Global queens, national celebrities: tales of feminine triumph in post‐liberalization India

  title={Global queens, national celebrities: tales of feminine triumph in post‐liberalization India},
  author={Radhika Parameswaran},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  pages={346 - 370}
  • R. Parameswaran
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Sociology
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication
This paper's analysis of print media texts about India's six Miss World and Miss Universe title‐holders maps the cultural production of the global beauty queen as an emerging hero whose tale of ascent circulates in a nation that is renegotiating its marginal position in the global economy. News and magazine texts celebrate global beauty queens' bodily discipline and devotion to fitness and grooming programs as evidence of the meritorious hard work of committed professionals. Popular biographies… 
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