Beauty pageants


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A beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants, although most contests have evolved to also incorporate personality traits, intelligence, talent, and a contestant's ability to answer judges' questions on various subjects as judged criteria. The most prestigious beauty pageants are referred to as the "Big Four" : Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, and Miss Earth.

The organizers of each pageant may determine the rules of the competition, including the age range of contestants. The rules may also require the contestants to be unmarried, and be "virtuous", "amateur", and available for promotions, besides other criteria. It may also set the clothing standards in which contestants will be judged, including the type of swimsuit.

Beauty pageants are generally multi-tiered, with local competitions feeding into the larger competitions. A winner of a beauty contest is often called a beauty queen and prizes include titles, tiaras, crowns, sashes, scepters, savings bonds, scholarships, and prize money. Some pageants award college scholarships, to the winner or multiple runners-up.
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  1. Beauty pageants were originally particular with the   of the contestants.

  2. International beauty pageants are comprised of   competitions.

  3. The rules and criteria for judging a beauty pageant are   .

  4. The   portion of a pageant determines the mental aptitude of the contestants.

  5. Beauty pageants created   .


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  1. Are you into beauty pageants? Why? Why not?

  2. What , for you , is the essence of beauty?


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      • a prize or other mark of recognition given in honor of an achievement
      • (determined) ascertain, establish
      • (evolved) to change or develop slowly often into a better, more complex, or more advanced state
      • (focused) concentrate, pay attention
      • a meeting at which people talk to each other in order to ask questions and get information
      • (judged) to form an opinion about (something or someone) after careful thought
      • belonging or relating to a particular area or neighborhood
      • a number specifying position in a numerically ordered series
      • structure
      • a quality that makes one person or thing different from another; characteristic


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