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Beauty Pageants

With those boots on, she could easily banish all other contestants at the Miss Universe pageant in Atlanta, but the rest of Vartika Singh whispers: things could be done more softly, sinuously, with a shake of those curls, with a well-judged wink of those eyes. Professionally, she’s a model, and might turn your heart bippity bop on December 8.

Miss World contestants pose for photographs backdropped by Tower Bridge during a photocall to mark their arrival in London. The annual Miss World competition returns to London for its 69th year with the final taking place on Saturday December 14.

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Candidates for the Miss Earth 2019 beauty pageant pose with their messages to save Mother Earth following their media presentation in Manila, Philippines.

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Candidates for the Miss Earth 2019 beauty pageant pose with their messages to save Mother Earth following their media presentation in Manila, Philippines. Contestants from 85 countries are vying for the title for the Miss Earth 2019 which organizers dubbed as "Beauty Contest With A Cause."

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Sonia Romeo, left, of Spain and Tunde Blaga of Hungary, candidates for the Miss Earth 2019 beauty pageant, take selfies prior to taking part in a coastal cleanup, one of the activities lined up to call the attention to help save Mother Earth in suburban Las Pinas city, south of Manila, Philippines.

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Susana Downes, right, of Australia, and Krystina Sokolowska, left, of Poland, candidates for the Miss Earth 2019 beauty pageant, join the Philippine Navy in conducting coastal cleanup, one of the activities lined up to call the attention to help save Mother Earth in suburban Las Pinas city south of Manila, Philippines. Contestants from 85 countries are vying for the title for the Miss Earth 2019 which organizers dubbed as "Beauty Contest With A Cause."

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Indian-American Shree Saini who was crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018, arrives from New York, at the international airport in Mumbai.

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That England is an immigrant country is evident from its cricket and football teams, and prominent young people from all walks of life—from politicians to activists, from artistes to academics. Add beauty queens to that. At Miss England, is Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, took the top laurel. But this was just a lazy aside, almost an afterthought for Bhasha—a doctor with two medical deg­rees. Disabusing us of our hidebound ideas about pageant divas, she says she tried it “to balance out my studying”. Whew! What a winner!

Thalia Olvino, representing Delta Amacuro state, left, reacts after being named Miss Venezuela, next to Melissa Jimenez of Zulia state, as they compete in the the Miss Venezuela 2019 beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela. Jimenez won the Miss International title.

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Contestants perform at the start of the Miss Venezuela 2019 beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Contestants poses in swim wear during the Miss Venezuela 2019 beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Contestants pose in evening dress during the Miss Venezuela 2019 beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Thalia Olvino, representing Delta Amacuro state, is crowned Miss Venezuela at the end of the beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Does the Miss India competition still function as an assembly line for Bollywood hopefuls? It would do to ask rec­ently-crowned Suman Rao, 20, from Mumbai, about her future plans. Modelling and dance are usual pet passions, but as a CA student, she can well tweak the double entry system!

Suman Rao (C) of Rajasthan crowned as Femina Miss India World 2019 beauty pageant, in Mumbai. Shivani Jadhav (L)crowned Femina Miss Grand India 2019 and Shreya Shanker crowned Miss India United Continents 2019.

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Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponce de Leon poses for a photograph during Miss India 2019 grand finale, in Mumbai.

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Miss South Central's Outstanding Teen Madison McElvany, center, is named Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen at the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon, Michigan.

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Femina Miss India 2019 mentors Dia Mirza and Neha Dhupia pose for a photograph with 30 state winners, in Mumbai.

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Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst gets crowned by last year's winner Sarah Rose Summers after winning the 2019 Miss USA final competition in the Grand Theatre in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.

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Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst wins the 2019 Miss USA final competition in the Grand Theatre in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Kryst, a North Carolina lawyer who represents some prison inmates for free, won the 2019 Miss USA title Thursday night in a diverse field that included teachers, nurses and members of the military.

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Confetti rains on new Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray as she waves a Philippine flag during her homecoming motorcade around Manila in the Philippines.

