2Miss Beautiful Ape
3Miss Perfect Posture
However, this was no ordinary pageant. All three were picked not only for their apparent beauty, but also for their X-rays and their posture. Each girl stood on a pair of scales — one foot on each — and the winning trio each registered exactly half of her weight on each scale, confirming the correct standing posture.
At the time, contests like this were pretty common. They were held to burnish the reputation of the profession.
These contests date to the 1920s, but they became the rage during the '50s and '60s. Contestants were typically judged on beauty, poise, posture, and X-rays to evaluate their spinal structure.
But the pageants began to wane as chiropractors achieved their licensure goals. The last big contest was held in Chattanooga, TN in 1969. (Source)
4Miss Trans Brazil (Where the Winner Gets a Free Sex Change Operation)
The wolf-whistles and shouts of appreciation were not just for the models' feminine curves; they were also for the breathtaking courage of the leggy, high cheeked sirens. By flaunting their bodies, contestants made an unequivocal statement that they are proud to be transvestites and transsexuals, since they were all born as men.
However, that wasn't the most controversial aspect of the Miss Trans Brazil 2013 contest.
For the first time, the organizers, the Transgender Association for the State of Rio de Janeiro (RIO ASTRA), offered the winner a transsexual operation from male to female in Thailand. The prize encountered controversy because a sex change operation is against the law in Brazil.
The show is sponsored by the government's Social Assistance and Human Rights Department as part of the campaign to combat homophobic violence in the country.
NOTE: One reader pointed it out that: "The gender reassignment operation isn't illegal in Brazil. Both male to female and female to male surgeries can be made, by legal ways - if the interested part is willing to go trough the right procedures (psychological checking, physical evaluation, etc.)- via the state's health care program (SUS - Sistema Único de Saúde, or Unifyed Health System in English). The same applies to the hormone therapy. There's some bureaucracy involved but it's not against the law. Maybe the prize's appeal would be aimed at avoiding the medical procedures and psychiatric evaluations required by the law." (Thanks, Leandro!) (Source)
NSW finalist Scarlette Rose, 25, said that she was drawn to the classic look and femininity of the era's clothing, makeup, and hairstyles. "I like taking care of how I present myself and putting a bit of effort into how I dress," she said.
"It's just very feminine compared to what comes out now." (Source)
6Miss Bobbed Hair
Twelve contestants were judged for beauty, general knowledge, and their good behavior record. First prize included about $1,000 in cash to be deposited in the winner's prison bank account. The winner of Miss Jail 2011 was 19-year-old convicted murderer Rebecca Rhaysa Suelen Guedesin.
Miss Jail is the latest in a growing trend. Prison beauty pageants have also been held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, as well as in Russia, Colombia, and Lithuania. (Source)
According to hooker visionary and figurative artist Natalia Fabia, the word "hooker" could be loosely defined as "someone who sells one's talents and abilities, talent, or name for money, (but it also means) a rad, strong, talented, tough, colorful, independent, stylish, and beautiful woman." This pageant is Fabia's platform for highlighting real women in Hollywood's music and art scene. It's part burlesque performance, part improvised event and applauds beauty, brains, and brawn. (Source)
9Miss Atomic Bomb
Inspired by the cultural phenomena, Las Vegas decided to combine two of its major attractions – nuclear bombs and showgirls – into a beauty contest. The first atomic pin-up girl, Candyce King, appeared on May 9, 1952 in the “Evening Telegraph” (Dixon, Illinois) and the “Day Record” (Statesville, North Carolina) papers. She was called “Miss Atomic Blast.” In the spring of 1953, the city of North Las Vegas chose Paula Harris as Miss North Las Vegas of 1953 and gave her the nickname “Miss A-Bomb.”
Perhaps the most famous “Miss Atomic Bomb” was Copa Showgirl Lee A. Merlin. She was crowned, coinciding with Operation Pumbbob, while wearing a cotton mushroom cloud on the front of her swimsuit. The popular photograph by Don English was distributed nationally. She was the last “Miss Atomic Bomb.” (Source)
10Miss Holocaust Survivor
Pageant organizer Shimon Sabag rejected the criticism, saying that the winners were chosen based on their personal stories of survival and rebuilding their lives after the war, and physical beauty was only a tiny part of the competition.
Nearly 300 women from across Israel registered for the competition and contestants were whittled down to the 14 finalists. The women, ranging in age from 74 to 97, clearly enjoyed themselves. Wearing black dresses, earrings, necklaces, and sporting blue-and-white numbered sashes, they were introduced to the adoring audience. Music played as the contestants walked along a red carpet, introduced themselves, and described their memories of World War II. (Source)
11Miss Dairy Cow