The New Miss America, Mallory Hagan, has provoked some uncomfortable chuckles in her adopted hometown of Brooklyn. Raised in Alabama, she moved to New York to pursue her dreams, one of which was becoming Miss America. And now that she’s accomplished that, well, isn’t that a New York success story?
Only it’s not quite that. There’s something about Southern beauty queens that rankles a lot of people, and now that a Southern girl has won Miss America as Miss …
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There’s been a lot of press coverage of Seventeen Magazine’s “body peace treaty” lately, and I’ve been getting questions about it myself. What do I think about it? How much are magazines Photoshopping models into unrealistic Superbeauties? And should magazines only use “realistic” looking models?
Though I’ve worked in fashion for ages, I’ve also spent plenty of time around feminist debates about women’s representation in media. And I think there’s an interesting dynamic here that’s not being reported.
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We all know people who get by on their looks. For women, that has often been the only way to get ahead. But when feminists fought for greater legal and professional rights for women, did they inherit a patriarchal devaluation of feminine beauty and sexual power – and in doing so neutralize a natural advantage? And if they did, should women take back this advantage, and use their looks and sexuality to get ahead?
This is part of the premise …
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