BEAUTY PAGEANTS

LGBTQ

This YouTuber Is Headed for the World’s Largest Trans Beauty Pageant

After being “100 percent transparent” about her transition on YouTube, Julie Vu is taking her trans advocacy to Thailand.
Mica Lemiski
2.5.19
abortion

Miss America Used to Ban Abortion—And Still Bans Moms, Wives, and Divorcées

Even though the Miss America pageant has tried to adapt to modern sensibilities, emphasizing "female empowerment," it remains committed to an antiquated ideal of femininity.
Diana Tourjée
9.13.17
Broadly

Bold and Beautiful: Behind the Scenes at America's Biggest Trans Beauty Pageant

For the first time in its history, the Queen USA transgender beauty pageant awarded a national title. With talent from across the country and celebrity judges like Caitlyn Jenner and Kelly Osbourne, the event aims to raise funding for healthcare for...
Diana Tourjée
10.25.16
Broadly

Crowning Miss Max: Inside Brazil's Biggest Prison Beauty Pageant

Brazil is home to some of the biggest pageants in the world like Miss World and Miss Universe. Lesser known, however, is Miss Max—a beauty competition at a Sao Paolo prison.
Broadly Staff
1.5.16
Photos

Photos from the Miss Juggalette Beauty Pageant

A look into the only beauty pageant where talents include squirting Faygo from your vagina and rapping about suicide.
Alexis Gross
11.11.15
Beauty

How Ireland's Inner Beauty Pageant Is Getting a Makeover

For one week in August, Ireland tunes in to watch The Rose of Tralee, the country's biggest celebration of inner beauty. Today, women in Ireland are pushing to change the pageant from the inside, but not burn it down.
Sarah Waldron
8.27.15
Photo

Photos of LA's Cat Show People

Every few months, the Glendale Convention Center plays host to a throng of felines and their passionate, passionate owners.
Michelle Groskopf
3.10.15
Stuff

Renee Zellweger Appears in Public, Sparks a Media Firestorm

The hubbub over Renee Zellweger's "new face" has taken over the internet, but why do so many people feel so strongly about making fun of <i>this</i> celebrity?
Dave Schilling
10.22.14
NSFW

NSFW Photos of Sexy Juggalettes at the Gathering of the Juggalos

This weekend, we celebrated feminine beauty with little people, beauty queens, wrestlers, and other sexy juggalettes at the 15th annual Gathering of the Juggalos.
Mitchell Sunderland
7.28.14
Film

A Conversation with the Makers of 'Brave Miss World'

The subject of the documentary, Linor Abargil, was stabbed and raped by a man disguised as a friend. Physical and psychological recovery took years. Today Abargil travels the world encouraging women to speak out.
Alison Stevenson
6.2.14
the vice guide to travel

Miss Camel Beauty Contest

Charlet finds herself the only woman in the desert, looking for the elusive beauty in the beast.
VICE Staff
2.28.14
Stuff

Meet the Guys Behind Top Cities Lists and Urban Beauty Pageants

We all know beauty pageants—cosmopolitan competitions based on beauty, makeup, and tiaras. While personality, talent, and intelligence might come second to hair and heels, that is not the case in every beauty pageant, especially when it comes to urban...
Nadja Sayej
12.3.13