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The Philippines’ beauty pageant obsession

The Philippines is one of a few countries in the world where beauty pageants are taken seriously, so much so that a Filipino victory in international contests like Miss Universe is a source of national pride. Other cultures see them as exploitative of women, but beauty pageants are widely popular in the Philippines. Barnaby Lo met ardent fans whose worlds would stop when a pageant takes place, and a girl who is training hard to become a beauty queen someday.

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