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Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageants and Campus Life

Karen W. Tice


Universities are unlikely venues for grading, branding, and marketing gendered beauty, bodies, poise, and style. Nonetheless, thousands of college women have sought not only college diplomas but campus beauty titles and tiaras throughout the twentieth century. The cultural power of beauty pageants continues into the 21st century as campus beauty pageants, especially racial/ethnic pageants and pageants for men, have soared in popularity. Tice asks how, and why, does higher education remain in the beauty and body business and with what effects on student bodies and identities. She explores why s ... More

Keywords: collegiate masculinities and femininities, campus beauty titles, black campuses, student life, higher education, class mobility, post-feminism, empowerment, beauty, etiquette

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199842780
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen W. Tice, author
Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and Educational Policy Studies, University of Kentucky