A beauty pageant is a competition that usually judges its participating contestants on the basis of their physical appearance only.
While the competition may include rounds of personal interviews and talent shows, it mostly focuses on the aesthetics of a personís body.
These contests primarily revolve around women, but similar contests for men are popular too.
There are two kinds of beauty pageants, natural and glitz.
In the natural beauty pageant, contestants are devoid of make up and excessive hair styling.
For natural beauty pageants, costumes are clothes that are picked off the racks from a retail store and not customized or heavy on embellishments.
On the other hand, glitz beauty pageants involve heavy make up, hair styling and the contestants are dressed in embellished, one-of-a-kind outfit.
Beauty pageants can be further categorized on the basis of age brackets, nationality, community, and marital status, among others.
The most popular international beauty pageants are Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss America, which are held annually.
The winners are usually awarded with tiaras and sashes and cash prizes.
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