Girls Formal Dresses for all
Ages and Occasions
At Doodlebugs Dresses we have pageant dresses and pageant wear for
girls of all ages. With more than 350 dress styles to choose from, we
showcase the latest in designer prom dresses and pageant dresses. As the
Southeast’s all inclusive pageant prom and shop you will have more
choices, more service, and unending attention to every detail. Our
beautiful and glamorous pageant gowns will make your child a pageant
winner! Designs created to enhance her figure, embellished with accents
to highlight her best features and draw the attention to your child.
We carry a wide variety of girls pageant dresses and gowns for local,
state, national, preliminary pageants. Be assured you are dealing with a
professional boutique when buying your pageant dresses with us. We have
a large selection of children's pageant dresses In stock for same day
shipping. We have experience working with girls of all ages for pageants
across the country.
At Doodlebugs Dresses we especially focusing on
Pageants Dresses and Pageant Ware but we have GORGEOUS Prom dresses and
gowns for all your special occasion needs. Beautiful styles & colors,
and styles and sizes for girls of any age. Shop early so you will be
sure to get the dress or gown of your dreams!
You'll find only the
best quality and most beautiful pageant dresses, interview suits, talent
costumes, shoes, and accessories at
Doodlebugs Dresses. We
specialize in apparel and accessories for girls, teens, young ladies and
women's beauty pageants. Our specialists have years of pageantry
experience at all levels, local, state, national, and international.
They know the pageant industry and can help you define a beautiful style
to win the coveted pageant crown. Our pageant tips will guide you in
selecting the right colors and clothing and ensure a proper fit to
enhance your natural beauty. Feel free to contact us with questions
about our pageant products or for suggestions.
History of Pageants, (beauty contests)
Choosing symbolic kings and queens for May Day and other festivities
is an ancient custom in Europe in which beautiful young women symbolize
their nation's virtues and other abstract ideas. The first modern
was staged by P. T. Barnum in 1854, but his beauty
contest was closed down by public protest—he previously held dog, baby,
and bird beauty contests. He substituted daguerreotypes for judging, a
practice quickly adopted by newspapers. Newspapers held photo beauty
contests for many decades: In 1880, the first “Bathing Beauty Pageant"
took place as part of a summer festival to promote business in Rehoboth
Beach, Delaware. Contests became a regular part of summer beach life,
with the most elaborate contest taking place in Atlantic City, New
Jersey, where the “Fall Frolic” attracted women from many cities and towns.
The modern beauty pageant's origin is traceable to the
Miss America Pageant,
which was first held in Atlantic City in 1921, under the title
"Inter-City Beauty Contest." The Miss America Pageant eventually
included preliminary eliminations, an evening gown competition, musical
variety shows, and judging by panel. Still, the contest was at first
shunned by middle-class society. Pageants did not become respectable
until World War II, when "beauty queens" were recruited to sell bonds
and to entertain troops. Scholarships and talent competitions evoked
even closer scrutiny of contestants’ morals and backgrounds.
Other major contests include the yearlyMiss World competition
(founded by Eric Morley in 1951), Miss Universe (founded in 1952), Miss
International (founded in 1960) and Miss Earth (founded in 2001 with
environmental awareness as its concern), Miss Tourism Queen
International (founded in 2004). These are considered the Grand Slam
pageants, the five largest and most famous international beauty
contests. Minor contests, such as the Miss Bondi contest in Australia,
are common throughout the world in the summer months. During the 1950s,
pageants thrived to promote county fairs and local products. For
example, some of Raquel Welch's titles included "Miss Photogenic" and "Miss Contour." Women from around
the world participate each year in local competitions for the chance to
represent their country's international title.
Recently there has been a movement to the Internet Beauty Pageant
format demonstrated by websites such as
The Ultimate Beauty Queen, which aim to
level the pageant playing field by allowing more variations in both
contestants and judges. The organizers of the major beauty contests
represent their contests as being events of world importance—and they
are, in that they are viewed by over a billion people every year.
Global beauty pageants have never faced a revolution of its kind
before the year of 2002.
Christina Sawaya of Lebanon won Miss
International pageant, Miss World 2002 is Azra Akin from Turkey and the
original winner of Miss Earth 2002 is Džejla Glavović from Bosnia and
Herzegovina which are all dominant Muslimm countries.
Beauty pageants are generally multi-tiered and popular, with local
competitions feeding into the larger competitions. The worldwide
pageants, thus, require hundreds, sometimes thousands, of local
competitions. In the United States, there is now a
commercial beauty pageant industry that organizes thousands of local and
regional events for all ages for profit supported by magazines like
The Crown Magazinee and
Pride of Pageantry, the online epiczine.com, the Pageant News Bureau
(pageant.com), and The Crown Magazine, and a host of retailers of
everything from tiaras to cosmetic surgery.
The typical perception of a beauty pageant is that it occurs once a
year, has women of a petite frame, the event is live on stage, and that
a talent is involved somehow. Particularly with the advent of the
internet, this perception has changed drastically. Although they are not
"live" internet and mail-in pageants have provided a plethora of
entertainment to those who compete and an opportunity not available
those unable or hesitant to travel.
Size no longer is a limiting factor as many competitions espouse the
goal of "natural" beauty. There are also more and more pageants such as
Ms. Classic Beauty which are dedicated
to the "plus sized" delegate. Ms. Classic Beauty takes this one step
further by devoting itself to "pageant plus." While a size 14-16 may be
considered a traditional plus-size in the US, in the pageant world a
size 6-8 may be considered as plus depending upon the pageant system.
Ms. Classic Beauty takes this into consideration as well as the
difference in size based upon height. Therefore, their criteria for
inclusion is based upon size/ height ratios.
Although the selection of a Beauty Queen is thought to be an annual
event, there are no hard and fast rules as to the frequency of
selection. Pageants have also changed dates and frequency based upon the
needs of the Organization. Take for instance, Miss America. For decades,
Miss America was held during the fall with the pageant usually occurring
in September. Recently, the date changed to January. This produced a
term of greater than a year length for that Miss America..
On the other hand, some terms have been shortened due to needs of the
Organization. For example, during its formative years, the Mrs. United
Nation Pageant had several seasonal changes with some Queens holding a
term of less than a year.
There are other pageants who take a totally different approach
altogether. Particularly in reference to on-line photogenic pageants,
there are competitions in which a winner is chosen on a monthly or even
weekly basis. There are those who will take each of these as a
"preliminary winner" with the intent upon a "final" competition at some
later date. Others treat each of these as a "final" winner and provide a
Regardless of the method of competition, break down of scores or
frequency of selection, all are defined as "entertainment in the form of
a beauty pageant." It is up to the individual to determine which is best
suited for competition or of particular entertainment interest.
Beauty Queens, or title holders, are chosen on many criteria. Each
individual pageant will provide to prospective delegates its particular
methods of competition and scoring. For example,
The Worldwide Pageant has a unique scoring system wherein delegates have the potential
of earning a score of 110%. The breakdown is 25% evening wear (may be
pants or gown), 25% athletic wear, 50% personal interview, and an
optional 10% for an achievement portfolio. Diamond Dolls is a photogenic
only competition which provides 100% of the score based upon submission
of required photos.