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Beijing's First Beauty Contest Is Canceled

May 25, 1988|United Press International

BEIJING — The first beauty contest scheduled in Beijing has been canceled after a spate of copycat competitions around the nation undermined a fledgling bid to hold Western-style pageants, organizers said Tuesday.

The cancellation comes amid a widening crackdown on beauty contests, including harsh criticism from officials and citizens and the cancellation earlier of a "Miss Shanghai" competition.

It was the latest sign of official discomfort with displaying China's feminine beauty, following a wave of competitions geared to select the prettiest women in many large cities.

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