Lola Van Wagenen

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Miss America


A film by Lola Van Wagenen, 2002, 96 min, Color/BW

Tracking the country’s oldest beauty contest—from its inception in 1921 as a local seaside pageant to its heyday as one of the country’s most popular events—MISS AMERICA paints a vivid picture of an institution that has come to reveal much about a changing nation. The pageant is about commercialism and sexual politics, about big business…

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