The "Miss Albinism" pageant was rescheduled due to the political uncertainty in Zimbabwe. From left: contestant Cindy Zikwature, Brenda Mudzimu, the founder of the pageant, and contestant Monalisa Manyati.
The 2011 Asparagus Queen, Megan Roskan, and runner-up Christine Merten wave to spectators during an Independence Day parade in Whitehall, Mich. With interests waning in agricultural pageants, organizers are relaxing the requirements to encourage more people to apply.
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Proposed legislation in France would ban pageants for the under-16 set, such as this "Mini-Miss" elegance beauty contest for 10-to-12-year-olds, held in Bobigny, near Paris, a year ago.
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