Beauty Pageants

Running for Miss America now looks a lot like running for office.” September 18, 2017. The Washington Post.

Lives: Cara McCollum ’15: With smarts and beauty, she wanted to be relevant.” February 8, 2017. PAW (Princeton Alumni Weekly).

No More Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikinis: Why dropping swimsuit at Miss Teen USA matters, and why it doesn’t.” June 29, 2016. Psychology Today.

And the Winner Is… Miss Universe 2016: Dream Fulfillment and Social Roles.” December 21, 2015. Psychology Today.

Will the Obama Girls Stay Up Late for Miss America 2016?” September 10, 2015. Psychology Today.

“Encourage girls to be whoever they want, even if it’s Miss America.” September 25, 2013.

Is Miss America for for Nice Jewish Girls?” September 22, 2013. The Jewish Daily Forward’s Sisterhood Blog.

There She Is, Miss America: Big Money to Be Made.” September 12, 2013. The New York Times.  Page 8 of Sunday Review on September 15, 2013.

Measuring Ambition in Today’s Youth.” July 3, 2013.

McCollum ’14 wins Miss New Jersey crown.” June 20, 2013. PAW: The Weekly Blog.

Unleashing Momsters: It’s a Small World of Pageant Reality.” May 20, 2013. The Huffington Post.

Child Beauty Pageants.” April 22, 2013. Oxford Bibliographies, Childhood Studies.

Rep.-elect Lauren Cheape’s path to victory.” November 14, 2012. The Hill.

“The Similarities Between Honey Boo Boo and Malala Yousafzai.” October 30, 2012. The Huffington Post.

“From reigning to campaigning: Beauty Queen political candidates.” October 3, 2012. The Hill.

Toddlers & Tiaras Justice.” August 31, 2012. Slate (Double X).

Here She Comes, Miss (Elected) America.” June 26, 2012. Slate (Double X).

Kelsey Beck: An Ivy League Beauty with Pageant Roots.” March 7, 2012. The Huffington Post/Stylelist.

Youth pageants thrive, 15 years after JonBenét Ramsey’s death.” December 26, 2011. The Denver Post.

Whitey Bulger’s Beauty Pageant Connection.” October 9, 2011. The Huffington Post.

The ‘Grand’ Finale: Ending Season 4 of Toddlers & Tiaras.” September 25, 2011. The Huffington Post.

Glitz and Drama Down Under.” August 3, 2011. The Huffington Post.

The Odds Look Gorgeous: A Quantitative Analysis of the Miss Massachusetts Contest.” June 19, 2011. The Boston Globe Magazine. (Click HERE for an online slideshow version of the article; click HERE to see the cover headline and article description)

The Evolution of American-Style Child Beauty Pageants.” May 10, 2011. The Huffington Post.

Cinderella Ate My Man-Eating Tiger Daughter.” April 1, 2011. The Huffington Post.

There She Goes… A Feminist, Trailblazing Beauty Queen.” March 15, 2011. The Huffington Post.

American ‘Tiger Moms’ obsess in their own ways.” January 21, 2011. Opinion Column in USA Today.

Pageant Princesses and Math Whizzes: Understanding Children’s Activities as a Form of Children’s Work.” 2009. Childhood. 16(2): 195-212.

Sociology and Tiaras.” November 6, 2009. Everyday Sociology.

“Here She Is… And There She Goes?.” Summer 2007. Contexts.

  •      Reprinted as “The Cultural Relevance of Beauty Pageants is Waning.” In At Issue: Beauty Pageants. 2010 [appeared in 2009]. Noel Merino (ed.). Pg. 10-18. Chicago, Il: Greenhaven Press (Gale).
  •      Long excerpt reprinted in Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials (Seventh Edition). 2010. Diana Kendall. Pg. 316-7. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.“No Respect for Archie and Friends.” Contexts. Summer 2007 (6.3). Page 7.