Does Skin Color Matter in Beauty Pageants?

You might have your own contentions to which of these candidates would have the advantage over the other. Yes, truly is. Skin color matters in beauty pageants.

Let me expose to you some ideas that you have to know whether you do have an advantage in joining beauty pageant when it comes to your skin tone.


In the Philippines, local pageants like city or provincial pageants, fair-skinned candidates oftentimes dominate local competitions. This is because candidates who are fairly-skinned are seldom seen in local pageants making them buoyant and dominating and becomes the favorite of the local judges and sponsors.

But in places like in the National Capital Region, a dark-skinned candidate might be an intimidation to the fairly-skinned delegates here. This is one of the reason why a not so white-skinned beauty queen is preferred in the Search for Binibining Pilipinas or any pageant held in Metro Manila.

Further, dark-skinned candidates appeal better for photo shoots and video shoots because of their complexion.

However, the above is not true to international pageants where judges have the time to familiarize their candidates. Here, personality and wit matter most together with beauty.

Since most of the contestant have great personalities and are all witty, oftentimes, the Latina girls are preferred because they are bigger and taller women compared from the rest regardless of their color. Not to mention that they can easily expressed themselves using the two most dignified language, English and Spanish.

Going back. In a capsule, fairly-skinned candidates will be favored in places opposite to their skin color. Same is true to candidates with dark skin are favored to places where people are fairly-skinned i.e. only in local pageants.

To further down the analysis, to remain buoyant and dominating in pageant competitions, difference and uniqueness will be a very big factor to influence your path to the crown.

Author: gaucallantajr

Gau Callanta Jr. is a beauty pageant walk and talk trainer. He teaches proper walking posture, speed & ambiance, head & eye movements, stage strategies, and on how to answer pageant questions. Contact him for training (Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines.) or purchase his PDF pageant question and answer reviewer and manual by texting at (+63) 920 236 7033 or at (+63) 956 864 3925