Cheer on quirky contestants, including animals and aliens, at these unconventional beauty contests.
Not all beauty competitions involve swimsuits and evening gowns. In countries like Vietnam, New Zealand, and Venezuela, locals can participate in amusing pageants that abide by the old adage: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” These curious contests flip the audience’s expectations of what it means to be a beauty queen. One popular pageant is dedicated to senior ladies, while another celebrates the scowling Star Trek Klingon species. Some events give the top prizes to Chinese goldfish and Saudi Arabian camels. In the case of the Miss Barbie contest, even plastic dolls can strike a pose for a chance at a crown. Smile and wave at these 10 whimsical beauty competitions, which take place every year in countries around the globe.