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FASHION SHOWS, STRIP SHOWS AND BEAUTY PAGEANTS:FASHION SHOWS, STRIP SHOWS AND BEAUTY PAGEANTS:

THE THEATRE OF THE FEMININE IDEAL

by

TARA MAGINNIS

B.A., San Francisco State University, 1981

M.A., California State University, Fresno, 1985

A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Faculty

of the University of Georgia in Partial Fulfillment

of the

Requirements for the Degree

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

ATHENS, GEORGIA

1991

(C) 1991

Tara Michele Maginnis

All Rights Reserved

FASHION SHOWS, STRIP SHOWS AND BEAUTY PAGEANTS:

THE THEATRE OF THE FEMININE IDEAL

by

TARA MAGINNIS

This work is dedicated to

Marle Winkler Simon

Who, sensibly,

would have thought this work was

a lot of words

to no great purpose.

But, being my Grandmother,

she would have told me it was brilliant

anyway.

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank a number of people for helpin

gathering the information that went into this work, most

significantly the librarians of the Marin County Library,

Civic Center Branch, for helping me to find an inordinate

amount of data on what must have seemed to be the most

bizarre, kinky and trivial group of topics. Additionally, I

wish to thank Fairchild Books and Visuals for permission to

reproduce the runway diagrams from How to Produce a Fashion

Show, Grove-Weidenfeld for permission to reproduce the

illustration of the Hanimichi bridge from The Kabuki

Theatre, Penguin USA for permission to reproduce the

photographs from There She Is, and the Miss America Pageant

organization, Negrete's American International Organization,

Madison Square Gardens Productions, and Pageants

Incorporated for sending me useful literature. Tara L.

Baxter of Media Watch also kindly provided assistance and

information, as did Dixie Evans ("The Marilyn Monroe of

Burlesque") the president of The Burlesque Historical

Society of America. Most significantly, my parents Leo and

Marion Maginnis provided every kind of support possible

(including videotaping pageants, typing rough drafts of this

work, and keeping me sane) and really deserve much more

thanks than anyone could adequately express in words.

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