Inside Paraguay’s Plus Sized Beauty Pageant: Miss Gordita
In Paraguay, as many as one in two people are considered obese. But beauty has many forms, and in Asuncion, there’s a unique pageant catering to a particular kind of beauty.
The Teenage Pageant Girls Who Kill and Skin Rattlesnakes
Steve Ludwin travels to Sweetwater, Texas to see 16 all-American girls climb into a pit of poisonous snakes, decapitate and skin them in a bid to become Miss Snake Charmer at the world’s largest "Rattlesnake Roundup."
Inside Colombia's Public Beauty Pageant for Indigenous Trans Women
VICE meets members of the region's thriving indigenous trans community and follows along as they work through family struggles, hormone treatments, and organize a public beauty pageant.
Inside Brazil's Biggest Prison Beauty Pageant
Brazil is home to some of the biggest pageants in the world like Miss World and Miss Universe. Lesser known, however, is Miss Max—a beauty competition at a prison.
Trans in Thailand (Part 2)
We're back in Thailand to hang out with one of the Ms. Tiffany Beauty Pageant contestants.
Miss Max Prison Pageant
We also meet Colombia's guerrilla fighters, go courtside at the Davis Cup, and catch up with party monster Michael Alig.
Stripping, Twerking, and Feminism at the Miss Juggalette Beauty Pageant
Within the outsider community of ICP fans, female Juggalos are even more marginalized. But now the Faygo-loving women are reclaiming the Miss Juggalette Beauty Pageant.
Real American Beauty
Long Island, NY
t’s prom time in Long Island, and everyone wants to look their best. But what does their best even look like?