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New Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray waves back to the crowd during her homecoming motorcade in suburban Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. Gray, the Fourth Filipino to win the Miss Universe, is here for a grand homecoming, two months after winning the crown in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray reacts to a well-wisher as she arrives for a grand homecoming in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines two months after winning the crown in Bangkok, Thailand. Gray, in describing herself before and after winning the title said she was "driven" to win the crown and now has a "responsibility" as a reigning beauty queen.

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Winner Jyoti flanked by first runner up Nisha (L) and second runner up Shweta during finals of Miss Bihar 2018 in Patna.

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Miss India Trans Queen winner Veena Sendre, flanked by 1st runner up Sania Sood and 2nd runner up Namita Ammu during the final of the beauty pageant for transgenders, in Mumbai, Monday, Oct 8, 2018.

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Miss Teen International winner Odalys Duarte from Mexico, flanked by first runner-up Ritika Khatnani (L) from India and 2nd runner-up Kiara Pineda from Venezuela pose for photographs in Gurugram.

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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from the Philippines poses during a press conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

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A fan takes a selfie with Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, right, from the Philippines during a press conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray from the Philippines laughs beside supporters during a press conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines. Gray is in the country for a short visit to attend to a charity event at an orphanage before flying to the U.S.

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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is greeted by fans as she arrives in Manila, Philippines. Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition held in Bangkok on Monday, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home nation.

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If we Indians think that, other than Venezuela and Colombia, our girls are top cats at Miss Universe, we’re wrong. The Philippines has four crowns now, the latest being Catriona Gray, here being cro­wned by 2017 queen Demi-Leigh Nel Peters (you admiring her still?). Miss Spain Angela Ponce, the first transgender contestant, failed to break into the top 20.

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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, second from left, is interviewed by the host during the final of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green on stage during the final of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Finalists on swimsuit stand on stage during the final of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez, right, reacts during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, left, and Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green holds hands as they wait for the winner to be announced during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray walks on the stage during the final of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Catriona Gray of the Philippines waves to the audience after being crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Catriona Gray of the Philippines, left, reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Contestants congratulate new Miss Universe Catriona Gray, center, from Philippines during the final round of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Spain Angela Ponce participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Russia Yulia Polyachikhina participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Switzerland Jastina Doreen Riederer participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Iceland Katrin Lea Elenudottir participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss India Nehal Chudasama participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Brazil Mayra Dias participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Russia Yulia Polyachikhina participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Netherlands Rahima Dirkse participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Germany Celine Willers participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Great Britain Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Ecuador Virginia Limongi walks during the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Korea Ji Hyun Baek, front, and Miss Kosovo Zana Berisha, left, participate in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Italy Erica De Matteis participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Colombia Valeria Morales participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Denmark Helena Heuser participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Hungary Eniko Kecskes participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss New Zealand Estelle Curd, left and Miss Netherlands Rahima Dirkse, right, participate in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Spain Angela Ponce participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Iceland Katrin Lea Elenudottir participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss France Eva Colas, left, Miss Finland Alina Voronkova, center and Miss El Salvador Marisela de Montecristo, right participate in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss India Nehal Chudasama participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Contesters participate in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Contesters participate in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Portuguesa, Isabella Rodriguez, center, reacts after being named Miss Venezuela during the annual beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Miss El Salvador Marisela de Montecristo displays her costume during Miss Universe National Costume Show in Chon Buri, Thailand.

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At the Miss Universe national costume show in Thailand, the chosen gorgeous pranced about, each left to their own apparel. Wrapt in a bronze bodysuit, hair cascading down, a crown of flowers on her head, a pair of wings on her back, eyes raised to the sky, Miss Uruguay Sofia Marr­­ero could have taken flight. Oh, what a butterfly!

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Where do old beauty contest winners go? To their national film industries? For now, India’s Manushi Chhillar, winner of the 2017 Miss World had that une­nviable task at hand: look pleased to crown the new winner, Mexico’s Vanessa Ponce de Leon.

