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Love them or loathe them, beauty pageants are still a part of our cultural history. In this book Candace Savage explores this neglected aspect of our recent past to provide a fascinating narrative history of the beauty pageant.'

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Libba Bray

From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island. Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

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L. E. Blair

Allison and Sabrina enter the Miss Acorn Falls beauty contest in the hope that winning will help them achieve their goals, but they both get more than they bargained for

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What do you get when you cross America's Next Top Model with Lost? A brilliantly funny novel by the queen of teen satire, Libba Bray.

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Colleen Ballerion Cohen,Richard Wilk,Beverly Stoeltje

Modern beauty contests were invented by P.T. Barnum in the United States, but in the 20th century pageants and contests have spread across the entire world from Nepal to Tierra Del Fuego. Why are women (and sometimes men in drag) parading on stage such a universally appealing spectacle, attracting an audience in the billions? This book is the first global comparison of pageants from different parts of the world, at the ways each contest is both intensely local and unique, and simultaneously global and remarkable repetitious. The authors use the latest tools of feminist, ethnographic, and literary scholarship to unpack and interpret one of the greatest and most universal spectacles of modern times.

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Jayshree Pathak

It is said that A thing of beauty is a joy forever. It is human nature to be noticed and appreciated, and it is not surprising that the fairer sex desires to be beautiful, a source of attention, appreciation and secret envy. Beauty has acquired new dimensions and an altogether new definition. Beauty, today, engulfs grace, intelligence, a healthy and toned body, and an unmatched poise. This book provides detailed information the secret pathways to success, the endless efforts and the hard work that goes into the making of a beauty queen. This book also provides fashion and health care tips from leading professionals like: Madhu Sapre, Sangeeta Chopra, Gautam Rajadhyaksha, Sabira Merchant, Mickey Mehta, Namrata Shirodkar, Aishwarya Rai, Daboo Ratnani, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, Aarti Chabaria and others.

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Jamie Maslin

Couchsurfer, hitchhiker, and rogue wanderer Jamie Maslin embarks on a couchsurfing adventure to the homeland of “firebrand,” “populist,” “anti-American” president Hugo Chavez: the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Alone in the crime capital of the world Maslin immediately finds himself in trouble—arrested by knife-wielding police officers and inoculated with an unwanted vaccination. After a terrifying start in Caracas, he soon leaves the teeming city and travels to the places tourists never see, staying on the couches of people he befriended online just days earlier, and meeting everyone from fervent social revolutionaries to the country’s wealthy elite. He sets off in search of mile-high waterfalls, flat topped jungle plateaus, rolling deserts, and the famous lightning that appears suddenly in the sky with no rain or thunder. Visiting sprawling slums and opulent mansions, Maslin offers a fascinating and timely social, cultural, and historical introduction to a country increasingly in the headlines. Often irreverent, frequently informative, and habitually funny, this is the remarkable account of a young adventurer’s journey through a breathtakingly beautiful and dynamic country where the politics of oil and social revolution are never far from the surface.

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Are beauty queens un-Indian? Is the sudden boom in sex in India, which seems to have woken up from centuries of erotic suppression, limited only to a few lucky urban dwellers? This collection of comic and serious essays by the author of the acclaimed novel The Revised Kama Sutra was originally published by HarperCollins, and comments on diverse subjects, from India's sexual confusion and schizophrenia to the colonization of the Indian mind. Making a passionate case for true freedom for Indians and writers of Indian origin, he also discusses his status as an Indian citizen living abroad and a writer's ultimate loyalty to the truth. The book also includes a comical, part-fantastic report of his meeting with Sushmita Sen, the future Bollywood actress and Miss Universe, and a real interview with the late Indian author and institution, Khushwant Singh. "Biting, cynical . . . zany sense of humour."-India Today. "Sparkling . . racy yet refined."--Indian Express.

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Against the background of the theory of optimum currency areas, the paper analyzes possible sequences for establishing a currency union (CU) in the Middle East and Central Asia region. Between the corner solutions of independent currencies for all countries in the region and a CU comprising all countries, a large number of combinations of member countries in the CU is possible. The analysis aims to determine the composition of potential CUs as a function of the country initiating the CU, an exogenously determined number of currencies in the region, and the weight attached to the particular selection criteria. Within this framework, the study seeks to establish whether some countries are consistently selected at early stages of the process, while others join only at later stages.

