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The Condom Olympics Are A Stretch For Miss Universe


And we thought Heidi Montag’s performance and all the plastic surgery at the Miss Universe pageant was scandalous? Check out this video of Miss Australia blowing up a condom to the point where it burst. The backstory: a few days before the pageant, the Miss Universe Organization held a “Condom Olympics” in conjunction with Population Services International (PSI), a global health organization which sponsors the YouthAIDS program. At said Olympics, the Miss Universe contestants participated in a slew of condom-use and HIV-awareness games, including one where condoms filled with water were used as shot-put balls. The winner of the contest received a spot as a YouthAIDs ambassador. Of course, not everyone was so excited about this event and many religious groups are up in arms about it. What do you think—good way for the Miss Universe contestants to use their fame in their respective countries, or completely out of line? [CNS News] Keep reading »

The Bizarre World Of Venezuelan Beauty Pageants

When Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez, 18, was crowned Miss Universe, she got so excited she could barely keep the crown on her head. It’s the second year in a row that a Venezuelan has won the tiara, and the sixth win since the pageant began. So why all the wins? Because in Venezuela, beauty pageants are kind of like a national sport. After the jump, the insane details of this pageant-obsessed culture. Keep reading »

Black People Like To Tan Too!

How narrow-minded of Jezebel to question why a black pageant contestant would need a spray tan! Sure, Victoria’s mother on “Toddlers & Tiarasis feeding into the overly-primped beauty ideal that is plaguing child beauty pageants, but to assume that she was overdoing the pageant preparation because she was tanning her already brown child is plain wrong. News flash: some black folks do enjoy tanning. It’s one of my most relaxing summer pastimes, which I learned from my mother who is about Victoria’s complexion. And yes, there are varying degrees of darkness, but what I like is the golden undertone that safe(r) tanning gives me. Maybe next time Jezebel will be more open-minded when it comes to child beauty pageants and just hate on them like every other rational-thinking person. Keep reading »

Sure, Baby Beauty Pageants Are Lame, But Are They Child Abuse?

Former beauty pageant star Brooke Breedwell (um, yes, that’s her real name) has spoken out about her pageant past. You may recognize her from this disturbing documentary, “Painted Babies.” Today, she doesn’t look back on her participation fondly. Now a sophomore in college, Breedwell claims that her mother not only pushed her too hard, the experience scarred her for life. “Pageants have put a lot of stress and anxiety on my life,” she told “Good Morning America.” “I feel the need to be perfect at everything, and I know that’s not realistic. You can’t be perfect at everything.” Is it time we start regulating baby beauty pageants? Keep reading »

Here She Comes, Miss Russian Prisoner 2009

Not only are we wondering whether boys should compete in beauty pageants, we’re questioning whether prisoners strutting their stuff for the judges is the best way to “rehabilitate” those behind bars. Whatever your take on it, jail-bird beauty queens aren’t a new entry into the world of bizarro pageants—but one Russian women’s prison “biker chic” contest goes above and beyond! Check out the crowned winner (above) as well as all the dramatic behind-the-scenes shots after the jump. Keep reading »

Should Boys Compete In Beauty Pageants?

Are boys becoming girls? They’re already getting mani/pedis and are competing in glitzy beauty pageants. It seems a new generation of boys is being raised to obsess about their looks like their female counterparts. This video, from season one of TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras,” features Heather Hughes, mom of Hayden and Maverick. In the clip Heather expresses a desire to turn her sons into little girls. “These are my girls that I never had, so I’ll just turn them into girls,” she said when asked why she started entering them in pageants. Keep reading »

Miss Plastic Hungary Pageant Seeks “Body Work” Contestants

“Ever had plastic surgery to become beautiful? Are you proud of your body? Would you like to put yourself to the test?” These are all questions most beauty queens would be too embarrassed to answer, but one Hungarian company isn’t afraid to ask. The website MissPlasticHungary.hu is seeking contestants for what it says is the first ever beauty pageant for women who have had cosmetic surgery. Pageant organizers are trying to fight the stigma associated with beauty operations in Hungary. The contest is open to women between the ages of 18 and 30 and to women older than 30 in the “dame” category, all of whom must have had a surgical procedure performed under local or general anesthesia; a simple Botox injection won’t suffice, and neither will extremely large breasts (remember they’re trying to fight the stigma?). So far, 100 entrants have already signed up for the pageant that is supposed to occur on October 9. Maybe Carrie Prejean has a pageant comeback in her future? [Reuters] Keep reading »

Here She Comes, Miss Beautiful Morals

American beauty pageants are all about the long legs, shiny teeth and not saying anything too dense when asked, “How would you make the world a better place?” But at the Miss Beautiful Morals pageant in Saudi Arabia, there’s no swimsuit competition.

Instead, in that deeply Islamic country where women are covered from head to toe in long robes called abayas, contestants vie to see who is most obedient of her parents. A hundred girls ranging in age from 15 to 25 will compete for the Miss Beautiful Morals crown. The queen wins $2,600, and each runner up wins $1,300. The real prize, those involved in the pageant say, is strengthening their devotion to their families. Keep reading »

Outlaw Barbie Coming Soon

Barbie just can’t seem to get a break, despite celebrating her 50th birthday this month. A West Virginia lawmaker, Democrat Jeff Eldridge, has proposed the Ban Barbie Bill because he believes dolls like this place too much importance on physical beauty, and not enough on intellectual and emotional development. “I just hate the image that we give to our kids that if you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful and you don’t have to be smart,” said Eldridge. Other dolls that are believed to send this message will also be banned if the bill is passed. Eldridge admits some Barbie dolls, like Doctor Barbie and Veterinary Barbie, are better, but would nevertheless be outlawed in West Virginia also. Forget the fact that Eldridge is perpetuating a sexist double standard — action figures teach little boys that aggression, physical prowess, and weapons trump intellect. If he’s looking to place blame for kids thinking beauty is the be all and end all, maybe he should look at the parents in his own state, where mothers enter their daughters in pageants like the “Toddlers & Tiaras“-featured Southern Celebrity Beauty Pageant in Charleston, West Virginia. These mothers primp, bleach, and tan their daughters, as young as six months, into sashaying and dancing living dolls. That’s got to be more damaging than child play. [MSNBC.com] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Holly Madison To Become “Dancing” Queen

  • There’s speculation that Holly Madison will replace Jewel, who has been struggling with tendinitis, on “Dancing with the Stars.” Despite being Hef’s number one chick for awhile, Holly doesn’t look rhythmic. [Us Weekly]
  • Couples who use a DVR to record TV shows are happier than those who don’t. They don’t fight over what show to watch and, I bet, they don’t think about what shows they’re missing while having sex. [Your Tango]
  • Where exactly does Tilda Swinton get these horrendous clothes? She should just wear her White Witch costume from “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” [Candy Kirby]
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