From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, a desert island classic.Survival. Of the fittest.The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up? Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.
In 1955 eight crew members of Caldas, a Colombian destroyer, were swept overboard. Velasco alone survived, drifting on a raft for ten days without food or water. In this book, the author retells the survivor's tale of endurance, from his loneliness and thirst to his determination to survive.
Queen for a Day connects the logic of Venezuelan modernity with the production of a national femininity. In this ethnography, Marcia Ochoa considers how femininities are produced, performed, and consumed in the mass-media spectacles of international beauty pageants, on the runways of the Miss Venezuela contest, on the well-traveled Caracas avenue where transgender women (transformistas) project themselves into the urban imaginary, and on the bodies of both transformistas and beauty pageant contestants (misses). Placing transformistas and misses in the same analytic frame enables Ochoa to delve deeply into complex questions of media and spectacle, gender and sexuality, race and class, and self-fashioning and identity in Venezuela.Beauty pageants play an outsized role in Venezuela. The country has won more international beauty contests than any other. The femininity performed by Venezuelan women in high-profile, widely viewed pageants defines a kind of national femininity. Ochoa argues that as transformistas and misses work to achieve the bodies, clothing and makeup styles, and postures and gestures of this national femininity, they come to embody Venezuelan modernity.
Este libro es una sugerente invitación para adentrarnos en los laberintos de una región explosiva y festiva: el estado de Sinaloa. En sus páginas, el lector recorrerá con asombro una tierra que ha visto nacer a grandes iconos de la cultura popular -desde Pedro Infante y los Tigres del Norte hasta Élmer Mendoza-, a numerosas reinas de belleza y también a varios de los más poderosos señores del narco. Una de las escalas es Mazatlán, donde se celebra el carnaval más antiguo del país y cada año se corona a la mujer más agraciada del puerto. Con todo, la exploración no apunta hacia la acumulación de los hechos frívolos de una fiesta, sino a un ritual social relevante donde se conjuntan múltiples símbolos culturales y una profunda exaltación de la belleza femenina. Así, a partir de una justa mezcla de crónicas y testimonios, Arturo Santamaría pone de manifiesto la glamorosa imaginería del carnaval y cuenta las sorprendentes y muchas veces trágicas historias de las reinas: como Laura Elena Zúñiga, la ganadora de Nuestra Belleza Sinaloa que fue detenida y vinculada de manera cuestionable con el crimen organizado, o María Susana Flores Gámez, la primera Miss en morir bajo el fuego del Ejército en 2012. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION This book is an intriguing invitation to delve into the labyrinths of an explosive, festive region: the state of Sinaloa. In its pages, the reader will explore a land that has seen the birth of great pop icons from Pedro Infante and Los Tigres del Norte to Élmer Mendoza, beauty queens, and also several of the most powerful drug lords. One of the stops along the route is Mazatlán, where the country’s oldest Carnaval celebration is celebrated, and where each year the port’s most beautiful woman is crowned. Through a perfect mix of accounts and testimonies, Arturo Santamaría brings to light the glamorous imagery of Carnaval, and tells the surprising and often tragic stories of the beauty queens, such as Laura Elena Zúñiga, the winner of the Nuestra Belleza Sinaloa pageant, who was arrested and linked to organized crime, or María Susana Flores Gámez, the first winner to die during a shootout in 2012.
Druids, Dudes and Beauty Queens is a kaleidoscope of snapshots of the changing face of Irish theatre, containing conflicting and often controversial opinions on the work of playwrights Martin McDonagh and Marina Carr, along with studies of the plays of Billy Roche, Donal O'Kelly, Brian Friel, and numerous others. Essays on Irish women playwrights, representations of the Northern conflict, and the state of the Irish language theatre are set against internationalperceptions of Irish theatre from France, Hungary, and the Edinburgh Festival. Incorporating extracts from the diary of the Abbey Theatre's artistic director with intimate accounts of life within drama companies in Dublin and Cork, the book explores the rich tapestry of contemporary theatre, and questions whether the Celtic Tiger will prove a blessing or a disaster for the Irish stage. With contributions from some of the foremost names in Irish theatre today, editor Dermot Bolger has provided a forum for academics, critics, authors, and theatre professionals to examine the art and its industry. Dedicated as a Festschrift to Phelim Donlan, Druids, Dudes and Beauty Queens is a provacative and engaging book designed to settle and cause arguments.
Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater, with Some Thoughts on Muses , Transgender Women, Kabuki Goddesses, Porn Queens, Poets, Hou by William T. Vollmann. Ecco,2010
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Universities are unlikely venues for grading bodies, beauty, poise, and style. Nonetheless, thousands of college women have sought not only college diplomas but campus beauty titles and tiaras throughout the twentieth century, and the cultural power of beauty pageants continues into the twenty-first. In Queens of Academe, Karen W. Tice asks how, and why, does higher education remain in the beauty and body business and with what effects on student bodies and identities. Drawing on archival research and interviews as well as hundreds of hours observing college pageants on predominantly black and white campuses, Tice argues the pageants help to illuminate the shifting iterations of class, race, religion, culture, sexuality, and gender braided into campus rituals and student life. Moving beyond a binary of objectification versus empowerment, Tice offers a nuanced analysis of the making of idealized collegiate masculinities and femininities, and the stylization of higher education itself.