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

Mr Asia contest snubs brains and beefcake

Many of us have given up on traditional beauty pageants, which are a bit like meat markets. But ATV is reigniting media interest by relaunching its male pageant, renamed the Mr Asia Contest 2005 - meaning any Asian male aged above 18 can participate. The date is still a secret.

27 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Skin Deep

'I'm a sexy man, sexy, sexy, sexy,' is a bizarre choice of song to play at an all-female beauty pageant.

20 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

An ugly obsession with beauty

The mainland's hosting of the Miss World contest has underlined its credentials as a global leader in the beauty queen business. But a very different pageant held at the weekend in Beijing raises uncomfortable questions.

20 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Beauty industry 'treats women as toys'

Women's affairs chief condemns the extremes people go to for a new look, but others say plastic surgery is a sign of progress

The mainland's most senior voice on women's affairs has condemned a culture of skin-deep beauty where females resort to financial and medical extremes to transform their appearance.

25 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Facelift beauty sues over pageant rejection

Surgically-altered finalist claims 50,000 yuan for distress

A woman who was kicked out of a beauty pageant for undergoing cosmetic surgery took the event's organisers to court yesterday seeking 50,000 yuan in compensation.

30 Jun 2004 - 12:00am