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Inside an Erotic Dance Pageant at a Nudist Resort

The annual Nudes-a-Poppin' pageant was way more misogynistic than I'd anticipated.
Caroline Tompkins
9.5.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Former Miss Teen USA Contestants Say Trump Walked in on Them Changing

Four contestants from Donald Trump's 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant and one from his 2001 Miss USA pageant remember him waltzing through the changing room while young women were undressed.
Lauren Messman
10.12.16
PROFILES

'Parades Are the Worst': Miss America Reflects on Her Reign

In her time as Miss America, Betty Cantrell has visited countless hospitals and charity events, traveled by C17 aircraft to eight countries in as many days, and become very, very exhausted.
Molly Oswaks
8.15.16
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
Beauty

Stripping, Twerking, and Feminism at the Miss Juggalette Beauty Pageant

Broadly Staff
11.18.15
Broadly

You're Only Old Once: A Day at the Ms. Senior America Pageant

Ms. Senior America is the world's first and foremost pageant for women over the age of 60. Competition is fierce, but somehow everyone comes out a winner.
Grace Ashford
11.4.15
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
pageants

Every Vagina Is a Snowflake: A Dispatch from Portland's Vagina Beauty Pageant

The contest's judges were supposed to rate vaginas on "20 percent physical beauty, 20 percent talent, 60 percent vagina beauty," but shock value mattered more than anything else.
Susan Elizabeth Shepard
8.5.15