The Mister Global all-male beauty pageant is being held after a hiatus of two years; this year's event was held in Thailand.
Beauty pageants always divide opinion and, especially of late, have faced much criticism for objectifying women. Some would argue that beauty pageants can be empowering but only if it's more inclusive. One pageant that stood out recently was the Mister Global, an all-male beauty pageant that features men from various countries. Mister Global has many events but the one that is most awaited is the "National Costume,” a segment in which the contestants wear outfits representing their country and culture. This year, the beauty pageant returned after a hiatus of two years on account of the pandemic, reported MyModernMet. A total of 33 men from different countries traveled to Thailand to participate in the event. This year's competition was captured by photographer David Ryo, who shot amazing portraits to highlight their cultures and frame. At the end of the event, Spain's 21-year old Miguel Ángel Lucas won the top prize.
Here are 33 amazing portraits from Mister Global beauty pageant's National Costume segment:
You can check out David Ryo's work on Instagram.