The Alternative Miss World (1980)

Genres - Leisure Arts  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Targeted for audiences who find men in drag particularly amusing, this film documents the shenanigans at an annual "Alternative Miss World" contest hosted by Divine. Contestants go by names like Miss Proposition 13 or Miss Slightly Misanthropic, and several are literally tripped up coming down the entrance stairway. Riotous costumes and even a swimsuit competition add or subtract from the event, depending on one's perspective. After answering grueling questions like "What do you like to do best?" the winner is chosen in an atmosphere that is a cross between the Mardi Gras in New Orleans and a three-ring circus.