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As you like it: discovering the irreverent, colourful theatre of the Alternative Miss World

In a world full of restrictions, fans come to Alternative Miss World, hosted at Shakespeare's Globe, as a night of freedom, equality and frivolity

By Jessica Abrahams   December 2018

Photography by Holly Revell.


Welcome, ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between, to Shakespeare’s Globe and the Alternative Miss World—a night when this hallowed stage is handed over to veteran artist and impresario Andrew Logan for what one audience member calls a “celebration of chaos.”

This is a pageant with a twist: contestants from all over the world compete in the traditional categories of daywear, swimwear and eveningwear, but beauty is entirely irrelevant. Instead, this catwalk is about “transformation,” and it’s…

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