Ain't I a Beauty Queen?: Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race / Edition 1

Ain't I a Beauty Queen?: Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race / Edition 1

by Maxine Leeds Craig
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019515262X

ISBN-13: 9780195152623

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Black is Beautiful!" The words were the exuberant rallying cry of a generation of black women who threw away their straightening combs and adopted a proud new style they called the Afro. The Afro, as worn most famously by Angela Davis, became a veritable icon of the Sixties.

Although the new beauty standards seemed to arise overnight, they actually had

Overview

"Black is Beautiful!" The words were the exuberant rallying cry of a generation of black women who threw away their straightening combs and adopted a proud new style they called the Afro. The Afro, as worn most famously by Angela Davis, became a veritable icon of the Sixties.

Although the new beauty standards seemed to arise overnight, they actually had deep roots within black communities. Tracing her story to 1891, when a black newspaper launched a contest to find the most beautiful woman of the race, Maxine Leeds Craig documents how black women have negotiated the intersection of race, class, politics, and personal appearance in their lives. Craig takes the reader from beauty parlors in the 1940s to late night political meetings in the 1960s to demonstrate the powerful influence of social movements on the experience of daily life. With sources ranging from oral histories of Civil Rights and Black Power Movement activists and men and women who stood on the sidelines to black popular magazines and the black movement press, Ain't I a Beauty Queen? will fascinate those interested in beauty culture, gender, class, and the dynamics of race and social movements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195152623
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,118,804
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Ridicule and Celebration: Black Women as Symbols in the Rearticulation of Race3
2Contexts for the Emergence of "Black Is Beautiful,"23
3Ain't I a Beauty Queen? Representing the Ideal Black Woman45
4Standing (in Heels) for My People65
5How Black Became Popular: Social Movements and Racial Rearticulation78
6Yvonne's Wig: Gender and the Racialized Body109
7Pride and Shame: Black Women as Symbols of the "Middle Class,"129
8The Appearance of Unity143
9An Ongoing Dialogue161
Notes171
Selected Bibliography187
Index195

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