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Beauty pageant winners in the Dominican Republic do not accurately represent the average Dominican women. Representatives of the Dominican Republic that go to international competitions, such as Miss Universe, have European phenotypes. I argue that beauty pageants are tools of the state to represent the country as mostly white and are part of a broader effort to whiten the country's racial identity. In addition, I will argue that we should think about pageants in the same way that the state uses monuments, textbooks, censuses, etc., to construct an ethno-national identity.
Suazo, Kary, "Beauty and the Beast: Pageants and Ethno-National Representation in the Dominican Republic" (2017). Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Student Scholarship. 5.