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Queen of the Virgins: Pageantry and Black Womanhood in the Caribbean

M. Cynthia Oliver

Abstract

Beauty pageants are wildly popular in the U.S. Virgin Islands, outnumbering any other single performance event and capturing the attention of the local people from toddlers to seniors. Local beauty contests provide women with opportunities to demonstrate talent, style, the values of black womanhood, and the territory’s social mores. This book is a comprehensive look at the centuries-old tradition of these expressions in the Virgin Islands. It maps the trajectory of pageantry from its colonial precursors at tea meetings, dance dramas, and street festival parades to its current incarnation as th ... More

Keywords: beauty pageants, Virgin Islands, beauty contests, black womanhood, pageantry, tea meetings, dance dramas, street festival parades, queen show, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604732429
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732429.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Cynthia Oliver, author

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