Whatever your personal feelings about beauty pageants, they serve as a great reminder that fashion dictates what each generation considers to be beautiful. These 1920s title-holders, many of whom won the coveted Miss America crown probably wouldn’t have thought to even enter the competition today. I’m guessing unless you have pneumatic breasts, perfect teeth and a thigh-gap you’re currently very unlikely to make it through to the final round…
I’ve got some great photos of 1950s beauty queens too which I’ll post later in the week. It’s fascinating to see how the ideas of beauty had changed in just 30 years! Which one of these girls would you have awarded the crown to..?
Above: Neptune (Hudson Maxim), Miss America (Margaret Gorman) at Atlantic City Carnival in 1922
Image source and copyright: 1, 3, 4, This is a press photograph from the George Grantham Bain collection, which was purchased by the Library of Congress in 1948. According to the library, there are no known restrictions on the use of these photos. 2, 5, 6, 7, This media file is in the public domain in the United States. 8, This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.
Gallery: Beauty Queens of the 1920s | amatastic
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How sweet, and yes such an interesting documentation of style, fashion and the modes of the days gone by. Hazel Forbes looks absolutely divine in her full length portrait!
It’s shocking how NORMAL these women look. Beauty queen today seem very artificial looking in comparison.