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Vol. 10, No. 5 (Sept. 1951)

Patterson, Russell
The truth about beauty contests,   pp. 24-25-27 PDF (2.3 MB)


Page 24-25

CONVENTION HALL, ATLANTIC CITY, BULGES WITH 20,000 SPECTATORS AS 15 FINALISTS IN MISS AMERICA PAGEANT LINE UP BEFORE FOOTLIGHTS. SOME 1,500 GIRLS ORIGINALLY ENTERED.  PANORAMIC SHOT SUGGESTS THE BREADTH AND INTENSITY OF NATION'S INTEREST IN SUCH BEAUTY EXTRAVAGANZAS
The Truth About
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RUSSELL PATTERSON
By RUSSELL PATTERSON
FAMED ILLUSTRATOR SUMS UP FOR SEE CONCLUSIONS BASED ON
25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS LEADING JUDGE OF PULCHRITUDE
NO ogago, my young daughter-a wholesome  poie  hlsm  netimn o egbr
Nandataive girl in my biased opinion--casu-hodognatnsndcolgrusadepd
ally declared that she might like to enter a beauty tompvesadrsfbauyhal ndgom
contest. My wife and I hit the ceiling. "Enter a in.Iwud'mndhvgmyagteetra
beauty contest?" we shouted. "Not on your life!" cotsofhantueBttdy'tpilbg
Coming from me. this must have sounded strange.  bat ots smc  oesetclr
During the past 25 years, I probably have judged ThhueMsAmrcPaantwihIws
more beauty contests than any other man alive. I  ajdefryas a raie n12 rmrl
do this, frankly, because it helps to keep my name  t rmt tatcCt savcto eot h
before the public.Mr.AeiaCnetwsiagredn198o
Most people realize that the beauty contest hasbulupAbrPakN..Otebicoes,
become an American institution, but few  realize  lk  hs  oslc  ueso  h  ad  rsi
its scope. There will be 40.000 beauty contests in NeOranteTuamtofRssiPs-
the U.S. this year - so many that, in search of  dn n h oaoBosmFsia nMie l
piquant variations, hotly competing contest man- plgraestevnusorcm rilpod t.
agers are even subdividing the female form.Beuycnstaralo sdtophteslef
Thus Hamid's Steel Pier in Atlantic City, N. J.,  paus  ois  eerbaseemto  al,~~
stages a Miss Beautiful Ankles contest, the Hess mitjlpcsecberswarpotohp,
Department Store in Allentown, Pa., runs a Missraetckiktsndenhoadohrtig.
Beautiful Neck contest and the Concord and Nevele Tosnormtcnetsaeiplpesagt
Hotels in New York's Catskill Mountains are hold-  sut o hi rdcs o  hc h  inr
ing Miss Beautiful Eyes contests.  otnbcm   ae  rmto  gns  o  httee   i  '-
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becoe a  Amricn  intittio, bt fe reli oftien beoe salest promnot es Notd tha ther
the  .S.thi  yer-s  may tht. n sarc  of dis  an th  wrao e Blswtome rcial  on tronl.
piqantvaratons  holy  ometig cntet  an- plu M any  cnestst aere s commercial on roduyt
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Department~ ~ ~~~~~~~~~~~CNINE Nor              NEX PAetwP. usaMs  aetak ikt n e huadohrtigE.A
eauty festivals abound at Miami. Radiant Reina Sea-
man of New York won Miami "Miss Brevity" contest.
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