You might be wondering what comprised the Big 5 International Beauty Pageants.
By consensus of the pageant community and fans from all over the world, there are five beauty pageants that stood out from the rest. A complex combination of criteria, ThePageantry.com has listed down the 5 major beauty pageants which are arguably the most popular, most followed and most prestigious.
By theory, these pageants are equally important. They only differ in causes, style, staging, and traits being looked for in a winner. One type of beauty may sell like hotcakes in one pageant, but may flop big time in another. The unpredictability brought by these distinctions and differences makes pageants more exciting than ever.
For non-pageant fans, distinguishing these 5 pageants from one another would be a bit difficult. It would usually spend quite an amount of time explaining to people these pageants, their origins, and the traits that make them different from the other. So ThePageantry.com will try to explain in this post the so-called Big 5 international beauty pageants.
Miss Universe is by far the most popular in the world. Many little girls would dream of someday wearing the country’s sash and wear the crown and become the Miss Universe. The love for Miss Universe can be attributed to two factors: it got the most exciting finals night and that it’s American-owned, which easily equates to being an entertainment extravaganza.
Miss Universe boasts the biggest following among the Big 5 pageants in terms of TV viewership, media coverage, and social media presence. In fact, it has larger number of Facebook likes than the rest of the Big 5, combined. It is not surprising considering that Miss Universe Finals is the most entertaining and most exciting.
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.
It has the smallest number of participants among the Big 5 and has the least social media following. However, it still ranks third next to Miss Universe and Miss World in terms of global media coverage. Due to its age and reputation of being fair, Miss International is still being considered as an important crown by many countries even though it is no longer being broadcast. I personally love Miss International for its strong adherence to tradition and it is very refreshing to have a pageant which remains relevant even without giving in to changes brought by modern times.
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.