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Beauty pageants--as competition and performance--are wildly popular cultural events world-wide. They have, however, received surprisingly little scholarly attention. What literature there is on beauty pageants has mostly been limited to American pageants. This collection brings together studies of pageants in fourteen different cultures. The chapters range from studies of community queen pageants in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Andalusia and rural Minnesota, to studies of international contests held in Thailand, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Tonga and Tibet, and include a study of a Moslem Philippine transsexual beauty queen contest, and an ethnographic account by a contestant in the Miss Moscow 1989 pageant. These essays discuss the ways gender ideologies are represented and reinforced in beauty pageants and highlight the cultural specificity of notions of beauty and femininity that figure in the selection of pageant queens. We see the strategic and political uses to which pageants are put, by sponsors and contestants alike. Questions of gender aesthetics, performance, and display are engaged in a way that recognizes the agency of pageant participants even as it underscores the ideologies and structures of power within which they operate. Beauty Queens on the Global Stage considers beauty contests as key sites for formulating, negotiating and challenging national and group identities, and shows how identity is portrayed and utilized in an international arena. Each of these essays looks at beauty pageants and contestants in the broader context of struggles over identity.

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The current state of theatre in Ireland has never been better. A relatively young playwright, Marina Carr, was recently chosen by a select committee in Ireland as one of Ireland's ten best living writers, along with two other dramatists, Brian Friel and Tom Murphy. Add these to the names of other fine dramatists such as Martin McDonagh, Thomas Kilroy, John B. Keane, Hugh Leonard, Eugene McCabe, and Jim Nolan, and it's clear to see that the state of Irish theatre today is strong. This collection of essays is a unique exploration of this topic. With contributions from seventeen of Ireland's leading cultural critics and authorities on theatre, this is one of the most important books to be published on Irish theatre for years. Included are pieces by Colm Toibin on Billy Roche; John Waters on Martin McDonagh; Ben Barnes on the Abbey; pieces on Irish theatre in the North, New York, and France; Donal O'Kelly; Irish women playwrights; Brian Friel; and Irish language theatre.

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Modern beauty contests were invented by P.T. Barnum in the United States, but in the 20th century pageants and contests have spread across the entire world from Nepal to Tierra Del Fuego. Why are women (and sometimes men in drag) parading on stage such a universally appealing spectacle, attracting an audience in the billions? This book is the first global comparison of pageants from different parts of the world, at the ways each contest is both intensely local and unique, and simultaneously global and remarkable repetitious. The authors use the latest tools of feminist, ethnographic, and literary scholarship to unpack and interpret one of the greatest and most universal spectacles of modern times.

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Ms. Katrin Elborgh-Woytek,Mr. Julian Berengaut

Against the background of the theory of optimum currency areas, the paper analyzes possible sequences for establishing a currency union (CU) in the Middle East and Central Asia region. Between the corner solutions of independent currencies for all countries in the region and a CU comprising all countries, a large number of combinations of member countries in the CU is possible. The analysis aims to determine the composition of potential CUs as a function of the country initiating the CU, an exogenously determined number of currencies in the region, and the weight attached to the particular selection criteria. Within this framework, the study seeks to establish whether some countries are consistently selected at early stages of the process, while others join only at later stages.

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Couchsurfer, hitchhiker, and rogue wanderer Jamie Maslin embarks on a couchsurfing adventure to the homeland of “firebrand,” “populist,” “anti-American” president Hugo Chavez: the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Alone in the crime capital of the world Maslin immediately finds himself in trouble—arrested by knife-wielding police officers and inoculated with an unwanted vaccination. After a terrifying start in Caracas, he soon leaves the teeming city and travels to the places tourists never see, staying on the couches of people he befriended online just days earlier, and meeting everyone from fervent social revolutionaries to the country’s wealthy elite. He sets off in search of mile-high waterfalls, flat topped jungle plateaus, rolling deserts, and the famous lightning that appears suddenly in the sky with no rain or thunder. Visiting sprawling slums and opulent mansions, Maslin offers a fascinating and timely social, cultural, and historical introduction to a country increasingly in the headlines. Often irreverent, frequently informative, and habitually funny, this is the remarkable account of a young adventurer’s journey through a breathtakingly beautiful and dynamic country where the politics of oil and social revolution are never far from the surface.

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