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December 11, 1996
Re "The Eyes of the Beholder," Commentary, Dec. 4: Beauty pageants are utterly degrading and humiliating. These events objectify a woman's body as certainly as any pornographer. I do not come by this information because I am a "man-hating feminist." (No feminist I know hates men.) I am neither ignorant nor envious, as Susan Carpenter-McMillan would classify anyone who disagrees with her opinions. I come by my attitudes about beauty pageants having competed in two of them in the early '70s.
April 3, 1986
Leonard B. Stallcup, whose profession was dentistry but whose avocations led him into music management and beauty pageantry, is dead at age 86. He died March 24 in Good Samaritan Hospital. A graduate of the USC Dental School, Stallcup practiced in Los Angeles from 1931 to 1942, entering the Army Medical Corps in World War II. While still a practicing dentist, he began promoting musical groups, most prominently the Robert Armbruster Orchestra, one of the mainstay groups of early radio.
May 21, 1987
City Administrator Bryon Woosley has issued a disclaimer concerning an upcoming beauty pageant titled the "Li'l and Teen Miss Bell City Beauty Pageant." The event is not connected with the annual City of Bell Beauty Pageant held each fall under the aegis of the city and the chamber of commerce, he said. City Council members this week briefly discussed the advisability of seeking a court injunction against the new pageant's sponsoring organization.
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.
July 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen assassinated an off-duty Colombian army colonel as he watched a children's beauty contest with his wife and 10-year-old daughter, officials said. Two men walked into the event Saturday night in Rivera, a small town in southern Huila state, shot Col. Oscar Trujillo twice in the head, then fled on a motorcycle. Huila has been the scene of fierce attacks in recent days by Colombia's largest leftist insurgency, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
November 23, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Police arrested 35 members of a right-wing group as a dress rehearsal proceeded for the Miss World beauty pageant in Bangalore. Armed with tear gas, the police patrolled outside the Chinnaswamy cricket stadium where the pageant's final event is to be held today. Nearly 10,000 police officers have been brought in to protect the 88 contestants, and nearby schools and colleges were closed as a precaution.
November 23, 1993
The Miss Anaheim pageant is accepting applications for its 1994 competition, scheduled for March 16. Applicants must be of ages 17 though 24 and must have lived, worked or attended school in Anaheim for the past six months or be full-time students at Cal State Fullerton. They must be single and American citizens, and if 17 must be at least high school seniors.
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