"There She Is, Miss America": The Politics of Sex, Beauty, and Race in America's Most Famous Pageant

Elwood Watson Darcy Martin


"There She Is, Miss America": The Politics of Sex, Beauty, and Race in America's Most Famous Pageant

  • Title: "There She Is, Miss America": The Politics of Sex, Beauty, and Race in America's Most Famous Pageant
  • Author: Elwood Watson Darcy Martin
  • ISBN: 9781403963024
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback



While some see the Miss American Pageant as hokey vestige of another era, many remain enthralled by the annual Atlantic City event And whether you love it or hate it, no one can deny the impact the contest has had on American popular culture indeed, many reality television shows seem to have taken cues from the pageant Founded in 1921, the Miss America Pageant has providWhile some see the Miss American Pageant as hokey vestige of another era, many remain enthralled by the annual Atlantic City event And whether you love it or hate it, no one can deny the impact the contest has had on American popular culture indeed, many reality television shows seem to have taken cues from the pageant Founded in 1921, the Miss America Pageant has provided a fascinating glimpse into how American standards of femininity have been defined, projected, maintained, and challenged At various times, it has been praised as a positive role model for young American women, protested as degrading to women by feminists, and shamed by scandals, such as the one caused by the Penthouse photos of Vanessa Williams in 1984 In this first interdisciplinary anthology to examine this uniquely American event, scholars defend, critique, and reflect on the pageant, grappling with themes like beauty, race, the body, identity, kitsch, and consumerism There She Is, Miss America provides a fascinating examination of an enduring American icon.


Recent Comments ""There She Is, Miss America": The Politics of Sex, Beauty, and Race in America's Most Famous Pageant"

I want to read this book because I love to compete in pageants.

Highlights: chapter 1, 4, 5, 8"The Miss America Pageant was not an example of the general decline of Victorian morality in the 1920s but an attempt to assert a repackaged form of restrictive Victorian gender roles." (chapter 1, Kimberly A. Hamlin)"Lois Delander, Miss Illinois [1927], was a sixteen-year-old honor student. She had previously won a medal for knowing Bible verses and boasted 'her lips had never touched coffee or tea'."(chapter 1, Kimberly A. Hamlin)"In the 1920s, crowning a passive, [...]

The essays are somewhat uneven with insights ranging from surprisingly fascinating to boringly banal. The first couple (the ones that cover the history of the pageant) were by far the most interesting.

a rather meaty view of what makes the pageant


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