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Pageantry: Competitive Beauty


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In this seminar, we will explore the history and mystique of pageantry in our country. We will study the roots of these programs (such as Miss America) and look for lessons learned about women as we follow the progression of competitive beauty through to the crowning of a young woman students may come to see as someone not too different from themselves. This exercise in exploration and examination of the American beauty queen should intrigue all her peers, and challenge supporters and critics of pageants alike to redefine their opinions of the modern pageant woman.