Most Beautiful Girl in the World by Sarah Banet-Weiser
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Most Beautiful Girl in the World
By Sarah Banet-Weiser

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Beauty Pageants and National Identity

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Most Beautiful Girl in the World by Sarah Banet-Weiser

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Sarah Banet-Weiser complicates the standard feminist take on beauty pageants in this intriguing look at a hotly contested but enduringly popular American ritual. She focuses on the Miss America pageant in particular, considering its claim to be an accurate representation of the diversity of contemporary American women. Exploring the cultural constructions and legitimations that go on during the long process of the pageant, Banet-Weiser depicts the beauty pageant stage as a place where concerns about national identity, cultural hopes and desires, and anxieties about race and gender are crystallized and condensed. The beauty pageant, she convincingly demonstrates, is a profoundly political arena deserving of serious study. Drawing on cultural criticism, ethnographic research, and interviews with pageant participants and officials, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" illustrates how contestants invent and reinvent themselves while articulating the female body as a national body. Banet-Weiser finds that most pageants are characterized by the ambivalence of contemporary 'liberal' feminism, which encourages individual achievement, self-determination, and civic responsibility, while simultaneously promoting very conventional notions of beauty. The book explores the many different aspects of the Miss America pageant, including the swimsuit, the interview, and the talent competitions. It also takes a closer look at some extraordinary Miss Americas, such as Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America; Vanessa Williams, the first African American Miss America; and, Heather Whitestone, the first Miss America with a disability.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520217911
ISBN-10: 0520217918
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 290
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 30-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sarah Banet-Weiser

Sarah Banet-Weiser is Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California.

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