What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Inside IBS (International Beauty Show)


ibs 00Unglamorous name notwithstanding, the annual IBS shows in New York and Las Vegas are full of pageantry and creativity and showmanship and really, really nutty hair. You know how I love a spectacle, so you can imagine my joy when I came across these fierce and fabulous pictures. Here are a few highlights!

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The plastic thing would be better if someone had printed a warning on the side.

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Histoplasmosis for everyone!

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Oh, how I love a face cage!


Her wings are so mismatched, it looks like if she tried to fly, she’d just go in circles

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Look! Minions!

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Sometimes, I have to really struggle to keep my inner 12-year-old boy quiet. I am (he is) only barely resisting making a joke about a blowout at the IBS

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It is currently 90+ degrees out, so even looking at her top made of hair extensions is making me itchy

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Adorable in its dorkiness. Reminds me of the alien women they would encounter on Star Trek TOS or in vintage sci fi movies

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Gaga would approve!

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That is some well-trained hair!

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I did not expect to see such an obvious knock-off at an event with an audience who likely remembers the original

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I 100% guarantee they are doing a simplified version of Yanis Marshall’s “Applause” choreography. Kind of a great idea, actually.

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Her hair looks like she’s being attacked by a shower curtain rod. Oh, and here’s what I would look like in that costume

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “Inside IBS (International Beauty Show)

  1. Of course my first thought was Irritable Bowel Syndrome….😮 haha. Love the pics.

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  2. Hi Donna – I really enjoy your comments. Make me curious, make me smile and laugh. Thank you 🙂
    – Ruta

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  3. Is that really you in the silver pumpkin costume with popcorn hair? You are a brave soul for sharing that photo! I have to say I almost spit out my mouthful of coffee when I opened it. Thanks for the belly laugh.

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  4. Is that really you in the silver pumpkin costume with the popcorn headdress? You really are brave to post that photo! I have to say that I nearly spit out my coffee when I opened it. Thanks for the belly laugh!

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  5. The minion on the left? I could rock that hairstyle. Awww, and the little girl you found with popcorn hair is a cutie and probably cringing when she remembers that costume.

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