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Queen of the VirginsPageantry and Black Womanhood in the Caribbean$
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M. Cynthia Oliver

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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Progress Makes a Model Queen

Progress Makes a Model Queen

The Birth of Tourism, 1950–1960s

(p.54) Chapter 3 Progress Makes a Model Queen
Queen of the Virgins

M. Cynthia Oliver

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the change in how beauty pageants were held in the Virgin Islands, in light of the country’s economic progress. During the late 1940s, pageants in the Virgin Islands adapted portions of contests from the Caribbean, South American, and European pageant model. As the Virgin Islands continued to become more familiar with Western aesthetic practices, it started changing beauty pageants into a venue where economy, nation, and aesthetics converged in the body of a young black female. It points out that islanders finally started to become more interested in beauty, aiming to become as fashionable as their white counterparts.

Keywords:   aesthetic practices, black female, Virgin Islands, beauty pageants, economic progress, beauty

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