Sex, knives and videotape

The sequins are being sewn on, the make-up boxes re-stocked, and girlish excitement is reaching fever point. Yet another high-profile beauty pageant – Miss Myanmar International 2015 – is about to take place in Yangon next month and the stage is once again being set for tiaras, tinsel – and tears. Myanmar’s opening-up has seen […]

Beauty pageants expose dreams and dangers in modern Myanmar

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sparkling in a red, sequined dress, Htet Htet Htun spins around the stage rehearsing a traditional Burmese dance that she hopes will make her stand out from 18 other young hopefuls competing in the first Miss Myanmar World pageant this month. Beauty pageants are thriving in Myanmar after being banned […]

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss

YANGON, MYANMAR — A dethroned 16-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won’t return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. May Myat Noe — the country’s first winner of an international beauty contest — lashed back at her accusers at a tightly packed news […]