Russia's candidate for a global beauty pageant has veered away from platitudes about world peace to deliver a stinging condemnation of her homeland under President Vladimir Putin, calling it a "beggar country" and a "great artery" that feeds a corrupt elite.Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 4:08am
Malaysia prides itself on its racial mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous tribes, something apparent among the 17 finalists competing for the next Miss Universe Malaysia crown.
Women from a wide range of races posed for the cameras just outside Kuala Lumpur.4 Oct 2012 - 11:24am
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
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
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
Winner of this year's Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2008 Edelweiss Cheung Shu-nga shares her method for lightening skin:
'We spent more than a week on a boat trip in the Caribbean during this year's Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant. We had to do a lot of shoots under the bright sun and no matter how much sunscreen we used, many of us got very, very tanned.23 Sep 2008 - 12:00am
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
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
A woman who was disqualified from a beauty pageant for undergoing extensive cosmetic surgery is planning to sue the event's organisers for discrimination.24 May 2004 - 12:00am
Victoria Jolly, face of the Sevens, is going through her own face-off today. Similar to the last match of the Sevens final, her key rival is Argentina.
But to win the competition, Miss Hong Kong 2002 does not have to lift a finger.
She is competing in the 2004 Global Beauty Olympics being voted on by fans of the world's No1 website on beauty pageants.31 Mar 2004 - 12:00am