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Beauty pageants such as Miss Universe attract a hell of a lot of negative attention daily, especially since Donald Trump owns one. Anything he owns usually turns to ash, TBF.

From those who feel it's concepts are totally outdated for the modern world, to those expressing concern over how problematic the notion of 'swimsuit bodies' is, pageants are often in the spotlight for scandals.

Once again, pageants are in the media after Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers, was filmed mocking foreign beauty queens and even IMITATING THEIR ACCENTS at the Miss Universe competition.

Can you believe?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is beyond clueless. 

The sexism surrounding the pageants is bad enough, without the racism added to the pile of problems. Summers can be heard saying;

"Miss Cambodia is here and doesn’t speak any English, and not a single other person speaks her language. Could you imagine?"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Summers then went on to mock yet another contestant, Miss Vietnam, saying:

"She’s so cute and she pretends to know so much English."

Not only did she mock her for her lack of English (as if Summers knows anything about being bilingual), she then made fun of how Miss Vietnam spoke.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Summers has since posted an apology after the internet went absolutely mad at her, understandably.

She wrote:

"In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realise can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologise."

I mean, why did she say 'can be perceived' as disrespectful? It's straight up normalised racism, gal.

Own up to it, and check yourself, Regina George. *sigh*

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Jennifer Aniston has opened up about the strained nature of her dysfunctional relationship with her late mother, Nancy Dow.

The actress describes the correlation between their maternal bond and her complex new Netflix film Dumplin', in which she plays a pushy mother and former pageant queen.

In the new movie, her daughter is plus-size and enters herself in a competition purely to make a dramatic statement regarding unrealistic beauty standards in our society.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 49-year-old actress spoke candidly to The Sunday Telegraph about the many parallels between how Dow treated her during her childhood and Dumplin's expression of mother-daughter relationships.

When asked whether the two were similar experiences, Aniston replied “Where do we start?”

“One of the reasons I really loved the mother-daughter aspect of it was because it was very similar in a way to what my mother, and our relationship, was,” Aniston told the publication.

Nancy Dow, based on Aniston's description of her, was clearly preoccupied with her daughter's appearance.

“She was a model and she was all about presentation and what she looked like and what I looked like,” The former Friends actress commented. The star endured a highly-publicised fall-out with former actress Dow.

“I did not come out the model child she’d hoped for and it was something that really resonated with me, this little girl just wanting to be seen and wanting to be loved by a mum who was too occupied with things that didn’t quite matter.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress added that she really resonated with the film's message, which encourages the audience to embrace their flaws and imperfections.

"This movie is so special because it is about stripping away those preconceived notions of beauty, trying to become individuals and not feeling that we have to live up to some unrealistic ideal that society is feeding up to us," she explained.

"My idea of beauty is, it's what makes you feel beautiful and what makes me feel beautiful are the people around me, the life that I have. And maybe a good hair day."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Aniston previously told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 about Dow, saying; "She was very critical of me." 

Nancy wrote a biographical book in 1999 about their strained relationship: From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir, which Aniston saw as a breach of privacy.

"Because she was a model, she was gorgeous, stunning. I wasn't. I never was. I honestly still don't think of myself in that sort of light, which is fine." 

We think she's absolutely beautiful, inside and out. Dow passed away in 2016 at the age of 79, after a long illness.

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After a fabulous Pride month, there is another huge reason to keep the celebrations going in the LGBTQ community. 

For the first time ever, a transgender woman has been victorious in the competition for the Miss Spain title. 

Angela Ponce took home the crown on June 29th, beating out 22 other contestants. 

And now she'll take it one step further, by competing to become the next Miss Universe in the Philippines this December. 

Angela took to Instagram to share her joy at this momentous achievement. 

''Today I have fulfilled a dream that I always had,'' she wrote in Spanish. ''I'm going to the @missuniverse, with the awareness and commitment to carry forward a message of inclusion, respect, tolerance, love for oneself, love for others.''

Social media has largely backed Angela's victory, with one user saying that, ''trans can participate in any scenario, in the perspective of an inclusive society.''

