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Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues

Miss Optometry of 1956

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In line with Alex's ceaseless quest for oddball beauty queens, may we present Kipp Hamilton, who actually had a career. But she must have misremembered this honor, for all sources quote Kipp as claiming it happened in the year 1953. But such data has become easier to verify or disprove since Google added its newspaper archives.

Original story here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Mar 14, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Movies, 1950s, Eyes and Vision

Special Garden Statue

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I am so darn tired of putting gnomes on my front lawn to brighten up the garden. Time for something different!

The Indonesian-language catalog description translates quite honestly: "Erotic nude female statue woman bronze statue."

Order yours here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 05, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Public Indecency, Women, Asia

Miss Front End

Following up on my "Miss Sewer Cleaner" post of a few days ago:

In 1947, the admen of Detroit dreamed up the idea of bestowing on a young woman the title of "Miss Front End," who would be "the girl they would most like to have as their radiator ornament."

Dolores Frederick was given the title for 1947, and Carolyn King won it for 1948. After that, there were no more "Miss Front Ends."

I've found a few references to the title of "Miss Reclining Seat" awarded sometime in the 1950s, but I'm guessing this was a joke.

The News-Palladium (Benton Harbor, Michigan) - Jan 17, 1947







Detroit Free Press - Oct 26, 1947

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 28, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, 1940s

La Bruja

I regret that I cannot find a subtitled-in-English version of this Mexican film, where a mad scientist creates a formula that turns an extremely ugly woman into a beauty, as in the before-and-after pix below. But those of you who know Spanish--or who just want visuals--can enjoy the full movie.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 29, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Drugs, Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains, Movies, 1950s

Carnival in Trinidad:  Then and Now





I don't mean to sound like an Old Fart, but the 1957 Carnival just seems to me so much more charming and weird and ingenious--look at those bipedal seahorses with the mermaid--than the current version, which seems to be about nothing more than bare flesh. Maybe the 2015 videographer simply did not film the weird costumes--but then again, every other video of the 2015 carnival on YouTube features the exact same stuff. Now, I like bare flesh as much as the next voyeur, but I would really prefer to see a papier-mache Godzilla any day.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 10, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Costumes and Masks, Music, Parades and Festivals, Sexuality, Outsider Art, Foreign Customs, Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Creatures, 2010s, 1950s, Caribbean, Body Painting

Beauty Contest

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NSFW! Autoblow Balls Beauty Contest, a beauty contest for balls, is being held with the option to enter online by sending in a picture of your best feature guys. You can also vote at the site, and its quite a sight to vote on!

Posted By: patty - Sat Nov 21, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Genitals

Style Wars



Return with us now to those thrilling days from 35 years ago, when every urban space was covered in illegible vandalism, and break-dancing ruled the pavements.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 15, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Urban Life, Subways, Outsider Art, 1980s

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