November 24, 1996 |
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."
January 2, 1994 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1999 |
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.
July 3, 2005 |
Underneath grand crystal chandeliers, gold-framed portraits line the empty hallway of America's Junior Miss antebellum headquarters. Frozen in time, the fresh-faced young American women smile dreamily. Strewn below them in the hall are boxes containing a clutter of discarded pageant programs and Old Navy boot-cut jeans. A week ago, the 48-year-old pageant held its last national final.
September 29, 2000 |
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.
May 7, 1989 |
The 3-year-old beauty queen was on the living room floor, her eyes fixed on the television screen as a videotape of her victories rolled. When it ended, Brandi Nichele Alvarez rose with a smile and walked across the room. Because she is shy and young, she did not talk about the two beauty contests she has won, nor did she mention the six- and seven-foot trophies, the $75, the rabbit fur coat, the six-inch television set, several decorative crowns and the "Talking Mother Goose." She has also won the right to compete for the Miss American Beauty Pageants' national title this summer in Las Vegas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2012 |
Los Angeles Times Frank Godden, who played a significant role in the development of Val Verde, a secluded and long-closed local resort community known as "the black Palm Springs," has died. He was 101. Godden, who had cancer, died Aug. 3 at his Los Angeles home, his family announced. Val Verde was founded in 1924 in the Santa Clarita Valley at a time when the region's black citizens were barred from beaches, parks and other attractions because of the color of their skin. There they could escape racism, if only for a weekend.
November 25, 1994 |
If China boasts the world's fleetest female swimmers, France the most select of vintages and Ukraine the greatest pole vaulter, where do the world's most comely women come from? From India, of course. It's as official as these kinds of things ever get. This year, anyway. Last Saturday, Aishwarya Rai, 21, an architecture student with gray-green eyes from Bombay, bested contestants from 86 other countries to become Miss World 1994.
July 16, 1987 |
"Oh, my God," blurted 80-year-old Teresa Segura from her wheelchair, "I can't walk, I can't see, and now I've won a beauty contest. Unbelievable. Babalu! Bombs away!" Almost as excited was runner-up Maude Burton, 100, who said she had so much fun that she might "give it another shot next year."
February 19, 1995 |
The 13 women competing in the statewide pageant--they don't say "beauty contests" anymore--strutted their stuff in the requisite evening gown competition. And they sang, danced and played musical instruments in the requisite talent competition. They fussed over one another backstage like a gaggle of sorority sisters to get their hair and makeup just right. And they rated the competition. "Boy," whispered one contestant. "Look at her legs!"