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Being miss america behind the rhinestone curtain discovering america kate shindle on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers for nearly a hundred years young women have competed for the title of miss america although what it means to wear the crown and be our ideal has changed dramatically over time the miss america pageant began as a bathing beauty contest in 1920s atlantic . Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for being miss america behind the rhinestone curtain discovering america at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Being miss america by kate shindle is part of the discovering america series i started it expecting a treacly tale of the rather vapid miss america pageants i remember from days gone by boy was i wrong the book is a beautifully written searing history and expos of the entire miss america organization. In being miss america kate shindle interweaves an engrossing witty memoir of her year as miss america 1998 with a fascinating and insightful history of the pageant she explores what it means to take on the mantle of americas ideal especially considering the evolution of the american female identity since the pageants inception. Being miss america behind the rhinestone curtain kate shindle format book edition first edition published austin tx university of texas press 2014 description x 236 pages 20 unnumbered pages of plates illustrations 24 cm uniform series discovering america series notes