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Is it possible to objectively compare the attractiveness of women from different populations?
An important issue regarding the standard of women participating in international beauty pageants is whether it is possible to compare the attractiveness of women from different geographic populations using objective criteria that are sufficiently exacting for the purposes of a high profile beauty pageant. If this is possible, then these criteria should be used to ensure that the participants are among the best looking women, but if this is not possible, then some alternatives to the way these pageants are run should be considered in order to promote high aesthetic standards -- e.g., having a series of ethnicity-specific mini-pageants that culminate in a Miss Personality grand finale. A new section on aesthetics in international beauty pageants explores this issue, and in the process, also addresses several abstract correlates of beauty. Comments regarding this section can be left below. Commentators should make an effort to read the section rather than just look at the pictures prior to commenting.