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Miss Universe: Trumpless, But Still the World’s Premier Beauty Pageant

Featured image It is time to start previewing the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. The contestants have gathered in Las Vegas and the competition is under way. The finale will be on Sunday, December 20, and will be broadcast on Fox. This year’s competition could have had an interesting tie-in with the 2016 presidential campaign, as Donald Trump has co-owned the pageant with NBC for some years. However, in the initial burst of »

It Has Been Too Long Since the Last Beauty Pageant

Historically, we (I, actually) have covered two beauty pageants each year–Miss World and Miss Universe. They are the two biggest pageants in the world, and their international flavor makes them especially interesting. It has been a while, however, since we have followed the world of pageantry. The Miss Universe pageant was in August, and we covered it here and elsewhere. Miss World, however, was in the fall, when I was »

Beauty Pageants: Not What They Used To Be!

Long-time readers know that I try to keep abreast of developments in the world of beauty pageants. I’ve generally focused on Miss World and Miss Universe, but I thought this year I should check out the new format for the Miss America contest, the finals of which are tomorrow night. So I went to Yahoo News Photos to see how the pageant has been going. This is what I found »

Islamic State Threatens Miss Universe Pageant

Featured image The 2017 Miss Universe pageant is scheduled to take place in January, somewhere in the Philippines. The Philippines have long been home to an Islamic insurgency, and ISIS reportedly is calling on its followers to bomb the pageant: Terrorists from the Islamic State group have allegedly called for attacks at the upcoming Miss Universe competition set for January 2017 in the Philippines. A string of threats recently posted to the »

Beauty Queens for Free Speech

Featured image We have written here and here about the Miss Universe pageant, the finale of which takes place a week from tomorrow. Earlier today Miss Israel joined Miss France in expressing support for free speech and opposition to Islamic terrorism: Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted the picture on her Instagram feed with these words: I am against every murder. The murder in France and the murder of Jews in the grocery »

Miss World: A Good Pageant, In Spite of Itself

Featured image This web site’s pageant coverage has focused on the two great international competitions: Miss Universe and Miss World. Donald Trump, for better or worse, owns Miss Universe, while Miss World has remained in the same British hands for decades. Both pageants have their strong points; Miss World not only has a talent competition–long ago abandoned by Miss Universe–but has a system of preliminary contests where the winners of the talent, »

Once Again, Pageant Queen Outsmarts President

My coverage of beauty pageants is somewhat tongue in cheek, but it also reflects genuine respect for the young women who participate in them, especially the international ones like Miss Universe and Miss World. For smart, ambitious young women, pageantry can be a ticket to fame and fortune. And pageant contestants often display better judgment than political leaders. For example, last year we noted that Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, wrote »

Beauty Queen Collars Crooks

Readers sometimes think my appreciation of beauty pageants is not entirely serious. But this story suggests that pageantry can indeed build character: Miss America 1944 has a talent that likely has never appeared on a beauty pageant stage: She fired a handgun to shoot out a vehicle’s tires and stop an intruder. Venus Ramey, 82, confronted a man on her farm in south-central Kentucky last week after she saw her »

A Return to Pageantry

Readers who have discovered us only recently may not be aware that, from time to time, we have covered beauty pageants. The best ones, in my opinion, are Miss World and Miss Universe. Examples of our Miss World coverage are here and here. Sample Miss Universe coverage is here, and this is where I live-blogged the finale in 2004, which turned out to be an inspired idea. The time has »

Pageant Blogging Resumes!

We have shamefully neglected the beauty pageant scene since our triumphant live-blogging of last year’s Miss Universe contest. We’ve been distracted long enough by serious events like elections, etc.; it’s time to take note of last night’s finale of the Miss USA competition. I actually didn’t know it was going on until I walked into the library and found my daughters cheering on Miss North Carolina. This isn’t surprising; as »

Old-Fashioned Pageantry

A number of readers expressed disappointment with the recently-completed Miss America pageant. As Miss America has increasingly defined itself as a scholarship contest, it has come more and more to resemble a librarians’ convention. So, as an alternative, consider the Miss Argentina competition. Political correctness has not yet penetrated Latin America, and they tend to have old-fashioned beauty contests. Here is Monica Spear, who was crowned tonight as this year’s »

Is this pageant really necessary?

As much as Rocket Man loves beauty pageants, I’m not sure what he would make of this report from the Jerusalem Post about the “Miss Barrier Line” pageant, that features 26 Israeli and Palestinian contestants. Since none of the contestants is Muslim (that religion doesn’t share Rocket Man’s enthusiasm for such events), what I make of it is that Israeli Jews and Palestinian Christians can get along. »

Pageant Coverage–Our Duty

We try to be a full service news site, so we feel obliged to cover events like the Miss America pageant. Say what you will, it is still one of the most-watched television programs of the year, mostly by women and girls. Miss Florida won this year, and I am sure she has wonderful intellectual attainments, but those are hard to portray visually. So here are a few photos of »

The Week in Pictures: Anonymous Edition

Featured image Power Line is facing a test of its blognificence unlike any faced by a modern American website. It is not just that the googleplex of leftist internet censorship looms large. Or that the readership is bitterly divided between dog pic lovers and cat pic lovers. I am an anonymous senior level staffer for Power Line who works diligently behind the scenes to curtail John’s beauty pageant “news” stories, Paul’s soccer »

There She Was…

Featured image The Miss America pageant has announced that it is doing away with its swimsuit competition. Further, the Miss America contest “will no longer judge contestants based on their looks.” “Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul,” [Gretchen Carlson, chairwoman of the Miss America Organization] said. »

Two 2013 letters

Featured image Omri Ceren’s tweet below is at the same time a valuable piece of media criticism and history. The letter to Khameni cited by Omri is described well in the Wall Street Journal story by Jay Solomon and Carol Lee. We are living in strange, strange times, and the press is a virtually insuperable obstacle to understanding them. Omri’s tweet is a valuable reminder on that score as well. In 2013 »

Miss Universe In the Age of Social Media

Featured image The finale of the Miss Universe Pageant is around noon on Sunday, and yet, if you go to the official pageant site, it is in a state of disarray. The links to “Contestants,” “Competition,” etc. don’t work. You see an error message like this: If you forget about the links and hunt around, there actually is a Contestants page. But here again, if you click on a photo to learn »