When we think of beauty pageants, we think of doe eyes, blond ringlets, and tiny waists; the bizarre ritual of choosing the most beautiful woman in the room seems antiquated and oppressive. But it turns out that prior to Women’s Liberation, pageantry was an even more surreal and shocking part of the American experience, and the queens provide insight into their contemporary social and political climate, cataloging the strange ways in which women were ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 16, 2013
Last night, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014. Yet, the aspiring cardiologist and Syracuse, New York native isn’t receiving the kind of congratulations customary. The reason? She’s Indian-American.
The second the crown touched her head, everyone with a Twitter account and an IQ of less than 65 took to the internet to voice their outrage at the fact that a “terrorist” had just won the Miss America title. You heard me. Being ... Read More
BY Intern Christina
on Jun 07, 2012
Miss Congeniality was a fantastic movie, but I'm already thinking that the drama unfolding in the real world would make for a great screenplay. Picture it: an overbearing millionaire goes after a beauty queen scorned by the media for her supposedly close-minded views as she tries to smear the entire pageant itself. Drama! Blame! Spray tans!
The Miss America pageant has gone ugly with the recent developments involving its co-owner Donald Trump and the former ... Read More