage. The Miss Universe web site is up, and »

Miss Universe: A Digression

Featured image Last August, I was doing a radio show with Brian Ward and watching a news feed on my iPad as we were broadcasting. I was stunned to see, coming over the wire, the news that the Miss World contest had just finished up in Inner Mongolia, and Miss China had won. The result was considered a dubious, home town decision. But what astonished me was that the pageant had gotten »

Early Favorite for 2016 Olympics?

Featured image I thought we’d found our favorite athlete to root for in the London Olympics: Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke, whose pre-hurdle routine at the IAAF Finals recently in Barcelona has become a sensation for more than the obvious reason (I mean, when was the last time you saw an athlete anticipating the pure joy of competition this much?).  But it turns out the 19-year old Jenneke isn’t going to the London »

By Popular Demand, Miss USA

Featured image No, that doesn’t mean she is appearing here on PL–although, come to think of it, we could try to line up a guest appearance at Power Line Live where she would chat with our readers; I will see what I can do–only that, in response to requests from Steve and others, I’m going to comment on the Miss USA pageant, which concluded Sunday night. The pageant was won, of course, »

What? Hooters Girls Not for Hicks?

Featured image Looks like my favorite science and climate policy blogger Roger Pielke Jr. has been inspired by John’s beauty pageant coverage here on Power Line, because he’s got up on his fine blog a well-illustrated piece about the economic irrationality of Hooter’s: “Hooter’s Girls Are Not Hicks Neutral.”  Wait a minute—I thought hicks were the prime clientele for Hooter’s girls? Turns out I’ve got the wrong hicks in mind.  Roger means »

My Idea of a Good Draft Choice

Featured image It’s been a long time since I got very interested in an NFL draft, which some fans regard as the most exciting event on the sports calendar. When the home team goes 3-13, the amount of attention you pay to football, including but not limited to the draft, tends to decline drastically. So I was one of the last to know that the Miami Dolphins drafted Texas A&M quarterback Ryan »