The Pageantry® does not only follow competitions here in the Philippines, but most intently are those international tilts where international beauties compete head to head to win the coveted crown. There are numerous international competitions but there are five among the many that stood out from the rest. These pageants are the biggest, most prestigious, and the most popular ones, where winners go on to be successful in whatever fields they may foray into.
The Pageantry® adheres to the concept of Big 5 International Beauty Pageants. The Big 5, as it is commonly known, was conceptualized by the geniuses behind the pageant portal Missosology. It follows the 5 biggest and most sought-after crowns of the planet.
Miss Universe is by far the most popular in the Philippines. Many little girls would dream of someday wearing the country’s sash and wear the crown and become the Miss Universe. The love of Filipinos in Miss Universe can be attributed to two factors: that the Philippines is a former American colony thus the strong affinity with the American pageant, and that the first Miss Universe winner married a Filipino and eventually settled in the country.
Miss World, on the other hand, is the oldest international beauty pageant. It is based in the United Kingdom and boasts the biggest number of participants annually. While Miss Universe usually have 80 to 90 delegates, Miss World surpasses the 100-mark every year. While this can be attributed to the participation of many territories that are part of larger countries which are not allowed to compete in Miss Universe. Nevertheless, Miss World sets itself apart from other pageants through its active charity and humanitarian works.
Miss Earth is the Philippine-based pageant which rocked the international pageant scene upon its inception with its unique and very relevant cause. It is a pageant where girls talk and discuss climate change, water conservation, and protecting the wildlife. Due to its environmental message, the second youngest among the Big 5 is also second in terms of participating countries next to Miss World.
Miss International, the Japanese-owned pageant, is the the third oldest international beauty pageant next to Miss World and Miss Universe. It is also the most traditional among the Big 5 and is being held annually despite the absence of an international TV telecast. It is very traditional at a point that it is the only major international pageant without a winner eventually dethroned and it crowns ladies who are indisputably beautiful.
And the youngest among the Big 5 is Miss Supranational which is based in Poland. The organizers, recognizing the difficulty of mounting a pageant that would equal, if not surpass, the more established ones, focused on the production values of the pageant. Year after year, Miss Supranational had one of the most spectacular stages among the international beauty pageants. It ranks third next to Miss Universe and Miss World in terms Facebook following and fourth in terms of participating countries next to Miss World, Miss Earth, and Miss Universe. It is also unique among the Big 5 since it has no Question and Answer Round during the finals night. The winner is solely being judged on looks, stage presence, and modeling skills.
There you have it, the Big 5 international beauty pageants. So far, there is only one country which was able to win all of these five crowns. It is none other than my country, the Philippines. With three Miss Universe titles, one Miss World, three Miss Earth, five Miss International, and one Miss Supranational as of this writing, Philippines is undeniably a pageant powerhouse.
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