Beauty Queen: Here She Comes

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Chronicle Books, Mar 23, 2006 - Photography - 128 pages
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Each year over 700,000 beauty pageants are held in cities and towns the world over. Here is a celebration of that glitz and that glory. From Miss Universe to Miss Potato Blossom, this colorful book showcases pageants large and small, focusing on the heyday of beauty contests from the 1930s to the 1970s. Chapters on fashion, talent, bathing-suit competitions, and congeniality are packed with insider information on exactly what it takes to win the crown, secrets to looking perennially polished and poised, and tidbits on the beauty queen wave, talent dos and donts, and pageant etiquette. With over 100 vintage photos, Beauty Queen is a sweetly nostalgic ode to pageantry perfection.

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User Review  - sarahlouise - LibraryThing

I loved this tiny book which gives a history of how beauty pageants came about as a way to keep people at the beach at the end of the season. Mostly they were girls in bathing suits. The scholarships and making it "respectable" came later. Read full review

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You have missed most of the real Miss America pageant members my adding all kinds of pageant people from who knows where.
I have authentic video from that 1962 pageant and many other contestants do
too. Let us
add into this review of Miss America pageant in Atlantic City 1962 at this site.
You may email me
and you could ask Miss Fletcher for other more comprehensive footage. I'm sure that she could
collect this for Google.
Please keep a page that is about this date and pageant just about THIS pageant. Many of us became
significant leaders in our country. The tribute has been earned.
Diane M. Johnson, Miss Wisconsin, 1962


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Page 124 - Burwell, Barbara Peterson, and Polly Peterson Bowles. Becoming a Beauty Queen. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1987.
Page 124 - Bivans, Ann-Marie. Miss America: In Pursuit of the Crown. New York: MasterMedia Limited, 1991.
Page 124 - Van Dyke, Vonda Kay. That Girl in Your Mirror. Westwood, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1966.

About the author (2006)

Elissa Stein is a writer, illustrator, and graphic designer. The author of Cheerleader and Prom Night , she lives in New York City with her family. She's never been a beauty queen, but she often wears a tiara.

Lee Meriwether, Miss California 1955, captured the crown on Miss America's first-ever television broadcast. She went on to star in film, television, and theater projects, and remains active as both an actress and an advocate for humanitarian endeavors.

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