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Beauty Contest

A bad week for ...

Tao Yujie

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Three new picks in tainted pageant

The organising committee of the Miss International China beauty pageant has decided to select three more women to represent the municipality of Chongqing after widespread criticism of the three winners for not being pretty enough, it announced on its microblog yesterday.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Ugly rumours rejected in beauty contest row

A beauty pageant organiser in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing has defended the selection of the top three winners, following accusations that the judges came under pressure to select certain women, who were criticised online as not being pretty enough.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Yue-Sai Kan knows what it means to make a time commitment. Whether it's hosting a television show, launching a cosmetics company or training a beauty pageant contestant, the 62-year-old Guangxi native devotes all her attention to a project. 'Once you commit to something, you put 100 per cent of your time into it because you believe in it,' she says.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Do beauty contests harm society?

Elise Choi, 16, Sai Kung Sung Tsun Catholic School

Nowadays, beauty contests are being held everywhere in the world, including the least developed countries. Some people say the shows are harmful to society, but I disagree. There are many advantages, both for participants and audiences all over the world.

6 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Miss World - beauty and the blessed

China's first Miss World Zhang Zilin (below) plans to reveal her ugly duckling-turned-princess story in a new book.

27 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Pageants become big business on mainland

Few people can recall the name or the face of the mainland's first beauty queen, who just seven years after the opening and reform of China took the Miss Canton title.

The contest, held in Guangzhou, was abandoned soon afterwards as the contest fell out of favour with conservative leaders.

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Allan Zeman looks forward to two weekends full of beer and beauties

What guy can resist indulging in beer and girls? Certainly not Allan Zeman. In addition to promoting the brew-swilling Julyfest next weekend, the Lan Kwai Fong boss is also a judge in this Saturday's Miss Hong Kong pageant. But as goes the mantra with all such beauty contests, Zeman (above) suggests it won't just be about a swimsuit competition.

20 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

One big popularity contest

On a walk through Happy Valley, passing the Hong Kong Jockey Club, an inquisitive pedestrian might glance up at a large poster announcing a contest for the most popular horse and jockey.

4 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Are you in favour of a beauty pageant for men?

Pulcheria Chung, 18

St Mary's Canossian College

I am against beauty pageants for women, but I realise that there is very little chance of them being scrapped.

Competitions such as Miss Universe have evolved over the years and many new elements have been introduced to cater to the audience's varied tastes.

6 Jun 2005 - 12:00am