Candidates for Miss Philippines perform at a hotel in Quezon City in April. Photo: AFP

What’s behind the Philippine obsession with beauty queens?

  • A shallow, exploitative spectacle in an image-obsessed society? Or a valuable opportunity for young women to get ahead?
  • Love it or hate it, the beauty pageant has deep roots in the Philippines, combining regional pride with glitzy spectacle
Topic |   The Philippines

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Candidates for Miss Philippines perform at a hotel in Quezon City in April. Photo: AFP
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