Beauty Queens on the Global Stage: Gender, Contests, and Power

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Modern beauty contests were invented by P.T. Barnum in the United States, but in the 20th century pageants and contests have spread across the entire world from Nepal to Tierra Del Fuego. Why are women (and sometimes men in drag) parading on stage such a universally appealing spectacle, attracting an audience in the billions? This book is the first global comparison of pageants from different parts of the world, at the ways each contest is both intensely local and unique, and simultaneously global and remarkable ...

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Overview

Modern beauty contests were invented by P.T. Barnum in the United States, but in the 20th century pageants and contests have spread across the entire world from Nepal to Tierra Del Fuego. Why are women (and sometimes men in drag) parading on stage such a universally appealing spectacle, attracting an audience in the billions? This book is the first global comparison of pageants from different parts of the world, at the ways each contest is both intensely local and unique, and simultaneously global and remarkable repetitious. The authors use the latest tools of feminist, ethnographic, and literary scholarship to unpack and interpret one of the greatest and most universal spectacles of modern times.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415911528
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/6/1995
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Beauty Queens on the Global Stage 1
1 The Snake Charmer Queen: Ritual, Competition, and Signification in American Festival 13
2 "It's Not a Beauty Pageant!": Hybrid Ideology in Minnesota Community Queen Pageants 31
3 Homage to "La Cordobesa": Local Identity and Pageantry in Andalusia 47
4 Beauty, Women, and Competition: "Moscow Beauty 1989" 61
5 The India Bonita of Monimbo: The Politics of Ethnic Identity in the New Nicaragua 75
6 Negotiating Style and Mediating Beauty: Transvestite (Gay/Bantut) Beauty Contests in the Southern Philippines 89
7 Authenticity and Guatemala's Maya Queen 105
8 Contestants in a Contested Domain: Staging Identities in the British Virgin Islands 125
9 Carrying the Queen: Identity and Nationalism in a Liberian Queen Rally 147
10 Miss Tibet, or Tibet Misrepresented?: The Trope of Woman-as-Nation in the Struggle for Tibet 161
11 The Miss Heilala Beauty Pageant: Where Beauty Is More than Skin Deep 185
12 The Politics of Beauty in Thailand 203
13 Connections and Contradictions: From the Crooked Tree Cashew Queen to Miss World Belize 217
References 233
Contributors 247
Index 251
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