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"beauty queen" is a woman who won a beauty contest.

What is the general term for a man who wins a male "handsome" contest?

Is "beauty king" or "handsome king" the counterpart of "beauty queen"?

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    This is part of the cultural distinction between men and women. In America and other English-speaking cultures, there are usually female beauty contests, but there are not corresponding male beauty contests. If there were, there would be few contestants, I suspect -- display of "beauty" is not a male characteristic in these cultures. The words we use are different for males, who are handsome, and females, who are beautiful and pretty. Spanish does well with guapo/guapa, but English has to have different words. It's an insult to call a young boy "pretty" in the US. Jun 25, 2022 at 14:54
  • There's a term/title for bodybuilders: Mr. Universe. Jun 25, 2022 at 15:12
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    There are "beauty" competitions for men, they're usually called Mr and the name of the country in which they are participating. For example; Mr. United States and Mr Italia Ah, let's not forget People's magazine's Sexiest Man Alive and then there's Prom King
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 25, 2022 at 15:39

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The is no general term for a man who wins a male "handsome" contest for the simple reason that such contests do not generally exist.

I would not be surprised if some such contests exist (and I make no judgements about that) but they are far from common enough to have gained a place in the general public consciousness, or for any terminology associated with them to have become "general".

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"Mister" can also be used in combination with another word to refer to someone who is regarded as the personification of, or master of, a particular field or subject, especially in the fields of popular entertainment and sports. Wikipedia

In this case beauty ^.

There are "beauty" competitions for men, they're usually called Mr and the name of the country in which they are participating. For example; Mr. United States and Mr Italia - @Mari-Lou A

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  • I would disagree with the analogies with "sexiest man alive" and "prom king". The female recipients of the corresponding honors are not called "beauty queens", and the kinds of "contests" that are involved are usually quite different. Jun 26, 2022 at 4:08
  • @MarcInManhattan changed accordingly
    – DialFrost
    Jun 26, 2022 at 4:30

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