beauty contest

“Mr Freshman 2017”: Japan reveals its best-looking first-year male high school student 【Video】

Another unusual beauty contest makes news in Japan.

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11th annual Mister International contest crowns its most handsome winner【Photos】

Out of the 35 contestants, where does Japan place?

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Japan’s Awaji Island holds a beauty contest that will leave you in tears

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder…or, should we say, the knife holder.

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Indo-Japanese beauty Priyanka Yoshikawa chosen as Japan’s Miss World representative

And there’s been an uproar online about her looks… her “non-Japanese” looks.

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Japan going crazy for college girls after the release of a new photo collection

Move over dancing queen, here comes the “Campus Queen”!

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Japanese high school boys hold annual beauty pageant, look as cute as ever【Pics】

Beauty pageants for boys dressed up as girls are kind of a thing in Japan now. Whether you think they’re awesome or kind of confusing, you can’t help but admit that the entrants usually manage to pull off the cute girl look surprisingly well.

This month marks the annual Miss Komaba High School Pageant, a contest that has been going on for several years now and which invites young men to dress like their female peers . Last year’s contestants were pretty good, but can this year’s pretty boys give them a run for their money? Let’s find out!

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The “beautiful boy” Mister Bishoujo Contest is over, but who was crowned the prettiest boy?【Pics】

Two weeks ago, online voting began for the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Mister Bishoujo Contest, where the “prettiest” boys were put up for the internet to decide. Now the results are in and a winner has been declared!

And that’s not all: the contestants have put up a lot more photos of themselves in the meantime, so you can take a look at just how impressive their girl game is. Prepare to be amazed, and perhaps slightly confused, after the jump!

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Thai-American model born without legs smashes beauty standards: “I don’t need legs to feel sexy.”

Different cultures may have different beauty standards, but one beauty requirement that was thought to be universal in the world of modelling is having a set of long, shapely legs.

But now even that idea is being challenged. Thai-born model Kanya Sesser was born without legs, but she hasn’t let that hold her back. She currently works as a lingerie model, and she’s transforming people’s notions about what it means to be “beautiful” all over the world.

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Let’s play “Typical Cute College Student Bingo” with Japan’s latest social media crush/obsession

We’ve seen a lot of women getting attention online for unspectacular reasons recently: for playing soccer, for running in a marathon, and even for being someone’s sister. Sure they’re all good-looking and probably nice people, but how does that translate into thousands of followers?

The latest in the “cute girl attracting attention online” is possibly the most confusing yet. Ayaka Yokota is simply a Japanese college junior who won a beauty contest at her school last year. And… that’s about it! Nevertheless, she’s been getting lots of praise online recently simply by posting things every college student does, which is apparently more than enough for her legions of fans.

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Hotties from history: the geisha of Japan’s first beauty pageant【Photos】

While the origins of the modern pageant are firmly rooted in 19th century America and P.T. Barnam’s popular photo competitions, Japan apparently didn’t take long to get on the bandwagon. The first beauty pageant was held in Japan in 1891, with a vote on Tokyo’s most beautiful geisha, and we just happen to have the winner and four runners-up in photo form for you here today.

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Mysterious meat-faced man shows up amongst Tokyo university beauty pageant entrants

We can’t quite put our finger on it, but there’s something a little bit different about one of this year’s Miss Geidai Contest entrants. No, not the blonde girl on the end or the one who looks a bit like Calista Flockhart; the one from Team D. It could be the hair, it could be the raw meat wrapped around her head, but something about this entrant really catches our eye…

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Natural beauties! Check out the finalists in the Kanto Region Miss Cutest High School Girl Contest!

This year’s finalists for the Kanto region Miss Cutest High School Girl contest were decided on August 3. Never heard of the contest before?

Miss-Con, the Japanese nickname for the contest, was started in order to figure out who was the cutest high school first year in the Kanto region. Because if there’s one thing Japan can agree on, it’s that there’s nothing cuter than a high school girl. In the past, the contest was a part of a different event “Love Sunshine” or LoveSun, meant for followers of the gyaru fashion, a form of extreme fashion in Japan, often involving heavily dyed hair, tanned skin, lots of make up, and daring clothing choices. Now in its third year, Miss-Con has two separate categories for their contestants: cutest gyaru and cutest “natural” high school girl (i.e. without the crazy hair and signature outfits).

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Miss Korea 2013 entrants transformed into world’s toughest puzzle game

Calling all puzzle game fans! If you think you’re a Tetris master or can bust more moves than Bub and Bob put together, how about taking on this cunning new iPad game, which has players rearrange the now infamous Miss Korea 2013 entrants into (even more) identical rows to win?

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