Once a year the boys at Komaba High School, in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, hold a drag contest to find who among them is the prettiest girl. Students style their hair, don wigs and makeup, and slip into skirts for the contest, in which they’re judged on how well they can pull off the ‘kawaii girl’ look and attitude. The pageant has its own Twitter page where photographs of this year’s contestants are shared and votes are solicited.
From Oddity Central:
As it turns out, Komaba High is one of the most reputed prep schools in Tokyo. Founded in 1950, the school was recently designated by the Ministry of Education as a ‘super science high school’. A large number of its students are accepted into the prestigious Tokyo University each year. Students participate in a wide variety of interesting extracurricular activities, but at the end of the day, they’re all a bunch of teenage boys with raging hormones and no real contact with girls on a daily basis. So they use the annual Culture Festival as an excuse to doll up and showcase their own feminine side.
It seems that cross dressing beauty pageants are actually quite popular among Japan’s youth, with Tokyo Institute of Technology recently crowning their very own Mister Bishoujo (Mister Beautiful Girl). And why shouldn’t they, given how cute some of these boys look!
Not sure how shocking any of this is in 2015 – in fact I’m surprised more schools around the world don’t do this – but it’s really just an excuse to post pics of cute boys in drag. Check them out below.