Others were not so happy with the news, with one person commenting that, ''I agree that it is a revolutionary idea in pushing the definition of a woman. On the other side, I don't wanna lose the essence and tradition of our most loved pageant.''

This win is a monumental step when you think of the fact that until six years ago, trans women were actually banned from entering the contest. 

According to Express, the rules were changed after trans model Jenna Talackova threatened legal action against the competition. 

President Paula Shugart later said, ''we have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously.”

Hopefully this means that more inclusion in pageants worldwide will soon be a reality. 

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A Muslim beauty queen competing in the Miss Universe Great Britain pageant has made history this week by becoming the first woman to wear a kaftan during the competition's bikini section.

Pageant officials agreed that Muna Jama could “wear a cover-up if she chose” after she insisted she would not compete in a swimsuit.

According to the Metro newspaper, the 27-year-old said: “I wouldn’t wear a bikini to a beach, so I’m not going to wear one in a competition to score points.”

Instead, Muna walked in a long brightly-coloured kaftan, a statement choker and some killer hoops earrings – and basically put all the other contestants to shame while doing it.

 

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“It takes bravery, emotional resilience and most importantly surrounding yourself with strong minded people who are prepared to make great sacrifices to welcome permanent and positive change. I may not be able to unwrite a moment in my life but I know a moment will never define me,” she wrote in an emotional Instagram post.

“I thank everyone who stood beside me and believed in my vision.”

And as if Muna wasn't enough of a boss a** b**ch, she is also the co-founder of the start-up, Cloudless Research, an organisation set up the address the issues of child abuse and illegal migration.

“We aim to reduce the number of victims channelling the Mediterranean Sea through education and encouraging new legislations in the country of origin.”

Basically she is an absolute queen and even though she didn't win the qualifier to the Miss Universe competition, she has definitely made her mark on the pageant industry.

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A children's beauty pageant has invited Katie Price's daughter, Princess, to take part in the competition – and it looks like she might accept.

The 8-year-year in being lined up for the Toddlers and Tiara's type pageant which is to be held in either Dublin or Cork.

Katie's daughter recently came under fire for wearing make-up and sharing the picture on social media, but Katie insists that it's her decision if she wants to put on lipstick or not.

The Irish competition is going to be held by an American company, Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant, and the show's host seems to think it would be the best idea for Princess to accept the invite.

“I know Katie’s daughter has been invited to go to another pageant in the US… But she doesn’t need to go to all that trouble and expense, because I’ll be bringing America to Ireland,” Annette Hill told Goss.

Katie will certainly be an interesting show mom.

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The launch party for this year’s 67th annual Miss Ireland contest was held last night in Bucks Townhouse in Dublin. Miss Ireland is very close to our hearts as our own SHEmazing! TV Presenter Niamh Geaney was Miss Kerry in the 2011 competition, making it to the final 7.

Lisa Kavanagh for SHEmazing! TV went along to check it out. She caught up with the reigning Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh, a former legendary Miss Ireland Olivia Tracey from 1984, and a couple of gorgeous contestants in the running for this year’s crown.

The Miss Ireland Grand Final will take place in Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin on July 19th.

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Imagine being crowned the winner of a beauty pageant only to be told a couple of days later that the organisers got it wrong and you didn’t actually win! This happened to Synthia Nath…

New Zealand beauty pageant queen Synthia Nath was crowned Miss Globe New Zealand 2014 on Saturday, 10th May.

However, two days later, the 19-year-old was told that she was mistaken for another girl and wrongly announced the winner – not cool.

Apparently, Synthia was mixed up with Loriza Latif and was told “it was another Indian girl that should have won”. Organisers said it was an “honest mistake” because the two girls “look alike”.

Not surprisingly, Synthia is now seeking compensation for her entry fee and wants organisers to apologise.

According to reports, Synthia was told to give the crown and sash to the real winner, although she was late informed in an email: “You can keep it and pretend that you still are Miss Globe.”

That would just be weird!

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