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January 11, 1992 | MARY HELEN BERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The night Michelle Lloyd was named first runner-up in the 1990 Miss Orange Pageant was one of the high points of her life. Severely overweight as a girl, Lloyd got in shape three years ago. Her low self-image was forever lifted when, at 24, she was awarded a prize in the local beauty contest. But the memory of that evening has dimmed, and the honor has turned into a case for small claims court.
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April 25, 1994 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They came from across America, many from small towns where a shot at success in Tinseltown seemed as improbable as it was desirable. But they had done it, these young women who stand under 5-feet-5. They had made it to Los Angeles to compete in the USA Petite Model Pageant. From places like Payette, Idaho; Greene, Iowa, and Okemos, Mich., 15,000 had tried and 88 had survived the cut, to come here as finalists.
IMAGE
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...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1999 | AL MARTINEZ
When Fresno Police Det. Al Murrietta asked why the big interest in the murder of a Hollywood beauty queen, I had no immediate answer. "Aren't girls like her a dime a dozen down there?" he wanted to know. "Why all the fuss over this one?" We were talking about Jill Weatherwax. Her case has been in the newspapers, in a magazine and lately on television. She was murdered a year ago at the age of 27 and her body dumped in a vacant lot behind a Fresno animal shelter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1988
The Port of Los Angeles and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce have dropped their annual beauty pageant, which has been held for nearly two decades, in favor of a fall art exhibit that will kick off with a $50-a-person, black-tie charity fund-raiser.
NEWS
November 24, 1996 | From Associated Press
Clashes between rock-throwing protesters and police firing tear gas and rubber bullets failed to stop the Miss World pageant from going forward Saturday, when Irene Skliva of Greece won the crown. Before the pageant finals began, about 1,000 demonstrators denouncing beauty contests as demeaning to women tried to block roads leading to the site of the pageant, a cricket stadium. Many chanted, "Go Home, Miss World."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Classmates jokingly call 17-year-old Sophia Bush the "drama queen" because she loves the stage so much. But on Tuesday, her stage became much bigger than any school auditorium: The Westridge School senior from Pasadena was named the 2000 Rose Queen. Bush's hazel eyes popped wide open Tuesday when the Pasadena Tournament of Roses president called her name from among seven finalists for the honor. "I wasn't expecting it.
SPORTS
January 2, 1994 | KIRBY LEE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There's Miss Galaxy, Ms. Fitness USA, Fitness America Pageant and most recently the Professional Women's National Physical Fitness championship. What's the difference? To women's rights groups, there is none. Tammy Bruce, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, is against any competition in which a woman's appearance is judged subjectively. "Pageants in any form that focus on scoring women like cattle are abusive and to be looked at as archaic," Bruce said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Minnie Driver easily lives up to the title of the new film "Beautiful," in which she stars so impressively under Sally Field's aptly nuanced direction. Yet Driver's angular features are just distinctive enough to make it credible that her small-town Illinois beauty contestant might find it a struggle to come out a winner. Written perceptively by Jon Bernstein, "Beautiful" is not yet another easy satire on a target that is by now overly familiar.
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