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Pageant Accused of Caving to China, Silencing Beauty Queen

Miss World accused of putting 'gag order' on China critic Anastasia Lin

(Newser) - "Why is a powerful country like China so afraid of a beauty queen?" Anastasia Lin asked in 2015 after the country denied her a visa to keep her from competing in the annual Miss World pageant being held there. The New York Times reports the 26-year-old Canadian beauty queen... More »

Miss World Japan Called 'Dirty' for Being Biracial

Priyanka Yoshikawa wants to 'change perceptions'

(Newser) - Growing up in Japan, "everyone thought I was a germ. Like, if they touched me they would be touching something bad," says Priyanka Yoshikawa. It's an experience she wants no one else to endure. The half-Indian, half-Japanese English teacher crowned Miss World Japan on Monday has promised... More »

Miss World Banishes the Bikini

'I don't need to see women walking up and down in bikinis,' contest chairwoman says

(Newser) - Just days after South Africa's Rolene Strauss won this year's crown , Miss World organizers have announced it will no longer feature the swimsuit portion of the contest, reports the New York Daily News . Next year's competition will be the first year in the event's 63-year history... More »

Miss Honduras Found Dead

Maria Jose Alvarado was set to compete in Miss World

(Newser) - Maria Jose Alvarado, the reigning Miss Honduras who went missing days before she was set to leave for London to prep for the Miss World pageant, was today found dead along with her sister, the BBC reports. Alvarado, 19, and sister Sofia Trinidad, 23, were last seen getting into a... More »

Beauty Queen Vanishes Before Miss World Pageant

Honduran police detain 4 people for questioning

(Newser) - Honduran police have apprehended four people in the case of a beauty queen who went missing mere weeks before she was supposed to compete for the Miss World title, the Telegraph reports. Maria Jose Alvarado, the reigning Miss Honduras, hasn't been seen since attending a party in Honduras on... More »

Miss World 2013: No Bikinis!

Event trades bikinis for sarongs in Islamic Indonesia

(Newser) - The Miss World competition is saying buh-bye to bikinis after protests from Muslim groups convinced organizers to replace the skimpy swimwear with long sarongs, reports the AP . The change is a nod of respect to this September's host country, Indonesia, and sarongs are traditional in Bali and Jakarta. "... More »

Miss World 2010 in Nude Photo Scandal

Are we even surprised anymore?

(Newser) - Another day, another naked-photo beauty pageant scandal: This time it’s Miss World 2010, Alexandria Mills, who allegedly took a nude photograph of herself this summer and sent it to her then-boyfriend. It's now, predictably, landed in Radar's hands, and the site claims it has "verified the authenticity" of... More »

China Accused of Freezing Out Miss World Favorite

Snub thought to be related to anger over Nobel Peace Prize

(Newser) - Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize win has caused quite a backlash in China, where authorities are still cracking down on his supporters—and now the backlash has hit the Miss World contest, held this weekend on a Chinese island. Miss USA Alexandria Mills, 18, was crowned the winner amid speculation... More »

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