The End of a "Miss America" Era?
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 861 , Segment 4
Episode: Russian Spies, Miss America Makeover, Asteroids on Collision Course
- Jul 23, 2018 9:00 pm
- 20:06 mins
Guest: Blain Roberts, PhD, Professor of History, California State University, Fresno, Author, “Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South” The most famous beauty pageant in America is getting a makeover. No more swimsuits and evening gowns will be optional. The Miss America Pageant isn’t even a pageant anymore, according to the organization’s new chairperson Gretchen Carlson. “We believe that physical appearance and beauty and being fit – that is empowering. We’re just not going to judge women on that anymore,” said Carlson on ABC’s Good Morning America in early July. Empowering women of all shapes and sizes seems like a great move, but what exactly is Miss America if it’s no longer a beauty pageant?