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Strange Beauty Pageants from Around the World

Jun 27, 2013

Pageants are unique in their own respected ways, but many unique and even bizarre pageants exist or have existed around the world.  Imagine participating in the 1970’s Miss American Vampire pageant or perhaps Miss Atom in the 90’s, which was used to highlight the positives of nuclear power. Below are our top 5 strangest beauty pageants from around the world.


Mr. or Miss Mosquito Legs: Held at the Great Texas Mosquito Festival, pageant dresses aren’t necessarily required. Instead, contestants put on a pair of shorts and wait for mosquitoes to bite them, the person with the best bites wins.

Miss Klingon: A normal beauty pageant, with a very big twist. Contestants are required to wear their best Klingon wear and participate in Klingon themed activities. Klingon’s are a popular type of character from the science fiction show Star Trek.

Miss Land Mine: However a bizarre idea, this pageant is for women from Angola who have lost limbs due to land mines. Winners are asked to participate in standard pageant activities, and the first place winner gets a high quality, gold painted prosthesis. This pageant truly shows that beauty is more than what is on the outside.

Miss Diaper Queen: In 1947, women we’re asked to participate in a pageant held for the Diaper Service Institute of America in Chicago. Contestants we’re asked to look their best while wearing a cloth diaper. The company no longer exists, and luckily neither does the pageant.

Miss American Vampire: Long before Twilight, Miss American Vampire existed. This unique pageant required women 18-25 to produce their most imaginative vampire look. The pageant, hosted by Regis Philbin, was a marketing idea for the movie, The House of Dark Shadows.

Do you know of any other bizarre pageants? Leave them below in the comments!

Surprising Pageant Princesses and Queens

Feb 28, 2013

Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Sharon Stone – you’ve seen them on television and on the big screen, but did you know that before their acting careers, these ladies were beauty pageant contestants? You may have known about those three actresses, but here are some surprising pageant princesses you may not know about.

Known for her roles in films like One Million B.C., the 1973 rendition of The Three Musketeers, and Legally Blonde, Raquel Welch has made quite the name for herself. Did you know this acting beauty was also a beauty pageant contestant?Pageant Queen Crown

Pageant Titles: Miss Photogenic, Miss La Jolla, Miss Contour, Miss Fairest of the Fair, and Miss San Diego 1957

Before she played in well-known shows, such as Dallas and The Dukes of Hazard, Lindsay Bloom was strutting across stages in beauty pageant dresses.

Pageant Titles & Achievements: Miss Arizona 1971, Miss USA 1972, and fourth runner up at the Miss International Pageant

Kathie Lee Gifford’s acting career includes roles on many popular television shows and films, such as The First Wives Club, Touched by An Angel and her morning talk show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Before her rise to stardom, Gifford was a pageantry queen.

Pageant Titles: Maryland’s Junior Miss; and she went on to represent Maryland in America’s Junior Miss Pageant.

Lynda Carter may have played Wonder Woman in The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, but her most elegant role was being a pageant queen.

Pageant Titles & Achievements: Miss World USA 1972 and Carter reached the semi-finals in the 1972 Miss World pageant.

Do you know of someone famous who is also a pageant queen or contestant? Let us know with a comment!