Bizarre Beauty Pageants: Vintage Photos Of Hot Dog Queens From The Mid-Century

Bizarre Beauty Pageants: Vintage Photos Of Hot Dog Queens From The Mid-Century

When we think of beauty pageants, we think of doe eyes, blond ringlets, and tiny waists; the bizarre ritual of choosing the most beautiful woman in the room seems antiquated and oppressive. But it turns out that prior to Women’s Liberation, pageantry was an even more surreal and shocking part of the American experience. And hot dog beauty queens from the mid-century are examples… Continue reading »

Disney Princesses Reimagined Years Later As Queens By Daughters And Mothers

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Disney Princesses Reimagined Years Later As Queens By Daughters And Mothers

If we could request who Oprah should do the next episode of Where Are They Now? on, it would definitely be the Disney princesses. What have they even been up to since riding off into the sunset and living happily ever after? LA-based photographer Tony Ross is helping us visualise it by depicting Disney’s most iconic maidens as majestic queens, and to make sure the portraits were extra-realistic, he had the princess models call in their moms to pose as the mythical matriarchs. The results were a royal success. Continue reading »

Meet Turkey’s First Transsexual Beauty Queens

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Yanki Bayramoglu takes center stage after winning the pageant in Istanbul on June 21, 2014. Turkey’s LGBT community continues to expand and make strides both in the social and political arenas. (Photo: Sedat Suna—EPA) Continue reading »