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May 25, 1988 | United Press International
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.
February 7, 2012 | By James Oliphant
Rick Santorum won Missouri's presidential primary Tuesday, according to an Associated Press projection, but the only thing he can claim as a result is some newfound momentum. Because of a scheduling dispute within the state legislature, Missouri will hold binding caucuses next month, making Tuesday's primary basically a beauty contest, lovely to look at but short on substance. No delegates will be apportioned to Santorum. Still, Santorum can argue that more Republicans showed up to cast votes for him than for Mitt Romney or Ron Paul, providing a rationale for his candidacy going forward.
Zealous officials bustled through concrete halls that were thick with the smell of hair spray, barking orders at nervous contestants. "Register, register. I want everyone's name properly registered," one bureaucrat snapped. In a small room in the Monita beauty school in western Beijing, China's first televised beauty contest had officially begun. Let viewers be forewarned--the bathing suit competition is out.
September 25, 2011 | Melissa Magsaysay
A fashion show in Harlem in 1963, a portrait of a contemplative Michael Jackson in 1981 and a picture of friends celebrating their prom night in 2006 are among images on view in the exhibition "Posing Beauty in African American Culture" at USC's Fisher Museum of Art through Dec. 3. The exhibition, in its West Coast debut, is made up of 80-plus pieces, mostly black-and-white photographs, curated by Deborah Willis, a New York University professor and...
November 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Cal State Fullerton student who became the first Afghan in three decades to take part in an international beauty pageant could face trial if she returns to her homeland, an official said. Fazel Ahmad Manawi, deputy head of Afghanistan's Supreme Court, said Vida Samadzai, 23, betrayed Afghan culture by appearing at the Miss Earth contest in a bikini. He said prosecutors might open an investigation, but he wouldn't say what charges she could face.
It was just like any other beauty pageant. Except there were no ball gowns, no tiaras, no tears. But still, the contestants were padded, wore false eye lashes, and appeared to have spackled on their make-up. The Contestants for the "Miss Leather" crown, at any rate. (Who weren't, some would say, actually misses, but at this contest, that was a minor detail.) The pageant at the Bullet Tavern in North Hollywood was to crown winners in three categories: Miss, Ms. and Mr.
July 26, 1991 | TERRY PRISTIN
A 26-year-old former beauty contestant filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that Miss America Pageant rules discriminate against deaf people by discouraging them from using a sign-language interpreter. Julie Rems, a deaf social worker from Sherman Oaks, contended at a news conference that her chances of winning this year's Miss Culver City Scholarship Pageant were thwarted last March when she insisted on using an interpreter despite rules barring contestants from receiving assistance onstage.
May 30, 1988 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
A pretty young woman in a short black skirt, white sweater and a damp, olive-drab jacket entered the lobby of a cultural center Sunday evening, removed a towel from her handbag and dried her rain-splattered legs. Blithely ignoring everyone around her, she delicately balanced on one leg and pulled on a stocking, shifted and put on the other, then headed into the final event of Beijing's first beauty contest since the 1949 Communist revolution.
February 5, 1985 | HERBERT J. VIDA, Times Staff Writer
Kristin Dietz of La Habra said she never would have entered a beauty contest. But a contest for Most Beautiful Athlete was different. Dietz, 21, a UCLA psychology student, had won the title of most valuable in various sports at Sonora High School in La Habra before she broke her leg playing soccer in her senior year. But when she heard about the new contest in San Diego, titled Most Beautiful Athlete, and its $3,000 scholarship prize, she was reluctant.
While other toddlers were breakfasting on cereal or watching cartoons one recent Sunday morning, 22-month-old Alexis Stevens of Thousand Oaks was amusing herself as the judges of a beauty pageant deliberated her fate. The blue-eyed, brown-haired girl nibbled a piece of chocolate, plucked a pearl-and-crystal adornment from her $375 designer dress, then uncapped a ballpoint pen and took a few swipes at one of the shiny white double doors of the Hong Kong Room in the Torrance Holiday Inn. "Lexy!
May 29, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
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.
November 18, 2010 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
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 | DAN NEIL
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 | Times Wire Reports
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 | Lee Margulies
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
There they are, in a black-and-white clip from the '50s--five former Miss California pageant winners singing "How Do We Look?" in a hammy production number. In another vintage newsreel-style clip, a narrator announces the "lovely damsels parading their pulchritude" and intones, "Look! They're lining up to be judged." And there's Karen Valentine--remember "Room 222"?--as the 1965 Miss Sonoma County, mugging her way through "Wouldn't Anybody Like to Meet a Sweet, Old-Fashioned Girl?"
Over the years, Julie Rems has learned to accept the scrutiny that is so much a part of beauty pageant competition. On stage, there is no avoiding the daunting gaze of the judges, the audience, even close friends. Yet Rems, who is deaf, has never been able to accept the critics who have challenged her right to compete.
December 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Miss Nevada USA was stripped of her title after racy photos of her appeared on the Internet, pageant officials said. Some of the photos show Katie Rees, 22, kissing other young women, exposing one of her breasts and pulling down her pants to show her thong underwear at a party in Tampa, Fla.
August 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The annual Miss America pageant will be held on the Las Vegas Strip again next year, organizers said. The crowning will air live Jan. 29 on Country Music Television from the Aladdin Resort & Casino. The 85-year-old beauty contest left its hometown of Atlantic City, N.J., for Las Vegas last year in search of a younger audience, a fresh look and lower production costs.
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