Beauty pageants became increasingly popular in the 1880s. In 1888, the title of “Beauty Queen” was awarded to an 18-year-old Creole participant during a procession in Spa, Belgium. All participants had to provide a photo and a brief description of themselves to be eligible, and a final selection of 21 was evaluated by a formal jury.  Such events were not considered respectable. Some examples of beauty queen selection criteria, unique for some cultures, are Indian history and traditional craft skills at the Miss Indian American pageant, Indian Dress Section at the Miss India USA pageant, and the principles of “black beauty” accepted in the Miss Howard University pageant.  The winner is often seen as a role model for the “ideal” member of the community.  Competitions allow participants to learn how to present themselves in public and to cultivate certain qualities such as self-confidence or serenity.  In some cases, competitors are chosen to act as representatives on behalf of the Community. In Howard University`s African-American community, Miss Howard`s chosen university served as an advocate for the civil rights movement in the decades following the 1960s.  In addition, poor competition in Angola for mines allows victims to serve as spokespersons for other victims of mining accidents.
 A beauty contest was held during the 1839 Eglinton Tournament organized by Archibald Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton, as part of a re-enactment of a medieval tournament in Scotland. . . .