Imagining Caribbean Womanhood: Race, Nation and Beauty Competitions, 1929–70
by Rochelle Rowe [twitter]

Imagining Caribbean Womanhood examines the links between beauty and politics in the Anglophone Caribbean, providing a first cultural history of Caribbean beauty competitions, spanning from Kingston to London. Rochelle Rowe traces the origins and transformation of female beauty contests in the British Caribbean from 1929 to 1970.”
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Queen of the Virgins: Pageantry and Black Womanhood in the Caribbean
By M. Cynthia Olive

"Beauty pageants are wildly popular in the U.S. Virgin Islands, outnumbering any other single performance event. Queen of the Virgins: Pageantry and Black Womanhood in the Caribbean is a comprehensive look at the centuries-old tradition. Mapping the trajectory of pageantry from its colonial precursors at tea meetings, dance dramas to its current incarnation as the ‘queen show.’” 
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Ain’t I a Beauty Queen?: Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race
By Maxine Leeds Craig

Tracing the story to 1891, when a black newspaper launched a contest to find the most beautiful woman of the race, Ain’t I A Beauty Queen documents how black women have negotiated the intersection of race, class, politics, and personal appearance in their lives. Maxine Craig takes the reader from beauty parlors in the 1940s to late night political meetings in the 1960s.” 
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