Beauty Queens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Transnational Modernities at the Miss India USA Pageant

  title={Beauty Queens: Gender, Ethnicity, and Transnational Modernities at the Miss India USA Pageant},
  author={Bakirathi Mani},
  journal={positions: east asia cultures critique},
  pages={717 - 747}
  • Bakirathi Mani
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • History
  • positions: east asia cultures critique
At the 1999 Miss India USA pageant, held in San Jose, California, more than six hundred people streamed into the ballroom of the five-star Fairmont Hotel. Billed in the pageant booklet as an event of “great social and cultural value” and as “the most glamorous Indian function in the country,”1 tickets to Miss India USA quickly sold out to a maximum capacity audience. Family and friends of the contestants, local businesspeople, community leaders, and pageant enthusiasts milled around their… 
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