Ladies, sharpen your high-heel spikes, it’s beauty pageant season! 34 young women from across the country have qualified as finalists competing for the right to represent China at the 61st Miss World pageant. After national finals for each participating country conclude, a parade of 120 of the world’s most
fertile specimens beautiful will take place in London on November 6th. We’ve brought you a gallery of the some of the Chinese contestants involved with the pageant, and we’d be highly surprised if one of the women featured here isn’t the lucky winner of a British Visa after the Chinese finals occur on September 15th.
As for winning the Miss World pageant, we’d be surprised if any of the 14 contestants we’ve selected would win the whole dog and pony show outright, like Hebei’s Zhang Zilin did in 2007. Though we think some ladies might have a fighting chance in London, as a whole the contestants don’t possess the wow factor that one associates with dazzling sparkling princesses representative of entire nations (unlike the Chinese contestant for Miss Universe Luo Zilin, who has wow-factor for days). Still, we wouldn’t mind meeting any of the finalists for a long heart-to-heart on world peace or something.
The ladies come from a variety of backgrounds, and generally seem to typify where upwardly mobile Chinese women are today. Every contestant is involved in some sort of higher education, with traditional universities, international universities (University of Missouri) and even performance schools (since this is a pageant, after all) like Beijing’s Central Academy of Drama represented amongst the finalists. However, their hobbies are all predictably some combination of singing, dancing and
being thin keeping fit. And the girls all manage to fit into a 13cm range of heights, with no one under 170cm or over 183cm.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the photo-sets is the contrasting identities the women project in different fashion aesthetics. While some women succeed when working with a more contemporary and glamorous look worthy of any nightclub, other ladies seem more enticing in China’s one and only exportable traditional feminine costume, the qipao.
The qipao seems more forgiving somehow, and works better in projecting a non-threatening cuteness, whereas the girls more at home in a clubbing outfit are much more confident, and unapproachably chic. Meanwhile, some of the ladies didn’t really manage to impress, regardless of what they were wearing.
For the modern ingenue dress category, our hands-down favorite is Wang Shan (王珊), while our lone study-abroad product Feng Hao (冯昊) takes the qipao cake. They have the special gleam in their eyes that says to judges, “Yes, I’m
available and here’s my room number ready to become the next Miss World!”
Both contemporary and qipao galleries from Yahoo China.