Sometimes touching, sometimes provocative, Jones' formal portraits of beauty pageant entrants at live events , sit alongside those of contestants photographed in their own homes. From behind the scenes of regional heats, through to the crowning moments of the final contest. an accumulation of 3 years research and documentation, this exhibition lays bare the often unglamorous reality of what was once a mainstream event that attracted over
50 million viewers during its heyday in the 1970's and
It is this reversal in popularity that attracted Jones to the pageant scene,
I look at this as anthropology of an underground event. The lack of mainstream support for the pageant scene has seen it become a bizarre sub-culture"."
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