What Beauty Contests Looked Like Before You Were Born

1854 was the year the first beauty pageant took place in the legendary circus of showman P.T. Barnum. Since then, they’ve come a long way in trying to figure out who the prettiest girl in the Universe is. In between the first pageant and today, however, some bizarre contests have happened. And just like the first pageant that gave birth to this type of competition, some of these peculiar contests belong to the circus world.