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Contestants walk on stage during the “mini-miss” beauty contest in Bobigny, Paris suburb, September 22, 2012. The competition is open for girls aged 7 to 12. (Photo by Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

Contestants walk on stage during the “mini-miss” beauty contest in Bobigny, Paris suburb, September 22, 2012. The competition is open for girls aged 7 to 12. (Photo by Benoit Tessier/Reuters)
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04 Aug 2013 09:04:00


Wirittorn Narapatarapimol (Belle) a Miss Tiffany Universe contestant tries on earrings in a private dressing room on May 15, 2009 in Pattaya, Thailand. The Miss Tiffany Universe contest has been running for 12 years, with all contestants transexuals or transvestites, aiming to promote human rights for the transgender population in Thailand. In Thailand transexuals are considered a third gender given the Thai name “Katoey”. (Photo Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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22 Jun 2011 11:18:00
Contestant Emilce Lezcano, center, prepares for the evening gown portion of the “Miss Gordita” beauty contest in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, April 25, 2015. In their elegant evening gowns and elaborate hair styles, the contestants defy the conventional idea that only skinny women can be beautiful. (Photo by Jorge Saenz/AP Photo)

Contestant Emilce Lezcano, center, prepares for the evening gown portion of the “Miss Gordita” beauty contest in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, April 25, 2015. In their elegant evening gowns and elaborate hair styles, the contestants defy the conventional idea that only skinny women can be beautiful. (Photo by Jorge Saenz/AP Photo)
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28 Apr 2015 13:17:00
Contestants run backstage. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

Transgender contestants run backstage before the final of the annual Miss Tiffany's Universe 2014 transvestite contest in the beach resort town of Pattaya, May 2, 2014. The contest aims to promote a positive image of transvestites. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
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04 May 2014 09:45:00
A contestant prepares backstage before the final show of the Miss International Queen 2018 transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand March 9, 2018. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

A contestant prepares backstage before the final show of the Miss International Queen 2018 transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand March 9, 2018. Twenty-seven international contestants are participating in the annual beauty contest for transgender women which aims to promote the tourism industry in the resort city of Pattaya and create a positive image of transgender people. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)
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12 Mar 2018 00:05:00
Models of the SibPlus Models agency and participants of the Miss Doughnut beauty competition take part in a rehearsal in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, March 4, 2017. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

Models of the SibPlus Models agency and participants of the Miss Doughnut beauty competition take part in a rehearsal in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, March 4, 2017. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)
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10 Mar 2017 00:06:00


An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron One Five One (VFA-151) emerges from a cloud created when it broke the sound barrier in the skies over the Pacific Ocean, July 7, 1999. (Photo by John Gay/US Navy)
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25 May 2011 10:33:00
Ecuador: “More and more tribes of Amazonia are starting to adopt modern clothes for everyday life. But they are still keeping their traditional clothes for important events. I photographed this young woman in her wedding outfit”. (Photo by Mihaela Noroc/The Guardian)

Photographer Mihaela Noroc travelled the world from Ethiopia to the US and from Guatemala to France in search of natural and authentic beauty. She introduces some of the inspiring women she met on her journey. Here: Ecuador. “More and more tribes of Amazonia are starting to adopt modern clothes for everyday life. But they are still keeping their traditional clothes for important events. I photographed this young woman in her wedding outfit”. (Photo by Mihaela Noroc/The Guardian)
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27 Sep 2017 08:29:00