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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, center, poses for a group picture with the President of Miss Universe Organization, Paula Shugart, center left, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa, center right, and some of Miss Universe 2018 contestants after their meeting for promote the Miss Universe 2018 event, at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Universe 2018 contestants pose as they visit the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Contestants practice their catwalk moves as they prepare for the Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa contest, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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A contestant looks at her mobile phone after having her makeup done as she prepares for the start of the Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa contest, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Albino girl Shirlyne 7, looks up at her aunt, left, and asks her to paint her nails as she waits for the start of the Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa contest, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Contestants queue up to take the stage in the Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa contest, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Elsie Lynn, 6, has her makeup done a she waits for the start of the Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa contest, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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A contestant checks her makeup in a mirror as she prepares to perform in the Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa contest, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Contestants perform at the start of the Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa contest, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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A contestant performs in the Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa contest, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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A contestant wearing a traditional costume of animal hides performs in the Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa contest, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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A contestant wearing a traditional costume of animal hides performs in the Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa contest, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Miss Spain Angela Ponce adjusts her hair on her arrival in Bangkok, Thailand. Ponce is the first transgender who participates in the final competition of the Miss Universe scheduled on Dec. 17, 2018 in Bangkok.

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Miss Honduras Vanessa Villars, Miss South Africa Tamarind Green, Miss Thailand Sophia Kanchanrin, Miss United State Sarah Summers, Miss Indonesia Sonia Citra, and Miss Angola Ana Lilianaaviao pose during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The final competition for Miss Universe is set for Dec. 17, 2018, in Bangkok.

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Contestants receive advice for the "Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa" competition, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, during a rehearsal in Nairobi, Kenya ahead of the contest on Friday.

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Contestants line up to receive lunch after a rehearsal for the "Mr. & Miss Albinism East Africa" competition, organized by the Albinism Society of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya ahead of the contest on Friday. The event aims to promote social inclusion and raise the self-esteem of albinos, who frequently face discrimination and stigma.

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Participants of Mrs Tourism Sangeeta Choudhury and Naina Sarma from Assam and participants of Miss Tourism Worldwide Ibapynhun Syienlieh and Sookini Sutnga from Meghalaya, at a felicitation function in Guwahati.

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Miss Venezuela Mariem Claret Velazco Garcia, center, is celebrated after being crowned 2018 Miss International during the final of the beauty pageant in Tokyo.

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The recent feminist fulminations against swimsuit rounds in beauty competitions would only make sense if we rewrite the very concept of judging feminine beauty (have we, in our hearts, and in our forever appraising eyes?). But cheer for Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin, the new Miss America, who could “eat a little more”, now that she didn’t have to ace a swimsuit.

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Models participating in an international beauty pageant pose for photos in front of the Taj Mahal, in Agra.

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Miss New York Nia Franklin, center, reacts after being named Miss America 2019, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Miss New York Nia Franklin reacts after being named Miss America 2019, as she is crowned by last year's winner Cara Mund, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Miss Diva Universe 2018 winner Nehal Chudasama (C) with Miss Diva Supranational 2018 Aditi Hundia (R) and Runner-Up Roshni Sheoran pose for photo after winning the pageant, in Mumbai.

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Miss India 2018 Winner Anukreethy Vas with Meenakshi Chaudhary (1st Runner up) and Shreya Rao (2nd Runner up) at the NRI of the Year Awards function, in Mumbai.

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Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar poses for a photo during a promotional event, in Mumbai.

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Miss India 2018 first runner-up Meenakshi Chaudhary takes a selfie with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at his residence, in Chandigarh.

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A woman turns on the catwalk during Miss Cholita beauty pageant in La Paz, Bolivia.

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Women parade on the catwalk during the Miss Cholita beauty pageant in La Paz, Bolivia. Aymara women participate in the Miss Cholita Pacena 2018 pageant, an annual contest that recognizes indigenous women's fashion and beauty as well as their command of indigenous lifestyle and language. Cholita is the style of clothing worn by many of the country's indigenous women.

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At Chennai’s Loyola, they shape solid scholars. But Anukreethy Vas, a bachelor’s student of Fre­nch literature, cast a dice at Miss India too, and came back crowned beauty queen. The Tri­chy native is a dancer, athlete and biker who has dabbled in modelling and was raised by a single mother against many odds.

Participants line up on stage

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