On this episode of the en(gender)ed podcast, our guest is Hilary Levey Friedman, a Brown University Sociology professor, a leading researcher on pageantry, and President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women. We speak with Hilary today about her book, Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of The Beauty Pageant in America which is inspired by her childhood growing up the daughter of Miss America 1970, her interests in examining the culture of beauty, and her role as a former mentor to Miss America 2018, Cara Mund. Our conversation explores themes of pageantry and its historical role in shaping definitions of femininity, beauty, and its connection and/or opposition to feminist liberation.
During our conversation, Hilary and I referenced the following resources:
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