Beauty Queens: A Playful History

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More than one hundred illustrations and photographs complement an entertaining history of the beauty pageant, from the 1850s to the present day, tracing the changing perspective on feminine beauty and its evolving role as a cultural institution. Original.

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. . . fun and informative . . . full of facts and tidbits, plus wonderful vintage photos of such quirkly contests as Miss Swim; the Fourth Annual Bathing Girl Review in Galveston, Texas, in 1923; Miss Perfection of 1938; 1945 Campus Queen in a Japanese Internment Camp in Texas; and Miss Nude World, 1971. -- Fresno Bee, 1/7/99

From the bathing beauties of the teens to the cheesecake era of the '40s Goldwyn Girls to the sequin-spangled Misses Universe of the '90s, Savage's lighthearted, well-illustrated book dives into the culture of these "pageants of pulchritude." -- Washington Post, 1/24/99

More than one hundred illustrations and photographs complement an entertaining history of the beauty pageant, from the 1850s to the present day, tracing the changing perspective on feminine beauty and its evolving role as a cultural institution. -- Forecast, 1/99

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