From Miss World to World Leader: Beauty Queens, Paths to Power, and Political Representations

Magda Hinojosa, Jill Carle

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Abstract

This article argues that participation in beauty pageants can serve as a path to power for women. This previously unidentified route to political office is unique to women, builds on representational elements of beauty pageants, and provides girls and women with skills necessary to political achievement. We analyze how this path to power is different from celebrity politicians, which has recently received much academic attention. We use examples from Venezuela, Jamaica, the United States, and France to illustrate this path to power and differentiate between two types of beauty queens turned politicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-46
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Women, Politics and Policy
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

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Keywords

  • Beauty queens
  • celebrity politics
  • paths to power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gender Studies

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From Miss World to World Leader : Beauty Queens, Paths to Power, and Political Representations. / Hinojosa, Magda; Carle, Jill.

In: Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, Vol. 37, No. 1, 02.01.2016, p. 24-46.

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