A few weeks ago, Pageant Planet posted a crown HIT or MISS and made a surprising discovery: multiple pageants share the exact same crown! With the ever-increasing list of pageants flooding the market and generic crowns lowering in price every day, some pageant systems are beginning to share the same crown designs. Is that a problem for the integrity of the pageant systems? (Read: Why Did Miss Universe Switch Crowns?)
About the crown-troversy
The Miss Enchanting World Crown, Miss Plus Universe, Miss World’s Perfect and Natural Beauty International are four popular midsize pageant systems. Each pageant varies in years of business, competition model and contestant image. What they do have in common is the crown they bestow upon their winners. (Read: Pageant Question About Crowns and Sashes)
About the cost of crowns
The average cost of a pageant crown off of a for-profit site can range anywhere between $50 and $150. If bought in bulk off a wholesaler website, a rhinestone embellished traditional tiara can cost anywhere between $10 and $16. Though the crown designer is not specifically named on many of the pageants’ websites, it is possible that all these pageants are ordering their crowns from the same company.
Fun fact: In comparison, the Miss Universe crown costs about $300,000. The international crown is one of few that are made with real gemstones! (Read: Why Did Miss Universe Switch Crowns?)
Is it copying?
Is it possible the systems are not aware they share the same crown? Is the crown’s designer promising original crowns and passing off copycats to competing systems? Are directors intentionally stealing crowning ideas from each other? The biggest question, how do contestants feel about the copy-crowns? (Read: How to NEVER Wear the Same Dress as Someone Else)
While there are no copyright issues with pageant systems sharing the same crown, there may be other issues. Having duplicate crowns can lessen the public perception of a pageant system and make titleholders less identifiable. It could also hinder a pageant’s brand if the crown is confused with another system.
What are your thoughts? Does this change your desire to compete at one of the pageants? Have you competed at any of these pageants and have more insight on the crown selection? Comment on this post with your thoughts.
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