In honor of 26 year-old, Army Reserve officer Deshauana Barber being crowned Miss USA 2016, here are some fascinating beauty pageant statistics.
According to a report released Women’s News on January 24, 2016, 2.5 million girls participate in 100,000 beauty pageants each year in the US. Approximately 72% of these young women hire a beauty pageant coach. The study also looked at depression in these competitors, and found that 6% had suffered from depression. Additionally, the report compared the average BMI of beauty contestants in 2010 to those who competed in 1930. In 1930, the average BMI was 20.8 while in 2010 it was 18.9.
In a different report released by Miss America in September 2015, 5’6” is the average height of Miss America winners and 121 is the average weight. Furthermore, the average age of winners is 22.6. Interestingly the percent of overall winners who won the Preliminary Swimsuit Award is 53.9% and who won the Preliminary Talent Award is 36.8%.
In a study released in September 2003, 131 female beauty pageant contestants (mean age 26.0) from 43 states completed an anonymous study. 26% reported that they had been told or perceived they had an eating disorder. 48.5% reportred wanting to be thinner and 57% were trying to lose weight.