Four biggest and most celebrated beauty pageants of Asia

Beauty pageants are one of the finest and most extravagant fashion events in the world. They are the events where some of the most influential and strong personalities in the world were first discovered. Over the years, these fashion events have proven to be the launchpad of various international celebrities, actors, models, fashions icons, philanthropists and several other well-known faces who have excelled in different sectors of the society. Gone are the days when the most beautiful face used to walk away with the crown and these events were looked at as a source of entertainment only. These days, pageants have become much more competitive in terms of production values, selection of the titleholders, supporting their advocacies and overall presentation of the competition. The winners of these events are much more than a beautiful face with a great physique. These days the pageant titleholders are strong and independent individuals who aspire to use such platforms to bring a positive change in the society.

Here we bring the list of four biggest national level beauty pageants produced in the Asian continent.

4. Puteri Indonesia

Frederika Alexis being crowned Puteri Indonesia by last year’s winner, Sonia Fergina.
Frederika Alexis being crowned Puteri Indonesia by last year’s winner, Sonia Fergina.

Puteri Indonesia is a national beauty pageant in Indonesia. It was established in the year 1992. It is the biggest and the longest running beauty pageant of Indonesia. The winner of Puteri Indonesia beauty pageant represents the country at the biggest international pageant in the world, Miss Universe. Apart from electing the representative to the Miss Universe pageant, the Puteri Indonesia pageant also elects the Indonesian representatives to the annual Miss International and Miss Supranational beauty pageants. Three of the Big 5 (Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss Supranational) international beauty pageant’s representatives of Indonesia are elected at the Puteri Indonesia beauty pageant, making it the nation’s most celebrated and looked forward pageant. It has become a tradition these days for the reigning Miss Universe titleholder to visit Indonesia and attend the coronation gala of Puteri Indonesia. The pageant is also famous for its very high and extravagant production value and awarding very expensive gifts and prizes to its winners.

3. Miss Universe Thailand

Paweensuda Drouin, Miss Universe Thailand 2019.
Paweensuda Drouin, Miss Universe Thailand 2019.

Miss Universe Thailand is a national beauty pageant in Thailand. The pageant was established in the year 2000 to elect Thailand’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant. The pageant has been held annually since its inception in the year 2000 and become the most anticipated beauty pageant of Thailand. The pageant is responsible for Thailand’s 4 consecutive placements (2015 to 2018) at the Miss Universe pageant; Thailand’s longest placement streak at the Miss Universe pageant. The pageant is famous for organizing a very lavish and colossal final event full of glitz, glamour and entertainment and also for awarding its winners with some of the most iconic and lucrative prizes and awards.

2. Miss Lebanon

Miss Lebanon 2018, Maya Reaidy.
Miss Lebanon 2018, Maya Reaidy.

Miss Lebanon is Lebanon’s most respected and longest running annual beauty pageant. The pageant is organized by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism. The pageant was first held in the year 1930 and eventually became the biggest and most celebrated beauty pageant in Lebanon. The winner of Miss Lebanon beauty pageant represents the nation at Miss Universe beauty pageant and on some occasions either the winner or a runner-up is sent to Miss World or Miss International beauty pageant. The pageant is one of the oldest surviving beauty pageants in the world. The pageant has produced 1 Miss Universe (1971) and 1 Miss International (2002) winner for Lebanon. As per Wikipedia, the winner of Miss Lebanon beauty pageant receives a cash prize of $400,000 making it one of the most extravagant and lavish beauty pageants in the world.

1. Binibining Pilipinas

Gazini Christiana Ganados being crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2019 by Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Elisa Gray.
Gazini Christiana Ganados being crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2019 by Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Elisa Gray.

The number 1 spot in the list goes to the pageant that can also be termed as the “most successful beauty pageant of the decade” when it comes to producing international award winners and titleholders. It is the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant, often dubbed as the number 1 powerhouse of beauty queens in the world. Binibining Pilipinas is the longest running beauty pageant of Southeast Asia. It is based in the Philippines and is responsible for electing the Philippine representatives to the prestigious Miss Universe beauty pageant and various other renowned international pageants. Binibining Pilipinas pageant has produced the maximum number of international beauty queens, runners-up, semi-finalists, finalists and special award winners from Asia. It has also produced the maximum number of Miss Universe titleholders from Asia. The current Miss Universe, Philippines’ Catriona Gray is a former Binibining Pilipinas winner.  She is the second Filipina to win the crown of Miss Universe in last 4 years. It is the most followed national level beauty pageant in the world. The winners of Binibining Pilipinas get the maximum media coverage and attend the most number of fashion and social events as compared to any other Asian beauty queen. The winners also receive the most rigorous training for their international pageants as compared to any beauty queen in world. Binibining Pilipinas’ final event is also dubbed as Asia’s number 1 beauty extravaganza and the most beautiful and the most happening evening of the Philippines. All these reasons have made the Binibining Pilipinas to get to the number 1 spot in our list and there is no doubt that it’s the biggest and most extravagant national beauty pageant Asia or we can say, in the world as well.

Images procured from Google.

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