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Photos: The Male Beauty Pageants Of 1920s Venice

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Back in the 1920s, Venice Beach held an annual beauty contest for men.

"Bathing Beauty" contests for women, featuring women parading in their swimsuits, were a popular event in Venice in the 1920s. The first pageant of the like for men was held in May 1926 on the Venice Pier, according to an article by Venice historian Jeffrey Stanton.

There was a total of $500 in prizes handed out to the category winners, and men of all types and looks entered.

While women who competed in these types of contests were judged on their beauty, men had other categories. Prizes were given to the most handsome, the most fit and the "homeliest."