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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Beauty Contest

The world’s first beauty contest was held at Spa, Belgium in 1888. All participants had to supply a photograph and a short description of themselves to be eligible for entry and a final selection of 21 were judged by a formal panel. It  was won by 18-year-old Bertha Soucaret.

The Blonde & Brunette Beauty Show, the UK’s first beauty contest, was held in Newcastle upon Tyne on December 23, 1905. The winner, whose name is not recorded, was awarded a gold bangle and bracelet.

The Miss America Contest was created in Atlantic City with the purpose of extending the tourist season beyond Labor Day. On September 8, 1921, 100,000 people gathered at the Boardwalk to watch the contestants from Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Ocean City, Camden, Newark, New York, and Philadelphia. The winner from Washington D.C., 16-year-old Margaret Gorman (see below) was crowned the "Golden Mermaid" and won $100.

The first Miss World competition took place at the Lyceum Ballroom in London on April 19, 1951. It actually was originally called Festive Bikini Contest, but the media panned it as Miss World, and it retained that name from then on. The competition was won by Sweden’s Kiki Hakansson.

Mrs. America Pageant is a beauty competition that was established in 1977 to honor married women throughout the United States of America. Before the Miss USA beauty pageant, there existed a "Mrs America" which chose an annual best wife, based on cooking, sewing, ironing skills, as well as personality and looks. 

Canada declared national beauty contests canceled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women.

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