The recent Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant has drawn various responses from the social media community.
There have been unsavory comments.
Some, however, defended the girls.
However, one thing is for sure. These pageants are here to stay. And for a tiny island, we have TONS of beauty pageants.
So what other pageants are there in Singapore? You will be surprised at the wide range of pageants you can enroll yourself into when you feel that you have the necessary qualities or, as illustrated by the case above, ready to be roasted online by unkind keyboard warriors.
1. Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant
Let's start with the one that made headlines recently.
According to The Straits Times, the pageant will yield four winners under different titles who will go on to represent Singapore internationally under each title.
The four titles are: Miss Singapore Tourism Queen, Miss Singapore Chinatown, Miss Singapore Global Beauty Queen and Miss Grand Singapore.
So this is effectively a pageant for pageants.
Finalists were chosen by a committee of former pageant winners, reported The Straits Times.
2. Miss Universe Singapore
Boomz! This pageant needs no introduction - we consider this the "mother of all pageants" here.
Initially misunderstood to be the same as Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant, the organisation has clarified this mistake in an Instagram post.
Winner of Miss Universe Singapore will proceed to represent Singapore in the annual Miss Universe pageant on an international stage.
3. Miss Singapore Pageant International
Somewhat similar to the Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant, this pageant also has 4 sub-categories.
According to its Facebook page, it is the official holder of the following four titles: Miss Singapore International, Miss Singapore Supranational, Miss Singapore Asia-Pacific International, & Miss Singapore Tourism Queen Of The Year International.
Not to be mistaken with Miss Singapore Tourism Queen 2016. That would be Divya Sd.
Similarly, it is also mistaken for Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant, in which they quickly clarified in a Facebook post.
If you're confused about whichever is which, don't worry. I'm confused as well.
4. Mrs Singapore and classic Mrs Singapore pageant
This next one is for the women who are married.
According to their Facebook page, this competition separates the girls from the women, and is the only married woman contest in Singapore that gives wonderful and remarkable women a chance to represent Singapore.
5. Miss World Singapore
Miss World Singapore is the next most prominent pageant after Miss Universe Singapore.
It is also the oldest running international beauty pageant. According to their website, they are looking for intelligent, beautiful and passionate young women who want to make a difference and participate for the honour of becoming Miss World Singapore.
Registration is open to Singapore citizens between the age of 17 and 24.
6. Miss Earth
Alongside Miss Universe and Miss World, this pageant is the next largest international contest and with a message too.
Miss Earth is required to address issues concerning the environment and other global issues - this makes this pageant sound the most intelligent of them all.
I am pretty sure I have not covered all the pageants out there. These days, beauty contests have evolved to incorporate personality traits, talents and intelligence, such as CLEO's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors, Manhunt, Female's 50 Most Gorgeous, and whatnot.
They say every journey is a discovery. As you traverse through the list of pageants in this article, I can only hope you do not get as disoriented as I am.
As for me, I have discovered that for an island of roughly five million inhabitants, there sure are a lot of pageants.