Ain't I a Beauty Queen?: Black Women, Beauty, and the by Maxine Leeds Craig

By Maxine Leeds Craig

"Black is Beautiful!" The phrases have been the exuberant rallying cry of a iteration of black girls who threw away their straightening combs and followed a proud new variety they referred to as the Afro. The Afro, as worn such a lot famously via Angela Davis, grew to become a veritable icon of the Sixties.

Although the hot good looks criteria appeared to come up in a single day, they really had deep roots inside black groups. Tracing her tale to 1891, whilst a black newspaper introduced a competition to discover the main attractive girl of the race, Maxine Leeds Craig records how black ladies have negotiated the intersection of race, type, politics, and private visual appeal of their lives. Craig takes the reader from good looks parlors within the Forties to overdue evening political conferences within the Sixties to illustrate the robust effect of social activities at the adventure of everyday life. With assets starting from oral histories of Civil Rights and Black energy circulation activists and males and females who stood at the sidelines to black well known magazines and the black flow press, Ain't I a good looks Queen? will fascinate these attracted to attractiveness tradition, gender, classification, and the dynamics of race and social movements.

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