Who is the World's Most Beautiful Woman?
By Gord Golbeck
There are several contenders at the moment including Angelina Jolie, Aishwarya Rai and many others have been given this title recently. But the question remains. A quick search on Google for 'world's most beautiful woman' returns over 20 million results. With numerous articles on the subject in which authors name their favorites, or cite poll results from such and such publication, all claiming to know the answer. It would seem that with so many sources claiming the title belongs to one woman or another we may never have a definitive answer.
For decades beauty pageants have been held in attempts to discover the world's most beautiful woman and put her in the public eye. The first ever Miss Universe was crowned in 1952, however pageant history stretches back to 1921 with the first ever Inter-City Beauty pageant held in Atlantic City, which would later be re-christened with the more familiar moniker of Miss America (not to be confused with Miss USA). Since then there have been countless beauty pageants crowning Miss this and Miss that. But in the last 30 years these pageants have become repetitive, stale and boring. Not to mention hard to get into. They have strict rules for eligibility that include age restrictions for the Miss Universe Organization you must be between the ages of 18 and 27. You cannot be married (or have children one would assume), you cannot currently or in the past have participated in previous Miss Universe Organization pageants; state, national or otherwise (ie Miss USA or state pageants). Not to mention the entry fees charged just to apply for entry. To get into Miss Universe you have to have won the Miss USA beauty pageant (or equivalent in another country), and you are not allowed to participate in any other beauty pageants while you are entered or while "holding the crown" if you win.
With most of these beauty pageants being held only once a year it is difficult for pageant fans to maintain interest in the "off season". Also consider that the pageant shows themselves remain the same year to year with very little variation or straying from the formula. The same competitions, questions and hosts, the only thing different is the women. Which of course is not a bad thing, however it is this repetitiveness that will be the undoing of beauty pageants as we know them today.
What would be the next logical step? What could someone do to evolve beauty pageants from what we are accustomed to and bring them into the 21st century? The answer is right in front of you, why not take the pageant online and make it available all year long? If you dig deep enough, or look in the right places you may find inklings that a person or two had this idea and there are a small handful of websites claiming to be online beauty pageants. Most of them seem more like afterthoughts or even a jest, but there is one that looks to be a diamond in the rough.
One of the most attractive looking sites on the web today, In Search of the World's Most Beautiful Woman is a website that will breathe new life into the beauty pageant scene with a fresh take on glamour competitions. Entry to the contest is done exclusively online, costs nothing and is free from most of the eligibility restrictions that prevent a lot of beautiful women from entering. You must be over 18 and have a good digital photograph of yourself to enter. That's it! You can be in your thirties, married with children and still have a chance to participate in a world class beauty pageant. This contest will do away with the majority of stale 'traditions' that major beauty pageants still carry. The primary pageant is taking place online right now as you read this. There are over 50 beautiful Contestants from 14 different countries currently registered at In Search of the World's Most Beautiful Woman with more Contestants entering all the time. Everyone is welcome to participate either by entering as a Contestant or by becoming a Judge and casting their votes for these stunning women.
With this exciting new concept In Search of the World's Most Beautiful Woman aims to become the new leader in beauty pageants worldwide. The final pageant, set to take place in 2006, will feature large cash prizes for the winner, all expense paid trips to Las Vegas for the finalists and immense exposure for all Contestants to the world's modeling and casting agencies. There are also plans for a large scale television show and with such innovation in a proven industry; In Search of the World's Most Beautiful Woman is certainly a name to watch out for.
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