May 29, 2011 |
Beauty Queens A Novel Libba Bray Scholastic: 396 pp., $18.99, ages 13 and up Few events are more intrinsically ridiculous than the sequined spectacle of surgically enhanced females fake-baked to perfection and trotted on stage to one-up one another with vacuous platitudes in the hopes of winning … a tiara. Long derided by feminists as a patriarchal shill to oppress women, beauty pageants are nevertheless fascinating — if only for their comedic value, which bestselling young-adult novelist Libba Bray mines for all it's worth in "Beauty Queens.
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November 18, 2010 |
Shanice McKinley stands outside a Panda Express in Compton with a small circle of supporters, hands joined in prayer. Her brother Erv, a former college basketball player, towers above the group. The woman on his left is a friend and longtime community activist; on his right is a new acquaintance, who met them for the first time when she walked out of the restaurant minutes before. "I pray that you make me strong, Father God, for this community," McKinley says. "I pray that not only are you changing this community but that you are bringing us together.
September 25, 2009 |
Is the 2010 Mercedes E550 Coupe pretty? This is no trivial matter. After all, why would you buy an E Coupe when for about the same money you could get Mercedes' new E Sedan? The mid-size four-door Benz is the standard by which all Mercedeses are measured. It's the company's bestselling model worldwide and the unimpeachable choice for every Beverly Hills tennis pro and real estate agent who ever lived. The E Sedan is bigger, more practical, more richly equipped. It's a car every bit as tightly nailed together, offering performance nearly equal to that of the sports-minded E Coupe.
September 10, 2009 |
The government is postponing beauty contests until the economy improves. The move is expected to save $120,000, a small windfall for one of the world's largest tax havens, which is struggling with mounting debt during the global economic crisis. Six women vying to represent the Caymans at the upcoming Miss World and Miss Universe contests will have to put their ambitions on hold, tourism official Patricia Ulett said. Trinidad and Tobago also canceled pageants this year after its government slashed the budget and requested that contests seek private funding.
August 14, 2007 |
The Miss America Pageant has a new home -- and, in keeping with the times, a reality series too. The 86-year-old beauty competition, which lost its TV deal with Country Music Television in March, said Monday it had signed a new agreement with cable channel TLC through 2010. TLC will telecast the next Miss America show on Jan. 26 from Las Vegas. As a way of building interest in the telecast -- which in recent years has seen a steady decline in audience, down to 2.
May 21, 2007 |
With dreadlocks down to below her hips, the first Rastafarian to win the Miss Jamaica title is out to break the stereotype that Rastas are interested only in reggae and marijuana. Zahra Redwood, 25, will represent Jamaica in the Miss Universe pageant. The country's minority Rastafarians worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as a god they call "Jah." "Not all Rastafarians smoke" marijuana, said Redwood, who holds a degree in biotechnology and zoology.