Beauty Queens : A Playful History
Illustrated with over a hundred illustrations and photographs, this entertaining history of the beauty pageants covers the 1850s to 1990s, tracing the evolving standards of feminine beauty. Covering bathing beauties, cheesecake era of the ’40s, Goldwyn Girls, Misses Universe of the ’90s, the lighthearted book explores the “culture” of pageants.
Miss America, 1945: Bess Myerson and the Year That Changed Our Lives
By Susan Dworkin
First time in paperback, this unique biography and cultural history is based on History extensive research and interviews with more than one hundred witnesses from the period. Acclaimed novelist and playwright Susan Dworkin skillfully interweaves the absorbing first-person account of how Bess Myerson became the country’s first, and still only, Jewish Miss America in the same year that World War II ended, with a fresh portrait of what life was like for women and Jews in America in the 1930s and ’40s. Her tale of one girl’s coming of age in prefeminist America is “poignant and appealing . . . as much a cameo of an era as a work of biography.”
“Vivid, engrossing, startling–this sure-fire bestseller …(tells) a post-war Cinderella-like tale of the only Jewish Miss America and her encounter with the prize and prejudice.” 40 photographs. “…heart rending.” –Liz Smith
Miss America: In Pursuit of the Crown: The Complete Guide to the Miss America Pageant
As the first authorized guidebook on the Miss America pageant, this beautifully photo-illustrated coffee table book brings to life the “Miss America experience.”
Miss America’s year (including their hilarious blunders), judges’ advice, guides too each competition, and what former winners are doing. Seen on Larry King Live, Hard Copy, American Journal, Newsweek, New York Times, Joan Rivers, and USA Today. Every Miss America fan should have a copy.
The Miss America Cookbook, Favorite Recipes from All 50 States
Introduction by Phyllis George, Miss America 1971…Commemorative book honoring the pageant’s 75th anniversary. Charming look behind-the-scenes at the pageants colorful history, Miss Americas’ touching and humorous experiences. Packed with new comical behind-the-curtains anecdotes and favorite recipes of Miss Americas and state titleholders. Ideal gift for directors and judges.
Pageant: The Beauty Contest
By Keith Lovegrove
Pageant celebrates the culture of the beauty contest, from the well-know spectacles of Miss World and Mr. and Miss Universe® to the flamboyance of Alternative Miss World; from subculture contests, such as Miss Hell’s Angels, to the bizarre, for example, the crowning of Miss Sausage Queen to promote National Hot Dog Week. Pageant features contests from around the world, ranging from the National Beauty Contest to crown Miss Tanga in Colombia to the beauty pageants of the Russian Army; from Miss Malaysia Petite to Mr. Gay UK. An irresistible combination of nostalgia and contemporary kitsch, the book is a study of our human obsession with the beautiful
Beauty Pageants: Tiaras, Roses, and Runways
Judy Alter – Nicely photo-illustrated in black-and-white and color, offers a positive and thorough look at the history of the Miss America Pageant. Discusses other talent and beauty contests and details about policies and procedures. Useful bibliography, glossary, index, and photos. An excellent book for younger students doing term papers on pageants.
There She Is: The Life and Times of Miss America
By Frank DeFord (1972)
The consumate book on the Miss America Pageant. The author of more than fifteen books, Frank Deford (b. 1938) is one of the nation’s most prominent sportswriters. In his nonfiction he has chronicled everything from roller derby to the Miss America pageant, while his novels have used sport as a background for historical fiction and explorations of what athletic competition can mean.
Gender, Contests, and Power
Colleen Ballerino Cohen (Editor), Richard Wilk (Editor), Beverly J. Stoeltje (Editor). Scholarly look at pageants from an intercultural perspective. Its global perspective on the role of pageants offers quite a different treatment form other serious pageant books. Worth reading for students researching pageants and global standards of beauty for women.
My Pageant Addiction: How I Lost My Soul to Win a Pageant
by Lara Ketter
Competing in fourteen pageants in four years sounds like insanity, but Lara Ketter did just that in the 1990s when she became addicted to pageants. In the process she lost her soul as she fought to win a crown to prove to anyone watching, and especially herself, that she was worthy to walk the face of the earth. In “My Pageant Addiction: How I Lost My Soul to Win a Pageant” Lara shares details of each pageant and how her unhealthy obsession with winning led to lots of tears.