Beauty Pageants - Bright Lights, Big Business [VHS]
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Since the 1920's women have worn swimsuits and ball gowns, twirled batons, and pledged to end world hunger in hopes of being crowned queen of the pageant. But what began as an innocent sideshow has grown into a multi-billion dollar international industry. From small towns to international competitions, the evolution of the beauty pageant is a story of nostalgia, big business and changing social standards. Go behind the scenes of a modern contest to see how intense the competition can be, and listen to competitors discuss the tricks of the trade. See rare footage of the earliest pageants, including the first-ever Miss America Show. And hear incredible stories from pageant judges Dick Clark, Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin. Get a unique look at the curious mix of beauty, talent and money that is the pageant industry.