Inner Beauty Pageant celebrates what’s on the inside

“In New York City, there is a lot of focus on beauty and fashion and meeting a certain standard, and this is the opposite of that,”

By Danielle Furfaro - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

Pageantry: Inner Beauty Pageant contestant Lorelei Ramirez, 24, holding her “imaginary bathing suit” which will “scare off jellyfish and goldfish.”  Photo by Jason Speakman

Pageantry: Inner Beauty Pageant contestant Lorelei Ramirez, 24, holding her “imaginary bathing suit” which will “scare off jellyfish and goldfish.” Photo by Jason Speakman


Lorelei Ramirez may have entered a pageant to find “New York’s finest warm-hearted oddballs” — but don’t call her “quirky” or “weird.”

The Greenpoint resident expresses disbelief that anyone would use those words to describe her — right before she rattles off her talents, which include making little boy voices, and turning off the lights and touching people.

“I just like to mess with whatever time I am given,” said Ramirez, who is a comedian and performance artist. “I do not want to take anything too seriously.”

But quirky and weird are exactly what will win points at this year’s Inner Beauty Pageant, an annual event that celebrates what makes people pretty on the inside.

“In New York City, there is a lot of focus on beauty and fashion and meeting a certain standard, and this is the opposite of that,” said pageant producer Jo Firestone. “It is not that they are not physically attractive, but these people have something different.”

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